Each year at the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, an individual is recognised with the award for Outstanding Contribution. But this year is a little different.
Tag: Shady Pines Saloon
Poor old blended whisky. In this brave new world of boozing, where ballsy ryes proclaim their 95% rye mash bill, of high proof spirits and super-hopped IPA’s, spirits like blended whisky can get a little lost in the noise. It’s not that the spirits aren’t well made — on the contrary, really, because the art of blending and creating a consistent product year in and year out is one of the toughest gigs in the business.
The last few years have seen an explosion in the popularity old time American whiskey made from rye. Aside from a handful of brands — if there was indeed that many — rye whiskey was essentially extinct in this country, with scant interest even in its homeland of the US of A.
Not far removed from a hidden whisky smugglers bothy, Shady Pines eeks out it’s existence in a backstreet on the corner of Crown and Oxford Street, Sydney and is developing a cult following all week round.
Now once in a while something special graces bar scene becoming an instant classic. Shady Pines Saloon might just be one of those places. Is it the cocktails? Is it the food? Is the über-chic design? Not on your Nelly!