Whisky High Tea, Rare and Hard to Find Whiskies and Themed Masterclasses on the Menu

A wee bit of Scotland has come to Sydney with the launch of Sir Stamford at Circular Quay’s Highlander Whisky Bar*.

To celebrate its opening, the Highlander Bar has launched three new offerings to tantalise whisky connoisseurs and novices alike including a Whisky High Tea, a ‘Whisky of the Month’, showcasing a rare and hard to find whisky from around the world, and bi-monthly Whisky Masterclasses.

“Sir Stamford at Circular Quay has already established itself as the home of great whisky events, from hosting annual whisky shows to regular Whisky & Cheese tastings. Our Highlander Bar will offer a unique platform to build on these events with dedicated offerings to guests and locals who share a love of fine whisky,” said General Manager, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, Jacky Cheung.

The unique Whisky High Tea offers a bespoke twist on the hotel’s famous high tea offerings, with a tempting variety of savoury delights complemented by sweet whisky infused treats including Jack Daniels Apple Mouse Slice, Jim Beam Bourbon Crème Brulee Tart and Johnnie Walker Caramel Square, and paired with a whisky flight of three Chivas Regal varieties. The High Tea will be served from 11 am – 4 pm, Monday to Sunday, and costs $79.

The Whisky of the Month will take pride of place in the centre of the bar and be served with tasting notes for staunch whisky lovers. Selected for their uniqueness and scarcity, example offerings may include the limited-edition single cask bottling of a 20-year-old Ben Nevis, called the Highlander Inn.

The Bi-Monthly Whisky Master Class will offer themed tastings designed to entertain and educate regular customers and newcomers alike. A ‘Malts in the Movies’ class, for example, will highlight the product placement of malt whiskies in classic movies, while a ‘How Whisky Made the Mob’ class will explore how organised crime and prohibition defined the whisky we drink today. And for the classic whisky drinkers, the ‘Whisky Old Enough to Order Itself’ class will celebrate all 18-year-old whiskies.

The Whisky Master Classes will vary in cost, depending on the theme, but the range will be from $80 to $130 per person. Duration will be around 90 minutes, with five to six whiskies presented.

Sir Stamford has partnered with expert whisky connoisseur, David Ligoff, co-founder of World of Whisky, the only specialised whisky shop in Australia, and owner of Alchemist Events which specialises in whisky themed functions and events.

“I’m very pleased to be working with the Highlander Bar and bringing some rare offerings to the table. The perception is often that these whiskies will be very expensive, but this is not the case. Our research team has created a portfolio of unique whiskies, many of which have never been seen before in Australia,” said Ligoff.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay takes its name from Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles – the founder of modern Singapore. Noted as a great statesman, he was instrumental in the expansion of the British Empire, which included introducing the tradition of enjoying a fine whisky into the South East Asian region. The Highlander Bar celebrates his pioneering spirit.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is located at 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Visit for further information.

* The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an extra ‘e’. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the extra ‘e’ is also used when referring to American whiskies. 

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