The Ivy Collection’s first Scottish restaurant, The Ivy on the Square, on Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square, is the group’s first to introduce a specially-curated drinks trolley dedicated exclusively to Scottish whisky. The whisky trolley is fully stocked with a selection of Scotland’s finest whiskies, so diners can enjoy an after dinner dram or two whenever they choose.
Diners may be familiar with a drinks trolley that houses a selection of post-dinner digestifs; at The Ivy on the Square, only whisky is served from the vintage trolley.
To ensure the trolley’s offering is of the highest possible standard, the restaurant has worked with Edinburgh-based whisky expert and author Blair Bowman, to curate a truly unique selection of Scotland’s national drink.
‘After-dinner drinks trolleys are fairly common, but having a dedicated whisky trolley is something quite unusual.’ Bowman says. ‘And the fact that we have included some more unusual choices, and a few hidden gems, makes the selection even more interesting.’
The trolley offers 11 whiskies, three in each of the three main flavour categories - light, rich and smoke - plus a deluxe selection rarer bottles.
With three whiskies in each category, there is also a corresponding low, middle and higher price point. ‘Everything that has been chosen to go into the trolley has been chosen for a reason,’ Bowman says. ‘There is a logic behind the inclusion of each and every whisky.’
The Ivy Collection Group Bar Manager, David Thompson agrees: ‘We were keen to include something for everyone on the trolley, from the diner looking to celebrate a special occasion and have a once-in-a-blue-moon dram through to those who just want to enjoy a well-chosen nightcap. We have also designed whisky tasting flights so diners can compare and contrast a measure from each flavour profile. And for those who prefer their whisky mixed we do, of course, offer a range of delicious whisky based cocktails.’
The Ivy on the Square’s bar team is well-versed in the whisky trolley’s selection and able to suggest which bottle to sample and what to expect from the taste, helping diners confidently explore the wonderful world of whisky.
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