Late last year, Chorlton’s Wilbraham Road welcomed it’s own whisky bar, as Cask and Kiln opened.
Gone was the Irish themed sports bar that was Cooper’s, and instead shelves of whisky, craft beer, and a great selection appeared. As someone who lives within walking distance (it’s actually on my 10km running route) I’m hoping it’s going to be a little more incentive to stay closer to home, rather than being out and about in the city centre consistently.
Inside, there’s a warm welcome, as well as a warm finish to the decor. Along with brickwork in the back room, with the pool table and wall mounted bike, there’s lots of artwork, and a rather cute pair of Jack Daniels branded rocking chairs.
And along with the pints, drams and cocktails, they’re also hosting a slew of tastings. And I’ve already been to two.
The first as with The Lakes Distillery. Alongside whisky – their blend The One has been available for a while and their own aged spirit will be released any time now – they have a great selection of gins and vodkas. And we worked our way through every single one of them.
The Salted Caramel Vodka was unsurprisingly the most popular of the night (boozy Chorlton Crack anyone?), but for me, it was The Lakes Gin in a Tom Collins that was my drink of the evening. Fresh, clean, refreshing, it was just what I needed after taking my palate on a tour of their spirits.
Though I might be putting the Espresso Vodka on a shopping list somewhere.
The second tasting was all about the whisky. David from Chorlton Whisky took us on an Islay themed journey, from the soft Islay Barley from Bruichladdich, to the incredible 16 year old Scotch Malt Whisky Society Laphroaig.
David’s tutored tasting was great for the new whisky lovers in the group, who could learn more about the style, and try a number of levels, from whispers of smoke, to something that little bit more powerful.
Jack and Aaron, the two gents behind Cask and Kiln, have set up a fantastic bar, and I can’t wait to see the spirits shelf grow, and I suspect their fan base, as there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Meantime, I’ll see you at the bar for a dram or two?
With thanks to Cask and Kiln for my invites to both tastings, and to the bar itself. I’ve no doubt at all, I’ll see you again soon!