The Wiseman: A Kentucky straight bourbon now available Down Under


The state of Kentucky is home to 95% of the world’s bourbon and just recently, one of the state’s standouts has made its way to Australia for the first time. The Wiseman is meticulously crafted by a 40-year industry veteran and distinguished Bourbon Hall of Famer John Rhea.

The Wiseman aims to enchant the senses with a delicate sprinkle of citrus and a subtle hint of oak. Awarded the prestigious Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022 and 2023, this exceptional Kentucky straight bourbon offers a captivating sweet caramel aroma with a warming allspice lift.

Each sip of the silky elixir reveals a harmonious fusion of caramel and allspice flavours. Whether savoured neat or used to elevate your favourite bourbon cocktails, The Wiseman Bourbon embodies sophistication and an unwavering commitment to remarkable taste.

For those seeking a whiskey with a fiery personality, The Wiseman Rye delivers an unrivalled experience. A Gold winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022, this remarkable Kentucky straight rye whiskey showcases the artistry and mastery of whiskey craftsmanship.

Its rich and spicy nose exudes an inviting aroma of fresh rye bread, complemented by subtle hints of sweet caramel and cinnamon. Its bold and robust flavours that fill the palate with a full-bodied essence, enticing the taste buds with every sip, from the buttered cinnamon toast to the delightful hint of English walnut.

Master blender John Rhea came out of retirement in 2021 to lend his vast knowledge and expertise to The Wiseman and The Wiseman Rye.

“I found the one thing that would bring me out of retirement… the opportunity to serve as a steward to The Wiseman Bourbon and The Wiseman Rye, I am honoured to have this opportunity to contribute to their legacy. Australia’s passion for premium spirits is undeniable, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce The Wiseman and The Wiseman Rye to this discerning market,” he explains.

“These spirits embody the rich traditions of bourbon and rye craftsmanship, and we can’t wait to share these exceptional spirits with whiskey enthusiasts across Australia.”

The Wiseman and The Wiseman Rye are available at


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