Bartenders, World Whisky Day is near and if you’re looking to discover and learn about whisky – Saturday 20th May is the day. So book your seat and prepare your paletes to be taken on a journey through the ‘water of life’. Here are our top picks of events taking place across Australia.
World Whisky Day Tours at Starward Distillery
Starward Distillery, Port Melbourne
Sessions run every hour from 12.30pm to 7.30pm
$55.00 plus booking fee
Located in Port Melbourne, Starward Distillery is inviting guests to join their team in celebrating World Whisky Day with eight grand tours. Starward’s takes on a modern approach and is a culmination of nine years of research and development. Embracing techniques from around the world, Stewards use the best resources Australia has to offer, including barley, barrels and climate.
Tickets include a tour of the distillery and educating guests on how whisky is made from barley to bottle; a World Whisky Day cocktail, lunch from one of Melbourne’s famed food trucks and a gift. Of course, there will be plenty of whisky to be sampled, as well as the chance to fill your own mini bottle of whisky, straight from the cask.
World Whisky Tasting Flights at Tokyo Bird
Tokyo Bird, Sydney
1pm – midnight
Flights start from $30
Japanese Whisky bar Tokyo Bird in Sydney’s Surry Hills will be hosting World Whisky Day for its third year. Offering two-hour slots guests can enjoy tasting flights and a special whisky-inspired food menu. Not only will the tastings concentrate on Japanese whiskies but also whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, Australia and America on offer.
World Whisky Day Degustation Dinner
with Redlands Distillery and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Redlands Distillery, Hobart
Ticket cost: $272.69
5:00pm – 10:30pm
Redlands Distillery in Hobart is collaborating with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society for an unforgettable whisky degustation dinner. Five very rare single cask, cask strength expressions will be expertly paired with dishes by renowned Tasmanian chef Waji Spiby. An opportunity not to be missed, the night will open up the vaults of the Society, with National Ambassador Matt Bailey leading guests through the history of each dram. The Society will also be offering membership to the world’s biggest whisky club, and guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase a bottle of Redlands’ World Whisky Day cask, laid down two years ago.
A courtesy shuttle is included in the ticket price, picking up guests at 5pm sharp from 1 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. Limited tickets available.
World Of Whisk(e)y at The Flying Cock
The Flying Cock, Brisbane
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The team at 100Proof will showcase award-winning whiskies from around the globe and to top things off the event in FREE. Representatives from the distilleries will present the amazing array of whiskies that will be on offer in a fun, interactive and approachable way. The free event will also offer food and drinks upon arrival.
The Whisky Show and Masterclasses
Stamford Plaza, Sydney
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets $80, Masterclasses $25
It’s not often you will find, 25 exhibitors and 60 brands showcasing around 200 different types of whiskies from around the world all in the one place. If you’re serious about whisky, this is the place to be. In addition, four masterclasses will be running on the day, each presented by international ambassadors visiting for the event. Guest Master Class presenters include Kim Lu from Kavalan in Taiwan, Stewart Buchanan from BenRiach in the UK, Peyton Mason from LAWS Whiskey House in Denver USA and Graham Nicolson from Tomatin in Scotland.
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