Unbeknownst to some, I am an avid brewer and whisky enthusiast besides programming and music. Finding your preferred type of whisky can be a big undertaking. The world of whisky is intricate, exciting and can be intimidating to newcomers.
While always drawn to nice drams, I’ve never been a whisky genius. Honestly, my approach used to be a mixture of price, brand and the shape and label on the bottle.
Before joining The Whisky Club, I saw ads for it constantly in my Facebook feed. I suspect that is how many people find their way to the holy grail.
If you are unaware of what The Whisky Club is, they call themselves “Australia’s biggest whisky subscription club” — think of them as the Costco for whisky. Using their sizeable subscriber count, The Whisky Club broker deals with distilleries to get some incredible bottles. Each month they have a featured whisky, giving you the option to receive one bottle or double-up (get two bottles).
I finally joined The Whisky Club in December 2020, and since then, my whisky collection has grown astronomically. It takes me a while to get through a bottle, but whisky tends to last a long time if you store it correctly.
When writing this review, the whisky of the month is Lark Rising Tide.
Lark is one of those established and respected Australian distilleries, and for July 2022, they have created what appears to be an incredible dram for subscribers. Some month’s they get something special, and you will want to double up in those instances—just one example of what kind of whisky you could get.
It’s quite a simple process. You are not obligated to buy any whisky. Suppose the whisky of the month doesn’t appeal to you; you opt out. Otherwise, they assume you want that month’s whisky. There are no contracts. You’re not forced into anything. Admittedly, some months I opt out because of the number of whiskies in my cupboard.
On top of the monthly whisky, they also do additional optional add-ins. Sometimes it will be the whisky from the previous months or a special bottle to add in.
Cost-wise, you are looking, on average, $140 a bottle, depending on what it is. For some of these whiskies, they are worth more than that.
Like a real whisky club, they also do virtual tastings, and there is an active community of whisky lovers. Unlike Costco, you feel like you’re a part of something special, not just a fish in a big sea of whisky brokerage power.
When I first joined, I told myself I would only try it out for a month. Well, almost two years on, and I am still a member. Being exposed to whiskies you might have bought yourself expands your whisky horizons.
If you do decide to try The Whisky Club, by using my referral link here, we both get free whisky. I have no idea what the free whisky is. They say it depends on availability, but if you were going to join anyway and try it out, free whisky is free.