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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THOMSON WHISKY LAUNCHES THREE UNIQUE WHISKIES THOMSON WHISKY LAUNCHES WITH THREE unique New Zealand whiskies from Willowbank Distillery. Thomson Whisky seeks to satisfy the treasure hunter within you. Born of the belief that whisky is a living cultural icon to be shared, Thomson endeavours to unearth rare and precious stocks of whisky, making them available to enthusiasts once more. The first three releases under the Thomson masthead are 17 year old and 10 year old single malts, and an 11 year old blended whisky. Newly RACHEL & MATHEW THOMSON available these collectable stocks are limited, with the 17 year old being the contents of one single barrel – a ‘single cask bottling’. Perfected at Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin, these three whiskies are from reputedly the world’s southern-most distillery, since dismantled. Time being a natural credential of whisky Thomson has grown handsome with age. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, flavour profiles are unique across all three Thomson variants - from natural honey, spice, hints of treacle, to citrus, and pannacotta richness tempered by coastal salt. All deliver sublime drinkability. Thomson Whisky is brought to you by Mathew & Rachael Thomson, who some years ago began the search for a whisky fit to bottle. Many casks were sourced and auditioned – some with only a few telling sips, and others nosed and discarded. The Thomson’s whisky collecting has now given way to a passionate pursuit to make special whisky stocks, some dusty and forgotten, available again. Thomson Whisky will exhibit at New Zealand’s Dram Fest 2011, alongside Laphroaig, Jura, Dalmore, Adelphi, Glenfiddich, Bowmore, Bruichladdich and many more international brands. Thomson Whisky is available at selected outlets nationwide. PN

SALE ST: ALWAYS TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT ‘VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE’ MAY BE A PHRASE COINED IN 1700’S ENGLAND, but for Sale St it’s a mantra that has a very local 21st Century flavour to it. This year alone the venue has hosted press conferences, movie premieres, parties, comedy nights, markets and live concerts, incorporated an a la carte restaurant to rival any in Auckland, provided live theatre experiences, and unveiled an array of house beers. And the really good news is that 2011 looks like being even better… but more on that later! Sale St owner Luke Dallow kicked off the year by opening a 40-seat fine dining space within the venue in his own name. By combining his own restaurateur talents with the stunning cuisine of executive chef Nick Honeyman, formerly of French Café, Dallow’s has quickly established a glowing reputation for offering “a refined dining experience in a casual relaxed atmosphere” – adding a new dimension to the overall Sale St menu. Elsewhere in the venue, the Sale St brunch received a five star review in the Sunday Star Times, summed up with a single word quote: “brilliant”. In June, Luke and Nick decided to share a few tips with a Fine Dining at Home seminar, in which the boys explained how to prepare a four course restaurant quality meal to wow guests. However we had to wait a further two months for the real theatre of cooking, as Sale St put on Love Over Lunch – a modern interpretation of a Shakespearian play performed live in the venue to diners. Proof, as if you needed it, that Sale St is always able to provide something different! Another event very much from the “And now for something totally different” category, was the David Tua press conference back in March ahead of his fight with Friday “The Thirteenth” Ahunanya. Luke reckons the few tips he gave the Tua Man – not just to lay of the Whoppers - made all the difference. Sale St is also the official bar of Netherwood … the Kiwi made modern day Western being filmed down in Canterbury, due for release next summer. For more information on this very Kiwi adventure, visit In addition to fights and movies, Sale St has also rubber-stamped its reputation for supporting New Zealand music this year by hosting numerous gigs and providing the venue for a variety of album launches. The Earlybirds, Opshop, Autozamm, Nathan Haines, the Feelers, Stellar and Hollie Smith have all unveiled albums and performed here this last year and Sale St will continue through 2011 to bring you more great New Zealand music. And talking of launches, Sale St also recently hosted Heineken’s Rugby World Cup launch, with All Blacks Bernie McCahill and Tane Randall … which brings us nicely to what to expect next year... Sale St is one of the official Rugby World Cup bars, making it the ideal spot to soak up the atmosphere before, during and after games next year and of course the only place to celebrate when the All Blacks lift the Web Ellis trophy. 2011 promises more than sporting success though, with some great live music events and weekend sessions coming up in January and February. Seeing this year out in style, Batucada Sound Machine will be playing live on Sunday, 19 December from 4pm till late, with support from Randomplay and Manuel Bundy – tickets are only $10 from De La Soul takes to the stage pre Xmas on Tuesday, 21 December with support from Scratch22 and The Turnaround, tickets $20 from Real Groovy and On every other Sunday you can take in Nick Collings as the new Sunday Jams will be running through from brunch till 8pm, combining great cocktails, good tunes and dynamic people – and the best beer garden Auckland has to offer. For more information on what’s coming up over Christmas and the New Year, visit Or better still, round up a few friends and go and see for yourself.

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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby

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