Member Spotlight: Dhani Riehl
Welcome to our brand spanking new Member Spotlight series, where we shine a light on all of our wonderful Members who make up Australia’s biggest community of whisky lovers.
To kick off the series, we’re chatting to Dhani Riehl. So, pour yourself a dram and get to know your fellow Whisky Clubbers a little better.
If you’re keen to be our next Member under the spotlight (and score next month’s whisky on the house while you’re at it), shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Alright, over to you, Dhani.
1. How long have you been a Member? Since March 2020.
2. Where do you live? In the Albury/Wodonga region in North-East Victoria.
3. What’s been your favourite Whisky Club release so far? The single barrel Jack Daniel's. That continues to blow my mind!
4. How did you get into the wonderful world of whisky? I used to drink pretty poor-quality whisky when I was younger as it was all I could afford. Then I got a couple of bottles of Scotch for my 30th a few years ago and my love affair was reignited. I’ve been trying to build a diverse collection since.
"...it’s so much more than a drink. It’s a great way to make friends, share special moments, and connect and share stories with people you love."
5. What do you love about whisky? What’s not to love? The diversity seems never-ending, and it’s so much more than a drink. It’s a great way to make friends, share special moments, and connect and share stories with people you love. The heavily peated bottles also whisk you away to the shores of Scotland when you have a dram!
6. Is there a whisky you’re saving for a special occasion? The Lagavulin Guinness Cask — to be opened shortly when my brother visits from interstate for my birthday.
7. Tell us a bit about your favourite whisky in your collection. Again, the single barrel JD. The depth of flavour, complexity, and smoothness, all at a whopping 64.5%! It totally changed my mind on what an American whiskey could be.
8. If you could share a dram with anyone, anywhere, what would you drink, who would you choose and where would you be drinking? My brother narrowly defeats Ricky Gervais here. Would love to share a dram of Lagavulin 16 together in Scotland one day.
9. Other than whisky, is there anything else you collect? Craft beer, but the collection never seems to last long…
10. What’s your favourite thing to eat while you’re having a dram? Don’t judge me too harshly, but love some savoury shapes as a whisky snack.
11. Finish this sentence. Whisky is... the best way to escape to a better world.