Hong Kong’s new haven for whisky lovers SAFE Bubbles & Malt is introducing some of the world’s rarest and most revered ‘wee drams’ in a season of summer workshops for connoisseurs. Eight weekly guided tastings of legendary Scottish and Japanese whiskies are being held every Friday from July 24 to September 11, 2015.
Named after its imposing giant steel safe exterior in Sheung Wan, SAFE Bubbles & Malt has become quickly renowned for Asia’s largest whisky collection – cellaring over 700 of the world’s premier labels. The lock-up including private rooms at Manhattan Avenue, 255 Queen’s Road, Central is also home to the new Hong Kong branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the world’s foremost whisky club (www.smws.com.hk.)
Its first season of workshops for aficionados of single malts begins introducing ‘THE UNIQUENESS OF YAMAZAKI’ on July 24, priced HK$800 per person. The tasting of various barrels and oaks from Japan’s oldest and largest single malt distillery, dating back to 1923, includes Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014, Yamazaki Puncheon, Yamazaki Mizunara 2013 and Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013.
‘CHARISMA OF SANSIBAR’ on July 31, priced HK$800 per person, features selections from a highly reputed independent bottler from Germany, Sansibar, with Sansibar Glengoyne 12 years, Sansibar Longmorn 16 years, Sansibar Glenrothes 25 years and Sansibar Balmenach 35 years.
‘CHERISH OF YOICHI’ on August 7, priced HK$1,080 per person, samples Single Cask expressions of 5, 10, 15 and 20 years from famous Yoichi Distillery on the island Hokkaido. Dating back to 1934, the location was chosen by founder Masataka Taketsuru because it was as close as possible to a Scottish climate in Japan.
Exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society single malt casks aged from 12 to 17 years are explored paired with jet fresh oysters at ‘OYSTER MARRIAGE SMWS’ on August 14, priced HK$999 per person. Featured whiskies include SMWS 3.205 – Bowmore 16 years Ex-Bourbon Cask; SMWS 17.34 – Scapa 11years Ex-Bourbon Cask; SMWS 53.208 – Caol Ila 17 years Ex-Bourbon Cask; and SMWS 121.72 – Isle of Arran 15 years Ex-Bourbon Cask.
‘LEGEND OF SAMAROLI’ on August 21, priced HK$900 per person, introduces Silvano Samaroli, legendary in the Scotch world as an Italian selecting individual casks for bottling great scotches under his own label. His distinguished, personalised selection features Samaroli 1992 Speyside Glen Grant, Samaroli 1992 Sherry Glen Scotia, Samaroli Dream Caol Ila 1984 and Samaroli Lagavulin 1988.
‘HIDDEN GEMS OF ISLAY 25 +’ on August 28, priced HK$1,400 per person, features the iconic Scottish whisky region of Islay, the reigning monarch of smoky, peaty single malts, with four rare limited editions: Port Ellen 1982 25 years, Port Ellen 1976 25 years Douglas Lasing Old Malt Cask, Bowmore 1969 25 years and Laphroaig (Bourbon Cask) 1986 25 years.
Hong Kong’s new haven for whisky lovers SAFE Bubbles & Malt is introducing some of the world’s rarest and most revered ‘wee drams’ in a season of summer workshops for connoisseurs. Eight weekly guided tastings of legendary Scottish and Japanese whiskies are being held every Friday from July 24 to September 11.
‘BEAUTIFUL 80s’ on September 4, priced HK$1,400 per person explores classic Scotch vintages from the 1980s including Bowmore 1989 TWA 23 years, Macallan Full Proof 10 years, Laphroaig 1987 The Whisky Fair and Caol Ila 27 years JWW Old Train Line cask (1979).
Finally, a legendary Japanese independent bottler is introduced with ‘MEMORIES OF KARUIZAWA’ on September 11, priced HK$2,980 per person, showcasing the vaults of fabled Karuizawa, with Asama 1999-2000, Karuizawa 27years and legendary Karuizawa 30 years.
“The workshops unlock the secrets of world’s most revered single malts and cask expressions at one-stop. It is a unique opportunity for whisky connoisseurs to discover rare, precious gems they would normally only find by visiting the distilleries or bottlers in Scotland and Japan,” said SAFE Bubbles & Malt consultant Eric Huang, one of Asia’s Hong Kong’s foremost whisky experts who is founder of the Taiwan Single Malt Whisky Association, and Taiwanese Ambassador for both Glenfiddich and William Grant & Sons.
With each workshop strictly limited to 30, and the Yoichi workshop just 20, early reservations are recommended. For reservations, please contact Ms Mandy Chow, Manager at (852) 2505 9988, or email to [email protected]
Seating 30 people, SAFE Bubbles & Malt features an interior of 1,200 sq ft, and two private rooms for up to 8 and 12 guests respectively.
SAFE Bubbles & Malt is located on Shop 2, 1/F Manhattan Avenue, 255 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong. It opens from Monday to Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. For more information, please visit Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/safebubblesandmalt.