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Paloma New Zealand Barrel-Aged Barleywine is a deep amber strong ale that was aged for more than 10 months in whisky casks that held a very special NZ single malt whisky. The resulting beer is rich, nutty, and smooth with notes of dried fruits, raisins, Christmas cake, and tawny port.
These beers will age gracefully for many years, but are fabulous right now. Do not serve cold! Treat them like you would a port or red wine and serve in an elegant glass. The New Zealand Kererū on the labels are giant fruit doves and the name ‘Paloma’ means ‘dove’. Only 1560 bottles were produced for the 2017 edition (which has a gold medal), only 1008 bottles were produced for the 2018 edition and 3456 bottles for the 2020 edition. Each bottle is hand-numbered.
Want to try more than one variety? Choose 3 different barrel-aged beers!
Cheese: blue, aged gouda, sharp aged cheddar
Mains: risotto, mu-shu pork, beef Wellington, venison, lamb
Dessert: fresh figs, fruit cake, steamed pudding
Kereru obtained 140 unique oak barrels from the NZ Whisky Collection, a company founded around the stock of the former Wilson's Distillery in NZ. The stock was lost for many years and was then found and the whisky had aged to perfection. Some of the casks were 60 year-old American oak ex-bourbon barrels which contributed vanilla, oak and hints of maple to the whisky. Some of casks were French and American oak ex-red wine barrels from Mills Reef which contributed red wine and port notes to the whisky.
The casks arrived in small lots as they were decanted of whisky, and were wet and sloshing with a bit of magical spirits still inside. Each cask can impart its whisky character into a beer only once. After that the cask can be used again, but will only offer oak barrel character. This makes all our whisky barrel-aged beers unique and never to be repeated. Each bottle is hand numbered.