This whiskey’s good Old Fashioned fun
The new Rosebank venue Bar Ber Blacksheep – yeah, that’s its actual name – feels like a little bit of Maboneng transplanted further north. Wherever one goes, though, there’s no escaping Joburg’s hipster vibes.
This week, the quirky bar-cumbarbershop hosted an intimate gathering of booze enthusiasts, bartenders and a few influencers who came out to enjoy an evening with the award-winning Woodford Reserve.
Despite seeing gin and brandy rise in popularity in our bar culture, it seems we are still a whiskey nation – in this case, the US variety, bourbon.
Inside this space, complete with loungers and mood lighting, we partook in an exclusive masterclass and tasting session curated by brand ambassador Marson Strydom. Throughout the evening, we guests were treated to alluring aromas of artisanal Woodford variants, accompanied by mouthwatering canapés perfectly paired with each beverage. The highlight of the evening was an Old Fashioned cocktail mix-off. An Old Fashioned is a sweet citrus and berry bourbon cocktail. A veritable science lab of tools and instruments was brought out for us to play with. Guests were split into groups and taught the perfect way to make an Old Fashioned right before attempting to make one ourselves. Woodford is pushing the bourbon lifestyle in South Africa, and with good reason. As the people’s beverage, bourbon takes the snobbery out of single malt tippling.
ARTISANAL AND FUN Woodford Reserve is pushing the bourbon lifestyle in SA