I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Victoria's Whisky Wonderland
Southern Whisky Trails is all about tracking down the very best whisky in Victoria and, thankfully, taking whisky enthusiasts with them as they explore the history of whisky, the distilling process, techniques & trends and search for great whisky bars.
Who thought judging a good whisky would be so involved.
As they say on their website "Whisky is the prism through which we explore the cities and the regions – the scenery, the local produce, distilling trends and the stories and people behind the craft".
I've always enjoyed a wee dram, it's my Scottish heritage, but must admit I'd never looked too far into the distillers craft and certainly never thought of bourbon as a whisky. I've tried Timboon Distillery whisky from the State's southwest and brushed up on the areas illicit bootlegging history. But now I'm looking for great Japanese and Tasmanian varieties and trying to come to terms with the likes of single malt verses peated, double distilled, single cask, small barrel, French oak, sherry cask, aged …………
Timboon Railway Shed Distillery produces a great drop in southwest Victoria ...
..... and their tasting room is a real eye opener. Photo's: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
It's looks as though I'm going to have to put some effort into a lengthy and ongoing research program. But hey, someone has to do it!!
You too could be a part of it by booking with Southern Whisky Tours for one of their upcoming events.
Southern Whisky Trails can take you on an adventure seeking out the very best whisky to be had in Victoria.
02 June – Saturday Session: Whisky & Shine (1PM – 6:30PM) Enjoy an afternoon of some of Melbourne's best whisky secrets – a Japanese-inspired whisky bar and two boutique distilleries. Sample the wonderful world of whisky and grain spirits in Melbourne. Cost $169.
16 June – The Otways Whisky Washout: Beer & Whisky (7:30AM – 5:45PM) Get out of town for a day of local artisanal produce, craft beer, whisky, liqueurs and an ice-cream making class out in Victoria's wild west. Learn about Victoria's illicit whisky past, how whisky is made and see where it sleeps! Cost $289.
30 June – Whisky: A South Side Story (Full Day Tour) (10:00AM – 6:30PM) Do you have what it takes for our full day whisky adventure? Visit three Melbourne distilleries and get to know four Victorian whisky brands. Learn everything you need to know about the whisky making process. Enjoy prizes and a delicious two-course lunch. End the day with a cocktail making class. Cost $289.
07 July – Saturday Session: Whisky & Shine (1PM – 6:30PM) Enjoy an afternoon of some of Melbourne's best whisky secrets – a Japanese-inspired whisky bar and two boutique distilleries. Sample the wonderful world of whisky and grain spirits in Melbourne. Cost $169.
13 July – The Friday Hooky: A VIP Whisky Experience (Timboon & Starward) (12:30PM – 4:30PM) Knock off at noon for a leisurely lunch, an afternoon of whisky tasting and a visit to an impressive Melbourne distillery. End the tour by hand bottling your own unique cask strength whisky directly from the barrel. Cost $289.
Checkout the website www.southernwhiskytrails.com.au for further events and tours, full details, terms & conditions, on-line bookings and details of Gift Vouchers and Corporate Events.
The light at the end of a Southern Whisky Trails tour.