WHISKY & ANYTHING
Ervin Trykowski spent years honing his craft as a bartender in the best bars, and also set up the Glasgow Bartenders Club. He now works as the global Scotch Whisky Ambassador for Diageo, and here tells us why the spirit is the perfect foil for food.
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that should really adorn every cocktail menu.
Not content with a whole heap of history behind it, arguably more than any other classic, a competently made Old Fashioned is a reliable rubberstamp of quality for customers. If a bar can make an excellent Old Fashioned, chances are that the other drinks on the venue’s list can be deftly delivered too.
Wood matters. It’s a material that massively enhances and impacts a single malt spirit, which is why you need to carefully consider not only the selection you make in your bar, but also educate yourself fully on the product.
Bull in a China Shop
Bull In A China Shop, an all-day restaurant and whisky bar located where Shoreditch seamlessly segues into the City, is where you’ll find in-the-know admirers of Japanese whisky.
We talk to Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker's master whisky blender, about the whisky landscape, the craft of blending, and the secret behind the success of Johnnie Walker Black Label.
Scarfes has one of the most stirring selections of Scotch in the UK, and indeed a programme of learning that ensures all staff are well versed in whisky knowledge.