Favourite moments with whisky

Schenelle Dsouza 
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  
Harry Kosato
Harry Kosato
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
Hitesh Keswani
Hitesh Keswani
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
Ishaan Bahl
Ishaan Bahl
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.
John Leese
John Leese
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
Keenan Tham
Keenan Tham
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
Keith Rajan
Keith Rajan
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
Kunal Patel
Kunal Patel
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. 

Manoj Jangid, Director Food & Beverage, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Manoj Jangid
Manoj Jangid
Hibiki has always been one of my favourites. I prefer sipping it with a simple addition of ice and sparkling water.  
Favourite whisky memory: My favourite whiskey memory is the time shared with my mentor who introduced me to Hibiki. He would always make himself a straight-up drink without adding any ice or mixers and would often encourage us to do the same. 
Ranbir Nagpal, Co-owner of Yazu, Goa & Mumbai
Ranbir Nagpal
Ranbir Nagpal
My favourite whiskey is Woodburns. I prefer to drink 30ml of it on the rocks.  
Favourite whisky memory: I was standing at Yazu in Goa listening to one of my favourite songs Father Ocean by Ben Bohmer and listening to the sound of the ocean while enjoying the breeze, surrounded by my good friends, and family sipping on Woodburn’s. 
Sameer Uttamsingh, Brand Consultant & Creative Head behind Balsa’s Cocktails & Founder of Acme Hospitality
Sameer Uttamsingh
Sameer Uttamsingh
Woodburns is my favourite whiskey and I enjoy drinking it on the rocks, plenty of rocks! 
Favourite whisky memory: Blind tasting various Japanese whiskeys at the same time – Yamazaki 21, Hibiki Sakura edition, Nikka from the barrel. 
Upender Singh Tomar, Food & Beverage Manager
Upender Singh Tomar
Upender Singh Tomar
My all-time favourite whisky is Johnnie Walker Black Label. I prefer to drink it with chilled water and two cubes of ice. 
Favourite whisky memory: It was a house party where I was sipping my favourite drink. After having a couple of drinks, I had the courage to propose to my then crush and now wife Sonal. Its special because I get to share that memory with the love of my life. 
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