Soultrap is a cool bar located in Surry Hills. With a widely stocked bar, they have a great range of cocktails too. If you’re hungry, there’s plenty of charcuterie boards to select from. We visited Soul trap on this occasion for their Whiskey event. This kicked off their first of many whiskey events to come. We visited their Irish Whiskey Rumble hosted by Whisky Enlightenment. This was a whiskey event like no other, including an appearance by Connor McGregor, through his whiskey label Proper 12. The event was a battle to determine which whiskey would reign supreme. Certainly an enlightening experience for those new to whiskey or not; with information on each of the eight different bottles and the distilleries that produce them.
Irish whiskies are known for the subtle flavours associated with the spirit, being triple distilled and blending creating complexity. All whiskies being different, with many elements factoring in to make each whiskey unique, whether it be the cask or casks the whiskey is aged in, the way the liquid is distilled, the age of the whiskey, the temperature, water source, age of the whiskey and much more.
This tasting was entertaining and refreshing, as they did not follow the normal rules of a tasting. A whiskey tasting is usually progressive starting with subtle flavours moving to stronger flavours. This experience was a battle pitting different whiskies against each other, everyone participating with a vote which contributes to find the ultimate winner.
Round one kicked off with Bushmills 10 year old vs Writers tears copper pot. McGregor’s Proper Twelve KOing Irish heavy weight Jamisons. Then followed by Ireland’s only peated whiskey smoking Teeling small batch. To finish the round was Slane Irish whiskey vs Paddy Irish Whiskey.
After the first round we had a break with some tasty pulled pork sliders and some banter. We are back into the nex round wittled down to four whiskies. The rumble is on again. The votes are in again and we were down to the final two. But before the final battle, some games and giveaways.
The finale pitted two very different whiskies against each other. The bourbon like flavours of the Slane Irish Whiskey and the peated Connemara with the event finishing in a bit of a haze; Connemara finishes on top!
Great value for an afternoon out, at $40 per person for drinks, entertainment and canapés, keep an eye out for further events to come.
70-72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills