We’re starting to get a bit excited as Sydney Whisky Fair rumbles towards us, just over two weeks away.
As the last loose ends are coming together, we’ll have some Fair announcements for you in the coming days, but if you haven’t been paying attention we’ve already had some pretty big announcements recently. Each year we run a series of masterclass tastings in the lead up to Fair. We think that if you’ve bought a ticket to Whisky Fair you should spend all your time in the Fair, and so our events are run on separate nights.
The week leading up to Fair is always strewn with anticipation and events, but this year is bigger than ever. In fact, we think this is the biggest Sydney Whisky Fair week in the history of the event.
Next week we’ll delve deep into single cask territory with the Rest & Be Thankful tasting (watch out for that Octomore) and dig into the archives for the long-sold-out Ardbeg Night. But that’s just a precursor to the week after where we’ve back-to-back-to-back fun.
Just announced is a GlenDronach tasting dedicated to single casks. Rarer and rarer, we’re not sure how often we’ll be able to hold tastings like this (it’s been three years since the last one). That’s taking place Tuesday 21 before our new favourite tradition for the Wednesday before the Fair – Tim Duckett’s annual visit. The man behind Heartwood and Tasmanian Independent Bottlers, he’ll take us through the current state of the scene down south and a window into life as an indie bottler in Australia. That’s Wednesday 22.
Finally, on Fair Eve Thursday 23, the Annual Australian Whisky Distillers Dinner happens again, in a new rooftop home in Surry Hills. With views across the city and visits from distillers out of Belgrove, Fleurieu, Archie Rose, Craft Works and more – these are always very special nights.
It’s going to be a hell of a fun couple of weeks. If you’re coming on the full journey with us, we salute you.
Whisky Fair Week
Tuesday 21 August: GlenDronach Single Cask Tasting
Wednesday 22 August: Tim Duckett’s Trails Through Tasmania
Thursday 23 August: Australian Whisky Distillers Dinner
Friday 24 August: Whisky Fair Day 1
Saturday 25 August: Whisky Fair Day 2