Whisky Demystified: Premium Whisky Tasting for Two at Black Rock

  • Add an extra guest (eight maximum) +
    £47.5

Whisky Demystified: Premium Whisky Tasting for Two at Black Rock

Shoreditch, London

£95
  • Add an extra guest (eight maximum) +
    £47.5

“If you're unsure which whisky is for you, this is the best place to experiment” Condé Nast

Why we love it

Black Rock is a whisky lover's secret hideout in the City which is on a mission to reinvent the world of whisky. Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the brains behind cocktail mecca Worship Street Whistling Shop, have done away with a traditional bar in favour of six glass cabinets stocked with 250 bottles of world whisky available by the dram and have filled a 185-year-old oak tree with two of their own special house blend whiskies, fitted it with taps and placed it front and centre for imbibing pleasure. Welcome home whisky drinkers.

What's Included?

  • Enjoy a whisky tasting flight at Black Rock
  • Taste one 35ml serving of ‘table whisky’ each - aged inside the 18-foot communal oak table
  • Followed by three 35ml ‘three dot’ premium whiskies each
  • Served alongside three bar snacks, such as Haggis Balls, Soda Bread and Gravadlax to share

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind the time-warping Worship Street Whistling Shop, have chipped away at whisky's rather masculine, pin-stripe image with their latest venture, Black Rock; a whisky paradise in the City that aims to demystify the public’s perceptions of the drink.

Over 250 bottles of Scotch, Irish, American, and Japanese grain-spirits line one side of this easy-going subterranean den. But here, the whiskies are arranged on shelves in three price tiers and according to six flavour profiles (round, fragrance, smoke, sweet spice and fruit) as opposed to region or country of origin. Each whisky is placed by a ‘relative’, allowing imbibers to find a style they like and then try its cousin next to it, making it easy for guests to find a favourite.

And instead of an actual bar, the bartenders are always on the move, roaming from table to table to the sound of funk, soul and Nineties hip-hop, or sat at one end of the long wooden table that stretches down the centre of the room.

It's no ordinary table, though, but an 18ft, 185-year-old three tonne hunk of oak tree. Two channels, lined with charred American and toasted European oak, run through the glass-topped table that are filled with 17 litres of both Cherry River (an American bourbon with Morello cherry and spices) and a constantly-evolving special house blend, which are both slowly ageing within. Whisky is then poured into glasses directly from a tap at one end - the best sort of log flume.

As part of this experience guests will enjoy a whisky flight including one serving of whisky from the table and three servings of ‘three dot’ (premium) whiskies. ‘Dots’ at Black Rock signify the price of each whisky - one, two or three dots; £7, £9 or £11 a dram. To compliment the whiskies, guests will savour three delicious and inventive bar snacks to share from Black Rock’s small but well-thought-out menu, such as Haggis Balls with Scotch marmalade, Soda Bread with peat butter and Gravadlax with Inverawe salmon, juniper and dill.

Description

Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind the time-warping Worship Street Whistling Shop, have chipped away at whisky's rather masculine, pin-stripe image with their latest venture, Black Rock; a whisky paradise in the City that aims to demystify the public’s perceptions of the drink.

Over 250 bottles of Scotch, Irish, American, and Japanese grain-spirits line one side of this easy-going subterranean den. But here, the whiskies are arranged on shelves in three price tiers and according to six flavour profiles (round, fragrance, smoke, sweet spice and fruit) as opposed to region or country of origin. Each whisky is placed by a ‘relative’, allowing imbibers to find a style they like and then try its cousin next to it, making it easy for guests to find a favourite.

And instead of an actual bar, the bartenders are always on the move, roaming from table to table to the sound of funk, soul and Nineties hip-hop, or sat at one end of the long wooden table that stretches down the centre of the room.

It's no ordinary table, though, but an 18ft, 185-year-old three tonne hunk of oak tree. Two channels, lined with charred American and toasted European oak, run through the glass-topped table that are filled with 17 litres of both Cherry River (an American bourbon with Morello cherry and spices) and a constantly-evolving special house blend, which are both slowly ageing within. Whisky is then poured into glasses directly from a tap at one end - the best sort of log flume.

As part of this experience guests will enjoy a whisky flight including one serving of whisky from the table and three servings of ‘three dot’ (premium) whiskies. ‘Dots’ at Black Rock signify the price of each whisky - one, two or three dots; £7, £9 or £11 a dram. To compliment the whiskies, guests will savour three delicious and inventive bar snacks to share from Black Rock’s small but well-thought-out menu, such as Haggis Balls with Scotch marmalade, Soda Bread with peat butter and Gravadlax with Inverawe salmon, juniper and dill.

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  • Grab some global street food Thursday to Saturday at lively market Dinerama

  • Wander the eclectic range of stalls at Old Spitalfields Market beforehand

  • Head up to Ozone Coffee Roasters near Old Street for the perfect pre-tasting coffee

  • Additional Information

    This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

    Sample menu: Haggis balls, soda bread, oysters.

    Black Rock is open Monday to Saturday from 5pm. From Monday to Wednesday, the experience is available at any time, 5pm to 11pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, tastings will be held in small groups of up to 10 people at 6pm.

    Please note that Black Rock only accepts bookings up to six weeks in advance.

    Please ensure you request to book your experience at least 72 hours' in advance as the venue is very popular.

    A brief introduction to the whiskies with an expert will last approximately 15 minutes; guests are then free to enjoy the whiskies at their own leisure. The experience will last approximately 60 to 75 minutes..

    This experience is priced for two people. Up to a maximum of ten people can attend the experience at one time. To add more people to the experience, simply select “Add an extra guest” and select the quantity at checkout.

    This experience is not available Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

    Black Rock is only a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street, Old Street, Shoreditch High Street, and Moorgate rail stations.

    Note that at least 48 hours’ notice required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

    All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

    We Also Recommend

  • Grab some global street food Thursday to Saturday at lively market Dinerama

  • Wander the eclectic range of stalls at Old Spitalfields Market beforehand

  • Head up to Ozone Coffee Roasters near Old Street for the perfect pre-tasting coffee

  • Additional Information

    This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

    Sample menu: Haggis balls, soda bread, oysters.

    Black Rock is open Monday to Saturday from 5pm. From Monday to Wednesday, the experience is available at any time, 5pm to 11pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, tastings will be held in small groups of up to 10 people at 6pm.

    Please note that Black Rock only accepts bookings up to six weeks in advance.

    Please ensure you request to book your experience at least 72 hours' in advance as the venue is very popular.

    A brief introduction to the whiskies with an expert will last approximately 15 minutes; guests are then free to enjoy the whiskies at their own leisure. The experience will last approximately 60 to 75 minutes..

    This experience is priced for two people. Up to a maximum of ten people can attend the experience at one time. To add more people to the experience, simply select “Add an extra guest” and select the quantity at checkout.

    This experience is not available Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

    Black Rock is only a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street, Old Street, Shoreditch High Street, and Moorgate rail stations.

    Note that at least 48 hours’ notice required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

    All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

    How it works

    • Choose your experience

      Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

    • We arrange everything

      Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

    • Relax and enjoy

      Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

    Location

    9 Christopher Street, London EC2A 2BS

    Black Rock 9 Christopher Street, London EC2A 2BS

    Whisky Demystified: Premium Whisky Tasting for Two at Black Rock

    • Add an extra guest (eight maximum) +
      £47.5

    Reviews

    • Great idea for a night out!

      Fantastic experience with knowledgeable staff who were happy to answer our many questions... my partner and I had a great time and have already recommended it to many other people. i felt the price was accurate for what you receive. the food was delish and the whiskey was strong! :)

      A good dram

      The Black Rock chaps were excellent, displaying good knowledge and passion for their enterprise. They were friendly, their recommendations fantastic and their bar excellent.

    • Amazing whisky library

      Very tasty collection of whisky!

      Unpretentious, knowledgeable and great advice

      Alex was unpretentious, really knowledgeable and gave great advice on choice and sequence of whiskies.

    • A great evening out!

      Loved the bar and the whole experience - the staff were really helpful, attentive and friendly and made the experience really fun. Felt that the 'experience' was really good value for money and we had a great time.

      Highly recommend

      We had a lovely evening at Black Rock tasting some great whisky. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped us select our whisky from the cabinets. The food was also delicious.

    • Great whiskey experience

      It was great! Really friendly and knowledgeable staff, fantastic whiskey and delicious food. Would definitely do it again, although my head is a little sore today!

      Fantastic!

      So good, learnt a lot and the whisky was brilliant. Great gift for any whisky drinker!

    • Fabulous experience!

      This was a fabulous experience - the staff at Black Rock are very knowledgeable and patient in explaining to us the various types of whiskies. Fabulous!

      5 stars

      Great evening. The staff were very friendly and helpful without being too much. Will be recommending to my friends.

    • Great gift for every man.

      Guys at the Black Rock were very knowledgeable and entertaining, the experience was truly amazing. We have however had a special request that was discussed with Truly but this was not passed on to the team at Black Rock. The guys however were very accommodating.

      Definitely returning soon!

      The service and knowledge was amazing, myself and my husband a great time getting to know the staff and they truly wanted to make sure we were happy with the experience and drinks we had. Food was incredible and we walked away with big smiles on our faces! Big thanks to the gentleman that took the time to tell us about himself and let us try his legendary iron but cocktail xxx

    • ON THE ROCKS AND OFF THE CHART

      Very knowledgeable and passionate experts about Whisky made us feel very relaxed and comfortable within an informal and cool setting.

      Amazing!

      Really lovely evening, great atmosphere, great whiskey!

    • Truly great

      Fantastic experience would highly recommend

      Theres whisky in the jar

      Great staff, lovely venue and atmosphere.

    • Great evening!

      Wonderful atmosphere, nice staff! (But it is not a traditional type of tasting where whiskey regions, etc are presented)

      Great night out

      Lovely guy who hosted us and advised us :)

    • I will go again!

      This whisky tasting for two was great. The style of the bar goes well with drinking whisky, the selection of whiskies is amazing, and the host is very adaptable to whether you want more or less information/help on your whisky choice. The accompanying food was very nice too. Excellent.

      Loved it!

      Staff were really friendly and knowledgeable, bar was laid back with good music. Loved it!

    • Changing the perception of whisky

      The guys were really personable and had some interesting information about the different types of whisky and how they're made. Clearly experts! The food and atmosphere was also great, and it was a unique experience to try whisky from around the world and choosing by flavour. We'll definitely go back!

      Amazing whiskey tasting experience !

      The experience was excellent !..We were welcomed in and given a talk about what would happen. The guys had loads of knowledge and informed us well on their recommendations. The atmosphere was great and loved the food. Would definitely go back..what an amazing concept and well executed.

    • Fun & Efficient

      Had a wonderful time! Even though we booked on such short notice, everything went smoothly. Sara was great! Responded promptly and was extremely helpful. -- The tasting was very informative. The manager of the bar served us and went into detail of just about anything you would want to know about whiskey (my partner thought he was a whiskey buff until we met this guy!) The whiskey menu is all the bottles categorized into flavour profiles which made it all more fun and interactive. We will definitely be visiting again. -- Booking through Truly made is easy to arrive and depart with the menu and payment already taken care of. Thank you so much for an incredible experience!

      Black Rock is awesome

      We had a brilliant night! The guys at Black Rock were really attentive throughout and the person I bought it for was delighted. Awesome evening, would recommend.

    • A truely personal experience. One for Whiskey lovers and converts alike

      This was a truly personal experience. The whiskey and the food were excellent. The staff were really knowledgeable and could tell us all about the Whiskies and even gave us tips about traveling to Scotland. The setting is gorgeous too. We loved the very old tree table that showed us about the process of whiskey. Each whiskey we had the staff gave us a background and they left the bottle on the table for us to look at. An excellent concept.

      Amazing way to learn about whiskey

      We all learnt a lot about Whisk(e)y. It really was a great experience experience!

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