We’re half way through what’s been a massive year here at The Whisky Club, and as we continue to grow thanks to our wonderful Members, we’re able to do bigger and better things, more often. So thank you!
To that end, this year we launched Whisky Club Airlines first flying one lucky Whisky Club Member and a friend to Tasmania to visit Hellyers Road distillery, then five Members to Sydney for the Ultimate Whisky Night Out in May. But this was just the beginning, the start of greater things to come. We promised from the outset that we’d be fuelling up the jet to fly lucky Whisky Club Members to whisky experiences that money can’t buy, not only in Australia, but all corners of the globe, and at last it’s time! Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts and ensure your seat backs and tray tables are in their upright position, we’re about to take off yet again!
Let’s go International!
If you haven’t already, run don’t walk to your nearest post office and apply for your passport if you don’t have one already – we’re about to send one lucky Member and their bestie off on the whisky trip of a lifetime to the motherland – Scotland! 🏴
That’s right. This… is… HUGE!
Whisky Cub Airlines has teamed up with The GlenDronach to put together one amazing trip.
Here’s what’s in store for our lucky winner
We’ll fly you and a friend to Aberdeen Airport, where you’ll be picked up by GlenDronach’s chauffeur and taken to your accommodation. From there, you’re off to visit three legendary distilleries…
Established by John Duff in 1897 in the ‘Heart of Speyside’, in the North-East region of Morayshire, the BenRiach Distillery ceased production soon after, following the Pattison Crisis. The site remained in some use though, providing malt for Duff’s other nearby distillery, Longmorn. The stills were fired up once more in 1965, and after a number of ownership changes was reborn yet again by Billy Walker and the BenRiach Distillery Company in 2003. Known for its experimentation with different cask types, as well as bringing peated expressions into the mix, this is a rare opportunity to visit a distillery that’s generally not open to the public.
Built by James Moir at the east end of the beautiful Sandend Bay, just near Glen Deveron and Banff on the north coast of Speyside in 1874, Glenglassaugh was also hit by the whisky crisis of the early 1900s and closed its doors in 1907, not to open again until 1960. Its unique malt didn’t sit well in blends, so they struggled to sell much juice. What a shame single malts weren’t a big thing back in the day, otherwise it might have been a different story for Glenglassaugh who closed again in 1986. Recommissioned in 2008 and added to the BenRiach Distillery Company’s portfolio in 2013, it’s great to see some new bottlings from the distillery alongside the very old releases. The older vintages give us a real glimpse into the history of the distillery, while the whiskies released since production re-started are fresh, vibrant and exciting. To this day, Glenglassaugh prides itself on its traditional hand made whisky making process, and you’ll see first hand how this results in such a high quality whisky.
Founded way back in 1826 by James Allardice, The GlenDronach Distillery is nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire, and had the honour of being only the second distillery to apply for a license to legally produce whisky. GlenDronach was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation, a tradition that continues today with the use of only the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks. The distillery turned out heavily sherried 12, 15 and 18 year old single malts since 1968. Unfortunately, its doors were closed in 1996 for a short time but reopened six years later. At this point in time, it was the last distillery in Scotland to operate coal-fired stills, which were mandated for replacement with steam heating stills in 2005. The BenRiach Distillery Company took over in 2008 and under Billy Walker’s guidance became one of the most exciting whisky makers of our time, solidifying their position as true sherry cask masters.
Since Brown-Forman took over the BenRiach Distillery Company, world-renowned Master Blender Dr Rachel Barrie is now the custodian of three of the world’s best loved distilleries.
If that’s not enough
We’ll also throw in a $100 voucher to spend on hand filled bottles at each distillery shop to take home. That’s our kind of souvenir shopping!
How do you win?
It couldn’t be easier, simply tell us why you deserve to WIN and give a shout-out to your travel companion on our Facebook post. Remember you have to be a Member to win so Join Free now – there’s never been a more exciting time to join Australia’s biggest whisky community! Competition closes 07/07/2019 at 23:59 AEST.