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W is for Whisk(e)y Tasting

For the last few years, my drink of choice has been vodka. Specifically, vodka, lime and soda – a Skinny Bitch, my bartender friends call it. I don’t drink it because it reportedly has the lowest amount of calories one can consume in a drink. I drink it because I hate the sweet aftertaste from fizzy drinks and juices.

But I’ve been getting sick of my standard drink. I feel it’s time for a change. On my quest for a new go-to drink, I’ve tried out the good old G&T, but again find it too sweet for constant drinking. Liqueurs have the same problem.

So I’ve settled on something new. Something exciting. I like it a lot.

Whisky. On the rocks. Sometimes with a little bit of water just to mellow it out (I’m only a beginner, after all).

So when my turn for date night landed on W, I was stoked. I had recently discovered a little Whisky specialist bar in the city and already attended a Whisky 101 night, to find out all about how they make the golden drop. I was ready for more.

Whisky Tasting – aka Single Malt Collective at Chez Regine.

Single Malt Collective at Chez Regine Whisky Bar Melbourne

The Single Malt Collective meets on the last Monday of every month. It’s made up mostly of hospitality industry heavy-weights, there to speak to the whisky distillers and sample their wares.

We rolled in to the little Parisian-boho bar and paid our $10 cover charge. That $10 covered us for six tastings for the night! They also had $5 beer specials on for the night so it fit perfectly into our $30 budget.

We were lucky enough to taste two amazing brands – Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old single malt whiskies. This is not your typical Johnnie Walker.

As you taste each of the whiskies, you are talked through the flavour profiles by your hosts. Some take this pretty seriously. We tried in vain to identify flavours but to our unsophisticated palates it all just tasted like… whisky.

Regardless of your whisky knowledge (or not) the Single Malt Collective nights are a great way to learn more. You can really reap the knowledge from the bartenders and distillers that attend, and get some tasty whiskies into you as well.

Not many of our $30 Date Nights involve alcohol due to the prohibitive cost. At best, there’s picnics with BYO wine from the cellar (doesn’t count if it was paid for eons ago… or even last week!) so you know you’re onto a good thing when you can get your hands on some hard liquor and a beer for your budget!

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