Celebrate World Whisky Day!

The Federal Election may have only just happened, but it’s also World Whisky Day this week, and if you ask me, that’s way more exciting than the world of politics.

World Whisky Day invites whisky lovers from around the world to gather with friends and celebrate the “water of life’’.

The day was founded by author and drinks consultant Blair Bowman in 2011. He started a whisky drinking club while living in Barcelona.

He noticed World Gin Day had gained in popularity around the world and wondered why there wasn’t a similar day to celebrate whisky.

He purchased the domain for WorldWhiskyDay.com and began growing the concept.

We’re happy to help you on your celebratory way, with Benriach Whisky the feature distillery in the current Sense of Taste catalogue.

Benriach’s history can be traced back to 1898 when it was established in the Speyside area of Scotland.

Starting with the 10yo matured in Bourbon, Sherry and virgin Oak, the signature Speyside style is ever present with smooth malt, apple and pear and a delicious spicy vanilla finish.

The Smoky 10 adds Highland Peat into the mix. The peat character is in balance with the fruity notes and adds a mouth-watering smoky note while not overpowering the orchard fruit characters and maintaining Benriach’s signature style.

The 12yo, sees Sherry, Bourbon and Port cask maturation. The added complexity and richness through the addition of the Port cask, plus the additional two years of maturation, deliver a caramel-like colour and an intensity of flavour characterised by maraschino cherry, baked orange and sultana with a hint of mocha in the finish.

If you’re looking to buy local, the Starward Octave Barrels is a modern Australian whisky shaped by an icon of Australian red wine. This whisky won double gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Octave Barrels is aged in Yalumba’s iconic The Octavius Shiraz barrels. It’s a single malt where raisin, anise and caramel flavours meld with rich, dark fruits.

The Octavius is the world’s only red wine aged in 100L octave-sized barrels. Once The Octavius was bottled, freshly emptied barrels were sent to Port Melbourne and filled with Starward’s signature single malt.

These American Oak barrels aged the whisky more intensely and the smaller volume created more wood-whisky interaction, allowing it to soak up more of The Octavius Shiraz characteristics as it matured.

Octave Barrels is available at the Portside and Tarragindi stores, and will soon be online.

Other catalogue specials include saving up to $12 on a bottle of Glenfiddich 12-year-old Scotch Whisky ($67.99). You can also grab the mellow Singleton Malt Masters for $53.99.