Hong Kong’s largest whisky occasion – Hong Kong Whisky Pageant 2018 – returns by widespread demand this Saturday.
In its third 12 months, the occasion on the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong guarantees to be greater and higher than earlier than.
Resort suites and performance rooms turned over to whisky grasp lessons and tastings, whereas the lodge’s whisky bar, Tiffany’s, might be a haven for bourbon aficionados.
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Greater than 120 whisky manufacturers will collaborating on the occasion, which options 500 totally different whisky expressions and 30 grasp lessons by famend whisky ambassadors.
One of many highlights on the occasion – beginning at 12.30pm on the lodge in Mody Street, Tsim Sha Tsui East – contains the uncorking and tasting of some previous, uncommon, and unique bottles of whisky.
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Listed below are Eight uncommon, previous and unique bottles that occasion goers can stay up for:
1. Longmorn 1967
Retro-labelled previous Longmorn, bottled by Gordon & Macphail
Scarcely produced bottling
Distilled in 1967 bottled in 2012
Matured in first fill sherry butts
2. Glen Grant 1954
Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail
This whisky may be very advanced – one to be savoured over time
Matured in First fill sherry casks
3. Glenlivet 1955
A 1955 classic single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as a part of Gordon & MacPhail’s “Smith’s Glenlivet” vary
Dignified and barely smoky
Matured in first fill sherry butts
4. Speymalt Macallan 1950
Distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2009
Classic whisky from 1950
Big day bottle from the mists of time
Matured in sherry butts
Uncommon spirits, particularly whiskies, present collectors with a bit of historical past
5. Strathisla 1949
The Strathisla distillery is the oldest constantly working distillery in Scotland
Strathisla 1949 is a part of the uncommon classic assortment from Gordon & MacPhail
Smoky however delicate
6. World Bar Tour bottling of Glenrothes 20 12 months previous
Specifically bottled along with whisky company as a part of a world bar collection
Distilled at The Glenrothes in Speyside, sherry butt cask
Obtainable solely at Tiffany’s New York Bar
One among solely 218 bottles.
7. Macallan Distinctive Single Cask vary
A collection of seven whiskies matured for between 12 and 22 years
The cask power whiskies have been drawn from seven former sherry casks, crammed between 1995 and 2004 and bottled with out synthetic colouring
The vary was impressed by the “whisky maker’s bench” discovered within the single malt’s pattern room
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8. Benromach 1977
A part of Benromach distillery’s distinctive single cask classic
225 bottles worldwide
Quietly matured for 39 years
Matured in a refill American hogshead
John Drummond, resident supervisor and whisky ambassador of InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, says the lodge began the whisky pageant three years in the past after it made Tiffany’s New York Bar, a whisky bar.
“We had repositioned Tiffany’s New York Bar, and as a whisky bar we have been conducting tastings for our friends,” Drummond says.
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“From the suggestions, we found quite a bit [of our guests] travelled to exhibits in Taiwan and Europe, [and] they steered we host a present.
“After wanting into it with our companions we felt it was a good suggestion.
“The remainder is now historical past as we method our third present.”
Drummond provides: “The primary 12 months of the present, we thought, ‘Let’s do it for 300 folks’ – 800 got here.
“The second 12 months we did it for 800 and 1,200 got here.
“This 12 months we now have catered to 1,000 folks. We don’t need to hold packing in folks – we wish folks to have the ability to calm down and have a superb expertise.
“I believe this 12 months, we are going to promote 1,500 tickets.”
Drummond says: “[The event is unique in Hong Kong as] we needed to give attention to schooling, not solely consuming.
“We felt it was vital to take a look at new distilleries in addition to the established ones [and] unbiased bottlers.”
“We have now numerous companions in Hong Kong who actually assist the bar and the pageant.
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“For the reason that starting they’ve been supportive and, as they develop with new manufacturers, so too does the present.
“We like to ask all types of whisky manufacturers – new and distinctive.”
Audio system at grasp lessons to look out for:
Charlie Maclean – Impartial Whisky Skilled
Ian Chang – Kavalan
Jim McEwan – Ardnahoe Distillery
Brendan McCarron – Glenmorangie
Martin Markvardsen – Highland Park
Richard Urquhart –Gordon & MacPhail & Benromach
Lucie Stroesser – Isle of Arran
Chloe Wooden- Bruichladdich
Mathieu Jeannin – Hine Cognac
Justine Ames – Heaven Hill Distillers
Madhu Kanna – Paul John
Ewan Henderson – Misplaced Distillery
Adam Knox – The Dalmore
Michael Hsieh – The Whisky Company
David Ding – The Balvenie & Glenfiddich
Craig Johnstone – The GlenDronach, The BenRiach & Glenglassaugh
Different highlights to look out for:
Highball Backyard Lounge by Johnnie Walker Black Label
The alfresco Johnnie Walker Bar might be on the backyard lounge of Tiffany’s New York Bar the place friends can expertise Johnnie Walker’s Highballs made by skilled mixologists.
Award-winning Mixologist Hiroyasu Kayama
Members can work together with the dazzling mixologist, Hiroyasu Kayama from Ben Fiddich Bar in Japan.
He’ll function some unique and unique creations of cocktails, showcasing the most recent developments from Japan.
Ben Fiddich Bar was recognised as Asia’s 50 Finest Bar in addition to the World’s 50 Finest Bar in 2017, in a ballot voted on by consuming consultants from throughout the globe.
The place: InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Street, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
When: Saturday April 14, from 12.30pm to 7.30 pm
Entry ticket: HK$320 (US$40) every (features a HKWF Glencairn whisky glass, Three tokens of HK$25 every, a lanyard, a tote bag, an occasion brochure and a bottled water )
Token: HK$25 every
Grasp lessons: from HK$200 to HK$2,000 every
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