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In 2017 Pōkeno Whisky was founded with a vision to put New Zealand on the map as a producer of single malt whisky. It is the largest single malt distillery in the country.

Today, the Pōkeno Whisky Company handles all processing on site at a state-of-the-art distillery with maturation warehouses, filtration and bottling facilities, and a fully functional cooperage.

Everything done here is driven by a goal to create one of the world’s great Single Malts. Batch production, long fermentation, and slow distillation are just a few of the things that help make them different. As craft distillers, they are also able to focus on quality over quantity and on doing things their way, not the easy way.

Using only pure volcanic spring water from the North Island distillery’s surrounding volcanic hills and family-farmed barley from New Zealand’s rich, fertile South Island, Pōkeno selects only the finest casks to mature their precious spirit, and the warm subtropical local climate accelerates its maturation and flavor development.

All of this allows Pōkeno to produce Single Malt whisky with exceptional body and flavor; whisky that captures the pure spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Pōkeno Origin

Pōkeno Origin celebrates our unique place in the world. Produced from the finest local barley, and unrushed through fermentation and distillation to enhance body and flavor, we mature it only in first fill Bourbon casks. It is an incredibly sweet and round whisky with beautiful citrus, honey, grapefruit, and creamy toffee notes; giving way to a complex and lingering finish.

Bottled at 43% abv.

Pōkeno Discovery

Pōkeno Discovery celebrates our unique place in the world. First we carefully select parcels of stock which have been fully matured in first fill Bourbon, Oloroso, and Pedro Ximenez Casks. We then lay these back down in cask to allow them to marry perfectly together. It is a rich and complex whisky, with beautiful notes of dark chocolate, black forest gåteau, ripe cherries, and sweet citrus; giving way to a rich, smooth, and incredibly long finish.

Bottled at 43% abv.

Pōkeno US Exclusive Single Cask Double Bourbon #21-415

After a full maturation in a first fill Bourbon barrel, we decided to re-rack this Single Malt into a fresh first fill Bourbon barrel for 6 months. This unique technique has added incredible richness and depth to the whisky. There is an invasion of vanilla beans, grapefruit, and sweet Oak with notes of dark chocolate, honeysuckle, and coconut lingering on the incredibly long finish.

Bottled at 56% abv.

288 Bottles

Pōkeno Prohibition 


For this special edition, after a full maturation in a first fill Bourbon cask, we have finished the whisky in a barrel which we lent to our friends at Liberty Brewing, for the maturation of their fantastic Prohibition Porter.

The result is an incredibly smooth and rich Single Malt, with notes of cocoa and chocolate, which combine beautifully with the citrus and vanilla. We hope that you have as much fun with this as we have.

Bottled at 46% abv

Limited Release, 360 bottles for the US

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