A Rare Whisky Speakeasy by Glenmorangie and Vue de Monde is Popping Up in the CBD
A rare, award-winning whisky roasted with “chocolate” barley and served with snacks from Vue de Monde in a secret speak-easy space featuring experiential art, a “Mandarin Grove” and cocktails created by the Rialto building’s epic Lui Bar? It sounds like a fever dream. Coming together in the Melbourne CBD for three nights only this winter, this unique event may well feel like one too.
The cause for celebration is Glenmorangie’s Signet whisky, a unique fusion of some of the oldest and rarest whiskies in the label’s archives. Featuring notes of spice, chocolate, coffee and mandarin, the Signet’s singular palate comes from the distillation process, which – in a world-first – uses tumble-rosted “chocolate” malt barley rather than traditional malt. The result is a complex drop perfectly attuned to an immersive sensory experience.
With a location announced just three days before opening, the Signet Speakeasy will be no ordinary hole in the wall. Hosted by Glenmorangie’s Head of Maturing Whisky Stock, Brendan McCarron, the evening will begin in a secret CBD warehouse space. Guests will enter a candlelit lobby “infused with espresso” before passing through unusual spaces designed to highlight Signet’s chocolate notes. The experience ends in a “Mandarin grove”, where guests can gather and enjoy “avant-garde” food creations thanks to Shannon Bennett’s esteemeed restaurant Vue de Monde, as well as cocktails from Vue de Monde sister venue Lui Bar, theatrical performances and more.
The location of the speak-easy will be revealed on Monday June 24, just three days ahead of the event’s run from June 27 to 29. There will be four sessions per night from 6pm to 9pm, with a bar to linger in until 1am. Tickets, which include one Signet neat, three cocktails by Lui Bar and three snacks by Vue de Monde, are limited.
This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Glenmorangie Signet.