Right, I'm absolutely determined. I'm going to write a whole piece on Australian whisky without using any cliched Aussie words or phrases such as 'strewth', 'fair dinkum, ''good on yer mate' 'possum' or 'chunder'. Apart from in this paragraph. I spend a lot of time emailing my many Australian friends, mainly about whisky, and I've always enjoyed their forthright views, self-assuredness and positivity but like vegemite (damn - Aussie cliche) and kangaroo goolies (if you watch I'm A Celebrity you'll get that) they can be an acquired taste - and if you're not so sure about them then I should warn you: I suspect they're going to get increasingly loud and cocky once more in the coming months.
They're a nation obsessed by sport and they tend to dominate whatever they turn their hands to. This summer that means swimming events in the Olympics, in the Autumn it means a resurgent rugby union side (though they're welcome to that during 2012-13 as The All Blacks are World Champions and are staying that way until at least 2015 - sorry sports (oh poo, I've done it again!))
And then from later in the year - sorry English cricket loving readers - they're likely to be rampant on the cricket field.
We know all this because part of the Aussie psychology - just like with Manchester United's Alex Ferguson - is to talk their chances up until it comes true. They're not only saying that they expect to thrash a fading English cricket side, but they talk as if they believe it. Which they do.
And then there's whisky. They're starting to get very good at making it and they know it.
Now to be fair, they do show respect to Scotland - after all, the Scots are enemies of England - but there's a growing confidence and occasional whiff of arrogance in some of the most recent comments, and they've perfected a sales pitch about their whisky that they're repeating like a mantra. For a flavour of it, take a look at the new 'talking point' feature, "Are the Scots dumbing down?" It's hard not to be impressed what the conv …stop right there Dom…citizens of the Antipodes are doing though.
World Whisky Review has talked extensively about Tasmania so let's turn our attention to the mainland. Two of Australia's biggest distilleries are here, but there's a scattering of new faces across Victoria, Western Australia and one or two in Adelaide, too. It's early days - so these are ones to watch.