• Whisky review: Tasting Old Pulteney’s new-look and new-taste range

    Scotland’s Pulteney Distillery has given its core range a dramatic refresh with new ages, new labels, new names and in many cases new whisky. It's always a risk for any distillery to make major changes to its foundation line-up, especially when that means discontinuing long-time fan favo...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Here are the world's best whiskies of 2019, as rated by whisky experts

    Australia has picked up another crown at the international awards for the world's best whiskys, with local hero Sullivans Cove Distillery taking to the stage alongside the best drams from Japan, North America and Europe. A global panel of journalists, spirit experts, distillers and bartenders bl...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2019 6 Comments

  • The renaissance of Canadian whisky, and five drams you should try

    Canadian whisky has long been in the shadows of American bourbon, but there are welcome signs of a renaissance. A landmark moment came three years ago when influential whisky critic Jim Murray named Canada's Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye his World Whisky of The Year, with a record-qualifying ...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 5 Comments

  • Whisky review: Glenmorangie 2019 Private Edition Allta

    I've always respected Glenmorangie's Private Editions as genuine departures from the core Glenmorangie range. They often involve significant foresight and planning far beyond simply giving the whisky a 'finish' for a few months. Last year's Spios, for example, was wholly aged in ex-Rye casks for...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Starward's Two-Fold whisky wants to be your everyday go-to mixer

    Melbourne distiller Starward's new Two-Fold whisky isn't a single malt, but nor is it a blended whisky, at least not in the way that Scottish distilleries would use the term. What Two-Fold is, however, is a unique double-grain whisky – part malt, part grain – selling for $65 and...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • The case for blended Scotch whisky: why it's no sin to mix those malts

    It’s been a long time since blended Scotch was cool. In 2008, Scotland exported roughly 840 million bottles of it; in 2017 the number was basically the same, even as single malt exports exploded over the same period, from 71.8 million ­bottles to 122 million bottles, according to the Sc...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Scotland's next wave of whisky distilleries

    It's no secret that Scotch whisky is booming. The industry posted record-breaking exports in 2017, according to a report by the Scotch Whisky Association, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively) to a total of £4.37 billion (A$7.95 billion) – the...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Worldwide whisky honour for Sullivans Cove distiller Patrick Maguire

    Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove has added yet another honour to its ever-increasing haul, although this time it's for the man behind the multi-award winning whisky. Patrick Maguire, who is head distiller for the boutique operation and considered one of the founders of the booming Tasmanian w...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • These bespoke whisky and gin glasses bring spirits to life

    Want to increase your enjoyment of whisky and gin? Try pouring it into a glass that's been specifically designed to concentrate its aroma and flavour. The gold standard is Glencairn's whisky glass, released in 2001 after creator Raymond Davidson famously bemoaned the lack of glassware suitable f...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • Whisky lovers will want to try these three Japanese boutique brands

    Whisky from Japan has become one of the rarest, most luxurious categories, and for good reason. As is expected from Japan, endless attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection has led the country's growing legion of distillers to experiment and innovate, and in turn seeing whisky from The L...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • Why you should invest in whisky (seriously)

    In recent years we’ve seen whisky investing branch out into new and exciting categories. There's been a whisky cryptocurrency, auctions held for almost priceless bottlings, and bottle exchanges. Whisky as an investment you can feel, follow, and enjoy is bound to succeed. With too many bott...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2018 3 Comments

  • Sullivans Cove to release Special Cask #3

    Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove will be releasing the latest cask in their range of unique and rare malts, designated Special Cask #3. The Special Cask series was first launched in 2017, and is typically reserved for the rarest whiskies that Sullivans Cove offers, including one-of-a-kind rel...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 0 Comments

  • This whisky distillery is Scotland’s newest tourist attraction

    The world has its fair share of landmark wineries, notable not only for the quality of their products but for their spectacular architecture and ‘destination’ status – Marqués de Riscal and The d'Arenburg Cube air just two popular examples. Now the world o...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Sullivans Cove wins World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky award

    Australia’s own Sullivans Cove Distillery has been named as the producers of the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky in the 2018 World Whisky Awards. Awarded to a bottling of Sullivans Cove American Oak, with cask number HH0351, the winning whisky was distilled...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2018 2 Comments

  • Reviewed: the impressive Sullivans Cove whisky range

    Mention "Australian whisky" to anyone overseas, particularly in Asia, and if they've heard of it, there's a good chance they'll respond with "Oh, yes, I know Sullivans Cove"! Whilst Australia currently has a significant number of whisky distilleries – the exact number seems to be constantl...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2018 2 Comments

  • Sullivans Cove's new Double Cask single malt whisky - DC095

    If you’re looking for a new drop to try over the holidays, award-winning Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove will be releasing its first special edition Double Cask single malt whisky in late November. The new whisky is made with a combination of individually selected French oak ex-tawny a...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Review: Nantou Whisky Distillery OMAR Single Cask

    Ask most whisky drinkers about Taiwanese whisky, and they'll probably respond with "Taiwanese whisky? You mean Kavalan?" Whilst Kavalan undoubtedly produce some incredible Taiwanese whiskies (which we toured here), they're not the only ones. State-owned Nantou Whisky Distillery, in the cent...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Bladnoch Samsara

    Up until recently, the majority of bottlings from Bladnoch you'd see on shelves would be independent bottlings – from the likes of Gordon & Macphail, Duncan Taylor, Adelphi and SMWS amongst others – or older official bottlings, such as Diageo Rare Malts. That all changed in ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: The Macallan 12yo Double Cask

    There's been an undeniable 'non-age statement' trend in the whisky industry over the past few years, with many distilleries increasing the range and volume of their NAS whiskies. Sometimes this replaces age-statement counterparts in certain markets (like Glenlivet's Founders Reserve, which has r...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • Whisky review: Sweden's Mackmyra 10 Year Old

    Think of Sweden, and whisky is not what comes to mind. Ikea, ABBA and Volvo, certainly. But a single malt whisky, not so much. Yet Mackmyra is such a beast: a 'new world whisky' from Sweden which has just produced its first 10 year old single malt. Bottled at 46.1%, Mackmyra Ten Years was age...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • Bar review: J.Boroski, Hong Kong

    J.Boroski is the Hong Kong outpost of a popular Bangkok cocktail bar by the same name, with both interiors designed by Aussie Ashley Sutton (of Iron Fairies Bangkok and Ophelia Hong Kong fame). Despite only opening a few years ago, the cocktails at the Bangkok bar are said to be world class...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Inside the invitation-only Johnnie Walker House, Singapore

    Like its counterparts in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul, Johnnie Walker House Singapore is designed for the brand's private clients, drawn from the 'high net worth' and 'ultra-high net worth' ranks. Located within the Singapore offices of parent company Diageo, the Johnnie Walker Hou...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2017 3 Comments

  • Whisky review: Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof

    Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky is an affordable rye whisky which I originally bought for making cocktails – I've always enjoyed it in a Manhattan or Sazerac (a refreshing 'New Orleans variation' of a whiskey cocktail), where the 50% ABV holds up well. But it's also a well-regarded rye on ...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • Whisky notes: Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Red Rye Finish

    Let me start with a confession: despite my fondness for cocktails, I've only begun to drink whisky in the past year. It's been an enjoyable start, nudged forward with shots of tutelage from fellow journalists (of course!), frequent flyers and AusBT's resident whisky expert Martin Eber. The upsi...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2016 1 Comment

  • Whisky review: Westland American Single Malt Whiskey

    Mention "American Whiskey" to many people and you're likely to get a response along the lines of "Oh, you mean Bourbon?". They're the people who will never have heard of Seattle's Westland Distillery, which produces a range of single malts (and single cask expressions) drawing on the natural and...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

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