Your Hosts

They love whisky, people, travel and whisky


James Fairlie

You might say Whisky is in James’ blood. 

Born and raised in Stirling, Scotland, James has always been around ‘the water of life’. His grandfather bought the 18th Century Glenturret Distillery in 1957, revitalising and running the business until he sold it in 1981.

James’ father was Managing Director there during his younger years and later would head up the Macallan Distillery. 

James made his way to Australia in 2010 for a gap year and ended up falling in love with Melbourne and the opportunities it offered. 

He returned to Scotland and this is where his whisky journey really started on his own terms –  helping to open and manage a new whisky venue in the heart of Edinburgh. 

Keen to share this knowledge and experience he eventually headed back to Melbourne and joined the team at Whisky and Alement – which is where you might find him today if you’re lucky enough to stop by this world-class whisky den. 

Over the years, James has seen and proudly been part of the growth of the Australian whisky industry. The Whisky Trip is James’ opportunity to bring people into his world, sharing his life-long knowledge and passion. 

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Colin D Ellis

Colin has always enjoyed a wee dram but it took moving across the world for him to make the leap from his dad’s bottle shop blends to the single malts he enjoys, and collects, today.

After taking a Whisky and Alement masterclass in 2012, Colin realised he had found his ‘spiritual’ home and he explored, from the comfort of Melbourne, the world’s best distilleries. Refining his palate, taking chances and journeying farther afield to the likes of Japan and India, Colin loves nothing more than discovering a new favourite or introducing others to the sensory pleasures of great whisky.

Colin is lucky enough to travel extensively as a public speaker and tries to find time to check out local distilleries or pull up a stool at the best whisky bars from San Francisco to Singapore.

The Whisky Trip combines Colin’s love of people (he’s a leadership and culture expert known for captivating keynotes and development programs), travel, storytelling and, of course, whisky! He’s excited to share and continue his Whisky journey with this Tasmanian adventure.

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