Australia punches above its weight when it comes to whisky. Some of our distilleries are ranked among the best in the world. But it wasn’t always this way.

The story goes that Australia once made a whisky so bad, so revolting, it became famous for all the wrong reasons. And today’s whisky obsessives will go to all sorts of lengths to find a bottle.

In episode three of Broadsheet’s new podcast, FYI, we join Broadsheet publications director, Nick Connellan, on a journey to track down this notorious local malt and find out: was it really that bad? Along the way, he speaks to some of the most influential authorities on whisky in the country and meets the obsessives who have gone to all sorts of lengths to get a nip of this highly coveted – and fast disappearing – booze.

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Plus, he makes some surprising discoveries about the home of this infamous whisky – and one of Australia’s most iconic pre-mixed drinks.

FYI is a new podcast by Broadsheet about the stories we reckon deserve a closer look. It’ll bust myths, help you cook better and give you a deeper understanding of a particular slice of Australian culture each week. New episodes drop every Tuesday.

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Season one of FYI is proudly sponsored by Dan Murphy’s.