Kentucky – The Heartland of Bourbon, Now Available in Australia


Once heralded as the capital of bourbon, Kentucky is renowned for housing 95% of the global bourbon production. Today, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of ‘The Wiseman‘, a distinguished Kentucky straight whiskey, now officially available to whisky enthusiasts in Australia.

The Wiseman Bourbon is the brainchild of Master Blender John Rhea, a member of the revered Bourbon Hall of Fame with an illustrious 40-year career under his belt. Rhea returned from retirement to craft this extraordinary spirit, which tantalises the senses with a gentle touch of citrus coupled with an implicit whisper of oak. Receiving the illustrious Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022 and 2023, this bourbon boasts a captivating sweet caramel aroma with a warming hint of allspice, offering a beautiful balance of flavours in every sip.

The Wiseman collection also extends to include ‘The Wiseman Rye’ – a whiskey with a vibrant personality. Bagging a Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022, this exceptional Kentucky straight rye whiskey is a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry of whiskey making. The rich and spicy nose emanates an inviting aroma of fresh rye bread, subtly offset by a hint of sweet caramel and cinnamon. Its audacious flavours fill the palate with a rich, full-bodied essence, enticing with every sip.

At the core of these exceptional spirits is the legendary John Rhea. Following a decorated career, Rhea emerged from retirement in 2021 to channel his vast knowledge and expertise into The Wiseman and The Wiseman Rye. He meticulously curated the finest ingredients to sculpt extraordinary drinking experiences, ensuring each bottle stands as a testament to unparalleled quality and taste.

“The chance to serve as a steward to The Wiseman Bourbon and The Wiseman Rye was the one thing that could bring me out of retirement,” says Rhea. “Australia’s love for premium spirits is undeniable, and we’re excited to introduce these spirits to this discerning market. They embody the rich traditions of bourbon and rye craftsmanship, and we can’t wait to share these exceptional spirits with whiskey enthusiasts across Australia.”

Experience the wisdom and knowledge of fine whiskies and discover the magic of The Wiseman and The Wiseman Rye, available now at for AUD$120 and AUD$130, respectively. Immerse yourself in a world of extraordinary flavours with The Wiseman collection.