Whisk(e)y on The Rocks

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Time Out says

Take a stroll through The Rocks district to taste and savour some of the world's best examples of the malted spirit

The Rocks – inspired by the great, boozy street festivals of New Orleans – is getting its own version of a block party based on booze: specifically, whisk(e)y. Over four days, spanning Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22, the district will transform into a dram-filled homage to the golden spirit. 

At Whisk(e)y on The Rocks, you'll wander through the sandstone district on a two-hour tasting journey in four zones scattered around the (extremely walkable) Rocks district. Be led by your nose and guided by connoisseurs running pop-up stalls slinging the best whisky and whiskey brands in town. At Campbells Cove, a Fever-Tree bar will let you understand your palate and match you to your ideal whisk(e)y, while a vintage two-storey bus kitted out with a bar and a  pop-up roof wil serve the best of Glenfiddich.

At 47 George and 6-8 Atherden Street you are invited to sample and sip as you learn about the history and craftsmanship of Maker’s Mark, head upstairs to experience Dead Rabbit’s old Irish whiskey bar, and find the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bar in the second storey loft. 

A giant cocktail shaking truck that resembles a cement mixer is the drawcard with Monkey Shoulder – enjoy Monkey Shoulder’s blended malt Scotch whisky neat, on the rocks or perfectly mixed in a range of cocktails. And one of the most famous brands in the world, Johnnie Walker, celebrates its bicentenary year by taking over the Argyle Courtyard.

You'll then be led along the whisk(e)y trail, a line-up of bars and eateries serving you the best drams. The trail includes experiences created by Australia’s own Starward Whisky as well as Copper Dog Whisky, at venues including the Argyle, the Doss House, Mrs Jones Bar at the Orient Hotel, the Copper Dog Courtyard at the Push, Mercantile Hotel, Sergeant Lok, Tayim, Fortune of War and Maybe Sammy. Each venue will provide a bespoke Whisk(e)y on The Rocks menu.

Tickets to the event are $25 per person, each of which entitles you to access for a two-hour session and seven samples of whisk(e)y cocktails or nips as you move through the festival. Check online for session timings and book your tickets here

Did we mention that a number of Whisk(e)y on The Rocks Masterclasses will be held for those extra keen to dive deeply into whisk(e)y brands, their histories, and how to make a top-notch drink? Ranging from Around the World in Five Whiskies to a Fever-Tree Ultimate Highball session, the classes are hosted by the best in the business, cost $40 each and available to book now

Oh, and what's the difference between whisky and whiskey? If it's from Ireland or America it's spelled with an e, and if it's made anywhere else it isn't – so now you know. 

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