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A luxury experience

india Updated: Jan 28, 2010 20:16 IST
Girija Duggal
Girija Duggal
Hindustan Times
Whisky

The Capital is set to play host to an event that claims to be the ‘world’s premium whisky experience’. Organised by

Whisky Magazine

, Whisky Luxe aims to provide an “experiential setting” for some of the world’s finest whiskies along with high-end lifestyle products, in a bid to woo Delhiites with a penchant for luxury living. The event takes place in the city tonight, along with the third edition of the Icons of Whisky Awards.

Explaining the reason for choosing India, the world’s largest consumer of whiskies, as the launch pad for this international event,Whisky Magazine publisher Damian Riley Smith says, “There has been a noticeable increase in interest from consumers in premium whiskies, both for immediate consumption and for collection. Of particular note is the fact that whisky has become ‘fashionable’.”

The event will offer whisky tasting and whisky-and-food pairing sessions, bars and lounges by various labels, gourmet dining, lifestyle lounges showcasing luxury brands and a whisky cocktail bar, among other ‘attractions’.

“The philosophy is to offer a deluxe experience with a premium range of whiskies and an exclusive range of luxury goods to a select group of consumers,” adds Smith.

“Keeping in mind its views on encouraging responsible drinking, we feel that this exhibition will encourage people to see whisky as a lifestyle product, rather than just ‘plain pour’,” says Sandeep Arora, India representative, Whisky Magazine.

Whisky Luxe moves on to Belgium, followed by London, New York and Shanghai.


Whisked with whisky

Chef Vikas Shrivastava has decided to add an extra ‘peg’ to sugary creations. The pastry chef at ITC Maurya has whipped up a trio of bite-sized desserts — orange and chocolate cakes, raspberry ganache tarts in a chocolate shell, and honey-glazed nuts tarts — each of which has a generous dash of Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky.

“I chose a dessert according to the taste of each of the whiskies,” explains Shrivastava. Hence, he chose a chocolate and orange cake to pair with the 12-year-old, that has mild vanilla and cinnamon notes. The 21-year-old, with “a nutty and honey flavour”, went well with the honey nut tart, he adds.

The sweet treats have been created for Whisky Luxe, a premium whisky event that takes place in the city tonight.