Every Must Drink at Event Happening During Melbourne Whisky Week

Melbourne has a new festival, and it’s all about whisky.

Launching later this month, from Friday August 20 to Sunday, August 29, Melbourne Whisky Week will feature 40 different events across over 30 venues and sites in the city, suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula.

Melbourne is often celebrated for it’s food and cocktail culture, but whisky is another thing that Victorians love and do well, and sometimes flies under the radar.

Not only do we have some of the best whisky bars in the country, we also have some of the biggest whisky collections that Australia has to offer, not to mention that we have our very own homegrown whisky brand Starward, constantly churning out new delights in Port Melbourne.

The Melbourne Whisky Festival will feature bespoke behind-the-scenes distillery tours, masterclasses in whisky, spirits and cocktails, elegant dinners and desserts paired with the best drops, a two-day pop-up event at Federation Square, a trivia night for whisky and spirit buffs, the opportunity to barrel/bottle your own whiskey and gin to take home, a self-drive tour of award-winning Mornington Peninsula distilleries and dozens of mouth-wateringly unique tasting sessions.

PHEW. It’s a lot, we know, but what a fabulous excuse to get out and do something adventurous and delicious.

We’ve put a round-up of all the key events together.

These are the upcoming highlights of Melbourne Whisky Week, 2021.

The Melbourne Whisky, Spirit and Barrel Pop-Up Launch

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square
When: Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21.
What: A two-day showcase of whisky, spirits, cocktails, barrel beer and wine featuring tasting stalls, pop-up bars and masterclasses.

Dram-Fine Adventure

When: Wednesday, August 25
Where: Speakeasy venue tour
What: Join Speakeasy Group Owner, Whisky Freaks Founder and bonafide whisky obsessive Greg Sanderson on a Dram Fine adventure to his three favourite Melbourne whisky haunts, Eau-de-Vie, Nick & Nora’s and Boilermaker House, supported by The Exchange. Starting at Eau-de-Vie, you will be treated to two whiskies and snacks at each venue, finishing the evening with a nightcap (or two) at Boilermaker House. This roving and interactive dram adventure is the perfect antidote to the “at home” nips of the past year.

Festival Masterclass Hub

Where: Whisky & Alement
When: Running from Tuesday, August 24 through to
Sunday, August 29
What: An assortment of speciality masterclasses. A highlight will be the Japanese Whisky Masterclass on Saturday, August 21. With this tasting, you’ll learn about Japan’s emergence as a global whisky player. You’ll taste the country’s most renowned whiskies, learn about where they’re from, how they are made and why some bottle batches fetch jaw-dropping prices.

78 Degrees World’s Best Grain Whisky Tasting

Where: Whisky & Alement
When: Thursday, August 26.
What: Exclusive access to the 2021 World’s Best Grain Whisky. One of the very last bottles of the award-winning batch of 78 Degrees Native Grain Project will be opened on the night and available to purchase by the nip or half nip. This whisky will be available on a first come, first served basis until sold out, so make sure you get in early. 78 Degrees whisky expert Fred
Siggins will be on hand to chat about this incredible liquid and offer attendees a free sample of the newly released 78 Degrees Australian Whiskey. Whisky & Alement will also have a boilermaker special and cocktails featuring 78 Degrees available for purchase throughout
the evening.

Lexus of Brighton Distillery Driving Tour

Where: to the Mornington Peninsula.
When: August 21 to Sunday, August 29
What: A self-guided tour of distilleries offering special tastings and one-off MWW discounts. It runs from Saturday. Venues include Saint Felix (Mordialloc), Chief’s Son (Somerville), JimmyRum (Dromana), Red Hill Estate and St Andrew’s Beach Brewery.

Gospel x Rascal Brunswick Distillery Tour

Where: Gospel x Rascal Brunswick Distillery
When: Sunday, August 22
What: Hosted by Gospel Whisky distiller Andrew Fitzgerald, it will
be followed by a four-course meal paired with cocktails in the distillery, cooked by Rascal’s head chef Kyle Nicol.

Whiskeys of the World Masterclasses

Where: Emerald Peacock
When: August 21
What: Taste whiskies from different regions of the world, complete with canapes. Brands include Chivas Regal, Laphroaig, Nikka, Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Woodford Reserve, Jamesons, and Redbreast.

Suntory Whisky Dinner

Where: Bincho Boss
When: Thursday, August 26.
What: It promises to be an incredible culinary experience, taking you through Japanese food and whisky culture in five delicious courses paired with Suntory Whisky.

Degustation Pairing Experience

Where: Eureka 89
When: August 23
What: Celebrate Melbourne Whisky Week with a specially curated, five-course chef’s tasting menu with whisky pairing. This event is partnered with Brown-Forman’s whisky ambassador to showcase some of the world’s best whiskies. Eureka 89 Executive Chef Renee Martillano has designed a menu to go perfectly with the flavour profiles of each whisky.

Whisky Paedia Trivia

Where: Campari House
When: Thursday, August 26
What: Think you know everything about whisky and spirits? Come test your knowledge against others in the know. The night promises to offer amazing whisky and plenty of fiery competition.

Sherry and Whisky – A Match Made in Heaven

Where: Bomba
When: Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 29
What: Bomba has rounded up a selection of lesser-used, sherry-matured
whiskies including Kilchoman aged in Fino casks, and an independent bottling of Glen Moray aged in Manzanilla casks, which will be served alongside sherries of the same style, allowing you to experience the influence of the casks..

Whisky & Cigar – Reinvented

Where: Chancery Lane
When: Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 29
What: is taking the distinguished whisky and cigar duo to the next level. Sample a duck-fat, old-fashioned cocktail paired with Chef Rob’s Chancery chocolate cigar.

Australian Whisky Tasting Flight

Where: Matilda
When: from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 29
What: Cosy up in Matilda’s underground Oscar’s Bar and enjoy a tasting flight of four local whiskies selected by Matilda beverage manager, Clint Fox. The tasting will be a nod to Matilda’s emphasis on native Australian ingredients. Featured drops are Old Kempton The Old Stables, Hellyers Road Pinot Noir whisky, The Gospel Solera Rye and Starward Solera. If the tasting flight leaves you wanting more, Matilda has created a smoking whisky cocktail with native saltbush, available for Melbourne Whisky Week only.

Whisky, Cocktails and Snacks

Where: Longrain and Longsong Bar
When: from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 29
What: Longsong’s wine and cocktail masters have created three amazing
Thai-inspired whisky cocktails for Melbourne Whisky Week with specially matched snacks.

Whisky, Cheese or Chocolate

Where: Eau-de-Vie
When: Tuesday, August 24.
What: A night to remember, with five whiskies paired with either Koko Black chocolates or Artisan cheeses.

Whisk(e)y Cocktails Masterclass

Where: The Douglas Club at The Hilton Melbourne (Little Queen
When: Saturday, August 21
What: A 90-minute journey capturing the golden age of travel with
four whisk(e)y recipes from different eras all with contemporary twists, presented by Bar Manager Gee Shanmugam. In the masterclass, Gee will guide and showcase the art of making cocktails, including The Douglas Club’s signature Cameron’s Kick, two highlighted handcrafted drinks and one new cocktail developed especially for MWW. This is a unique
one-off event including four drinks, cheese, charcuterie platter and snack pairings.

Bourbon and Blues

Where: The Catfish
When: Thursday, August 26
What: Join us for a night of corn-drams and crooners, showcasing some of Melbourne’s finest bawlers and drawlers. Your ticket entitles you to a cocktail on arrival a carefully curated flight of bourbons and three hours of quality tunes.

You can book and browse all the events throughout Melbourne Whisky Week online, via their official website.

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