A massive thank you Melbourne for three fabulous days!

Ben Baranow, thank you for inviting Fleurieu Distillery to Whisky & Dreams, it was a fantastic event to be part of. A wonderful venue at Starward and amazing team behind the scenes made it so welcoming for exhibitors and guests. You must be enormously proud. Fleurieu Facebook friends old and new who attended, it was so good to meet, catch up and hear about so many of you planning to venture down to visit the Fleurieu. I can honestly say the region is beautiful and won’t disappoint!

In true Melbourne style, Gareth and I have been ‘wowed’ with amazing whiskies during our visit. The knowledgeable staff of Melbourne whisky bars, guided us through a world wide appreciation of diversity and deliciousness. This is where I have an enormous list of thanks. As a newbie to the wonderful world and history of whisky I can highly recommend visiting these places. Being able to talk to others who are passionate about whisky and tasting what is on offer from around the globe really widens understanding and appreciation of world whiskies.

Jaine, from the Whisky Den – thank you so much for your time! While Gareth and I shared a variety of whiskies – it was special to taste the Millstone from the Netherlands. Let us know when you head down our way, it’d be great to show you around the distillery.

To the crew at Whisky & Alement – you never disappoint! It was wonderful catching up with you. Julian, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to chat about all things whisky around the globe and taking us through some very different bottlings.

Yao and Kelvin from the Elysian, I have to say, your amazing knowledge of distilleries and the expressions we tasted were both superb. I learnt so much and can’t wait to see what you have on the bar to taste when we next visit.

Bad Frankie with Seb and crew, we applaud for your devotion to celebrating Australian spirits, thank you. We loved our tasting of Aussie drams from NSW and Tassie. Looking forward to sharing a few drams with you when you visit in a few weeks.

Finally, Jose from Casa de Vinos… we felt enormously privileged that after the long day at Whisky and Dreams you opened your doors to walk and talk us through such varied whisky history and styles – so memorable and thought provoking. We appreciated your hospitality, knowledge and kindness.

Melbourne, you certainly have an amazing whisky community!