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Whisky mash tun set up in Cardrona

A new mash tun (brew­ing ves­sel) was lifted into place at the Cardrona Dis­tillery and Mu­seum in Cardrona last week. The dis­tillery will also fea­ture two hand­beaten cop­per whisky stills, one con­tain­ing 2000 litres of sin­gle malt and the other, 1300 litres. Both have been im­ported from Scot­land. A third Ger­man-made still will be used for mak­ing vodka. The dis­tillery will also make rose oil. Amal­ga­mated Builders is over­see­ing the project for Wanaka busi­ness­woman De­siree Whittaker.

March dates for Race to the Sky

The Cardrona Race to the Sky hill climb will be re­peated next year, as promised by High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park owner Tony Quinn. Race week­end is March 18-20, which is Otago An­niver­sary Week­end. Repco is con­tin­u­ing as spon­sor. Australia-based Scots­man Alis­ter McRae won this year in the Van­tage-backed Subaru Im­preza WRX used by the late Kiwi rally leg­end Pos­sum Bourne to win the event in 2001. The event was re­vived this year af­ter be­ing in limbo since 2007. Event or­gan­iser Mike Sentch said that the suc­cess of April’s race left ‘‘no doubt in our minds that the event would re­turn on an an­nual ba­sis’’.

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