The inaugural Whisky Set has been hand selected by Whisky & Alement’s Brooke Hayman and Julian White, two of Australia’s most knowledgeable and well-respected whisky professionals. These four single malts were released to subscribers quarterly in 2022-2023 and represent a range of flavour profiles based what we know Australian drinkers will enjoy from our many years of experience serving local whisky lovers. Set 1 features original artworks from Melbourne artist and close friend Peter Davidson.

Set one, cask one

Release Date November 2022

Benrinnes

Our very first cask for The Whisky Set is a single cask of Benrinnes that has been matured in an oloroso sherry hogshead for 13 years, and bottled at natural cask strength of 54.9%ABV. Benrinnes has always been a favourite distillery of the Whisky & Alement team for its rich, malty texture and ability to stand up to powerful cask influence without losing the beauty of the underlying spirit. We hope you enjoy this cask as much as we do!

Artwork

Peter Davidson, Untitled 614. 2020-21

felt tip pen on paper

35x50cm; 43.5 x 53.5 cm framed

Tasting Notes

Warming like Yule Glogg in a ski lodge with boozy sultanas and Florentine biscuits. Finishes with chilli lime cashews

Dilution Guide

This whisky has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 54.9% . To reduce the ABV, follow the dilution tips below to find your sweet spot.

 

To reduce your whisky  to your desired ABV, add water to a 30 ml measure as per below:

50%abv. + 3ml      ~46%abv. + 6ml      ~40%abv. + 11ml    

Distilled: 28 Sept 2007 Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Bottled: June 2021 ABV: 54.9%
Released: 2021-2022
Bottles: 279

Set one, cask two

Release Date February 2023

Dailuaine

Our second cask for The Whisky Set is a single cask of Dailuaine that has been fully matured in a Sauternes barrique for 13 years, and bottled at natural cask strength of 52.9%ABV.

Artwork

Peter Davidson, Untitled 615. 2020-21

felt tip pen on paper

35x50cm; 43.5 x 53.5 cm framed

Tasting Notes

Fruit salad flavoured gumballs, honey drizzled on melon and poached pears with porridge. Straw bales on a hot dry day.

Dilution Guide

This whisky has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 52.9% . To reduce the ABV, follow the dilution tips below to find your sweet spot.

 

To reduce your whisky  to your desired ABV, add water to a 30 ml measure as per below:

50%abv. + 2ml      ~46%abv. + 4.5ml      ~40%abv. + 10ml    

Distilled: 11 Feb 2009 Sauternes Barrique
Bottled: March 2022 ABV: 52.9%
Released: 2022-2023
Bottles: 313

Set one, cask three

Release Date May 2023

Teaninich

Our third cask for The Whisky Set is a single cask of Teaninich that has been fully matured in a Madeira barrique for 10 years, and bottled at natural cask strength of 58.7%ABV.

Artwork

Peter Davidson, Untitled 636. 2022

Water colour on paper

30x42cm framed

Tasting Notes

Monte Carlo biscuits, chocolate snow balls and chestnuts covered in honey. Dried apricots and almond biscotti.

Dilution Guide

This whisky has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 58.7% . To reduce the ABV, follow the dilution tips below to find your sweet spot.

 

To reduce your whisky  to your desired ABV, add water to a 30 ml measure as per below:

50%abv. + 5ml      ~46%abv. + 8ml      ~40%abv. + 14ml    

Set one, batch 4

Release Date August 2023

English Whisky Co.

Our fourth batch for The Whisky Set is a marriage of two casks of the English Whisky Co. that have been fully matured in PX barrels for 8 years, and bottled at natural cask strength of 60.4%ABV.

Artwork

Peter Davidson, Untitled 635. 2022

Water colour on paper

30x42cm framed

Tasting Notes

Jam donuts and cherry pie, Cola lollies and orange cake. Hazelnut cream, Sarsaparilla and buttery oak to finish.

Dilution Guide

This whisky has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 60.4% . To reduce the ABV, follow the dilution tips below to find your sweet spot.

 

To reduce your whisky  to your desired ABV, add water to a 30 ml measure as per below:

50%abv. + 6ml      ~46%abv. + 9ml      ~40%abv. + 15ml    

The Artist

Peter Davidson is a renowned Australian artist and architect, best known as one of the designers of Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. After suffering a major stroke in 2010 which resulted in significant loss of movement and speech, Peter stopped practicing as an architect and taught himself how to draw with his less-dominant hand. Brooke Hayman and Julian White of Whisky & Alement are close family friends to Peter and have commissioned from him the artworks for The Whisky Set’s inaugural labels. These original artworks will be auctioned off at the launch of Set #2 in early 2024, with all proceeds going to the artist.

WHO ARE WE

In 2010, Brooke Hayman opened a small cocktail bar with her partner Julian White to serve the hospitality community of Melbourne. Both whisky fans, they began amassing a collection and priced the bottles to be drank, not to gather dust. Soon, sharing great whisky became the focus of the business, creating a hub for Melbourne whisky lovers. After 12 years in business, during which Whisky & Alement has built up an international reputation as one of Australia’s best whisky venues, and with a collection of exclusively imported whiskies and rare releases, The Whisky Set represents the next step in the evolution of Whisky & Alement’s mission to share great whisky.

The inspiration for The Whisky Set struck in early 2020 as venues and other public spaces closed, presenting a crisis for both hospitality and arts professionals. Brooke and Julian decided that combining their love of whisky with locally commissioned artwork presented the perfect opportunity for Australians to reconnect with the arts community. Australia was also missing a bottler of Scotch Whisky that represented Australian flavour preferences. Selected exclusively by Australian whisky experts without any guidance from third parties, The Whisky Set represents a new evolution of the Australian whisky industry.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Hit the button below to subscribe
  • Receive an email on the last Friday of each quarter (February, May, August, November, or as otherwise stated in the FAQ’s) revealing the newest whisky
    and feature artwork. Dates may vary, check out our FAQ’s for a list of dates
  • Payment is debited from your account on the following Sunday at 11.59pm
  • Your bottle is delivered directly to your door, anywhere* in Australia shortly after
  • Each year you receive a personal invitation to meet the artist and participate in a silent auction of original label artworks with all proceeds going directly to the artist featured.
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