Folks from the hospitality industry get candid about their favourite whisky and the preferred way to drink it
Harry Kosato, Brand Ambassador of Sushi & More
My favourite whisky is Yamazaki 18 years from Japan. I like to drink it neat followed by a Highball.
Favourite whisky memory: On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India in 2012, I was invited to the Japanese Ambassador’s residence which was transformed for just one evening into a Suntory Museum for a handful of guests, where we did a whisky tasting and pairing.
Hitesh Keswani, Owner, Silver Beach Hospitality
My go to whiskey is the Macallan 18 and I enjoy drinking it on the rocks. In my opinion that is the best way to enjoy a good whisky.
Favourite whisky memory: No memory as such, but my house parties in general, with a close-knit group of friends and my Macallan 18.
Ishaan Bahl, Co-owner of 145 Cafe & Bar and Khyber Restaurant in Mumbai
The Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is my favourite whiskey and I like to drink 60ml of it on the rocks.
Favourite Whisky Memory: It was the opening night of 145 Bandra. A couple of Platinum Label drinks on the rocks and I ended up dancing on the bar with my best friend and my father.
John Leese, Group Beverage Manager – Bastian Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
My favourite whiskey is the Auchentoshan 3 Wood. I prefer to drink it neat. It does not need anything. The liquid has it all. Notes of plums, raisins, oranges, a light sweetness, and a long oaky finish.
Favourite whisky memory: Standing on the shores of Islay in Scotland whilst visiting the Bowmore Distillery drinking a 50+ year old with Eddie MacAffer. No talking. Just taking in the view and the whisky and putting all the elements together.
Keenan Tham, Managing Director & Co-founder, Pebble Street Hospitality
My favourite whiskey is the Chivas 18 and I enjoy drinking it on a spherical iceball.
Favourite whisky memory: This one time I was drinking Chivas 18 on top of a mountain in Switzerland. We had no ice so I drank it with mountain snow.
Keith Rajan, EAM F&B, St. Regis, Mumbai
My most favourite whisky is the Balvenie single barrel, aged 12 years. I prefer to have it neat and straight up in a nosing or old-fashioned glass.
Favourite whisky memory: When I visited the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distiller at Keith, Dufftown.
Kunal Patel, Founder & Director of Monika Enterprises
Bushmills 12 YO definitely. It is one of the finest single malts I have come across. I enjoy drinking it in an Old Fashioned Cocktail.
Favourite whisky memory: It was the first time I tried an Irish Whiskey. I remember how it changed my perspective of ‘Whiskey’ itself entirely. I have been in awe of the kind ever since.