Sunday 28 July 2013

PR #13: Whisky Live Sydney and Whisky dinner with Martine Nouet

We're lucky in Sydney - each winter we get 3 major whisky shows - The Whisky Show in July (see link for our review), The Oak Barrel's Whisky Fair in September, and nestled nicely in-between - Whisky Live, the only International show of the three.

Held in a new venue for 2013 (Paddington Town Hall), WhiskyLive returns to Sydney this Friday-Saturday (2nd and 3rd August) with over 110 whiskies on tasting. Looking through the list on the website, we're particularly looking forward to the Finlaggan (a #101drams whisky), Glen Grant Five Decades, Octomore 5.1 and Starward, not to mention a few surprise drams that we've been fortunate enough to hear about (cue nose tapping here).

Tickets are $95 and include a Glencairn crystal glass, hot food and all the samples you can (responsibly) enjoy. See the website for ticket purchases, and we may see you there on Friday!

...but if that's not enough for you...Whisky Live are also holding a dinner this Thursday 1st August, hosted by Martine Nouet - TV host, Whisky judge, contributor and former editor of "Whisky Magazine". Held at Sydney's Four Seasons hotel in conjunction with Executive Chef Jess Ong, the dinner will be a black-tie affair (who doesn't love a good excuse to don a tux?) and is a six-course degustation with six matched whiskies. No word on what the whiskies are, but given Martine's pedigree, I'm sure they'll be excellent and exquisitely matched.

Further information from Whisky Live's press release:
In Australia for the first time and considered one of the world’s five top whisky tasters, Martine has paired whisky and food for grand dinners across Europe, the UK, and the USA. She has a TV series called “Whisky Chef”, is senior contributor and whisky judge for Whisky Magazine in the UK and was Editor of its sister publication in France - where she is affectionately known as La Reine de L’Alambi (Queen of the Pot-Still). Martine has written food columns extensively for French newspapers, is author of a book on single malt whisky, Les Routes Des Malts and is a judge at the annual International Wine and Spirit competition in London.

In a personal pairing, Martine moved her life to the Scottish Isle of Islay and loves her home amongst eight of Scotland’s top single malt distilleries. She regularly pairs food with whisky at the Islay Whisky Festivals.

Four Seasons’ Executive Chef, Jess Ong trained initially and worked extensively in France. He has collaborated directly with Martine to deliver an extraordinary experience for both whisky and food lovers in Australia.

Tickets are available on line at or by telephone on (02) 83380032. Seat price, inclusive of whiskies and Ong’s six course degustation is $195 per person and are arranged in tables of ten.

 - Martin.

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