Sep 15, 2017

Whiskey, Whisky, Scotch and Bourbon

In the past few years, whisky has been growing in popularity among gourmets and aficionados. Thought once to be too strong to consume with a luxury meal, whisky is today replacing wine in some restaurants, in Hong Kong and beyond, as a pairing of choice. You can find elegant and robust whisky pairing menus around the city.

Like so many other alcohols, whisky too is region-specific. The Scottish have whisky, the Irish have whiskey, the Americans have bourbon and rye, and we all have a good time! 


Scotch is popularly considered some of the best whisky in the world. A beverage can only properly be labelled ‘Scottish whisky’ if it was produced and matured in Scotland. Scotch whisky is distilled twice, while Irish whiskey undergoes triple distillation. Scotch whisky uses peat-smoked, wholly malted barley, while Irish whisky used kiln-dried, raw and malted barley.

Bourbon, on the other hand, is distilled from corn.


The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an extra ‘e’. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the extra ‘e’ is also used when referring to American whiskies.


Malt Masters
Hong Kong’s leading whisky events and education company, Malt Masters hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Whisky Festival in 2013. This Festival brought together major whisky brands from all over the world, to participate and help spread whisky appreciation!

Malt Masters organises a number of events – corporate or private – to bring whisky enthusiasts together to appreciate and learn more about the fine golden liquor.
Malt Masters has a long tradition, founded by Ian McKerrow, a Scotsman with a rich heritage of whisky appreciation and production. In the 1800s, the Mackinlays founded two distilleries, producing the famous Mackinlays Blended Whisky. They were McKerrow’s family.

(Although Mackinlays is no longer in production, it was recently dubbed the ‘Whisky Story of the Century’ when three cases of Mackinlays Blended Whisky were found frozen in time in the ice below the Antarctic hut belonging to Britain’s legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton!)


Grab a Taste of Scotland

Not everyone knows as much about Scotch as Mr McKerrow and his family, of course. That’s where the unique Malt Masters event, organised in consonance with Mozaic Club, comes into the picture.
This special Whisky Tasting event brings to you an exciting range of Scottish whiskies. For the first-time drinker or the learner seeking an education for their palate, this tasting broadens your horizons and understanding of this magnificent beverage.

The eclectic range of Scottish whiskies you will be introduced to tell the story of Scotch Whisky’s evolution from an illicit and often untamed spirit to the celebrated, world-renowned and bourgeoning industry we know today.
This special tasting covers all key whisky producing regions which each exudes a spectrum of aromas and flavours, born from and shaped by the land the distilleries occupy.
At the Taster event, you will get to sample:

-    Islay-Laphroaig Select Cask: A full bodied, fully natural-coloured scotch with the scent of peat and a hint of dryness with a long lingering florally finish, it is initially sweet, followed by a lovely rich finish from the rich fruits of the European casks

-    Highlands-Old Pulteney 12: A dry, smooth, medium-bodied red golden scotch of medium to high intensity with a briny hint of sea air, it sparkles with a copper glow and is redolent of honey and cream, carrying tones of salt, sweetness and spice. 

-    Speyside-Glenfarclas 12: This vibrant, full bodied amber-gold whisky is fresh and beautifully light, with sherried fruit combined with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of sappy oak.

-    Lowlands-Glenkinchie 10: This much-loved dry, fruity, vanilla-tinged Lowland expression of the ‘Classic Malt’ range comes from one of only a few surviving Lowland distilleries still in production.

Mozaic Club, in partnership with Malt Masters, is organising an exclusive entry level International Scotch Whisky Tasting at 208 Duecento Otto, on September 26 at 19:30 pm. If you’re interested in joining us, check us out on our Facebook events page: or visit our website: under our Social Calendar.



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