Fine Aussie whisky's a go for apreciation night at Ballina

ORGANIC chemist Rowan Prangley, from Ballina, knows hundreds of chemical compounds go into making the unique tastes of particular expressions of whisky.

But the whisky-lover says there is only one way of getting the correct chemistry to enjoy a wee dram.

"Master blenders dedicate their lives to nurturing a liquid that is a world unto its own, a personality developed through dedication and patience," he said.

"It's a lifetime of preparation for perfection that can be gone in a second.

"That is why whisky needs to be given your absolute respect, unadulterated.

"It's to be sipped - something to be savoured."

The taste and enjoyment is amplified like the sound of 100 pipers if those "sips" take place with loved ones and friends, he said.

Mr Prangley has long had an interest in the chemistry behind a good whisky - though he says there is "no such thing as a bad whisky".

So, for the past decade, he has run whisky appreciation events.

He will host an Age of Whisky appreciation night at the Ramada Hotel and Suites, Martin St, Ballina, on Thursday.

He will showcase seven Scotch whiskies, including the rare 29-year-old Duncan Taylor Caol Ila Octave 1983, which had 65 bottles on the market worldwide, and the 18-year-old Dalmore whisky, which had 3000 bottles on the market worldwide.

While the Scots are best known for producing the drink, he said international blenders are becoming more prominent, and Australian whiskies are making a name for themselves.

The Scots are known for their passion, but Mr Prangley said they view the increase of international whiskies as a "challenge" rather than having the wind blown up their kilts.

He will highlight the emerging Australian whisky industry with a tasting of New World Whisky's Starward single malt.

Tickets to the event cost $120, which includes four dining courses paired to the whiskies.

The event will start at 6.30pm and tickets are available at La Cucino Di Vino, the Italian restaurant in the Ramada complex.

Phone 6618 1195 for more information.

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