This month, our Birmingham expert spotlight falls to a good friend and past whisky club co-conspirator Robert Wood. If you haven’t had a chance to make it to his wonderful hidden bar in Birmingham yet, you might have been lucky enough to try some of his fabulous cocktails at Whisky Birmingham or at our ‘An Indian Summer’ screening of The Darjeeling Limited.
What’s your name:- My name is Robert Wood.
What do you do and where do you do it:- I am the owner of Bar Smultronställe in Birmingham City Centre, we are a hidden bar that serves cocktails in a multi course tasting menu format. I also head up several projects with Kyndra Vorster for In Rob We Trust Ltd.
What’s your favourite whisky and why have you picked it:- I have been very fortunate in my career to taste huge amounts of Whisky from all over the world and I am unsure I can pick one favourite Whisky but can narrow it down across categories of Whisky:
Single Malt: Aberlour Abunadh
Blend: Haig Clubman
Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old
Rye: Rittenhouse 100 Proof
Irish: Bushmill’s Black Bush
Japanese: Nikka from the Barrel
I like (Sherry) Butts and I can not lie! My almost perfect dram is deep, rich and complex with a sweetness from Sherry cask maturation and a big fat ABV to cut through it all… To that end my favourites are often Sherry Monsters; with the exception of Haig which is notably light and distinctly pliable. I love giving it to people in Highballs after they’ve told me they don’t like Whisky.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- All except one of the above Whiskies can be bought very easily online at Master of Malt, the exception of course being Pappy Van Winkle, which is a known rarity; if you find it and you can afford it: BUY IT IMMEDIATELY!