27 Oct Whiskey Live to be held in PH for first time

Whisky Live, billed as the biggest international whisky tasting and sampling event, will finally be held in Manila.

Devoted whisky drinkers, enthusiasts and those who want to explore the mysteries of this spirit can virtually take a tour of the whisky world on October 28 and 29 at the Grand Ballroom of Shangri-La at The Fort Manila.

For its Manila debut, Whisky Live Manila will have 22 booths and over 121 brands from well-known distilleries, as well as boutique brands from Spain, the US, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, and Scotland.

A ticket will give you access to tasting and nosing all the spirits in the events, as well as light snacks and water for palette cleansing. Guests can also choose their favorite whisky, and get a quarter ounce to enjoy at their leisure. Whisky prices will be sold at a discount as well.

Attendees can also join the eight masterclasses to be conducted by renowned whisky masters from Dalmore, Glengoyne, Chivas Brothers, Jameson, Tomatin, William Grant & Sons, and The Balvenie. These include talks on whisky production by Andy Williams (Gleygoyne) and the history and heritage of Uisce Beatha Whisky by John Jameson (Jameson), as well as a lecture on Japanese blends and beyond by Francis Hasegawa (Akashi & Yamazakura) to name a few.

“We have two special whisky experts coming in from Scotland — Jim Murray and Dominic Roskrow,” explained Johnssen Li, one of the owners of Grand Cru Wines and Spirits, the company that brought Whisky Live to Manila.

Whisky experts Jim Murray and Dominic Roskrow will be giving talks at Whisky Live. Handout photo

Whisky lovers should know Murray, the renowned whisky expert, who writes the annual Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Murray continuously catalogues, grades and gives tasting notes to now over 4,000 whiskies from around the world.

During Whisky Live Manila, Murray will show participants how this is done as he conducts two talks on blind tasting.

Roskrow, on the other hand, is both a Keeper of the Quaiach, and a Kentucky colonel. The former is a membership to an exclusive society, granted to those with outstanding contributions in Scotch whisky, as picked by Scottish distillers. Kentucky Colonel, on the other hand, is the matching honorific awarded by the Kentucky bourbon distillers for the bourbon industry. A former editor of Whisky Magazine, Whiskeria, and The Spirits Business, Roskrow will discuss unique and rare single cask whiskies.

Asides from whisky, the Manila leg will also feature “guest spirits” including local rum makers, Don Papa, and international brands like King Ginger Liqueur, and Ungava Gin.

Another local distillery, Tanduay, will also be launching the Tanduay CLX with only 500 bottles produced.

Whisky Live Manila tickets are priced at P2,500, and available through its website.

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