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Issue 123 - Australian Odyssey

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
October 2014


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Australian Odyssey

A Learjet fantasy flight

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer...'

Homer's Odyssey Ulysses endured a ten year meandering voyage around the Mediterranean through Homer's dactylic hexameter. I'm planning we enjoy a more indulgent, speedy and informative Odyssey around Australia. Ours will be a twelve day all expenses paid expedition visiting the ten largest distilleries. Along the way, we should encounter as many interesting people, places and adventures as did the heroic king of Ithaca, and we do not have to kill or maim anyone we meet. We move to our own beat.

Sydney, Emerald City

When you arrive into Sydney, you're booked into the Park Hyatt. It's £9,600 a night Opera House facing room. More importantly it has a £5,000 musical toilet. I'm intrigued to learn what it does. Does it flush water? The poor Ulysses only had the rolling stern of his nameless vessel at his disposal.

At dawn of day one, we'll start by climbing the Harbour Bridge (at £200 each) and looking west to where our adventure will eventually take us. Then we'll cruise Sydney Harbour where I can point to places where distilleries once existed, leading us to Rose Bay. Here I've booked a seaplane to fly us over Sydney's northern beaches to a restaurant you can only reach by water, Berowra Waters, where it's only £350 per person, not including drinks. In the evening, we'll head to Tetsuya's, one of the world's great restaurants. Meals start at only £110, no dr...

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