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Est. 2015 Colin Scott, Chivas Regal Master Blender visited Sydney in 2014 to launch Chivas Regal Extra, at the time, the first expression to be released in almost ten years. We caught up with Colin at various events including a private lunch followed by this one-on-one interview. This article is part of the ‘Looking Back’
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Corinne Mossati Corinne Mossati has been writing about bars, spirits and the food scene for over 10 years. After she founded Gourmantic in 2009, she launched Cocktails & Bars in 2015 and The Gourmantic Garden in 2020. She has been named Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, has judged over 30
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Est. 2015 Master Distiller Alan Winchester in Sydney, Bacardi Legacy Global postponed, distillery visitor centres closed, new Black Tot Rum Global Ambassador and a lot more in this week’s industry news. Adam Dow’s Cocktail for Bacardi Legacy Global – Photo Supplied Distillery Visitor Centres Closed In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, several distilleries around the
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Est. 2015 In 2011, I had the opportunity to interview Brian Nation, then Jameson Whiskey Distiller and Ambassador during his visit to Sydney. Brain holds a Worshipful Company of Distillers Award for achieving the highest results in the world in 2006, making him the first Irish Distiller to receive this award. This article is part
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Est. 2015 ‘Shiso Cuce’ is a tequila based cocktail that combines two uncommon ingredients, shiso also known as perilla and cucamelons. ‘Shiso Cuce’ Tequila Cocktail – Photo © Cocktails & Bars The ‘Shiso Cuce’ cocktail derives its names from a play on words, where “cuce”/cuke refers to the cucamelon, one of the cutest vegetables around.
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Est. 2015 In 2012, internationally renowned bartender Sam Ross of Milk & Honey NYC (now Attaboy) presented a training session on cocktail families to a group of bartenders at The Loft in Sydney. He approached the cocktail education event as if the audience were a new member of staff at the esteemed New York bar.
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Est. 2015 The results of the inaugural Australian International Spirits Competition (AUISC) 2020 have just been released with a total of 181 medals awarded, comprised of 16 Judges’ Choice Medals, 58 Gold Medals, 97 Silver Medals and 10 Bronze Medals. AUISC Medal Winners 2020 – Photo Supplied The AUISC introduces an international level of scoring
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Est. 2015 The Australian International Spirits Competition (AUISC) is a new spirits competition that invites Australian and international spirit brands to be judged on a world scale. The competition introduces an international level of scoring with predominantly Australian judges in order to assess Australians’ taste in spirits. AUISC Judging Panel – Photo Credit: Ken Bromfield
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Est. 2015 In 2015, Dave Broom, renowned whisky writer, visited Australia for the launch of the 2015 John Walker & Sons Private Collection in Melbourne and World Class Australia Finals in Sydney. We caught up with him at both events and in this interview, he shares his thoughts on blends and single malts, age statements
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Est. 2015 The Speakeasy Group has announced the opening of their first Sydney CBD venue, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, an opulent bar dedicated to cocktails and champagne. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is located at the former site of Christopher Hanna bar which is accessed through Bridge Lane at the rear of the luxe hairdressing salon.
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Est. 2015 The Cut bar and grill, a Sydney institution located in The Rocks has introduced a new look for the bar and a new cocktail menu. The Cut Bar – Photo Supplied Most Sydney-siders know The Cut as an elegant, basement steakhouse and bar that caters to business lunches by day and tourists who
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Est. 2015 Kava is an uncommon ingredient in cocktails. Here are two recipes from a luxury resort in Fiji that make use of the yaqona plant root known for its mildly sedative properties. Kava Cocktails: L-R – Cucumber; Carrot & Ginger – Photo © Cocktails & Bars Kava is a traditional Fijian drink which plays
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Est. 2015 ecoSPIRITS, Overeem Whisky, Australian International Spirits Competition, Shady Pines Saloon, ‘Looking Back’ Series and more in this week’s bar/spirited news & recommended reads. L-R: Mark Sawford, Casey Overeem, Jane Sawford – Photo Supplied Australian International Spirits Competition 2020 Australia has a brand new spirits competition. The Australian International Spirits Competition (AUISC) sets an
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Est. 2015 In September 2014, Jim McEwan, then Bruichladdich Master Distiller visited Sydney during his Australian #JimDownUnder2014 tour. After a private and intimate tasting of the Bruichladdich range which culminated in tasting Octomore 6.1 – the most heavily peated whisky in the world at the time – I had a one-on-one interview with Jim in
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Est. 2015 In the world of media, the term “highly anticipated” prevails to the point of becoming a tired cliché. But for Sydney eastern suburb locals who live along Bronte-Clovelly-Coogee, the void of a serious cocktail bar has long been felt. Will’s Coogee Pavilion – Photo © Cocktails & Bars When Merivale opened Coogee Pavilion
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Corinne Mossati Corinne Mossati has been writing about bars, spirits and the food scene for over 10 years. After she founded Gourmantic in 2009, she launched Cocktails & Bars in 2015 and The Gourmantic Garden in 2020. She has been named Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, has judged over 30
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Est. 2015 There’s always a buzz in the industry when a new cocktail bar is about to open and when the owners are well-known and highly respected industry professionals, the excitement and anticipation are even higher. Fortunate Son Enmore – Photo © Cocktails & Bars Fortunate Son bar (named as “the one to watch out
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Corinne Mossati Corinne Mossati has been writing about bars, spirits and the food scene for over 10 years. After she founded Gourmantic in 2009, she launched Cocktails & Bars in 2015, a website dedicated to cocktail culture. She has been named Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, has judged over 30
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Corinne Mossati Corinne Mossati has been writing about bars, spirits and the food scene for over 10 years. After she founded Gourmantic in 2009, she launched Cocktails & Bars in 2015, a website dedicated to cocktail culture. She has been named Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, has judged over 30
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