If you love visiting establishments that have a well-stocked bar then Rosso Restaurant in Manchester will prove a real treat. Their Il Ripiano (The Shelf) has a dedicated area in the stylish Italian’s bar, offering over 18 tipples that you'd struggle to find on their own, let alone housed together in one bar, making this a connoisseur's haven.
From Rums, to Vodkas and Bourbon, Rosso’s Il Ripiano gives you the opportunity to have an experience unlike anywhere else in the city.The Appleton Estate Limited Edition 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve (£450.00) kick-started The Shelf and it has taken over a year to acquire the other rare spirits to sit alongside it. They include:
The John Walker (£175) takes pride of place, since only 330 bottles exist of this prestigious offerig from the House of Johnnie Walker, which is crafted from 9 hand-selected casks from various distilleries. Rosso is also home to not one Pappy Van Winkle but the whole family of this ultra rare Bourbon; 6 in total. Pappy Van Winkle (£200) is so rare, that it’s hard been hard to get hold of since 1992. Wall Street Journal was quoted saying even billionaires struggle to get their hands on it, since it’s extremely rare and batches are made intentionally small.
But the true showpiece of Rosso’s Shelf has to be their Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 - a most exclusive cask. There are only 738 of these individually numbered black baccarat crystal decanters that exist, with no more going into production, costing a staggering £16,000. At £750 a shot it’s not a drink for amateurs. Il Ripiano looks certain to give Rosso it’s mark in Manchester for being the place to go for an exclusive drinking experience.
As Manchester gears up for this year’s unique new music and whisky festival; The Whisky Sessions, one group who have fully embraced the concept are local sporting superstars Wigan Warriors, who got into training for the November festival with a special warm up event to celebrate a new partnership. The Warriors have been announced as new partners of the festival and will be providing exclusive offers for fans, along with other exciting collaborative activities yet to be announced.
The brand new event happening on 21-22 November at Victoria Warehouse, featuring a stellar line up of internationally acclaimed artists, alongside a global, award winning roll-call of whiskies. Headline artists have been announced as I Am Kloot and Gomez, along with a full music line up will be revealed on September 3rd. Manchester’s relationship with music needs no introduction, nor does its affinity with a fine drink and a great party, with sport also being part of the city's heart and soul. The Whisky Sessions team felt it was only good and proper to include some of the region’s sporting stars in the celebrations.
Last weekend the players and staff headed to the Whiskey Jar, on Tariff Street to take part in their own special preview event, road-testing what The Whisky Sessions is all about!
‘Spirits were high’ as the team were guided through a tasting session of some award-winning whiskies by TV drinks expert and General Manager at the International Wine & Spirits Competition; Ewan Lacey. Ewan took the team on a global tour of some of this year’s award-winning whiskies, as recently crowned at the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Music was provided by local artist Josh Goddard of Lucky T Jackson, completing the Whisky Sessions experience, then it was over to the Wigan Warriors squad to give their verdict on Manchester’s newest festival!
“This was a fantastic afternoon! The lads loved it, and even though they all had a good laugh I think they learned a bit too, plus they really enjoyed the music from Josh. It all added up to a cracking event and we can’t for the full experience in November! The Whisky Sessions gets a big thumbs up from us!” , said Kris Radlinski, Rugby General Manager at Wigan Warriors.
Bourbon favourite Jack Daniels is running its birthday celebrations this September, for the 15th year in a row they will be holding month long celebrations as no one is quite sure of Jack’s actual birthday. Participating bars will be given branded optics and bar runners, plus bespoke drinks offers linked to the Jack Daniels website ~ 21 Aug 2014