Last week we were invited to a place that I’ve been really interested in getting to for quite a while now – Shirt Bar, 7 Sussex Lane, Sydney. With small bars popping up all over Sydney, this one is by far the most unique & interesting in my opinion, specialising in 3 things – “beautifully tailored shirts, freshly roasted coffee & great whisky”.
We briefly sat down with Adam, one of the owners, as he explained the story behind the establishment & their monthly Scotch Club evenings. They are big believers in something I have mentioned many times before, which is making the experience of shopping personal. Tailoring shirts is a family business that started over 35 years ago & most of the production still happens in their studio in Marrickville.
On the middle Wednesday of each month Shirt Bar hosts a Scotch Club event, where they invite a representative from a particular brand of whisky to present their product during a tasting. This provided us with the perfect opportunity to not only taste some great scotch, but also to be educated about the history behind it. Our class was focused around the deconstruction of Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera & it was run by James Buntin from The Whisky Ambassador.
James didn’t just talk about the whisky, he led the class with his broad scottish accent & conviction… his passion really affected everyone in the room. He rattled off some amazing stories about the origins of discovering whisky & facts like “there’s more money in whisky in barrels than there is gold in the Bank Of England”… he was truly a wealth of knowledge & he most definitely made it a very entertaining evening.
We tasted a series of different whiskys from both new & used American oak casks, as well as Spanish oak casks & discussed how the cask can effect the flavours… we felt very privileged to be able to try these deconstructions, as none of these can be purchase & were prepared especially for us for the event. The class then moved on to tasting a sample straight from the Solera vat, which holds 50,000 litres of Glenfiddich from a combination of the casks mentioned previously, before finally tasting Glenfiddich 15 year old bottled whisky.
It was a great night & definitely something we would love to take part in again. You can sign up to be invited to their monthly Scotch Club at www.shirtbar.com.au or alternatively visit the bar at 7 Sussex Lane, Sydney.