With the Australian launch of The Wiseman Bourbon – an exceptional drop all the way from Kentucky, USA – Aussies can now enjoy this impressive spirit meticulously crafted by Master Blender John Rhea. John is a 40-year industry veteran and distinguished Bourbon Hall of Famer who made a special comeback from retirement to craft this outstanding drop. 

Featuring a delicate sprinkle of citrus and a subtle hint of oak, The Wiseman Bourbon was 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.

The Wiseman Kentucky Straight Bourbon
The Wiseman Rye Whiskey and Night Owl Martini (see recipe below)

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.

With an unwavering passion for the craft and an impeccable palate, John Rhea carefully curated the finest ingredients to create extraordinary drinking experiences. His mastery has ensured that every bottle of The Wiseman Bourbon and The Wiseman Rye delivers unparalleled quality and taste.

“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,” says John. 

“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. 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 can be purchased here RRP $120 for the Wiseman and RRP $130 for The Wiseman Rye.

Wiseman Rye Night Owl Martini

The Wiseman Rye | The Night Owl Martini

  • 44 ml The Wiseman Rye
  • 30 ml espresso
  • 20 ml coffee liqueur
  • 2 dashes of chocolate bitters


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, then shake well for 1 minute.
  2.  Pour into a coupe glass.
  3.  Garnish with espresso beans.
  4. Enjoy!