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White Oak - Eigashima Blended Sherry Cask
Eigashima Blended Sherry Cask
$115.00
Remnant - Golden Fleece Australian Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky
Golden Fleece Australian Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky
$103.00
Waubs Harbour - Great Southern Reef Single Malt Whisky
Great Southern Reef Single Malt Whisky
$245.00
Waubs Harbour - Founder's Reserve Single Malt Whisky
Founder's Reserve Single Malt Whisky
$240.00
Cape Byron Distillery - ‘Viognier Cask’ Australian Single Malt Whisky
‘Viognier Cask’ Australian Single Malt Whisky
$158.00
Rare Character Whiskey - Old Mate Straight Rye Whiskey
Old Mate Straight Rye Whiskey
$289.00
Rare Character Whiskey - Old Mate Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Mate Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$289.00
Wildflower - Wildflower x Poor Toms 2023 Whisky
Wildflower x Poor Toms 2023 Whisky
$185.00
Cradle Mountain Whiskey - Barrel 26
Barrel 26
$590.00
Kinglake Distillery - Ex-Tawny Port French Oak Single Malt Whisky
Ex-Tawny Port French Oak Single Malt Whisky
$115.00
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Furneaux Distillery - Flinders Island Single Malt Peated American Oak Ex-Bourbon Cask
Flinders Island Single Malt Peated American Oak Ex-Bourbon Cask
$245.00
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Furneaux Distillery - Sawyers Bay Single Malt Unpeated American Oak Ex-Tawny Cask
Sawyers Bay Single Malt Unpeated American Oak Ex-Tawny Cask
$215.00
Manly Spirits - Coastal Stone Single Malt Sangiovese Cask
Coastal Stone Single Malt Sangiovese Cask
$150.00
Manly Spirits - Coastal Stone Single Malt Aglianico Cask
Coastal Stone Single Malt Aglianico Cask
$150.00
Manly Spirits - Coastal Stone Single Malt Montepulciano Cask
Coastal Stone Single Malt Montepulciano Cask
$150.00
Michel Couvreur - Candid Whisky
Candid Whisky
$220.00
Lark - Double Tawny Whisky
Double Tawny Whisky
$230.00
BELGROVE - Rye Whisky Pinot Noir Cask
Rye Whisky Pinot Noir Cask
$195.00
Suntory - Hibiki Blender’s Choice Blended Whisky
Hibiki Blender’s Choice Blended Whisky
$399.00
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TBWC - Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21 Year Old
Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21 Year Old
$440.00
Sullivans Cove - Double Cask Single Malt Whisky
Double Cask Single Malt Whisky
$340.00
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Okayama Triple Cask Single Malt Whisky
Okayama Triple Cask Single Malt Whisky
$555.00
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Suntory- Hibiki Harmony Master's Select Limited Edition Gift Packaging
Suntory- Hibiki Harmony Master's Select Limited Edition Gift Packaging
$1,000.00
Starward - Dumangin J. Fils Batch 022 Starward Australian Whisky
Dumangin J. Fils Batch 022 Starward Australian Whisky
$260.00
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Ahhhhh whiskey, as it poured into our tumblers and our malleable minds. The immediate image conju...Read More...

Ahhhhh whiskey, as it poured into our tumblers and our malleable minds. The immediate image conjured; a crackling, warm fireplace, perhaps the smell of a cigar, friends in train driver hats and overalls playing cards, a sleepy greyhound somewhere near their feet nestling a freshly caught pheasant, smooth jazz in the background…

What? Where are we? That ain’t my house! Maybe the whiskey drinkers of ‘yore’, but now is such the rise of artisanal makers and shakers, that it has become quite simply, everyone’s drink. Not that it hasn’t inspired a slew of wondrous speakeasies and dive bars of which we all frequent, nay, haunt, that do tend to indulge in whiskey’s most visible stereotypes. 

It is funny how these things come full circle. Distillation was once a necessity rather than a luxury. It was done in order to utilise the excess of crops that would otherwise spoil, giving the farmer an alternate source of income from his yield that year. Small production, quite unique to each farmer and their plot. Who would’ve known he was farming LIQUID GOLD! Well, bigger companies did. It was commercialised around the turn of the industrial revolution, and cheap whiskey flooded the market. And then it became ubiquitous. Who hasn’t had a sneaky Jameson at a loud and noisy grunge bar whilst they listen to average punk rock? Who hasn’t watched an older gentleman wax on about the virtues of drinking the finest of finest from the Isle of Islay! Who hasn’t thought of hipsters just that once when they had a sip sitting by the freshly varnished chestnut tabletop in a bar that was hidden behind a bookcase down an alley? There’s a reason for this, and rightly so – whiskey is charming, enlivening, complex, steeped in tradition, full of quirks, and it inspires its drinkers to make it part of their lifestyle as well as relying on it for pleasure. It’s hard not to catch the bug yourself, or at least not see its merits for a seasoned drinker. 

However this image of whiskey once saturated, now becomes more of a soft filter over the market. Now there are so many things to drink, and the consumer more inclined to shop around, that distilling focussed on quantity over quality has been cast aside in more recent times, in favour of the smaller, more focussed, specialised, single batches of artisan spirits. Consequently, we can draw parallels to the natural wine movement within craft spirits. As we become more considerate of the things we put in our bodies, more interested in the plants and produce around us, we start asking for more from makers, and they too ask more from themselves. And aren’t we bloody lucky for it! It has made us change the way we consume whiskey, forever. Japanese whiskies have become more lauded than the most premium Irish single malts. White, unaged whiskey as a cocktail staple over the more traditional rye. Oh and it’s styles! The myriads of styles. Like tropical fruits and vanilla? Bag a bourbon. Prefer a tickle of bitter and a flick of clove? Run your hands over some rye. Feeling rugged and need a hug from a campfire? Plenty that’s peated in here. Australian whisky, French Whisky, Jamaican Whisky, Japanese Whisky, Scottish Whisky…the list goes on. Here at WINONA we stock a wide range of whiskies from all over the world, across all styles. Try something new with us.

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