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Following my interview with Jim McEwan on Bruichladdich back in September 2014, the Master Distiller spoke to us about the inspiration behind The Botanist Gin and the origins of the spirit that is distilled using 31 botanicals, 22 of which are native to Islay. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’ series. Jim McEwan
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International whisky expert, the late Dr Jim Swan who played a major role in the development of Kavalan Whisky visited Sydney in 2013 to launch the Taiwanese whisky. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’ series. Dr Jim Swan on Kavalan Whisky – Photo © Cocktails & Bars Dr Jim Swan Speaking at a
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Before Sullivans Cove French Oak was named “World’s Best Single Malt” at the World Whiskies Awards in 2014 which catapulted the Tasmanian whisky to world stage, I met with Patrick Maguire, Sullivans Cove Whisky Master Distiller and Chairman of the Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association in 2012. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’ series.
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John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador of Tullamore DEW visited Sydney in July 2014 and hosted a deconstruction blending session and tasting of the Irish Whiskey. We caught up with him after the seminar to chat about the new distillery and trends in Irish Whiskey. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’ series. John Quinn
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Bill Samuels Jr is the son of Maker’s Mark founder, former President of Maker’s Mark and Maker’s Mark Chairman Emeritus. During his visit to Sydney in 2013 to launch Maker’s Mark 46, I had the privilege of a one on one candid interview with Bill Samuels Jr. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’
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Est. 2015 Colin Scott, Chivas Regal Master Blender visited Sydney in 2014 to launch Chivas Regal Extra, at the time, the first expression to be released in almost ten years. We caught up with Colin at various events including a private lunch followed by this one-on-one interview. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’
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Est. 2015 In 2011, I had the opportunity to interview Brian Nation, then Jameson Whiskey Distiller and Ambassador during his visit to Sydney. Brain holds a Worshipful Company of Distillers Award for achieving the highest results in the world in 2006, making him the first Irish Distiller to receive this award. This article is part
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Est. 2015 In 2012, internationally renowned bartender Sam Ross of Milk & Honey NYC (now Attaboy) presented a training session on cocktail families to a group of bartenders at The Loft in Sydney. He approached the cocktail education event as if the audience were a new member of staff at the esteemed New York bar.
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Est. 2015 In 2015, Dave Broom, renowned whisky writer, visited Australia for the launch of the 2015 John Walker & Sons Private Collection in Melbourne and World Class Australia Finals in Sydney. We caught up with him at both events and in this interview, he shares his thoughts on blends and single malts, age statements
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Est. 2015 In September 2014, Jim McEwan, then Bruichladdich Master Distiller visited Sydney during his Australian #JimDownUnder2014 tour. After a private and intimate tasting of the Bruichladdich range which culminated in tasting Octomore 6.1 – the most heavily peated whisky in the world at the time – I had a one-on-one interview with Jim in
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Est. 2015 Next in our ‘Meet the Distiller‘ series, aimed at promoting the hard-working individuals behind Australian craft distilleries and their brands, we meet Shane Casey, Head Distiller at Brix Distillers in Sydney. Shane Casey, Brix Distillers – Photo Supplied Tell us a little about yourself, your position and where you work.Shane Casey: I’m originally
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Est. 2015 From architecture to distilling Singapore’s first craft gin, meet Tim Whitefield, Distiller & Co-Founder of Tanglin Gin. Tim Whitefield, Tanglin Gin – Photo Supplied Tell us a little about yourself, your background and how long you’ve been distilling. I was born in Dorset, England, trained as an Architect, spent some time in Canada,
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Est. 2015 Meet Matt Hofmann, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington, and one of the founding members of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission. Matt Hofmann, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Westland Distillery – Photo Credit: Supplied In a country known for bourbon production, why make American single malt whiskey? Because
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Est. 2015 In 2016, Giuseppe Gallo created Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto from a recipe dating back to the late 1800s. It won the Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2017. Cocktails & Bars was the first publication in Australia to feature Italicus in October 2016 and again in
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