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WhiskyPLUS is back!
Returning for the second edition of last year’s successful inaugural edition, WhiskyPLUS is once again bringing the world of whisky to Kuala Lumpur! Whether you’re a serious whisky connoisseur, a casual aficionado, or a total newbie looking to expand your whisky horizons, WhiskyPLUS is the event for you! Whisky’s popularity continues to soar worldwide, so join us for Kuala Lumpur’s premier whisky and spirits tasting event, and take your enjoyment and appreciation for the whiskies of the world to the next level.
One day. Two sessions. Unlimited sampling.
The winner of the Turkish Airlines lucky draw prize of two free round-trip tickets is PRAKASH SAKUR! The winning entry was chosen at random on June 21. Congratulations, Prakash!
Attention Glenlivet Guardians!
If you’re a Glenlivet Guardian, WhiskyPLUS has a very special offer for you. Head over to the Guardians’ official ticket outlet, Diineout.com, key in your password (provided to you via email) and purchase your event pass there. You’ll receive a great discount and an exclusive treat at WhiskyPLUS. Check out the listing at Diineout for all the details. Kindly note that your pass must be purchased on the Diineout.com platform to receive the Guardians discount. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive the password.
Dram Full Malaysia members will also be entitled to special discounts, so check the DFM Facebook page soon for all the details!
Great fun, good value, and unlimited tastings of dozens of whiskies and spirits from around the world with a set meal included to complement your tasting experience.
We are pleased to present this year’s edition of WhiskyPLUS in the brand-new Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree. This beautiful, five-star city hotel is located at the end of the Couture Pavilion wing of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and WhiskyPLUS will be held in the hotel’s stunning Grand Pavilion Ballroom on Level 7.
All attendees will receive complimentary cash vouchers for great savings at any of the restaurants and other F&B outlets located at the host venue, and will also be able to take advantage of reduced room rates if they wish to stay overnight following the event.
You will be given a special commemorative WhiskyPLUS Glencairn-style nosing and tasting glass upon entry, and we invite you to take it home with you as our complimentary gift to you! Should you wish to purchase additional glasses in order to have a set, we will have those available, too. (Extra glasses are just RM15 each.)
WhiskyPLUS is KL’s premier whisky and spirits show, now in its second successful year. Our aim is to spread the love and appreciation for quality whisky and other spirits by allowing guests to learn about and taste a wide range at a single, special event. WhiskyPLUS is held in a five-star venue and we limit the number of passes sold to ensure guests have a great experience without feeling jam-packed at every turn! The PLUS refers to a few non-whisky offerings, specially chosen to allow boutique bottlers and craft distillers of other spirits to showcase their handiwork to enthusiasts like you! There will also be a Cigar Corner, with an outstanding range of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars on offer, plus the chance to talk with industry pros and insiders, too.
In order to allow more people to enjoy WhiskyPLUS, we chose to split a full day into two different sessions with fewer passes available for each session, rather than just having one long session with more passes. Not only does this help ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable experience, it also lets guests choose the time that best suits them.
For those who perhaps want to be introduced to whiskies or enjoy a casual yet comprehensive tasting session by day, our 12pm to 4pm afternoon session is ideal. This session is slightly shorter and priced lower. The evening session, on the other hand, will run from 5pm to 10pm and may offer a slightly wider selection, but apart from the extra hour and possibility of a surprise whisky or two being offered by exhibitors, the sessions will be the same. There will also be fewer passes available for the afternoon session than for the evening session, so if you want the benefit of not only a lower entry cost but a slightly less crowded session, you may wish to consider attending Session One.
That’s fine by us, though we can’t say we really recommend it! But if you wish to buy passes to each session, you are of course welcome to do so. Kindly note, however, that the venue itself will be cleared and closed between the two sessions.
Yes. This year, we will be making a limited number of Standard entry passes available for purchase at the door. No discounts will apply, and VIP entry passes are not available at the door. More entry passes are available for Session One.
Strictly speaking, nope. Come casual, come smart, we don’t really care. We would probably suggest not showing up in a singlet and flip-flops, but we don’t have a specific dress code. We want you to be comfortable and have a good time!
Nope. WhiskyPLUS is all about whisky and distilled spirits only. You will find a handful of special offerings of gin, rum, or vodka, for example, but there won’t be any wines or beers!
Check the pricing page for all the packages and passes which are currently available. As specific packages or passes sell out, we will remove them as options. For large groups (10 or more), please contact us directly for additional discounts.
Generously provided by the venue itself, these cash vouchers are good at any of the excellent F&B outlets at Pavilion Hotel and its sister property, Banyan Tree (excepting Vertigo Bar and Horizon Grill). The vouchers have various T&Cs, including a minimum spend, so check the back of them for all the details, as well as the expiry date.
WhiskyPLUS is aiming to showcase a couple of KL’s latest and greatest specialized cocktail bars featuring some of the city’s top mixologists. For a limited time during each session, these skilled ‘baristas of the bar’ will be serving up some of their signature cocktail creations. A number of whisky and spirits exhibitors are also expected to have cocktails available which showcase their particular brands.
This is a special room only for guests holding the Black VIP pass. The actual premium whiskies will be poured at the exhibitor’s booths on the main floor, but VIP pass holders can access the lounge at any time for greater comfort and relaxation. We are looking at some other unique offerings for the VIP lounge, and working with some whisky providers, so check back for details as they become available. Kindly note that the number of VIP passes for each session is very limited and there are no multi-pass packages available for this tier.
Those who purchase a VIP pass will receive 12 coupons which can be redeemed for pours from the VIP range of whiskies at exhibitor booths. Each pour will require either one or two coupons, so you’ll enjoy up to 12 pours of premium-range whisky (in addition to the unlimited tastings from the rest of the range). These top-shelf whiskies would carry a hefty price tag in any bar serving them, so even though it’s not free-flow, the VIP pass offers you enough premium drams to be a superb value.
Yes! Though not every whisky offered for sampling can be purchased, a wide range of them will be made available for take-home purchase at the event at special promotional prices. In fact, some bottles are only available for purchase. We do ask that guests not open their purchased bottles at the event, however.
In order to discourage driving after drinking, we have chosen a venue easily accessible via public transportation and one which offers easy access by Grab or taxi, too. Parking is available, but the number of bays for the hotel is quite limited, and weekend parking at Pavilion Mall can get expensive. We encourage guests to get a ride or take the MRT to the Bukit Bintang station (exit at Door E and proceed to Pavilion Mall, with easy access to the hotel from level 2 or 3).
We are working with many brand owners, importers, and distributors from Malaysia and across the region to once again bring in a significant number of whisky brands (and various expressions of those brands). As more and more exhibitors are confirmed, these will be updated and noted on our website, so be sure to check back as we get closer to the event. In our inaugural year, we had over 50 brands of whiskies and spirits on offer, and it looks like we’ll do it again this year, with some 55 brands confirmed to exhibit. As always, our hope is that you’ll be introduced to some new brands and expressions of whisky that you’ve never tried before.
Generally speaking, no. Once again this year, we expect a strong response to this event, so in order to be fair and to ensure a quality experience, we have to plan based on the number of passes available for each session. So once the passes are sold, they’re not refundable. We’re also not keen for transfers since we don’t want anyone buying blocks of passes and then reselling them. Measures will be implemented to ensure passes are used only by those who purchase them and strict limits will apply for each purchase.
Well, it depends. We’re all human, and we understand that things change, so if you buy a pass for one session and later decide you want to come to the other one, just let us know – our info is on the contact page – and we’ll certainly see what we can do for you. If there are spaces available, we’ll help transfer your pass from one session to another. The transfer must be in the same tier (i.e., either Standard or VIP), and you must pay the difference if going from Session One to Session Two. If you’re moving from Session Two to Session One, however, you will not be eligible for a refund of the difference.
Basically, the same conditions apply. Just contact us ASAP, and if there are still passes available for the VIP tier in the session you wish to attend, we’ll be happy to let you upgrade for the difference in price.
You can’t, so please don’t try! With dozens of brands being showcased, many of which offer numerous expressions, trying to sample even a small amount of every one of them would be a big mistake! Take your time, talk to the exhibitors, learn about their products, and enjoy the whiskies you find most interesting. Remember that this is a tasting event rather than a drinking event!
If you’ve never been to a big whisky event like this, you’re in for a treat. But to make things run smoothly, there are things guests need to know, and of course a few rules and guidelines that need to be followed to ensure it’s a good time for everyone. So here’s the deal:
We encourage and expect responsible drinking! This is an event designed to let you taste a wide range of whiskies and other spirits, quite a few of which will hopefully be new to you. Tasting pours will vary, but most will be around 15mL. The number of pours you may enjoy during the session is not fixed, so if you like a particular label, you can return for more, but please don’t ask the exhibitors to top up your glass or “Make it a double!” or anything like that.
Booths and tables will be staffed by people who know about the products they’re pouring, so please ask questions and let them share their knowledge!
Stay hydrated! This is the most important aspect of any whisky event – and often the most overlooked. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the session. We will have water dispensers placed all around the venue for you to drink from. This also allows you to rinse your glass! Each table or booth will also be stocked with quality Acqua Panna mineral water for you to add to your whisky if desired. For most whiskies, a few drops of water really helps to open up the spirit and release more of the whisky’s character.
A selection of food boxes (choose from Western or Asian sets) will be made available during each session and we encourage you to enjoy what’s on offer at your leisure. Every guest will receive a meal voucher, which can be redeemed for a set meal at various times during the session. In the interest of smart drinking, we also encourage you to eat something prior to arrival at the event so that you’re not adding whisky to an empty stomach!
Upon entry, you’ll be given a special Glencairn-style whisky glass, clean and ready to use for your tasting session, and the glass is yours to keep after the event. If you’d like a second glass to complete a paired set, we will have those available for only RM15 each.
Finally, be sure to know your limit and behave yourself! This is a whisky appreciation event, not a frat party, so while we want everyone to have a great time and enjoy the fine spirits on offer, anyone causing problems or generally not minding their manners will be subject to a proper scolding from security, up to and including removal from the venue without refund or compensation.
Don’t bring in any booze of your own. We’ll have plenty for you, trust us! Also, if you buy a bottle (or two) while at WhiskyPLUS, these must not be opened at the event.
Smoking is not permitted at WhiskyPLUS, except in specific areas which have been designated by the venue’s management. There is a fine cigar lounge available for use at the venue for those who wish to enjoy a cigar. If you’re keen to check it out, and we recommend doing so, proceed to Whisky Cove on level 7M.
The last pour for Session One will be at 3:50pm, 10 minutes before the session ends. The venue will be cleared and closed following the end of Session One (at 4:00pm) to prepare for Session Two. The last pour for Session Two will be at 9:50pm, 10 minutes before the session ends. The event will conclude and the venue cleared at 10:30pm. Last pour times are strict, and no ‘last call’ announcements will be made.
VIP passes will entitle the holder to unlimited tastings of all the standard-range whiskies offered, plus 12 punch-coupons to redeem for premium whiskies, which will be offered by most exhibitors. Depending on the level of these special whiskies, each pour will require either one or two punches. Most will be only one punch, so this gives VIP guests plenty of premium labels to try. VIP pass holders will also enjoy access to the exclusive lounge area and get a goodie bag filled with cash vouchers and other treats to take home, as well.
What is it? It’s a special area at WhiskyPLUS, set up at the back of the tasting room, where you can take advantage of the uncommon opportunity to indulge in a range of personally curated rare and super-rare whiskies. Some are old, some have no age statement at all. Some are limited edition, some were discontinued long ago, available now only in the hands of enthusiasts and collectors. Some are an approachable 40 or 43% ABV, some are a bell-ringing 60%… or more. You’ll find original distillery bottlings, independent bottlings, and even special private bottlings among the choices this year.
At WhiskyPLUS 2019, nearly 30 exquisite choices are being offered to you.
You will not likely find any of these coveted bottles on the list at your favourite KL area bar. And if you by chance were to find one offered by a specialist watering hole, it’s a near-certainty that you’d be required to buy the whole bottle. Equally certain? That bottle would cost you dearly.
So that’s what makes Collector’s Corner such an exciting treat for whisky lovers. It’s a chance seldom offered to savour some of the most special, most unique, and rarest of Scotch, Irish, Japanese, and American Bourbon whiskies… by the dram.
We guarantee these spirits are the real deal and that every bottle has been personally chosen and sampled by a team of whisky pros – purists and connoisseurs who make their living by the contents of just such bottles.
Our whisky pros at the Collector’s Corner will also be on hand to give you detailed info about any dram you’re considering, and to steer you towards (or away from) a particular label, based on what you tell them.
To buy drams from the Collector’s Corner, you’ll need to purchase the cash vouchers at the registration area. Vouchers are issued in RM20 increments. These vouchers can then be redeemed at your leisure for the whisky of your choice at Collector’s Corner.
For guests who purchase a dram from the Corner, we invite you to relax and ponder your whisky in the exclusive Collector’s Corner sitting area, set aside next to the Collector’s Corner booth just for you. Once you’ve acquired the dram of your choice, retreat to the exclusive sitting area and luxuriate in a whisky experience that few get to experience!
At the registration area and at the Corner, you’ll see a display board of what’s on offer, along with the photo and relevant details of each whisky. We may add a bottle or two if we’re feeling cheeky, but you can expect to see the bottles listed at a minimum.
However, and it should go without saying, the stocks of what’s offered are exceedingly limited, so if your fellow whisky lovers beat you to the punch for a particular label and it sells out, you will only be able to dream about what might have been. These whiskies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and for those who expect to treat themselves to a dram from the Corner, we do recommend that you visit relatively earlier during your session, before your palate gets wrecked.
All pours at the Collector’s Corner are measured. All prices are based on a minimum 20mL pour. ‘OB’ denotes an original bottling from the distillery. Whiskies not so noted are independently bottled. The following whiskies will be available while stocks last.
1) The Glenlivet 30 yo 1971/2001 Cellar Collection #2LGF901 48.0% ABV OB (RM120)
2) Glenfiddich 30 yo ‘XXX’ circa 2000 40.0% ABV OB (RM100)
3) Glen Keith 40 yo 1970/2011 #6042 by Malts of Scotland 49.1% ABV (RM140)
4) Cardhu 22 yo 1982/2005 57.8% ABV OB (RM60)
5) Bowmore Cask Strength circa 2002 56.0% ABV OB (RM20)
6) Chichibu 2009/2015 Single Cask #640 61.6% ABV OB (RM100)
7) Glen Spey 21 yo 1989/2010 50.4% ABV OB (RM40)
8) Caol Ila 35 yo 1979/2014 by Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular 47.1% ABV (RM120)
9) Scapa 12 yo 2000/2012 by Chivas Brothers 55.1% ABV (RM40)
10) The Macallan Aera NAS 40.0% ABV OB (RM60)
11) Ardmore 16 yo 2000/2016 by The Mash Tun Tokyo and Whiskyfind 55.0% ABV (RM60)
12) GlenDronach 23 yo 1993/2016 Cask #42 Batch 14 58.6% ABV OB (RM80)
13) Laphroaig 28 yo 1989/2017 by The Mash Tun Tokyo and Whiskyfind 51.0% ABV (RM60)
14) Bruichladdich 15 yo 2003/2018 Private Bottling 52.7% ABV (RM80)
15) Ben Nevis 43 yo 1970/2014 by Eiling Lim 44.8% ABV (RM120)
16) Glen Grant 32 yo 1984/2017 #9.135 by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 44.7% ABV (RM100)
17) Glen Moray 21 yo 1996/2017 by The Mash Tun Tokyo and Whiskyfind 52.0% ABV (RM60)
18) Laphroaig 6 yo 2011/2017 by Tears of a Still for Wholly Spirits 51.4% ABV (RM60)
19) Caol Ila 10 yo 1988/1999 by Hart Brothers 43.0% ABV (RM20)
20) Benrinnes 15 yo 2003/2018 by Douglas Laing 48.4% ABV (RM40)
21) Aberlour A’bunadh Batch No. 20 2007 release 60.2% ABV OB (RM120)
22) Glenglassaugh 30 yo 2015 release 44.8% ABV OB (RM120)
23) Balmenach 12 yo 2006/2018 by Douglas Laing 48.4% (RM40)
24) Irish Single Malt 27 yo 1989/2016 by The Whisky Agency & Eiling Lim 45.0% ABV (RM120)
25) BenRiach 35 yo 2016 release 42.5% ABV OB (RM140)
26) Fettercairn 12 yo 2004/2017 by Douglas Laing 46% ABV (RM20)
27) Pappy Van Winkle 12 yo Special Reserve ‘Lot B’ Bourbon Whiskey 42.5% ABV OB (RM160)
28) Redbreast Irish Whiskey 32 yo 1985/2018 Dream Cask #41207 46.5% ABV OB (RM240)
29) Bunnahabhain 10 yo 2008/2018 by Douglas Laing 46% ABV (RM20)
WhiskyPLUS is once again being supported by a significant number of well-known brands and exhibitors. The brands and companies noted below are either confirmed or are expected to be a part of the 2019 edition! Though the final line-up of brands is subject to change right up to the day of the event, you’re likely to see the following brands being showcased, either for sampling, for bottle purchases, or both!
We strongly encourage guests to think and drink responsibly, and a big part of that is not drinking and driving. Take a Grab, get a friend to pick you up, or take advantage of the room deals on offer for guests of WhiskyPLUS and turn the event into a weekend staycation! (Or choose from many hotels in the Bukit Bintang area.)
For those who do drive, Pavilion Hotel has limited parking at a flat RM10 rate per entry. Note that you must clear TWO barrier gates, one to get into the Pavilion Mall’s carpark, then a second gate to access the hotel’s dedicated area. You must validate your parking ticket at the hotel before exiting. Neither the hotel nor the organiser will accept responsibility for guests parking in the incorrect area or failing to validate their ticket properly.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond promptly.