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A look back at Whisky Live 2019’s deals for the holidays

By Jayvee Fernandez

BannerPatrons of Whisky Live Manila

The space-time vortex of Whisky Live Manila is too strong a pull to resist. You step in at 5 p.m. and next thing you know, it’s close to midnight and you’re elegantly tipsy. Last month, I was able to try the best deals in the whisky world here in Manila. In no particular order, here they are:

That Boutique-y Whisky Company

It was a huge mistake to begin the night with the Apotheke Craft Spirits booth, purveyors of a huge gin collection, Michters small batch bourbon, and curiously, a new thing from a company called That Boutique-y Whisky Company. They specialize in bottling limited edition releases with really quirky packaging. At the first booth, I was able to try a 25-year-old Springbank, and it was some of the best scotch I have tried in my entire life. Imagine a golden sun opening up an old library. That’s how it tastes—crisp, fresh, but deep. It’s also ₱30,000 for 500 milliliters. For the holidays, you can opt to buy Advent Calendars for Christmas and Chinese New Year with collections of five-centiliter bottles.

IMG_20191018_212637An audio visual presentation from Rémy Martin

Don Papa’s Sevillana Cask

If you love chocolates with oranges, this is its rum equivalent. This is Don Papa’s ever-famous rum from Negros aged between four to 12 years, and finished in Oloroso sherry casks and orange wine casks to give it that citrus finish. They only had two bottles during the event, and will be running these sparingly. S&R might probably have as they have showcased Masskara, Don Papa’s limited spiced rum.

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The Sherry Cask Club

There’s a lot to mention here—Whyte and Mackay’s (Emperador) Tamnavulin, Darkness, Chivas Regal Extra—there’s some sort of cask finish revolution on the horizon with the arrival of these affordable sherry cask finishes. I have always characterized the sherry finish as a “long, warm, platonic hug” like roasting marshmallows on a campfire while eating fruits. Sherry finishes were a bit on the pricey side at about ₱6,000 from Macallan and Kavalan. In recent years, we’ve seen sherry finishes from other brands ranging from ₱1,500 to ₱2,500, which is a very attractive price point.

IMG_20191018_174326Jameson Irish Whiskey’s Booth

The line of Sagamore Spirit Rye

We aren’t in the US, so there’s very little representation of rye whisky in the market. Don’t bother too much with their straight whisky, it’s for beginners. It gets more interesting when you go down the line with their cask strength and double oak. You get that really strong sweet and spicy mouthfeel that only rye can give you, and it is good to know that they will be available in the market soon.

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The Teeling Whiskey Company

When you speak of Irish whisky, Jameson usually comes to mind but I have found a new Irish brother that’s also below the ₱1,000 price point, and it makes for an affordable and elegant gift.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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