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Whisky Freaks was born from our love for Whisky and our desire to share our passion for the nectar of the Gods with as many people as possible. 

At Whisky Freaks we have but one thing in common – the enjoyment, appreciation and love of a world class dram. That’s all we need to start on this awesome journey as a community of Whisky Freaks. Our goal is to create an inclusive and discrimination free environment for like-minded ‘Whisky Freaks’ to come together over a fine whisky whilst sharing stories and knowledge along the way.

In addition to an ever-changing selection of monthly drams, hand selected by our expert team of Whisky Freaks, you’ll be able to purchase full bottles of the whiskies you have received as part of your at home tasting experience, enjoy blogposts and educational videos on whisky, attend virtual and in-person tasting events, and of course engage with us and other fellow Whisky Freaks within our online forums. 

Each box delivered by Whisky Freaks will feature three remarkable hand-selected whisky tasters that not only fit the theme of the month, whether that be Sherry Bombs, Cask Finishes or Peat Monsters to name a few, but are also deemed standout whiskies by our expert selectors. Expect a few crowd-pleasers and some well-known brands, but rest assured our aim is to limit “entry-level” whiskies that are easily found in mainstream bottle shops. 

Once you have received and enjoyed your whiskies, we’ll contact you with all the details on how to go about adding those whiskies you enjoyed to your home bar to watch that collection grow!

Our goal is to introduce you to whiskies you may not have tried yet, not to feed you the same stuff you find everywhere… ain’t nothing freaky about that.

Introducing the freaks

 

Your dedicated Whisky Freaks team are not only in charge of selecting the whiskies, writing tasting notes and hosting virtual and face to face whisky classes, but are also the crew behind our educational content and blog posts. 

 

Greg Sanderson

 

Greg Sanderson is the co-owner and Managing Director of The Speakeasy Group’s portfolio of boutique hospitality venues and a former Australian Bartender of the Year. The Speakeasy Group are widely regarded in the industry as whisky specialists and its eight venues combined have more whisky on their shelves than any other group in Australia, including temple to all things whisky Boilermaker House in Melbourne.

Greg’s passion for whisky flourished when he lived and worked in Scotland for two years, visiting numerous distilleries along the way. Upon his return to Australia, Greg worked as a Brand Ambassador for Diageo’s Classic Malt range which included his favourite Scottish distillery Lagavulin. During his time as Whisky Ambassador, Greg travelled Australia hosting whisky masterclasses and tasting events.

For Greg it’s all about sharing his passion for whisky as far and wide and with as many awesome people as he can.

 

Sven Almenning

 

Sven Almenning is the founder of The Speakeasy Group, the largest buyer of premium Single Malt Whisky in Australia. Sven is also the founder of Ananas, an innovative online training platform designed specifically for the bar and restaurant industries.

A self-proclaimed whisky nerd, Sven has consulted to a number of whisky brands over the years including Johnnie Walker, Talisker, Singleton, Glenlivet and Chivas Regal to mention a few. He is also a proud member of Keepers of the Quaich, an invitation only international society that recognises those that have shown an outstanding commitment to the Scotch Whisky industry.

 

Alex Woodmass 

 

 

A relative newcomer to the Australian Whisky Scene. Hailing from 'Wine Country' New Zealand Alex grew up working in breweries, and cut his teeth early in the world of hospitality, from running cocktail bars and catering high volume events, to spending the required 2 years in the UK running traditional English pubs and learning how to pair rare whiskies, fine cognacs and luxury cigars at 5 star London Cigar lounges, and finally 2IC at the legendary Eau De Vie Melbourne

It was here he began running Whisky Masterclass and educating others to further the love of Whisky. This led to Alex taking the coveted position of Head of Whisky for the Speakeasy Group alongside heading up Whisky Freaks.

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