The Shout: 2017 Whisky Trends piece

I was asked to compile a short guide to emerging whisky trends for the April edition of The Shout. The big trends I see emerging are a little more subtle than some of the big talk recently. Japanese whisky is still popular but it’s new world whisky and American...
A Must-See: The Intoxicating Sweeney Todd

A Must-See: The Intoxicating Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is a must-see performance with an incredibly limited season in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Despite a plot full of depravity, woeful twists of fate and murder (plenty of murder – sometimes three in a minute!), Sweeney Todd is full of deeply human and occasionally sweet moments and endearing characters.

How To Become A Whisky Girl.

How To Become A Whisky Girl.

It was Curiosity that did it. The truth is while I was on the way to becoming a whisky girl, I was learning a lot about life and so here it is, the lessons so far. Apply them liberally to whisky, love and friends. You won’t regret it.

A Philosophy of Tasting & Treasure Hunting

A Philosophy of Tasting & Treasure Hunting

The story of the day is simply a question: when you should drink whisky and when should you store it away? Which is in turn, closely followed by the question when should you invest in a bottle or just in a dram? And where do you find the very best treasures to be savoured or stored away? The answer to one of those questions is the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

FISH: Lunch With A View

FISH: Lunch With A View

Honest food, he says. “What is that, exactly?” I ask. Meanwhile, dessert is a difficult choice between chocolate tart and the exquisite cheese selection. I’m having lunch with Fraser Shenton, head chef at FISH at Hilton Auckland. Chef decides on the chocolate tart which is indulgent. Thankfully I’m good at indulgence.