It’s November and once again time for our favourite whisky festival of the year: Whisky Live. The seventh edition of the event will take place from 2pm this Saturday at Capella and we’re already jonesing for more. But this year promises to be a very special one for several reasons.
1. It’s the 10th anniversary of host, La Maison du Whisky, in Singapore.
The independent whisky retailer started out in 2006 and like us, it’s celebrating a decade of Singapore presence. They’ve bottled the last two barrels of Karuizawa – the Karuizawa 1965 Bourbon Cask and Sherry Cask – and will be opened for the first time at Whisky Live Singapore 2016. For anyone who’s a Japanese whisky lover, this is a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime.
2. Dave Broom will be there.
He may describe himself as a Glaswegian who gets paid to drink whisky and write about it and doing it for the last 25 years, but Broom is a genius when it comes to deciphering and distinguishing the qualities of a whisky. He’ll be holding masterclasses ($588 per class) where you will have the chance to sample some of the most exclusive whiskies in the world, including the aforementioned Karuizawa.
3. Luca Gargano is back.
The avuncular, gregarious and incredibly charming head of Velier is probably the world’s greatest expert on rum, one of the fastest growing dark spirits in the world today. Gargano’s written an abundant number of works, essays and books about the cane-based drink and he brings with him the opportunity to experience some of Velier‘s best rums at his master class.
4. Rogerio Igarashi Vaz shows off his latest cocktail creations.
The co-founder of Bar Tram and Trench, one of the top 100 in the world, will be coming to Singapore where he’s gonna set up a pop-up of Trench at Whisky Live and present some of his finest creations. This is something that cannot be missed.
5. 300 Whiskies. ‘Nuff said.
Whisky Live takes place from 12th November (2pm – 10pm) and 13th November (11am – 9pm). Tickets start from $99 for a one-day pass to $259 for a VIP two-day pass. Master classes are available at $35 each, while Dave Broom’s master class is priced at $588. Tickets are available from SISTIC, Whisky Live as well as at the La Maison du Whisky store.