Billy Moore’s “Queenslander” chant has gone down in State of Origin folklore and now rugby league fans have a chance to drink a unique Australian whisky sound-aged to the Queensland legend’s iconic call to arms.
NED Australian Whisky, in partnership with Queensland Rugby League and Moore, has produced a unique spirit for this year’s Origin series, aging a specially-selected premium barrel for more than 1000 hours to Moore’s 1995 “Queenslander” chant in a purpose-build container at the NED Whisky barrel house.
The sound waves of Moore’s chant created kinetic energy in the barrel that vibrated through the whisky, enhancing maturation, creating a richer, bolder spirit.
‘’When Queensland are under pressure, that’s the key moment, that’s where our call comes from,” says Moore. “It’s a pressure call when you need help. That’s what Queensland is about… uplifting your spirits, knowing who we’re fighting for, the legacy before and those that come after.”
After the Maroons’ epic feat in last year’s Origin series, we have created a whisky that embodied Queensland’s spirit and energy. And what better way than to use one of Origin’s most celebrated moments to mark their third year as official whisky partner of the Maroons.
We took a barrel of reserve grade NED Australian Whisky and blasted it for over 1,000 hours to the sounds of Billy Moore’s iconic Queenslander call. Sound waves from Billy’s call reverberated through the barrel and the whisky, enhancing the maturation and creating a richer, bolder, whisky. Bottled at 44% ABV, NED Queenslander Blend doesn’t pull any punches and is a spirit with bright citrus notes, bold toffee and rich oak.
Aroma: Bright honey and lemon peel.
Taste: Toffee and dark chocolate.
Finish: Long rich oak
Best enjoyed neat, over ice or with your favourite mixer. Or take NED Queenslander Blend to the next level with our Head Distiller’s cocktail recommendations. Scroll down for recipes.
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– 45ml NED Queenslander Blend
– 30ml Pineapple Juice
– 100ml Soda Water
– Garnish with pineapple slice
MEASURE 45mL NED QUEENSLANDER BLEND WHISKY INTO A TUMBLER. MIX WITH 30mL PINEAPPLE JUICE & 100mL SODA WATER. ADD PLENTY OF ICE INTO GLASS AND POUR. GARNISH WITH PINEAPPLE SLICE.
– 45ml NED Queenslander Blend
– 30ml Cranberry Juice
– 100ml Ginger Beer
– Garnish with a lime wheel
MEASURE 45mL NED QUEENSLANDER BLEND INTO A TUMBLER AND ADD 30mL CRANBERRY JUICE. ADD ICE CUBES TO GLASS. TOP WITH GINGER BEER. GARNISH WITH LIME WHEEL AND ENJOY THE GAME!