Whisky Galore NZ

Some press releases are worth posting up. Good to hear folks getting back on their feet. I may be in NZ in September, and if I am, I will definitely be wandering in for a wee dram. Chris

Earthquake-stricken Whisky Galore, New Zealand’s iconic whisky retailer and wholesaler is opening a new store in Christchurch in July.The premises, from which the  whisky store had operated for eight years, was marked for demolition after the February 22 earthquake.

“It’s literally been a case of picking up the pieces,” says owner Michael Fraser Milne. “We pulled out five wheelie bins of broken glass, and we lost around 70% of our stock which fell to the floor during the earthquake including some really irreplaceable drams.

“But we were really lucky. Most importantly, no one was hurt. Our warehouse is also situated in a different area of town, and so we had enough stock to get back in business pretty quickly.”

There has hardly been a day when Whisky Galore has not got whisky out to clients. The Friday after the earthquake one client met Michael to get whisky for a wedding that weekend.

But after months of temporary distribution arrangements through a local bottle store, the team are excited and relieved about the new premises.

“We’ve got far more space in our new venue, we’ve taken in two shipments since the earthquake, and we have two more on the way. We’re going to be able to have a far larger range for our customers, in a more spacious environment.”

“We’re really looking forward to having the new premises up and running. It’s another step in helping us, and our customers return to some sort of normality.”

Christchurch whisky store ‘Whisky Galore’ opened in 2003 and Michael is a whisky ‘institution’ in New Zealand, importing whisky to the country for nearly 20 years. The company stocks over 650+ whiskies, including old and rare whiskies and collectors’ editions.

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