Gareth’s very first visit to Whisky & Alement involved Luke McCarthy sneaking him in upstairs where Brian Hollingworth from Black Gate was presenting his fine single malts. Whisky & Alement have possibly the most diverse collection, and knowledgeable staff  in Melbourne.  This is due to the drive and philosophy of two leading bar owners in Australia.  Today we are celebrating Brooke Hayman and Julian White…


Brooke Hayman
Grace, style and knowledge are exemplified in this extraordinary whisky woman.  Brooke Hayman’s true leadership shines through in her attention to detail.  As co-owner, her work behind the scenes at Whisky & Alement ensures things run smoothly.  While she does not seek acclaim or recognition for the amazing things she has personally accomplished, those around her are the first to cheer and publicly acknowledge these.

Julian White
As a pioneer of the Melbourne whisky bar scene, Julian has continued to go from strength to strength and this has so much to do with his people first approach.  Julian’s passion to widen whisky horizons for others around him and promote the Australian Whisky Industry here and abroad shows big picture thinking.

I first met Brooke and Julian in 2017 when theywhole Whisky and Alement team visited us at our distillery cellar door.   To be perfectly honest at that time I was a novice in this collective group of remarkable whisky knowledge and experience.

Thank you both for your encouragement when I was taking my first steps into whisky and for your amazing hospitality at Whisky & Alement.  Your kindness in sharing favourite drams and ideas over the last few years has continued to enrich my whisky journey.  After our visits to you Gareth and I always leave feeling as though we gained so much more than we have been able to offer. I am hoping in years to come the whisky from these Apera and Tawny barrels will just shine!


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