If you love a good whisky, you won’t want to miss the largest whisky festival to hit town, organised by InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong and Tiffany’s New York Bar. Returning for its second year on 4 March, the Hong Kong Whisky Festival 2017 will feature 110 brands pouring more than over 400 whisky expressions. The eight-hour programme is packed with master classes, workshops and tastings.
The largest festival to hit Hong Kong focused solely on the popular spirit, this year’s edition will see more independent bottlers, diverse brand ambassadors hosting master classes, and the showcasing of new brands from places like Taiwan, Germany, Sweden and India, in addition to the more well-known Scottish and Japanese whiskies. The physical breadth of the festival has extended as well this year to encompass an additional floor in the InterContinental Grand Stanford, allowing for more producers, distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors to share their love and passion for the spirit.
Highlights of the festival include the Chivas Pop-up Bar, located in the garden lounge of Tiffany’s New York Bar, where guests can enjoy Chivas whiskies with cigars and freshly shucked oysters; a dram shop with tastings of over 300 bottles available for purchase; a barrel-assembling demonstration by Scottish cooper Ian McDonald; and musical performances including a Scottish piper. In addition, 16 tutored master classes and a VIP class (limited to 25 guests per session) offers private tasting sessions for everyone from beginners to expert whisky connoisseurs.
Don’t worry, you’re not expected to drink all that whisky on an empty stomach. Food stations will be serving a variety of whisky-pairing snacks and sweets including haggis, cheeses, smoked salmon, BBQ snacks, chocolate cake and even whisky macarons.
Geared toward the true whisky lovers in town, this will be a chance to broaden your horizons of the ubiquitous spirit, and get to know the people behind the brands — all while imbibing on dozens of different whisky expressions. Just make sure you plan a day of recovery on Sunday.
When: Saturday 4 March, noon–8pm
Price: HK$250 entry per person (includes a Glencairn whisky glass), HK$25 tokens inside, HK$250-350 master classes; purchase tickets here.
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong; hkwhiskyfestival.com