By Miranda Chan and Derrick Ng
Now that Whisky Live is right round the corner, we do some myth busting before telling you what’s not to be missed at this year’s edition.
Myth #1: If you’re under 30, chances are that you won’t enjoy whisky unless there’s something fizzy in it.
Well, we’re under 30 and we love whisky as is. It’s bold, flavourful, no-fuss, it doesn’t end in a dreaded hangover, and you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it.
Myth #2: Whisky is a man’s drink.
Not anymore. Almost 25 per cent of whisky drinkers in the world are women (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Myth #3: It doesn’t matter where your whisky is made.
Actually, it does. American whisky tends to be sweeter than other whiskies and distilled in America, think Bourbon (filtered from corn), Rye (filtered from rye) and Tennessee (filtered through charcoal). Scotch whisky is yes, distilled in Scotland, smokier and earthier and aged at least 3 years; these are your Single malts (distilled at one distillery) and Blends (blend of more than one Scottish whisky). Irish whisky is light-bodied, and aged at least three years. Canadian whisky is lighter-bodied, typically blends, and of course, distilled in Canada. Japanese whisky is typically full-bodied with a hint of sweetness, slightly newer to the whisky world but they are definitely gaining rank among the best whiskies in the world.
Myth #4: You have to drink it neat.
Whisky lovers would definitely not mix their whisky with Coke, green tea or what have you, but they don’t mean to be pricks about it, they’re just speaking for the whisky. Purists might even go further to say that one should only ever drink whisky neat, since mixing it masks its true flavour. However, if you’re new to whisky, try adding two or three drops of water to open up the flavour profile of the whisky. Ice is another option because it chills the whisky and makes it more palatable for some people. But really, it’s all personal, if you like the warmth of whisky at room temperature, go for it.
So what’s cool about this year’s Whisky Live? It’s a two-day event now, as a result of its sold-out popularity last year. That’s not all:
1. The newest Irish whisky, Teeling, enters the scene, made in the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. Expect to see Fair Trade whiskies as well, such as the largest selling Indian single malt Paul John, and the incredibly flavourful new range of single estate potato vodka Vestal.
2. Go to the bars for amazing cocktails from some of Singapore’s best bars, such as 28 HongKong Street, L’Aiglon, Tippling Club, The Library, Anti:dote, Spiffy Dapper, Sugarhall, FOC and Longplay.
3. Love rum? Go for a masterclass with rum legend Mr Luca Gargano at just $35. He’ll also be introducing Velier’s range of premium rums, such as Caroni, Clarion, Diamond, Enmore and Uitvlugt.
4. Need a treat? If you have S$990 to blow on some real VIP treatment, get the Night Package. For the first time at Whisky Live, this package includes two express passes to the Collector Room and VIP Relaxing Room over the two-day event with an overnight stay for two at Capella Singapore that includes breakfast.
5. Your drinks are skilfully paired with the most exquisite selections such as smoky creations from Burnt Ends and Meat Smith, refined tapas from FOC, Mexican delights from El Mero Mero, and fine dining from Sorrel.
6. Explore the world’s distilleries in one setting: Aberlour, Bruichladdich, GlenDronach, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Hudson, Kavalan, Nikka. Also try some other spirits from the likes of Don Papa, Hendricks, Monkey 47, Monkey Shoulder, Milagro, Merlet, Sailor Jerry, Solerno, Dodd’s.
If you are tired of drinking the same whisky all the time and are looking for an opportunity to try different whiskies, Whisky Live is a definite must-go. Whisky is a sophisticated drink, and can be appreciated as much as wine. In the fine words of Mark Twain, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough”.
E V E N T D E T A I L S
Whisky Live 2015
Date: 28 & 29 Nov, Sat & Sun
Time: 2pm (Sat) & 11am (Sun)
Venue: Capella Hotel Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297
Tickets: S$95 (1-day), S$150 (2-day). Tickers are available on SISTIC.
Image credits: Whisky Live