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BNE July/August 2016 |




Amanda Raboul (


), aka the Bubble Diva, is hosting

her first Effervescence weekend from 19 to 21 August

at Spicers Hidden Vale, just an hour’s drive west of

Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley. The event will be a

celebration of all things champagne and daytrippers will

be able to walk a special ‘champagne trail’ (2pm-5pm,

Sunday 21 August) with tasting stations set up on

the rural property, while weekend guests will be able

to attend masterclasses, a cocktail party, degustation

dinner, long lunches and more. Tickets from $120 per

person (champagne trail) to $2150 per person (includes

two nights accommodation) for the VIP weekend

package. See

John McClane

The mixologists at Cobbler Bar, West End, have channelled their best Bruce

Willis to come up with a cocktail list themed and named for great moments

and characters in the

Die Hard

movies, including the John McClane (Talisker

10 Smoky Whisky, Armagnac, peppermint tea, rosemary syrup, lavender

bitters and a lemon twist). BYO food. Open seven nights at 7 Browning

Street, West End. See

Black Ray

Nant Bar creates and serves cocktails made from its own whisky, distilled in

the pristine countryside just an hour from Hobart in Tasmania. Nant Bar’s

signature cocktail, Black Ray, is a whisky espresso martini made with their

own Cold Drip Coffee Whisky – Nant Single Malt Whisky infused with

locally roasted coffee over an eight-hour period. Nant Bar, 2 Edward Street,

city. Open Tuesday to Saturday. See

Whisky Live

An assortment of whiskies available to sample for all tastes, including a pop-

up Rare and Old Whisky Bar for the connoisseur, under one roof. Tickets,

$99 per person, include sampling, grazing food, tasting catalogue and whisky

glass. Rare and old whisky tastings cost extra but there are some real gems

on the list such as a 50-year-old North British. At the Grand Chancellor, 23

Leichhardt Street, Brisbane, 19 and 20 August. See

Like much of what’s happening in food today, drinkers too are choosing

quality over quantity and one nip of a good drink is worth five of a bad one,

and without the hangover. Whisky is one example where quality rules but

if you’ve yet to acquire the taste, Martin Lange, owner of Cobbler Bar in

West End (which boasts a list of more than 400 whiskies to choose from)

has a few tips. He suggests newbies start with a Speyside or Highland

single malt whisky or a lighter smoky style like an Islay. Cocktails are a

beginner’s way to coax the palate but once you develop your taste try a

good whisky with only ice or water added. For a lighter taste stick to the

lower alcohol volumes around 40 per cent and don’t be afraid to tell your

bartender you’re a beginner. If you’re in the right place they will guide you

the right way. Here are three ways to discover whisky this winter …


for winter

John McClane

Black Ray

Whisky Live