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New Zealand



Nikka Miyagikyo NA – Kosciusko National Park, Snowy Mountains, Australia
Silky Japanese Single Malt in an Australian alpine setting

Nikka from the Barrel – Harold Reid Reserve, Sydney – A great value, arguably iconic, Japanese whisky and a romantic picnic on the water.

Kirin Fuji Sanroku Signature Blend, North Curl Curl RocksA complex Japanese whisky from an established liquor giant at a weatherbeaten coastal location

Ichiro’s Malt Double Distilleries, Rockclimbing on Sydney’s North Shore – A blend of two single malts from one of Japan’s most sought after whisky brands at a leafy rockclimbing crag

Suntory TokiMiddle Head Gun Emplacements, A surprising blended whisky at a WWII artillery emplacement

Suntory Hakushu 12YO Single Malt – Hakushu Distillery, JapanAn Iconic Japanese single malt at a distillery nestled into a forest

Helios Pure Malt, a local rockclimbing cragA coastal Okinawan Malt enjoyed after a sunny afternoon of rockclimbing


Joadja Single Malt 2YO PX Cask Batch 7 – Mt Boyce, An Australian Estate produced whiskey and a legendary rockclimbing crag

Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky (Cellar Door Handfill), Archie Rose Single Malt (Batch 1) – Archie Rose Distillery, Award winning whiskies from an acclaimed distillery in the heart of Sydney

Starward Two Fold – Stringybark Creek Bridge, A breakthrough Australian Blended whisky from Victoria in the entrance of a portal to a punkish oasis

Joadja Single Malt Batch 11 Ex Oloroso Ex Bourbon – Joadja Distillery, A ‘paddock to bottle’ Australian single malt at a hideaway distillery

Lark Small Cask Aged Single Malt (2014 Port Cask) REVIEW COMING SOON


Aberlour 12Lindfield Rocks. An evening of rockclimbing with the master of adventure

Glenmorangie 18 – Sydney HarbourA classic, rich single malt surrounded by iconic scenery

Ardbeg Uigeadail – Wamberal Beach An excellent Islay whisky on a seaweed strewn, windy beach

Glenlivet 15 Solera Cask – Curl Curl Headland, A single malt from a renowned distillery on a rugged sea cliff

Aberlour A’bunadh – A Sydney rockclimbing crag A superb cask strength sherry cask whisky and some steep climbing

Berry Bros & Rudd Dailuaine 2000 11 yr old Single Cask Single Malt – Bamvinos Pizzeria, A single cask Speyside by an independent bottler at a sensational pizzeria

Loch Lomond Original Single Malt – Warrumbungles National Park, A surprising budget Highland single malt among ancient volcanoes

Berry Bros Blue Hanger 11th Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Bamvino Pizzeria An interesting blended scotch at a pizzeria with a surprising range of whiskies

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or – The Back Balcony, An elegant Sauternes cask single malt at my parent’s home

Glenlivet 12 Double Oak – Blue Lake, A re-badged classic Speyside beside a frozen glacial lake

Highland Earl 3yo – The Outlaws Property A young blended scotch at a country property

Glenmorangie Signet – Flying Squadron Sailing ClubAn elegant, classic blended scotch at waterfront restaurant

Johnnie Walker Black Label – Tiger Snake Canyon, A blended scotch from one of the most recognisable names in whisky, deep within a remote canyon


Bushmills 10YO – Swains Creek, An Irish single malt along a secluded suburban forest trail

Method & Madness Single Grain (Virgin Spanish Oak Finish) – ‘The Factory’ , A flavorful single grain in an abandoned factory

Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey – Zed’s Shed, Irish Whiskey in a magical hideaway

Powers Gold Label – Secret Harbor Cabins, A delicious Irish Whiskey among handbuilt fishing cabins


Wild Turkey Longbranch , under the Jacarandahs Welcoming the weekend in a sea of purple

Jim Beam Double Oak , Q StationA ‘double’ matured bourbon at a coastal Quarantine Station


Terrenpelli Porti REVIEW COMING SOON

New Zealand

Dunedin DoubleWood 16 YO REVIEW COMING SOON