Thomson Whisky was started the same way you'd start a band. They got together and just started tinkering. It was never about taking over the world, or playing Wembley, but about giving it a go, creating the best spirit they could afford to and sharing their journey with anyone who liked whisky. They wanted to give New Zealanders a whisky they could be proud of, with a sharp brand on top. Their bottlings reflect who they are, because they are small enough to do it how they like it. As they grow these qualities remain.
Thomson love what they do; making craft whisky for the modern enthusiast. Artisan. Premium. Progressive. After a few years mucking about on a home still and learning as much as we could about whisky (mainly by thorough investigation of the flavour) they began the Thomson Whisky project as Independent Bottlers. They got hold of a few barrels of aged single malt from Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin, carefully selected to their personal tastes, to launch under the Thomson name. They figured if it didn't sell they'd drink it themselves. They didn't get that lucky. Two barrels, a unique bottle, a business card, and Thomson Whisky came to life. They started telling people about their whisky, sharing a drink with friends, then bartenders, and shops and people travelling overseas and their project started firing. A few years down the road and things have changed a lot.
DID YOU KNOW
The Thomson distillery and hand-beaten copper pot still is located on the same location