Category: FOOD & DRINK

Benriach’s latest whiskey is 50 years old

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Benriach, renowned for its rich, inventive, and multi-layered Speyside whiskies, has announced its oldest and most exclusive expression to date: Benriach 1966 Cask Aged 50 Years. The first Benriach to be bottled at 50 years old, this exceptional whisky was first filled with unpeated Benriach spirit on 21 September 1966. It was matured in a single bourbon cask, number 2383, which was handpicked for its exquisite character and destined to become the oldest remaining vintage and rarest ever example of Benriach. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Benriach (@benriach) Following decades of maturation in Benriach’s Speyside warehouses, 37 limited edition bottles have been crafted by Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie. These bottles offer whisky lovers worldwide the finest portrayal of Benriach’s signature fruit-laden style, characterised by unrivaled complexity and luxurious refinement. “At Benriach Distillery, our ability to nurture flavor has been informed by our heritage in maturing an array of casks from across the world, alongside our creative philosophy and exploratory approach toward whisky making. Over many decades, this has granted us an expert understanding of what makes an exceptional cask,” Dr. Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Benriach Distillery said. She continued, “I am proud to present Benriach 1966 Cask Aged 50 Years as our ultimate treasure. Sip 50 years of opulent refinement with notes of sublime honeyed dates and delicate oak spices in harmony with the lingering finesse of apple, pear, and traces of grapefruit. This is our art – a testament to the expertise in and commitment to extraordinary cask… Read More

A New Dawn in Whisky from the House of LARK

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Exclusively from the House of LARK, home to Australia’s No.1 Luxury Single Malt Whisky, DARK LARK 2024 emerges as the torchbearer in the New World of Whisky, designed to ignite the night. Best savored with friends, neat, on the rocks, or in an after-dark cocktail, this whisky is crafted to stir curiosity and creativity with every sip. DARK LARK embodies the adventurous spirit that has propelled Tasmania’s LARK to global acclaim since Bill and Lyn Lark crafted the first bottle of single malt whisky at their kitchen table in 1992. This whisky is a divergence from tradition, meant to be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. The 2024 edition of DARK LARK is renowned for its smooth yet complex flavour profile, showcasing Tasmania’s awe-inspiring terroir. The artwork for this year’s limited release features the enchanting Aurora Australis, capturing the ephemeral, celestial beauty best witnessed from Tasmania. As with this rare light show, each bottle of DARK LARK offers an experience that is both elusive and enchanting, with its warm purples and greens playing across your senses. Uncorking a bottle of DARK LARK 2024 reveals evocative aromas of mocha and sultanas, layered with light oak spice and a hint of cherry. The palate is a symphony of flavours: white peach enveloped in crème brûlée, rich blackcurrant crumble, honeycomb, and caramelised pineapple. Millie Tang, Australia’s No.1 bartender and DARK LARK ambassador, remarks, “DARK LARK is whisky done differently. It belongs in cocktails, on ice, and most importantly, in moments shared after dark.” LARK Master Blender Chris Thomson… Read More

Scotch and Bourbon had a baby and its name is The Maighstir Edition

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In the realm of premium spirits, where scotch and bourbon stand as pillars of tradition, a new contender emerges to challenge the status quo. Kentucky Owl’s latest limited edition release, the highly anticipated Maighstir Edition, is poised to revolutionize the world of whiskey while honouring centuries-old craftsmanship. Spearheaded by the revered master blender Maureen Robinson, this offering is set to captivate connoisseurs upon its May 2024 debut. Embracing Tradition with a Modern Twist The collaboration between Kentucky Owl and Maureen Robinson transcends mere blending; it celebrates the essence of scotch and bourbon’s distinct flavours. The Maighstir Edition entices the senses with a delicate aroma of small grains like wheat and barley, underscored by notes of caramel and vanilla. Upon tasting, the palate is greeted with a warm embrace of rye’s spice, evolving into a symphony of citrus nuances—orange and grapefruit—that culminate in a luxuriously velvety finish. Maighstir Edition: Where Mastery Meets Innovation The name ‘Maighstir’, derived from Gaelic meaning ‘master’, aptly reflects the expertise behind this spirit tailored for the most discerning whisky enthusiasts. This unique blend, a one-time creation, intertwines 4-year-old, 5-year-old, 8-year-old, and 9-year-old Kentucky straight bourbons with mash bills featuring corn, wheat, and malted barley. The result? A harmonious fusion that delivers a robust and impeccably balanced scotch-whisky-meets-bourbon experience. A Symphony of Collaboration and Creativity Maureen Robinson’s illustrious career spanning over 45 years in scotch whisky, coupled with her distinction as one of the industry’s pioneering female master blenders, adds a touch of finesse to this exceptional collaboration. Reflecting on the Maighstir… Read More

There’s a prison in Belfast that now makes whiskey

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In an extraordinary blend of history and modern spirit production, the Belfast Distillery Company has unveiled its latest venture – McConnell’s Distillery, housed within the historic confines of Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. This remarkable establishment not only marks the return of McConnell’s Irish Whisky to its birthplace but also introduces the first-ever Single Malt distillery to operate within a former prison. Opened to the public on April 30, 2024, this new tourist attraction is already drawing attention, not just for its unique location but for the immersive experience it promises every visitor. Sydney, which has eagerly anticipated the distillery’s opening, now celebrates as McConnell’s Distillery and Visitor Experience is officially open, with tickets readily available for those keen to explore this innovative attraction. The distillery has undergone a meticulous two-year renovation, preserving the historic essence of the “Crum” – a local nickname for Crumlin Road Gaol, which served as a prison from 1846 to 1996. This transformation represents a harmonious marriage of heritage and innovation, offering Australian travelers to Belfast a one-of-a-kind encounter with the city’s rich history and the exquisite craft of whisky production. Visitors are treated to a guided tour that not only educates them on the storied past of McConnell’s Irish Whisky but also takes them through the detailed process of brewing, distilling, and maturing the brand’s signature spirits. Led by expert guides, guests will gain intimate knowledge of McConnell’s historic roots and its flourishing global distribution, now reaching over 45 markets worldwide. This personalized experience provides a unique opportunity to… Read More

There’s a new French Moroccan dining experience to try

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Monsieur, have you ever dreamed of indulging in a culinary experience that tantalises your taste buds and elevates your senses? Imagine savouring our spicy Moroccan chicken sandwich, a delectable delight that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Morocco, or perhaps savoring the famous lobster roll with brioche bread, a classic that promises to satisfy even the most discerning palate,” Bitton enthusiastically added. This exciting collaboration marks a significant stride towards enhancing the hospitality offerings of One Global Capital. By seamlessly blending design, food, and culture, we aim to curate an extraordinary and innovative experience for all those who grace the bustling streets of Sydney. “We are thrilled to propel SKYE Suites hotel to new heights, constantly seeking to enhance the guest experience akin to luxury international hotels. Our journey begins with the development of a new hotel chain starting with SKYE Suites Green Square, paving the way for our upcoming site at Macquarie Park,” Sunito expressed with zeal. SKYE SUITES GREEN SQUARE: Where Luxury Meets Innovation Nestled within the architectural marvel that is SKYE Suites Green Square lies a haven of 90 premium serviced suites spread across 20 storeys, meticulously designed as an ‘Urban Resort’ that boasts distinctive, statement architecture. Bask in the opulence of our property adorned with a glamorous infinity-edge swimming pool, a serene heated spa, chic sundecks adorned with private cabanas and sunbeds, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, lush gardens, and landscaping, along with a rooftop dining experience that promises to elevate your culinary journey. Recently graced by Channel Nine’s beloved series,… Read More

Astro new restaurant in Barangaroo Sydney

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Nestled at the heart of Sydney’s bustling waterfront, The Streets of Barangaroo, Astro emerges as a vibrant gem, inviting diners into a world where the culinary traditions of Tokyo’s izakayas and Seoul’s barbecues blend seamlessly. This modern Asian BBQ restaurant, situated in the space once occupied by SOOT, captures the essence of joy and communal dining that owner David Bae fondly remembers from his childhood days watching Astro Boy. Astro, a creation by the innovative minds behind the successful Matkim, and part of Kolture Group, draws inspiration from the nostalgia of anime while introducing a fresh twist on izakaya-style dining. From lunchtime donburi bowls adorned with onsen tamago to evening delights of yakiniku and izakaya-inspired dishes, executive chef Jacob Lee skillfully shifts from fine dining to create an ambiance that’s both semi-casual and intricately flavourful. Signature dishes, including Sydney Rock Oysters, Ora King Salmon, and a truffle bulgogi sando, perfectly complement the creative dessert offerings like jeju mandarin and plum sorbet. The beverage menu, boasting an array of fun cocktails and highballs alongside traditional soju and sake, ensures every palate is catered to. Astro’s décor, combining Japanese Nordic aesthetics with neon lights and vintage red accents, sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience, all set against the backdrop of catchy 80s ‘City Pop’ tunes. It’s more than a restaurant; it’s a destination where the fast-paced hustle of daily life gives way to moments of joy, shared meals, and laughter. Positioned within Sydney’s prime dining precinct, Astro offers a unique blend of culture, cuisine, and… Read More

Unleash inner chef at Bottega Coco’s pasta classes

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If you’ve ever dreamed of mastering the art of pasta-making or simply seeking a delightful winter activity with friends or solo, look no further than Bottega Coco. Located in Barangaroo, this all-day Italian dining restaurant and Patisserie is ready to turn your carb-loving fantasies into a delicious reality. Monthly pasta cooking class with executive chef Dario Nencioni Led by the talented Executive Chef, Dario Nencioni, Bottega Coco’s monthly pasta cooking class is a culinary escapade not to be missed. In a 90-minute immersive session, Chef Dario will unravel the secrets of crafting authentic pasta from scratch, transporting you to the heart of Italian culinary tradition. By the end of the class, you’ll be wielding your rolling pin with finesse, cooking up dishes that would make Nonna proud! Indulge in a Masterclass experience Experience an array of delights during the pasta cooking masterclass: Event details Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the culinary wonders of Italian cuisine at Bottega Coco’s Pasta Cooking Class. Book your spot now for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, learning, and a whole lot of pasta-making magic!

New European restaurant in Melbourne, Elio’s Place

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This July, the culinary landscape of Flinders Lane is set to be transformed. This as the dynamic sibling duo, Adam and Elisa Mariani, renowned for their success with CBD hotspots Greta and Maverick, unveil their latest masterpiece – Elio’s Place, an all-day European-inspired bistro nestled in the historic Flinders House. Named in loving memory of their father, ‘Elio’, whose passion for great food and meaningful conversations lives on in their hearts, Elio’s Place is poised to become a hub of Italian hospitality, inviting guests to experience warmth, charm, and culinary delights in equal measure. Culinary Delights Throughout the Day From the enticing breakfast offerings that beckon city dwellers to embrace a European flair in their morning rituals to the shared plates at lunch and dinner designed for indulgent gatherings, Elio’s Place promises a gastronomic journey like no other. For those on the move, made-to-order sandwiches offer a quick yet satisfying option, ensuring that every palate finds its perfect match. Aperitivo Hours and Delectable Drinks Every day from 3 pm to 5 pm, indulge in the traditional Italian ritual of aperitivo at Elio’s Place. Immerse yourself in a carefully curated wine list featuring both local gems and international treasures, alongside classic cocktails and soon-to-be signature mixes that elevate your experience to new heights. Culinary Mastery by Group Executive Chef Gareth Flood Heading the culinary brigade is the esteemed Group Executive Chef Gareth Flood, a veteran collaborator with the sibling duo for nearly seven years, bringing to life a menu inspired by the rich culinary traditions of… Read More