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Whisky Live Singapore 2018

The exciting times are upon us once again as Whisky Live Singapore 2018 comes around. This year event promises to be bigger and better than last year as the venue switches back to a hotel once again. After the fantastic experience we had at Capella Hotel, we are certainly looking forward to Whisky Live 2018! Hosted by Andaz Hotel located in the heart of town over the first weekend of November, Whisky Live Singapore 2018 is going to be a smash for everyone!

What is Whisky Live Singapore?

If you are new to Whisky Live, it is an annual event held by La Maison du Whisky (LMDW) to celebrate whisky and other spirits in Singapore.

“To taste and experience whisky is as much art as it is science. Whisky Live Singapore has established itself as a highly sought-after annual show that celebrates all things whisky, and a platform to encourage whisky appreciation in an approachable way,” said Mr Mathieu Musnier, General Manager, La Maison du Whisky.

Every year, Whisky Live Singapore brings an immersive experience to visitors as they discover a large selection of world-class whiskies and spirits. Visitors also learn more about whisky appreciation through their interactions with brand ambassadors. It is also an excellent platform for new brands to introduce themselves to the market as well as for established brands to launch new products.

Experience a multi-sensory world of Whisky Appreciation

Five exclusive experiences await you at Whisky Live Singapore 2018. The Whisky Room & Spirits Room, La Boutique, The VIP Area, The Masterclass Rooms and The Cocktail Terrace are designed with visitors’ experiences in mind and promise to indulge your senses to the maximum.

The Whisky Room & Spirits Room showcase new brands and products and visitors get to experience a wide selection of whiskies and spirits in a friendly atmosphere. Brand ambassadors and distillery experts will be on hand to share brand’s histories and offer you a wealth of knowledge about their products. The La Boutique provides everything that you can buy and more as you step into the largest shop ever found in Singapore. By experience, grab a bottle that you wanted to buy immediately after tasting it, or it would be sold out!

VIP Area and Masterclasses

To cater to the growing community of whisky connoisseurs, Whisky Live Singapore expanded the VIP Area this year to allow avid fans of exceptional whiskies to gather and experience prestigious new releases, single casks and limited-edition whiskies and spirits. The Masterclass Rooms are also increased to offer visitors more opportunities to attend different classes. With 14 Masterclasses to choose from, it can pose a challenge of what to choose.

Cocktail Terrace

Finally, for those who are interested in cocktails, the Cocktail Terrace offers a fantastic open-aired space where some of the world’s best mixologists offer their creation to delight your palate and senses. Featuring internationally coveted bars – Monkey 47 Bar and New Colours Bar, be prepared to enjoy excellent cocktails during Whisky Live Singapore!

What to expect on November 3 & 4?

We understood from LMDW during the media preview that this year’s Whisky Live is going to showcase some of the world’s most exquisite and first-rate whisky brands available in the market. There will also be some exciting new launches coming your way too! The event features over 60 exclusive whisky and spirits brands from across the industry, including Bruichladdich, Kavalan, Old Pulteney, Benromach, Benriach, Gordon and MacPhail as well as new brands such as Penderyn Whisky from Wales, U.K and Blanton’s Bourbon Whiskey from the USA. There are many more brands, but you need to be there to know them!

Tickets and how to get them

There are many types of tickets to choose from. Here is a complete breakdown.

Ticket Categories

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Early Bird Price 13 Aug-17 Sept 2018

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Regular Price 18 Sept-4 Nov 2018

Saturday, 3 November 2018 (5.30pm – 12.00mn)

Saturday Standard

10 whisky tasting coupons (10ml each) at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$15 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

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S$ 99

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S$ 119

Saturday VIP

10 whisky tasting coupons  (10ml each) at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room Exclusive access to The VIP Area to enjoy unlimited rare whiskies
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$25 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

S$ 179

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S$ 199

Sunday, 4 November 2018 (1.00pm – 8.00pm)

Sunday Standard

10 whisky tasting coupons (10ml each) at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$15dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

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S$ 99

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S$ 119

Sunday Standard & Big Breakfast at Andaz Singapore

10 whisky tasting coupons (10ml each) at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$15dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at WhiskyLive Singapore La Boutique
WhiskyLive Singapore 2018 tote goody bag
Big Breakfast @Alleyon25, AndazSingapore (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)

S$ 119

S$ 139

Sunday VIP

10 whisky tasting coupons (10ml each) at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
Exclusive access to The VIP Area to enjoy unlimited rare whiskies
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$25 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

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S$ 179

S$ 199

Sunday VIP & Big Breakfast at Andaz Singapore

10 whisky tasting coupons (10ml each) at The Whisky Room &Spirits  Room
Exclusive access to The VIP Area to enjoy unlimited rare whiskies
1 Glencairn tasting glass
S$25 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag
Big Breakfast @Alleyon25, Andaz Singapore (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)

S$ 199

S$ 219

Saturday & Sunday, 3-4 November 2018 – 2-Day Pass

2-Day Standard Pass

2 days access for one person
1 Glencairn tasting glass
10 whisky tasting coupons per day at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
S$15 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants per day
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

S$ 188

S$ 218

2-DAY VIP Pass

2 days VIP access for one person
Unlimited and exclusive access to The VIP Area for tastings of rare whiskies & spirits
1 Glencairn tasting glass
10 whisky tasting coupons per day at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
S$25 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants per day
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag

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S$ 338

S$ 368

page5image3708080 Whisky Live Singapore 2018 Staycation Package – 2-Day Pass

Standard Weekend Staycation

2 days access for two persons
2 Glencairn tasting glass
2 x 10 Whisky tasting coupons per day at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
2 x S$15 dining vouchers at Andaz restaurants per day
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
2 Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody  bag
2 Big Breakfast@Alleyon25, Andaz Singapore (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)
1-night staycation at Andaz Singapore – Standard Deluxe Room

S$ 688

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S$ 749

 

VIP Weekend Staycation

2 days VIP access for two persons
Unlimited and exclusive access to The VIP Area for tastings of rare whiskies & spirits for two persons
2 Glencairn tasting glass
2 x 10 Whisky tasting coupons per day at The Whisky Room & Spirits Room
2 x S$25 dining vouchers at the Andaz restaurants each day
10% discount at Whisky Live Singapore La Boutique
2 Whisky Live Singapore 2018 tote goody bag
2 Big Breakfast@Alleyon25, Andaz Singapore (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)
1-night staycation at Andaz Singapore – Standard Deluxe Room

S$ 988

S$ 1,049

Whisky Live Singapore 2018 Masterclasses (per session per person)

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From S$ 35

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From S$ 35

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We heard that the early bird tickets are selling fast, so grab yours before it is sold out!

See you at Whisky Live Singapore 2018!

 

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    Event: Private Tasting of Glendronach/BenRiach by Brown Forman

    Glendronach and BenRiach distilleries are no strangers to our shores, considering the vast number of fans for the Glendronach single casks releases. We attended a private tasting session at La Maison du Whisky on 23 March 2018, hosted by none other than Stewart Buchanan, the global brand ambassador of Glendronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh. Alongside Stewart were a few other vital people of the brands. We had the pleasure to meet Finbar Boyle, the General Manager of Southeast Asia, Vincent Pantow, the Area Manager in South East Asia as well as Shirley Sum, the Trade Marketing Manager of Travel Retail, APAC.

    Geek Choc and I were the first to arrive for the event, and we were soon seated and served with water while we waited for the rest to show up. As LMDW scheduled the event at 6 pm, it was natural for some participants to be slightly late due to work. Anyway, the rest of the gang soon turned up, and Stewart wasted no time and started the event promptly.

    The Event Proper

    The initial tasting planned was to try five different whiskies. Three of the Glendronach’s core range – 12, 18 and 21, followed by two higher-end BenRiach – 30 and 35. The 30 Years Old was a peated whisky. Stewart, however, decided to add in a BenRiach 10, because he felt that it was essential for us to know how a “normal” BenRiach tastes like. We thought it was considerate of him, especially when some of the audiences have not tried a BenRiach before.

    Glendronach

    Glendronach distillery is one of the few fortunate distilleries that avoided a closure back in the 1900s. As a result, the distillery’s use of sherry casks did not stop, and today, it is one of the most sought-after sherry bombs in the industry. As many of Glendronach’s fans would say, “Nothing seems bad when you are sipping a Glendronach!”

    For the geeky us, we were excited when Stewart started speaking of production! We understood from Stewart that the reason the Glendronach is rich and viscous is due to the way they run their production. The time that Glendronach seeps their barley, the hours of fermentation and even the way the casks are used all played a part to create the end product. Nonetheless, in Glendronach, casks are but a supplement to the rich spirit that they produce.

    Glendronach 12 Years Old

    Stewart started with the Glendronach 12 Years Old. A young whisky by the standard of what’s on offer, the 12 Years Old does not disappoint. With 80% oloroso casks and 20% PX casks, the 12 Years Old boasts of caramel, spice and barley sweetness. The long finish is a bonus too.

    Glendronach 18 Years Old Allardice

    The Glendronach 18 Years Old Allardice was up next. The word ‘Allardice’ simply referred to the founder James Allardice. The 18 Years Old is made of 100% oloroso casks which make the whisky drier and spicier. The nose also holds some leathery notes while the long finish is tannic and astringent.

    Glendronach 21 Years Old Parliament

    Moving on, we came to the Glendronach 21 Years Old Parliament. Now, the name Parliament has a special story behind it. It has nothing to do with the government or politics. It actually means a flock of crows! A group of crows is called a parliament. Why is there a reference to crows? According to Stewart, the men operating on the illicit stills of the past depended on the ravens to alert them of excisemen in the area. As they hid deep inside the forest, any disturbance by the excisemen would cause the crows to make noise. That became a signal to the illicit stills operators!

    The Glendronach 21 Years Old is again, made up of 80% oloroso casks and 20% PX casks. The prolonged maturation allows the PX-influence to shine, making this expression sweeter and yet, rich and robust. The long finish is a balance of caramel sweetness and tannic dryness.

    BenRiach

    Stewart moved on to BenRiach soon enough. BenRiach sat 600 miles from Longmorn and was mothballed in 2002. Fortunately, Billy Walker bought the distillery and reopened it in 2004. Since then, the distillery has been growing rapidly and moving from glory to glory. Today, BenRiach has some of the richest Speyside spirits and excellent peated ranges that are highly sought-after.

    BenRiach also used water with more minerals, which produces more esters during long fermentation. As a result, BenRiach is very fruity even at a young age. Interestingly, BenRiach also has one of the most extended middle cut in their spirit bank, which makes for a fascinating distillery tour as you get to taste the different new make at different cuts.

    BenRiach 10 Years Old

    The BenRiach 10 Years Old uses a combination of bourbon, virgin oak and sherry casks. Boasting notes of honey, butterscotch, vanilla, grapefruits and zesty citrus, it is perfect as a dessert whisky. The long finish helps to keep the fruitiness in the palate long after you swallow it. This is one whisky that is ideal as an introduction to a non-whisky drinker too!

    BenRiach 30 Years Old Authenticus (Peated)

    The BenRiach 30 Years Old Authenticus is a unique peated expression. Peated at 55 ppm, it is considered a heavily peated whisky. Now, a highland peated whisky is different from an Islay whisky, mainly because of the peat that was used. Highland peat does not produce the iodine element that you usually associated with Islay peat, making it less pungent and more fragrant. This expression is a combination of American and sherry hogsheads.

    The 30 Years old boast some spice notes before a breathe of smoky peat comes thru beautifully. Sweetness than comes in before turning into dry, herbaceous notes. The finish is long and dry.

    BenRiach 35 Years Old

    The BenRiach 35 Years old is a sherried expression. Unlike whiskies using first-filled sherry butts, this expression used a refill sherry hogshead. Stewart shared that sherry hogsheads are hard to come by, and are usually heavily-used. Hence, the BenRiach 35 Years Old likely used one which has been reused several times before.

    That probably explains the unusual notes that we get. The 35 years old is both sweet and grassy with medium spice that dissipates quickly. A yummlicious whisky for sure, and one that may confuse you just a little!

    Event Ending

    The event ended fairly quickly after that and Stewart did a round of autographs before bidding all of us good-bye. It was a great insight into Glendronach and BenRiach, and we look forward to more tasting sessions in the future!

     

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      More about Whisky Live Singapore

      Whisky Live Singapore is happening in about a month’s time! Have you bought your tickets yet?

      Organised by La Maison du Whisky (LMDW), it is a yearly sold-out event where whisky aficionados get to taste and appreciate premier whiskies at a relatively low cost. This year, Whisky Live is trying out something different with an immersive and expansive experience for all.

      What we love about Whisky Live is not just the passion for good whisky, but also the dedication that goes behind the event every year. “We are constantly looking into ways to alleviate the experience (of Whisky Live)”, said Mr Mathieu Musnier, General Manager at LMDW. “Whisky and spirits appreciation is an art.”

      In line with his vision, Whisky Live Singapore 2017 has a theme of “Rare, Share, Pair”. The different approach is refreshing as the event brings not just whisky but also the taste of other fine spirits such as gin, tequila, rum and much more in the form of cocktails. There are also different cuisines available at the event.

      In addition, there will be an art gallery that showcases whisky and spirit art through the years. Expect to be awed by label designs, marketing art and bottle craft. The exhibition is featuring art pieces from well-known artists such as Stranger & Strangers, Neisson and Velier.

      What to Expect at Whisky Live Singapore

      The tickets for Whisky Live are almost sold out, so for those who have yet to buy the tickets, hurry over to Peatix to purchase your tickets! For those who have gotten the tickets, congratulations! You are going to enjoy yourselves!

      Expect premier whiskies from various distilleries such as Old Pulteney, Balbair and Bruichladdich and for those with VIP tickets, hit up the rare whiskies in the VIP room. We heard that there are going to be some vintage whiskies from Old Pulteney (hint: a 25 years old), so be sure to visit their booth! If you have bought your tickets to the Masterclasses, expect the unexpected as you are going to be blown away by both the information as well as the spirits prepared just for you.

      Oh, and do check out the Nikka Masterclass. The Nikka Coffey Malt has just won the Best Japanese Whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018. We understand that Nikka is now experimenting with a Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka and will explain more in their Masterclass.

      Whisky Live Singapore Important Dates

      Dates: 25th and 26th November 2017.
      Time: Doors open from 1.30pm. VIP ticket holders can enter one hour earlier to explore the tasting area.
      Venue: 7213 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

      More about Whisky Live

      Whisky Live aims to bring together the finest whiskies and spirits, great food and a range of education and entertainment to the participants around the world. Organised annually, this event offers the rare opportunity to sample whiskies from around the world as well as to discover exciting new spirits and distilleries. At the same time, it is the perfect chance to mingle with the experts in the field – producers, distillers and ambassadors.

      More about La Maison du Whisky Singapore

      La Maison du Whisky is a family-owned company founded in 1956 in the French capital. It is the specialist of rare whiskies, niche spirits, importation and distribution in France. La Maison du Whisky came onboard Singapore in 2006, bringing with them the passion and love for fine spirits and the distribution of rare and collectible products.

       

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