Australian and New Zealand Whisky

Diageo Invests In Australia’s Starward

By Richard Thomas Distill Ventures, the venture capital division of British drinks giant Diageo, has made its second major investment by putting money into Australia’s Starward Whisky. Based in a former Qantas Airlines hangar in Melbourne, Starward had been seeking AU$10 million in capital this year to fund expansion plans. The amount Distill Ventures has put into Starward remains undisclosed, ...

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Australia’s Sullivan Cove Releases $10,000 AUD Whisky

By Richard Thomas Tasmanian whisky distillery Sullivans Cove has created the most expensive bottle of Tasmanian whisky to date, priced at $10,000 AUD. Made from French oak-aged single malt from the distillery’s top awarded casks including French Oak HH0525 – the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky (World Whisky Awards); French Oak HH0390 – the Best Australian Single Malt 2015 and French ...

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New Zealand Releases First 25 Year Old Whisky Outside Europe and Japan

By Richard Thomas In a milestone for the spread of whiskey-making outside the traditional five regions of Canada, Ireland, Japan, the United States and Scotland, The New Zealand Whisky Collection has released a 25 year old whisky. This release is the first time a 25 year old whisky has come from a outside Japan and Europe. The New Zealand Whisky ...

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The Rise of Fake Whiskey

Bagpiper Indian whisky

By Richard Thomas If you mention the term “fake whiskey” in American whiskey circles, more likely than not you’ll find yourself in a conversation about labeling issues and so-called “Potemkin distilleries.” Yet to a broader set of whiskey fans, the term might refer to a far more disturbing trend, that of the rise of truly questionable and in some cases ...

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Review of World Whisky Awards 2014

By Richard Thomas Whisky magazine’s World Whisky Awards attracted more attention than usual this year, perhaps because of the new faces that were among the results. Several of the WWA 2014 picks were also highlighted during the course of the last year by The Whiskey Reviewer, and here is our guide to the award winners: Best American Bourbon: Colonel E.H. ...

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