Good ol’ Johnnie Walker. We can always rely on the iconic blended Scotch Whisky to constantly roll out new and exciting expressions towards the end of the year. They’ve already made waves with the newly relaunched Aged 18 Years and that hype is definitely looking to continue with the imminent arrival of two new experimental Blenders’ Batch releases coming straight from the blending labs of its distillery. First off, we’ve got the subversive Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast which plays around with a flavour profile of cold-brew coffee; then we have the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish, a very distinctive expression which should please whisky enthusiasts with its complexity.... Read More | Share it now!
Harnessing the unique characteristics of Mizunara, a rare Japanese oak, Suntory Whisky have been able to make a huge leap forward in their whisky making. The newly released Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition promises to highlight the unique properties of the uniquely Japanese tree, presenting whisky lovers with a blend created from a selection of single malt whiskies aged entirely in Mizunara casks for at least 18 years. ... Read More | Share it now!
Single malt fanatics in Melbourne have a very unique event to look forward to come September. It’s an exclusive whisky degustation dinner, said to be the only one of its kind in the world, hosted by constant award-winner Eau-de-Vie Melbourne. It won’t be cheap either; tickets to the dinner at priced at $1,500 per head, giving guests access to an intimate celebrate where a table of 16 will be able to taste five extremely rare and unique Single Malt Scotch Whiskies aged up to 46 years. ... Read More | Share it now!
Celebrated single malt scotch whisky Glenmorangie will be showcased over two days at QT Sydney as part of a special “after hours” tasting event this this month. After a successful stop-off at QT Melbourne earlier this month, the tasting event will be tempting both whisky connoisseurs and new-comers in Sydney with a focused, finessed showcase designed to complement or enhance the ever-growing appreciation of whisky which regularly drives at the forefront of this city’s rich and diverse bar scene.... Read More | Share it now!
World Whisky Day is coming this weekend, and you better believe that some of Australia’s best drinking holes are going to be pulling out the rarities and underrated gems to celebrate. It’s the World Record Day of Whisky, and each year drams the world over are swirled, sniffed and sipped to toast to one of the most wonderfully diverse liquids of our time. There’ll be plenty of this going on around the country on Saturday 20th May (and beyond), but here are some of our top picks for the cities of Sydney and Melbourne.... Read More | Share it now!
Just in time for World Whisky Day (20th May), the prestigious John Walker & Sons series has launched their 2017 private collection in Australia. The high-end series of blended scotch whiskies by Master Blender Jim Beveridge has revealed a limited release of 5,588 individually numbered decanters in this fourth release of an ongoing series that highlights the dedication and innovation of the blenders behind the higher-end arm of Johnnie Walker, allowing the iconic whisky brand to dig into their rarest blends.... Read More | Share it now!
Inside The Kirketon Hotel in Sydney lies a cocktail bar that will excite every sense of your body, leaving little wonder as to why it’s remained one of the most respected and referenced cocktail bars in the city’s history. From smoking beechwood, to liquid nitrogen, to adding sea salt and citrus aromas in the form of smoke to fill cocktail glasses, Eau De Vie – which also has an acclaimed venue in Melbourne – is a masterclass in imagination and reinvention.... Read More | Share it now!
“I don’t drink whisky” is a sentence I often hear from friends whose experience with the spirit doesn’t really extend beyond one or two harsh drams downed much too quickly, or a poorly made cocktail with an overload of sugary ingredients. Each to their own I guess, but to write off such a wonderfully diverse and accessible beverage based on next to nothing seems a bit foolish to me. Aside from our palates changing over time, the vast world of whisky has been well documented with fans regularly in awe of how much it has to offer when compared to similar spirits.... Read More | Share it now!
2016 has been a big step forward for Jameson, especially seeing as this year saw them unveil a whole new family of expressions celebrating the heritage and craft that swirls around the hugely popular Irish blend. Their whiskeys have always been greatly received around the world so watching them push their Whiskey Maker’s adventurous range into the Australian market has been exciting. The series, which includes the very popular Caskmates, which is Jameson that’s been aged in craft Irish stout barrels, and the Black Barrel, Irish whiskey matured in double-charred bourbon barrels, has given us several news perspectives on the brand. For this edition of On the Shelf we’re taking a look at what we feel is one of the unmissable highlights of the new range, a whiskey which was overseen by Jameson’s Master Cooper Ger Buckley going by the name of Cooper’s Croze.... Read More | Share it now!