The Elysian Whisky Bar had twin aims from the outset – to resemble the kind of bars that owner-operators Yao Wong and Kelvin Low like to visit on their travels (especially those in Japan), and to educate and introduce people to independent bottlings (IBs) of whisky.
So what makes a whisk(e)y bar great? These bars have an epic selection of whiskies, highlight whiskies in their cocktail menu and have staff who are passionate on the subject of whisky.
“It was not only until after Prohibition that Scotch whisky surpassed Irish whiskey sales. Since Irish whiskey was more popular, and considered by many to be better in quality to Scotch whisky, many American distillers tried to associate their products with Irish whiskey and therefore adopted the Irish spelling of whiskey.”
Running from Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 November, Sydneysiders can enjoy exploring Australia’s oldest precinct as it transforms to host incredible experiences from the world’s best whiskies thanks to Yakusan and The Rocks precinct
Manly speakeasy The Cumberland has its own signature, eponymous house cocktail, one that speaks to the bar’s reason for being.
“It has been massively challenging but also massively rewarding,” says Pete Ehemann. He’s talking about the process involved in setting up The Cumberland, a speakeasy cocktail bar a street back from the beach in the Sydney suburb of Manly — the first time he’s had a piece of a bar himself.
We asked Whisky & Alement owners Brooke Hayman and Julian White what their keys to success are, and what they’re doing to celebrate the milestone.
The Gidley’s Jonothan Carr pulled together this drink from their menu, the Gilded Highball: rye whiskey, Dom Benedictine, and cereal milk whey.
Former long-serving whisky ambassador for The Exchange, Dan Woolley, is set to release his own single malt whisky independent bottling brand: Highwayman.
Copper Dog is a unique blend of eight single malts inspired by Speyside and the Copper Dog pub at the Craigellachie Hotel, located on the idyllic banks of the river Spey in the Scottish Highlands.
On that panel, we had Greg Sanderson of Speakeasy Group; whisky ambassador Laura Hay; Kyle Hamilton from Boilermaker House, Melbourne; and international guest, Ludo Ducroq, the global director of education and advocacy at The Glenmorangie Company.