The Dewar’s Scotch Egg Club is bringing together two of our favourite Scottish things for an exciting pop-up bar in Sydney this month. An homage to Tommy Dewar – the son of Dewar’s founder John – the bar celebrates the award-winning whisky with tastings and masterclasses until the 27th of May. In addition to serving up drams of the world-class blends, the pop-up bar will also be serving Scotch eggs; a further tribute to Tommy, whose two main passions were whisky as well as the pedigree chickens he bred.
If you don’t know what a Scotch egg is – and look, we don’t blame you if you don’t – it’s essentially a hard-boiled egg wrapped in meat, coated in bread crumbs, and deep fried. It’s a lot more appetising than it sounds. Partnering with Dewar’s for the Sydney pop-up is Mitch Orr, head chef at ACME. Orr has created different variations of the Scotch egg to perfectly complement the flavours in the various whiskies available.
Tastings take the form of a series of specially-designed cocktails. Otherwise, for the purists, the Dewar’s range of blends and single malts are available to taste neat as well. We recently had the chance to check out the bar and try a dram or two. In addition to Dewar’s delectable blends, we tried some single malts from Craigellachie as well. Found in the town of the same name in the centre of Scotland’s whisky producing area, the Craigellachie distillery utilises traditional methods and equipment that aren’t really used anymore, to create some very distinct products. We tried the 31 year old, which just won the coveted title of Best Single Malt In The World. It’s currently available at the Scotch Egg Club for $310 a nip; what we think is an entirely justified price for its quality and taste.
The Dewar’s Scotch Egg Club Sydney pop-up coincides rather nicely with World Whisky Day, which is on the 20th of May. If you’re partial to a dram, it’s well worth checking out. The pop-up is open Wednesday – Saturday nights until the 27th of May, and you can find it at the laneway between 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney. Admission to the pop-up is free, but the whisky masterclasses are ticketed.