An evening with Dan Woolley matching Japanese fine whisky

Calling all whisky lovers: South Yarra’s Zhou Zhou is holding an exclusive masterclass hosted by one of Australia’s most well-known authorities on the drop, Dan Woolley on Thursday 12 July.

Woolley, who is this year’s Beam-Suntory National Whisky Ambassador will be hosting the event at the bar above the popular Oriental Teahouse, showcasing seven of Japan’s finest whiskies including some discontinued bottlings from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki.


Guests on the night will also enjoy a matched three-course dinner courtesy of the Oriental Teahouse kitchen.

Food options will include some of the teahouse’s most popular dumplings, as well as one-off dishes well-suited to the evening such as a whisky glazed Char Sui Pork.

The masterclass will focus on Japanese fine whisky and presents the opportunity to learn about the ageing and blending process. Woolley, who jet-sets around the globe to taste and expand his knowledge of the most coveted drop, is dedicated to all things whisky, with the word even tattooed across his knuckles.

Zhou Zhou has one of the most extensive Japanese whisky collections in Melbourne, despite aged statement and single malt whisky being difficult to source throughout Australia. Woolley will also talk about some of Japan’s most famous distilleries, including the country’s oldest location at Yamazaki, who are known for multi-layering their whisky with fruit and Mizunara aromas.

For $92 per person, enjoy a night of whisky with Dan Woolley that will be perfectly matched with house-favourite yum cha items. Guests will also receive welcome and finishing cocktails which are given a Zhou Zhou twist such as the Tea-Smoked Old Fashioned.

Suntory Whisky Masterclass, hosted by Dan Woolley

Thursday 12 July, 6:30pm $92 per person
Location: 455 Chapel St South Yarra – upstairs at Zhou Zhou

**Information & Image Supplied Courtesy of Zhou Zhou/Zilla & Brook – Leigh-Anne Ramirez

Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

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