Highwayman whisky is the hard work and lifelong commitment of Dan Woolley.
Dan has been one of the modern faces of whisky over the last ten years, holding one of the most sought-after Whisky ambassador roles in Australia. Throughout this role he travelled countless hours, covered thousands of Highway miles with a bag full of whisky, educating whisky lovers – He was the Highwayman of whisky. This role gave him a backstage pass to globally renown distilleries throughout Scotland (especially Islay), Kentucky, Tasmania and Japan. These journeys developed a deeper, hands on understanding of production and a huge passion for whisky maturation.
In 2016 Dan started to lay down his own spirit in his chosen casks, collecting the first ten batches from favorite distillery locations around Australia. He sent them on the Highway to Coastal Byron Bay, NSW, their new home (and his) where they matured while Dan started acquiring the equipment he needed to produce his own spirit. In a dream come true and an alignment with Lord Byron distillery, this new make spirit came to life and production started on Dan’s still in 2018.
In mid-2020 he launched the brand Highwayman – his life’s work in a liquid library for all to share. The first bottlings not only sold out in minutes but have now found their way back onto the Highway to whisky lovers all over Australia and some of them sneaking off internationally.
The new chapter of Highwayman whisky’s liquid library sees the unleashing of the first ever 100% Byron Bay single malt whisky. Local barley is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and aged in a combination of different oak casks. This art is all created at the Lord Byron distillery. Hand made in micro batches and bottled at cask strength in its purest form.
Highwayman – made by a serious whisky lover for serious whisky lovers to enjoy and share everywhere!