This event was a gala dinner celebrating the official launch of Wu Liang Ye in Australia - Wu Liang Ye being a premium Chinese white spirit(of the alcohol variety not the ethereal entity, though you might end up seeing one after a few innocuously potent shots).
Who doesn’t love to feel like VIP, like one of the beautiful people? FYI, I’m the good looking fella on the right (and occasional guest blogger).
It all began in the reception area of the Event Centre at The Star where guests could mingle while enjoying a tipple, or two, and canapés. On offer were cocktails made from the Wu Liang Ye range and created by Sydney mixologist Alex Dickson (working his magic below) of Neighbourhood, Bondi and Raven’s Eye, Newtown.
Pre-dinner drinks consisted of three cocktails based around the Wu Liang Ye range – the Beijing Blush, Geisha Goddess, and Panda Paw. Later in the evening we were served small shots of Wu Liang Ye at the dinner tables – in a seemingly endless supply. I found drinking it straight preferable to the cocktails. Wu Liang Ye is quite smooth considering its strength (39-60%) which is noticed after the fact due to the warmth in your throat, while mixing actually made drinking it harsher. Also, given the price tag, using it in a cocktail seems somewhat of a waste.
Event - Gala Dinner for Wu Liang Ye Official Australian Launch
Location - The Star 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009, Sydney, Australia
Drink – Wu Liang Ye was definitely the star at The Star that night. My preference with it is to keep things simple and have it straight up, nothing fancy required.
Service – The wait staff were very attentive and friendly throughout the night.
So how do you pronounce Wu Liang Ye? I am glad you asked. To prevent looking silly and embarrassing yourself (should you ever ask for, or give as a present, Wu Liang Ye) I will make this as simple as possible and use words, and descriptions, everyone can understand:
Wu – the same as ‘woo’ from “woo hoo” said with a flat, sarcastic tone
Liang – pronounced like the hyphenated surname “Lee-Young” with a neutral tone
Ye – a reserved “yeah” you would use when affirmatively responding to question
Disclaimer: The review writer was invited to attend the gala dinner free of charge. All opinions, photos and words are my own. Mr QHL is a guest blogger of Weekendfoodescapes by Lisa.