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! Join us for Kuala Lumpur’s premier
whisky and spirits tasting event and take your knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of the whiskies of the
world to the next level.
One day. Two sessions. Over 45 brands. Unlimited sampling.
Unlimited tastings of whiskies and spirits from around the world with a special selection of chef-curated light food served several times throughout the session to complement your tasting experience.
We are delighted to hold WhiskyPLUS in the prestigious and conveniently located Hilton Kuala Lumpur, where we will be offering the entire seventh level for your tasting enjoyment.
All attendees will receive complimentary RM50 vouchers to any of the many restaurants and F&B outlets located at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur, and can also enjoy special room rates if they wish to stay overnight following the event. Please contact us with room inquiries.
You will be given a special commemorative whisky tasting glass upon entry, and we invite you to take it home with you as our complimentary gift to you!
WhiskyPLUS is KL’s premier whisky and spirits show. Our aim is to spread the love and appreciation for quality whisky and other spirits by allowing guests to sample 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 being 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!
In addition, the PLUS encompasses a cigar lounge and terrace for those wishing to learn more about hand-rolled cigars and perhaps make a purchase. Experts from Trinidad Cigars and Cigar Journal magazine will be on hand to guide you, and the purchase of any cigar entitles the guest to attend a short mini-masterclass where you will learn some of the finer points of premium cigars. Though smoking isn’t permitted in the cigar room itself, the Hilton has a wonderful outdoor, fan-cooled terrace on Level 8 where you can enjoy your purchase, if desired.
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!
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 session is ideal. This session is slightly shorter and priced lower. The evening session, on the other hand, will run from 5pm to 10pm, 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 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 – as a possible added bonus, you’ll also get ‘first dibs’ on all the exhibitors’ stocks at this session.
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 sessions.
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!
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. Similarly, if we add different packages or passes, that will be updated, as well.
Generously provided by the venue itself, these vouchers are good at any of the excellent F&B outlets in Hilton KL and are good for RM50 with a minimum spend of RM100. The vouchers have various T&Cs, so check the back of them for all the details, as well as the expiry date.
If you’d like to turn your WhiskyPLUS event into a slumber party, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is extending a special deluxe room rate of RM399+ to our attendees, which includes breakfast for one the next morning (additional breakfast at RM45). A quick spot check on the Hilton site showed normal advance purchase rates of RM489+ for this room type, so this represents a decent savings if you’d like to sleep over. The number of rooms being made available at this special rate is limited, so it’s on a first-come, first-snooze basis! (UPDATE 25 JULY: The promotional rooms are now sold out.)
WhiskyPLUS is proud to showcase a number of brand-specific bars serving up concoctions featuring that particular label, plus a specially featured premium cocktail bar. For a limited time during each session, these skilled ‘baristas of the bar’ will be making their signature cocktail creations and injecting a little action into the mix. Your pass purchase will entitle you to complimentary drinks at the brand bars, and special discounted prices on craft cocktails at the pop-up bar. VIP pass holders will be entitled to a complimentary drink at the bar, and for everyone, additional cocktail tokens can be purchased, if desired.
This is a special room (on level 6) only for guests holding the Black VIP pass. Here, you’ll be able to sample from a coveted range of premium spirits, including some older and rarer whiskies. Special editions, premium bottlings, and less common expressions are among the treats you’ll find in the VIP room! The number of VIP passes available is very limited and there are no multi-pass packages available for this tier.
Separately, on a token-purchase basis, our incredible Collector’s Corner will offer a very exclusive selection of ‘under the table’ drams that represent some of the top-tier whiskies you’ll find anywhere in Malaysia. These whiskies are available to purchase by the dram to anyone in attendance, whereas entry to the VIP Premier Tasting Room is granted by VIP pass only. The VIP room will be open for two to three hours during each session.
Yes! Though of course not every whisky offered for sampling can be purchased, a nice range of them will be made available for take-home purchase at the event at special promotional prices.
In order to discourage driving after drinking, we have chosen a venue that’s easily accessible via public transportation and very well-served by taxis and e-hailing services. We urge guests to take advantage of these conveniences. For those who do drive, parking at Hilton KL Sentral is a flat RM8 per entry with validation at the hotel.
We are working with brand owners, importers, and distributors from Malaysia and across the region to bring in over 35 whisky and spirits brands (and various expressions of those brands). You will find single malts and blended whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and India, for starters. Some will be very familiar to you, but we expect quite a few will reflect a first-time opportunity for many guests to sample. As for the PLUS in WhiskyPLUS, you’ll see a selected range of other spirits on offer, too, including craft gins and rums. As more and more exhibitors are confirmed, these will be updated and noted on our website. Just keep scrolling down and you’ll see them.
Generally speaking, no. We anticipate 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 to 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 on the timing. 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.
Most likely, yes, but only a limited number, and these will only be the Standard entry passes, as the VIP tickets are expected to sell out in advance. Remember, however, WhiskyPLUS is capacity-controlled, so once the allocated number of passes are gone for each session, the event is sold out and no more passes will be made available. The best way to avoid disappointment is to order your passes before the event.
If we (the organiser) cancel the event ourselves, purchasers will be entitled to a refund for their passes. The Better Beer Festival’s cancellation was definitely unfortunate, but as WhiskyPLUS is being held in a private and properly licensed venue, rather than in a public space, there is no reason to fear any interference or cancellation from outside parties. Whisky events are regularly held in Kuala Lumpur, so you may purchase your passes with confidence!
Well, most of the serious stuff can be found in the terms and conditions, which must be accepted prior to ticket purchase. But in general, here’s the deal:
If you’ve never been to a big whisky event, 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.
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 or so. 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. Also, kindly note that while WhiskyPLUS is considered as an unlimited tasting event overall, it doesn’t mean you can receive unlimited pours from one specific bottle. Indeed, with over 40 brands on offer, we wouldn’t even suggest trying to sample them all! The idea is to try a range of different whiskies and spirits, and there must be enough to go around for everyone, so we permit exhibitors to limit or discontinue pours to any attendee who, in their opinion, is abusing the spirit of the ‘unlimited’ idea at one specific booth.
Booths and tables will be staffed by people who know about the products they’re pouring, so be sure to ask questions and let them share their knowledge!
HYDRATE! This is the most important aspect of any whisky event – and often the most easily 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 ice and premium 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.
In addition to ensuring you drink enough water, you can also take a short break from the booze by visiting the booths by Mister Coffee, where you can enjoy a shot of freshly pressed espresso (or other coffees), and Monin, who will be mixing up some delicious, refreshing mocktails with their premium flavour syrups.
A selection of food will be made available during each session and we encourage you to enjoy what’s on offer, as the menu has been specially chosen by Hilton’s culinary team to complement a whisky tasting session. In the interest of smart drinking, we also encourage you to eat 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 whisky glass and, if you’re a VIP pass holder, a cocktail token. The commemorative glass is yours to keep, and the token can be redeemed for one cocktail at any pop-up bar running during your session. Guests can purchase craft cocktails if desired from the limited-time pop-up bars, while the brand bars (which run for the duration of the session) will serve complimentary drinks.
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 Hilton Kuala Lumpur management.
The last pour for Session One will be at 3:45pm, 15 minutes before the session ends. The venue will be cleared and closed by 4:30 to prepare for Session Two. The last pour for Session Two will be at 9:45pm, 15 minutes before the session ends. The event will conclude and the venue cleared by 10:30pm. Last pour times are strict, and no ‘last call’ announcements will be made.
Finally, and most importantly: Be sure to know your limit and behave yourself! This is a whisky appreciation and tasting 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, being overly rowdy, 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.
What is it? It’s a special area at WhiskyPLUS, set up at the back of Level 7, 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.
At WhiskyPLUS 2018, these exquisite drams 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 and Irish 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.
For guests who purchase a dram from the Corner, we invite you to relax and ponder your whisky in our exclusive Collector’s Corner Lounge, set aside just for you.
Our whisky pros at the Collector’s Corner are 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 indulge in this special opportunity, buy your Collector’s Corner tokens from the Token Purchase table near the entrance by the lift lobby. Then redeem the tokens for the dram of your choice at the Corner, retreat to the exclusive lounge, and luxuriate in a whisky experience that few get to experience!
Here’s a list of what’s expected to be on offer. We may add a bottle or two if we’re feeling cheeky, but you can expect to see these bottles at a minimum. However, and it should go without saying, the stocks of what’s listed here 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 20mL pour. ‘OB’ denotes an original bottling from the distillery. Whiskies not so noted are independently bottled.
1) Glenlivet 30 yo 1971/2001 Cellar Collection #2LGF901 48% ABV OB (RM110)
2) Redbreast 25 yo 1991/2016 for La Maison Du Whisky 60th Anniversary 53% ABV OB (RM150)
3) Bruichladdich Octomore OBA Concept_0.1 59.7% ABV OB (RM90)
4) Glen Elgin 19 yo Limited Centenary Bottling 1981/2000 60% ABV OB (RM60)
5) Glendronach 23 yo 1993/2016 Single Cask #40 Batch 13 58.5% ABV OB (RM80)
6) Springbank 22 yo 1993 Private Cask V.E’s 58% ABV OB (RM140)
7) Benriach 33 yo 1977/2011 for Asta Morris #9119 45.7% ABV OB (RM110)
8) Glenglassaugh 39 yo 1972/2010 for Andrea Caminneci #2891 59.3% ABV OB (RM220)
9) Glenfiddich 30 yo ‘XXX’ circa 2000 40% ABV OB (RM90)
10) Old Speyside 43 yo 1973/2016 by Eiling Lim 47.8% ABV (RM120)
11) Glen Keith 40 yo 1970/2011 by Malts of Scotland #6042 49.1% ABV (RM130)
12) Irish Single Malt 27 yo 1989/2016 by The Whisky Agency & Eiling Lim 45% ABV (RM110)
13) Cardhu 22 yo 1982/2005 57.8% ABV OB (RM50)
14) Bowmore Cask Strength circa 2002 56% ABV OB (RM20)
15) Chichibu 2009/2015 Single Cask #640 61.6% ABV OB (RM100)
16) Glendronach 12 yo circa 1970s 70° proof 26-2/3 fl.oz. OB (RM80)
17) Linkwood 12 yo 1973 Pure Scotch Whisky 43% ABV OB (RM50)
18) Glen Spey 21 yo 1989/2010 50.4% ABV OB (RM40)
19) Caol Ila 35 yo 1979/2014 by Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular 47.1% ABV (RM120)
20) Johnnie Walker ‘Black Label’ Extra Special Old Scotch Whisky (John Walker & Sons Ltd) circa 1970s 40% ABV OB (RM30)
WhiskyPLUS is supported by a number of well-known brands and exhibitors. As each is confirmed, we’ll add them here within a short time!
We strongly encourage guests to think and drink responsibly, and part of that is not drinking and driving. As the venue is at the primary transportation hub for Kuala Lumpur, taxis, e-hailing services, and public transportation are all easily available options. Use the KL Sentral station for the monorail, KL Sentral station for the LRT, and Muzium Negara station for the MRT. Upon reaching the station, follow the signs for easy access to the Hilton. Once at the hotel, WhiskyPLUS is on Level 7. The lifts are just around the corner from reception, directly opposite the entrance to the all-day dining restaurant.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond promptly.