Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve is partnering with Neil Perry’s acclaimed restaurant Rockpool for the Barrel to Banquet dinner series that is described as a culinary journey through the flavours of Woodford Reserve.
Guests will be guided through a tasting of Woodford Reserve’s three craft whiskeys before enjoying an intimate four-course dinner and whiskey-based cocktails that showcase the complexity of Woodford Reserve bourbon and rye whiskey.
The four-course meal is based around the five primary characteristics of Woodford Reserve: wood; grain; sweet aromatics; spice; and fruit and floral. The cocktail guests receive on arrival represents the “grain”, and then each of the four courses represents one of the other areas.
For fruit and floral, think charcoal roasted scallops with orange gremolata crumb paired with Woodford Reserve’s Distiller’s Select, chamomile syrup, mandarin and lemon. Slow roasted lamb shoulder is basted in Woodford Reserve Rye and served with lamb fat potatoes, rosemary and garlic. Wash this down with Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select with macadamia and walnut bitters to accentuate the wood flavour.
For the bourbon connoisseur, you’ll also taste a limited-edition personal selection created by Rockpool COO Frank Tucker. Tucker went to Kentucky in 2018 and worked with Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Elizabeth McCall to come up with his own personal batch of whiskey. The selected profile was then made and bottled into 180 personalised single litre bottles. Each has a custom label with Rockpool’s name.
If you can’t make the dinners, the cocktails and dessert are available to Rockpool guests throughout the entire month of April. The autumn old fashioned infuses Woodford Reserve ‘Double Oak’ Rockpool Premium Blend Bourbon with autumn stone fruit seeds, before stirring down over ice with a splash of Liqueur Freaks Shiso Leaf Liqueur, maple, and bitters. For those wanting something sweet, the perfect pairing dessert of wattle seed caramel slice and Woodford Reserve ‘Double Oaked’ Rockpool Premium Blend rounds out a meal nicely.
The Woodford Reserve Rockpool collaboration runs from April 1 to 30 April at Rockpool Bar and Grill in Sydney and Melbourne. Get in touch with Rockpool to make a booking. You can find contact information via the link below.