Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Fresh Start? - Whisky Live Australia 2012

It looks like Whisky Live in on again for Australia. This time the announcements are indicating 3 events on 3 separate dates:

Perth – Tuesday 12st & Wednewday 22nd February

Melbourne – Wednesday 6th June

Sydney – Wednesday 15th August

As you can tell by the dates these are slap bang in the middle of a working week. I don't know about you but dramming 8 or 10 or even 16 whiskies in an evening while having to get to work the next day is a bit hardcore in anyones books. Also having an event mid week basically makes it really hard for drammers outside of the metro areas to take time off and fly in for the evening.

Sydney prices and event calendar are yet to be announce at this time but a quick peak at the Perth details is pricing tickets at $99 a piece. The ticket includes whiskies on tasting, whisky glass, water & food, expo bag.

The official website is listing the Sydney event as still being at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. In our experience this is a rather long way to be traveling and rather too big a space, and most members felt the original location for the first Whisky Live Sydney 2009 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks Sydney, was a much better choice (I personally was not at this event to comment).

The D.T.W.C. blog has been somewhat justifiably unkind to Whisky Live over the past couple of years due to our own experiences (2010 seen here and here) and then the mess of on again off again announcements for Whisky Live Sydney 2011 that saw the entire event canceled to the following year. It is fair to say recently the Events Director of Whisky Live Australia, Doug van Tienen, contact us to let us know they "took note at the comments from previous events".

Is this a fresh start for Whisky Live here in Australia... maybe but who knows. At this stage all we can do is wait and see how the Perth & Melbourne Event turns out. If there is anyone out there that may attend one of these events please feel free to contact us with your thoughts.

The Baron

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