Wednesday 10 February 2016

Hong Kong Whisky Festival 2016 preview

Last week we covered the Malt Masters 2016 Whisky Festival preview - the first of Hong Kong's whisky festivals, being held on 27th and 28th February. As if that wasn't enough excitement for Hong Kong whisky drinkers, a week earlier on Sat 20th February, the Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong are hosting their inaugural Hong Kong Whisky Festival (HKWF).

(No strangers to the whisky scene, Intercontinental Grand Stanford is home to Tiffany's New York Whisky Bar, one of our all time favourite whisky bars in HK, and the venue for many past events we've covered including our Starward masterclass and a Balvenie masterclass with David Stewart. Helmed by two good friends of TimeforWhisky - John Drummond and James Leung, both serious whisky lovers, attendees to this festival will no doubt be in good hands.)

The HKWF also held a preview recently, and while we couldn't be there in person, we've included a few photos below to give you an idea of what to expect.

The event will follow a slightly different format to Malt Masters' (which offers unlimited tastings included in the $600HKD ticket price), whereby tastings will be based on tokens, able to be purchased for $25HKD each. As a result entry will only be $220HKD, which includes two tokens and a tasting glass. Masterclasses, like Malt Masters, are a very reasonable $200 each.

Speaking of which, there will be 10 masterclasses during the day, covering everything from The Balvenie to Abelour, Old Pulteney to Akashi, and many more. There's also a special masterclass with Charlie Maclean, who's returning to HK for the event (lunch and dinner pairings with Charlie are also being offered).

With 57 brands represented (covering whisky from Scotland, Japan, Taiwan, France, Australia, Germany, Sweden and India), food booths, a special "peat pavilion", a discounted "dram shop" and a Scottish piper, we're sure this inaugural festival will be a fantastic one.

Which of course begs the question....which of the two festivals should you attend?

That's an easy one...



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