Bundaberg Small Batch

Type: Rum

Origin: Queensland, Australia

ABV: 40%

Malt Mileage rating: ⭐⭐⭐


As Melbourne’s scorching 37 degree Celsius day came to a close and the sun set, I craved sweet sugary rum over ice. A bottle of Bundaberg Small Batch had been sitting in my drinks cabinet for some time and I was worried it felt neglected. So, I decided to give it a bit of attention.  Continue reading

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Lake House Daylesford Tasting Menu (Degustation) 

The Lake House is a hotel which is located in regional Victoria within Daylesford, a town renowned for its natural mineral springs, pristine lakes, wineries, and, most importantly, foodie culture.

The hotel’s restaurant is highly acclaimed. In Australia “chef’s hats” are awarded to restaurants by the The Age Good Food Guide, and they’re kind of a big deal. The Lake House restaurant boasts two chef’s hats. Continue reading

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Glenfiddich 18 year old 

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Victoria, Australia

ABV: 46%

Malt Mileage rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Bakery Hill Double Wood (Barrel 7773)

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Victoria, Australia

ABV: 46%

Malt Mileage rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Edit

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What a terrific Saturday afternoon – my wife and I are snuggled up on a sofa in the Lake House Daylesford’s Sutton Suite, and I have a glass of local single malt in my hand. That single malt is Bakery Hill Double Wood from barrel #7773.

Gosh, this is a flavour packed whisky. Caramel, citrus peel and spice (clove, cinnamon) is prominent at first, then cocoa and raisin lead into a classy finale of wood smoke, candied orange peel and spiced fruit mince pie/fruit cake. That clove and cinnamon keeps my palate tingling for ages, and after the spices fade turkish delight remains with lemon peel.

A splash of spring water seems to release more citrus peel and soften the spice a little. It still tastes of sweet fruit cake though. Absolutely delicious.

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Highland Park Cask 1140 – HWF038

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Orkney, Scotland 

ABV: 66.4%

Malt Mileage rating: stars 4

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Aged: 12 years  Continue reading

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Review: Whisky Loot

Some time ago, a business named “Whisky Loot” sent me an unsolicited e-mail requesting my postal address. Soon after sharing my place of abode with them, a “Whisky Loot” tasting pack arrived at my door.  The sample pack contained the following three 60ml bottles: 

  • Limeburners Port Cask 
  • Pure Scot 
  • Koval Four Grain

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Tasting three European brandies: Hennessy VSOP, Vecchia Romagna and Asbach Urbrand

Brandy, the quintessential staple for booze loving grandmas the world over, is pretty cool in my book.

Growing up, brandy was used to disinfect my wounds and it was sprinkled on my socks to ward off the flu. It added kick to home-made tiramisu and flavoured my grandpa’s espresso. Continue reading

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