Em­bassy Of Whisky

Di­a­geo tips a hat to the grow­ing num­ber of whisky con­nois­seurs, par­tic­u­larly in Sin­ga­pore, by un­veil­ing the first-ever John­nie Walker House in the re­gion, to­gether with the Casks of Dis­tinc­tion pro­gramme. By Rachel Ang

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Lifestyle -

At the same part of town where John­nie Walker first brought its lovely golden blend to the shores of Sin­ga­pore more than 130 years ago, the Scotch whisky brand now re­veals an­other land­mark. The first in South­east Asia and the 12th in the world, the John­nie Walker House serves as some­thing of an em­bassy for those who know just how to en­joy a good dram.

This pri­vate suite, which wel­comes pri­vate col­lec­tors and ex­cep­tional en­thu­si­asts through its doors by per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion only, is de­signed to be the ul­ti­mate lux­u­ri­ous haven for any whisky- phile. Guests are im­mersed in a world- class Scotch ex­pe­ri­ence as they ex­plore the his­tory and spirit of John­nie Walker, and pe­ruse the walls of shelves lined with some of the rarest whiskies on the planet.

These in­clude be­spoke, lim­ited and spe­cial edi­tion re­leases from highly- cov­eted sin­gle malt Scot­tish dis­til­leries such as Brora and Port Ellen, rare blends such as the re­mark­able John Walker & Sons Master Blen­ders col­lec­tion, as well as the John Walker & Sons Sig­na­ture Blend, all of which are only avail­able at John­nie Walker House prop­er­ties.

Apart from sim­ply check­ing in to im­bibe pres­ti­gious, top grade whiskies, guests will be given ac­cess to an in- house pri­vate client team of whisky ex­perts, to whom they can re­fer for ad­vice on top­ics such as whisky cel­lar cu­ra­tion. They can also get to peek into Di­a­geo’s blend­ing rooms and dis­til­leries, and have con­ver­sa­tions with crafts­men such as master blender Dr Jim Bev­eridge.

“Over the last five years, there has been a rapid growth of in­ter­est in rare whisky as col­lectibles,” says Lawrence Law, global di­rec­tor for John­nie Walker. “With the ad­di­tion of the John­nie Walker House pri­vate suite in Sin­ga­pore, we look for­ward to bring­ing the rarest of col­lec­tions to en­thu­si­asts – com­ple­mented with ex­clu­sive, un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences.”

An­other ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence that is avail­able to guests of the John­nie Walker House is the Casks Of Dis­tinc­tion pro­gramme. Through this, Di­a­geo ral­lies their range of sin­gle malt re­serves and of­fers sin­gle casks of ex­tra­or­di­nary qual­ity and char­ac­ter to pri­vate clients for pur­chase. As the cask sits, still ma­tur­ing, in Scot­land, you can pay a visit to the master dis­tiller, and to­gether, de­cide when the whisky should be bot­tled. Each bot­tle will be se­ri­alised and hall­marked with your sig­na­ture, and will also in­clude de­tails on the mat­u­ra­tion and date of bot­tling. When all is done, you will find your­self the sole owner of a rare and unique whisky that will never again be ac­ces­si­ble to any­one else in the world.

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