The SMWS partner bar Whisky & Alement offers more than 50 SMWS single casks for members and guests to sample, and was at the forefront of offering access to the Society’s cask strength single cask bottlings in Australia.
In making the award for Bar of the Year and Best Team Bar, TimeOut said that: “The thing about always being ahead of the game is that sometimes it takes a while for people to see what you were doing. In 2016, all anyone wanted to do was drink amazing whisky while looking at the dumpster fire that was the year in review, but Whisky and Alement have been paving Melbourne nights with precious amber distills since 2010 – they knew that we would grow into that rare Finlaggan that tastes like salt water and fishing nets and, oddly, banana lollies.
“What sets this bar apart isn’t just their warm service that’s as happy to guide a novice as it is to talk serious shop with a firewater devotee; and it isn’t the fact that they also go so far as to import hard-to-find gems and sell them both by the shot and by the bottle. It’s that they’re always looking ahead. There are plans to open upstairs as a tasting and education room and bar next year, and they’re expanding their bottle shop so that you never need to worry about kickass presents again. They’re still leading the pack, and that’s what makes them our Bar of the Year for 2017.”