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Raise Your Glencairn Glass to the 6th Whiskey Live Manila

By. Cesar Cruz Jr.

Kris Ong and Johnssen Li showcase special bottles of single cask whiskys.

As a member of the Whisky Society of Manila, I'm always thrilled to attend the country's most prominent whisky event, Whisky Live Manila, which is back in town for the sixth time. The grand celebration will take place on October 27 to 28, 2023, at the newly opened Makati Shangri-La.


As someone who will be attending for the fifth time, I can confidently say that this annual whisky event continues to set new standards with its offerings, providing both whisky connoisseurs and newcomers with something truly exciting to anticipate.


During the recent media-exclusive press conference at Spritz Manila, two liquor brands participating in the upcoming event were available for sampling – Remy Martin 1738 Cognac and Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Single Malt Whisky. Kris Ong, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and Single Cask Liaison, shared his unbridled passion for whisky with those in attendance through an informative video presentation of Islay, an island in Scotland renowned for its peaty single malts.


Following this, Grand Cru CEO and Whisky Live Manila Founder, Johnssen Li, revealed that last year's event was the most visited Whisky Live event in the country, attracting a total of 4,800 visitors over the two days. He mentioned that when you attend the event, you can expect approximately 40 stalls offering a wide variety of whiskies. Despite the name "Whisky Live Manila," they also provide non-whisky products such as tequila, cognac, mezcal, and gin.


The highlight of the media event was a DIY Sidecar cocktail, in which I had the privilege to participate. It provided a tantalizing glimpse of what awaits you at the most anticipated whisky event in the country.

EXP editor enjoys the sidecar cocktail he just made.


What to Anticipate

Prepare for an electrifying adventure featuring exclusive VIP extravagance, cutting-edge masterclasses, and workshops that will immerse you in the enchanting world of whisky.

Get ready to be captivated by a mesmerizing selection of top-tier whiskies from renowned producers. Immerse yourself in a spectrum of flavors and aromas that will enchant even the most discerning palates. With the crème de la crème from distilleries in attendance, including Brand Ambassadors, master blenders, master distillers, and distillery managers, the event is poised to achieve an unparalleled level of prestige.


For those seeking a truly immersive experience, VIP tickets offer early access and exclusive privileges to savor rare and exceptional whiskies. It's a golden opportunity to mingle with the titans of the whisky world, creating an intimate setting for collectors and enthusiasts to forge connections that will endure.


Whisky Live Manila's unwavering commitment to education and exploration shines through a dazzling array of masterclasses and guided tastings. Get ready to embark on a journey that promises to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this timeless elixir. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a whisky novice, this is your chance to expand your whisky knowledge and refine your palate in an atmosphere of pure enchantment.

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