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Women Of Whisky tasting kicks off at The Jefferson

PrintThe Jefferson has always been clear about one thing: whisky is their business and they want it to be yours too. In particular, owner Ofir Yudilevich set out to create a bar in Fort Lane where women would feel comfortable to pull up a seat and enjoy a whisky or two, informed by well-educated and passionate staff.

At the end of this month – Wednesday, August 31, in fact – The Jefferson will back up that intention by hosting its first tasting dedicated solely to celebrating the women of whisky; from those who make it and shape the industry to those who drink it.

The tasting will be hosted by writer Tash McGill, who runs and has become a passionate regular at The Jefferson. “I was once told drinking whisky didn’t make me very feminine,” she has said. “Ever since, I’ve wanted to ensure women can take their own seat at the bar with confidence and style.’

“Tash was a natural fit to host the event; she’s a great friend of ours and has tried many of the best bottles on our shelves,” says Ofir. “We are highlighting that whisky isn’t an old boys club anymore, and in fact it never was. Some of the whiskies on our shelves have been made and distributed by women since the early 19th century.”

“It’s going to be a great introduction for men and women to whisky – we’ll be tasting from a variety of regions and flavours, so people will have a chance to discover what their own preferences are.”

The night will begin with classic whisky cocktails followed by a tasting of 5 different whiskies, each with unique stories.

Tickets are $80 per person, and can be booked by emailing