Australians hold a unique place in the world of whisky. Every year since the 1880s, whisky has been our most popular spirit. No other country has crowned whisky the king of spirits every year for over 130 years. Today, whisky still commands a dominant 45% of the total spirits drunk. During this reign whisky has fought off the arrival of new spirit categories arriving after the Second World War with the influx of Eastern European and Mediterranean immigrants: vodka and ouzo, followed by white rum, tequila, mescal, now cachaça, pisco and baijiu. Regardless of our ethnic composition, we remain a whisky nation.
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Front row tickets, opening night, for Springsteen at the Meadowlands or a bottle of Pappy van Winkle bourbon? Which is harder to get?
If it wasn’t a straight shot of whisky (rye or bourbon), then it was a boilermaker. I had no idea what a boilermaker was, but if these blokes were drinking them, then they must be cool. At the time, I thought the epitome of being an adult was to sit in a dimly lit bar by yourself, knocking back boilermakers. To be fair, I was only seven or eight.
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