Call it the brown stuff. Call it liquid gold. Heck, call it pretty much whatever you want as long as you keep pouring it. Seriously, we can’t get enough whisky which is why we’ve scoured the web for the best Australian whisky blogs. The greatest whisky expressions are masterpieces of craft and distinction, achieved through patience, experience, and loads of knowledge. And boy oh boy can those results be tasted. It’s therefore no wonder that so many people can’t stop talking about whisky, and that the best Australian whisky blogs are goldmines of valuable insight and information. We’ve compiled them here and then some. Read on so that you may be guided to some choice whisky that goes down smooth but sets your soul on fire.
This article is part of our Brews & Bottles Series.
The Whisky Ledger is one of the best Australian whisky blogs because it retains the essence of true blogging as it was first intended. That means doing away with flashy layouts or an emphasis on ranking to deliver a straightforward series of journal entries about a man and his beloved pastime. Accordingly, The Whisky Ledger is as approachable as a blog can get, and duly engaging by pure virtue of its palpable passion.
Tasmania’s #1 Whisky Blog (and one of Australia’s best whisky blogs) comes to us courtesy of the ongoing bromance between two whisky aficionados. Nick Turner and Alex “Ted” Matthews hold down regular jobs, but their true calling remains a love affair with the brown stuff. Their blog is at once a glimpse into their cheeky personalities and a living highlight reel of their whisky-based adventures. The pair also host tastings because, well, tastings rule.
Time For Whisky
Covering primarily the whisky scene in Hong Kong and Australia, Time For Whisky keeps readers up to speed on limited edition releases, press statements, future and past events, and pretty much everything else you can think of. The Time for Whisky team gets around to a lot of distilleries and tastings and usually puts their own formidable spin on the experience. This is a great place to read about whisky you may never get to try, or figure out which expressions you simply have to try no matter what it takes, and for more of the latest updates, photos and giveaways make sure follow them on Instagram.
Malt Mileage founder Angelo Capuano discovered premium Scotch whisky in 2009 and it definitely made an impression. So profound was his experience with whisky, in fact, that here we are 8 years later and he’s still writing about it. The Melbourne based blogger is always ready for the next delicious dram and just as ready to rate it accordingly. This is one of the best Australian whisky blogs for those seeking a vicarious foray into the spirit world.
The Whisky Club
Sure, you can hop around from blog to blog and live through other people’s experiences, or you can get your hands on the damn bottle. That brings us to the veritably awesome Whisky Club. The process couldn’t be simpler: you sign up, subscribe to a plan with no membership fee, send money for a bottle, and leave the selection in the hands of experts. In return you’ll get some of the best whisky in the world delivered straight to your door. If sounds dreamy and tastes dreamier.
The Whisky Order
The Whisky Order is a husband and wife duo who are quite simply living the dream. Steve and Sarah turned their love of both whisky and travel into a full time gig that has them bouncing around the world in search of the next dram or newest distillery. They estimate that they’ve tried over 1,000 drams between the two of them. It’s likely they’ll try at least 1,000 more. Each adventure is documented on their blog with glorious detail and distinct personality. All we want to know is: are they hiring?
Whisky is only part of a much larger industry that includes wine, beer, other spirits, restaurants, events and brands. If you want to keep pace with the whole shebang, skip the personal blogs and check out this renowned online magazine instead.
A few of you might be saying, “What’s up with the ice ball store and retail operation? We thought this was a list of the best Australian whisky blogs.” To which we say in return, “You’ll read what we tell you to read! Now sip your whisky and slow your roll!” Whoa…sorry about that. As mentioned earlier we’ve been drinking all day and sometimes that booze goes straight to our heads. In any case, we proudly present D.T.W.C. (aka Distant Thunder Whisky Club). It’s a collective of whisky enthusiasts who get together and do what enthusiasts do best: drink whisky, talk about whisky, possibly bathe in whisky. If you’re too far away to be there in person you can follow the action online. Now stop complaining. Geesh.
Master of Malt
When it comes to not just the brown stuff but pretty much any liquid that can get you drunk, the award-winning site Master of Malt is the resource to end all resources. It’s informative, comprehensive and seemingly endless in terms of content. And while the site isn’t based in Australia, they cover plenty of Australian whiskies and also have a blog and that’s good enough for us.
The Tasmanian Whisky Trail
It seems that regions all over the world are finding unique ways to express themselves through whisky and Tasmania is no exception. In fact the island is celebrating a spectacular craft whisky movement this very minute. For those curious, head over to The Tasmanian Whisky Trail to find out what it’s all about. Meet the people behind the brands. Explore the land. And most importantly: try the whisky!
The Whisky Marketplace
If you’re looking for a database that compiles all the best whiskies at the best prices, look no further. The Whisky Marketplace is also a helpful resource when it comes to recommendations and even recipes.
Whisky and Wisdom
An interesting collection of stories, reviews and advice from a seasoned professional in the liquor industry, offering different viewpoints and in-depth analysis of some of the rarest malts available.
This article is part of our Brews & Bottles Series.