Johnnie Walker celebrated world class whisky and revealed their new Blue Label Room at The Stables Sydney last night with top media and celebrities. The sophisticated space reflects the history, culture and essence of the Johnnie Walker brand, and includes a whisky constellation, Johnnie Walker collectibles, Alexander Walker’s quality statement and more.
I was honoured to have attended the intimate event for fifty guests who were hosted by whisky expert and MasterChef Australia 2014 contestant, Sean Baxter, who is the National Brand Ambassador for Diageo Reserve Whisky. VIP guests included Matt Doran, Justine Schofield, Joe Snell and yours truly, who were personally chauffeured to and from the venue by event car partner Audi Centre Sydney.
We were greeted and welcomed into the private members only venue, and upon arrival Johnnie Walker cocktails including the ‘Blue Silk’ Old Fashioned were served. The ‘Blue Silk’ Old Fashioned is a cocktail reminiscent of the prestige and decadence associated with Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It is a combination of a salted caramel syrup, maple syrup and a smoked Apricot Bitters created by Mr. Bitters in Melbourne. The drink is soft and silken, hence the name, and beautifully highlights the smoke and peated oiliness found in Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Sean Baxter has been working with whisky for over twelve years, both across the bar and as a professional trainer. Sean shared his knowledge with guests through an interactive whisky tasting demonstration. Sean will feature on going tastings at the Blue Label Room for members, guests and special events.
Sean’s passion for whisky is accompanied by his love and knowledge of good food. In addition to whisky tastings and education, Sean encourages people to explore the craft of matching whisky with food. This was highlighted on the evening through the gourmet canapés menu curated by Sean and the team at The Stables Sydney. The canapés perfectly complemented the rare and smooth character of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, one part of the six variants in the House of Walker range.
Whisky matched dishes served on the night included Oysters shucked to order – shallot and whisky vinaigrette; Tartar of white fish, chilli, finger lime and fennel pollen; Steak on a Stick – BBQ rib eye cubes; Stuffed Swiss Brown mushrooms; Braised Pork Belly, fennel slaw and mustard fruits; and to satisfy the sweet tooth of the guests, lamington and brownie desserts were shared.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room at The Stables Sydney is the quintessential arena to conduct business, relax and unwind, and enjoy special events in a professional and luxurious environment. The venue is set to be the place to entertain this Spring Racing Carnival
For more information on Johnnie Walker please visit www.johnniewalker.com.