Owen McShane was an enterprising chap. As New Zealand’s first moonshiner, he made whiskey from the native Cabbage tree after discovering the Maori used it to sweeten their food. There was only one problem. They say taste comes from the nose, but his “chained lightning” as the whalers called it, not only removed the nasal lining it made some blind. How did our MAN convince his customers his whiskey was the real deal? A whiskey scented MANDLE burning in every saloon from Riverton to Riversdale.
The Whiskey MANDLE recipe was rediscovered on the back of McShane’s arrest warrant has been recreated here in beautiful Petone using local and imported ingredients. His recipe included cognac from the French in Akaroa, rum from the captain, honey from the bookkeeper, banana and pineapple from the grocers, smoked wood chips from the fireplace and some rose perfume from Miss Lola Montez.The wooden wick speaks with a gentle crackle heard by our Pioneers’ at their camp fires, and like anything MAN, MAN it can get big.
This MANdle (415g, made with an upcycled 750ml beer bottle) will burn for 80+hours. Just enough time to decide what MANdle you'll man up to next.