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WhiskyPLUS will return in 2022!
If you are a fan of whisky, want to learn more and try new brands, or just want to experience Malaysia’s biggest whisky event, join us at our 2022 editions scheduled for Penang in July and Kuala Lumpur in November!
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 Malaysia’s premier whisky and spirits tasting event, and take your enjoyment and appreciation for the whiskies of the world to the next level.
We will update the WhiskyPLUS website as details are finalised. Tickets will go on sale for each of the two WhiskyPLUS events approximately six weeks before the event date.
For 2022, WhiskyPLUS will retain some of the changes and various safety measures initially put in place in 2021 for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. See below for full details.
To ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, WhiskyPLUS 2022 will be a “vaccinated only” event, so all attendees, staff, crew, and anyone involved at the event must be fully vaccinated in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines. Thank you for your kind understanding.
Success usually tends to attract imitators, so while we perhaps should have expected it, we were nevertheless disappointed that one of our partners from the last WhiskyPLUS event who had access to our guest list has now decided to try and hold their own whisky event in KL without even contacting us. Their promotional material even used photos from the WhiskyPLUS website! They also copied our format of two sessions a day and even used the same pricing for guests.
We believe in the free market and welcome competition, but blatantly copying our event and using our photos to promote another event is another matter entirely. By doing so, these rogue events risk confusing whisky lovers in Malaysia, so we plan to send out a quarterly newsletter to previous guests of WhiskyPLUS to update everyone on our upcoming events and any other new developments in the whisky world. Remember, other events may pop up and try to duplicate Malaysia’s biggest and longest-running whisky tasting event, but there’s only one authentic WhiskyPLUS.
One day. Two sessions. Unlimited sampling.
This is WhiskyPLUS.
Great fun, outstanding value, and unlimited tastings of dozens of whiskies and spirits from around the world with a set meal box included to complement your tasting experience. This is Malaysia’s biggest whisky and spirits tasting event, so don’t miss the chance to savour and experience such an eclectic range of whiskies!
Those with the VIP Pass will have exclusive access to the 2,900 sq ft VIP Lounge, which this year is being taken over by the chaps at William Grant & Sons, so you can expect a fun and informative whisky journey with some of the top whisky brands in their portfolio, including Glenfiddich and The Balvenie.
This year will also feature a number of ‘Mini Masterclasses’ – short, informal guided tastings of some special whiskies you won’t get elsewhere in the show. Check the line-up at the event, and purchase tokens for the classes at registration. Class size is very limited, and each one could fill up fast, so sign up soon once you get to the event!
You will be given a special commemorative WhiskyPLUS 2021 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 or RM50 for a set of four. Limited quantities.)
As always, WhiskyPLUS will be held in a premium venue that offers comfort and convenience for our guests. For the second time, we will be holding the event in the five-star Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree. As part of their ‘Safe Sanctuary’ initiative, the hotel has partnered with Bureau Veritas in response to the pandemic to co-develop a full suite of health and safety protocols, providing an extra layer of assurance and confidence to all guests. To learn more about the initiative, click here. You must be fully vaccinated to attend WhiskyPLUS 2021.
If you want to turn your whisky tasting experience into a weekend getaway at the hotel, you can stay comfortably and conveniently overnight following WhiskyPLUS… right at the venue! Pavilion Hotel is offering a rate of RM358 nett which includes breakfast for two. If you don’t need breakfast, or just want to try your luck, Agoda typically has good rates, though they change regularly. They also periodically offer special discount codes which are automatically applied, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to check. If you want to book direct with the hotel, just CLICK HERE and enter the promo code ‘WHISKYPLUS‘ when navigating their booking system.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the initially scheduled June 27, 2020 event, but we were hoping to have a modified version at the end of November. However, a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases and various government-enacted closures and new SOPs in October made it clear that no large-scale events would be possible for the remainder of the year, so we turned to 2021, with Saturday, December 11, 2021 confirmed as the date for WhiskyPLUS, to once again be held at the five-star Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree.
WhiskyPLUS is Malaysia’s premier whisky and spirits show. Following two successful years in Kuala Lumpur, there was enough interest to take the event to Penang, too! And now, after a long Covid delay, the biggest whisky show in Malaysia is back.
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 premium 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 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 afternoon session is ideal. The afternoon sessions tend to be attended by more connoisseurs and enthusiasts, perhaps to ensure they get a chance to try some of the more coveted drams before they run out. (Spoiler alert: very few whiskies actually run out during the event!) The next session, on the other hand, will run in the evening and may offer a slightly different selection, but apart from that – and darker skies outside – the sessions will be much the same. We do run the afternoon session for an additional half-hour longer, so if you need an incentive to choose the earlier session, this might just be it.
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 for santisation exercises and general restocking and tidying up.
Ordinarily, this would be permitted if any slots remained. It will not be the case for the 2021 edition, however, as we need to ensure strict capacity controls and contact tracing measures are enforced. With that in mind, entry passes will need to be purchased in advance.
Kindly note that if any passes remain, ONLINE SALES WILL BE DISCONTINUED THREE TO FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT. We will note this prominently at the top of the website in the days immediately prior to sales being stopped. If the event sells out prior to this, online sales will be discontinued at that time.
First, we have made the decision that WhiskyPLUS 2021 will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, with the Digital Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate being scanned for entry to the hotel itself. This will ensure not only maximum safety, but will help everyone have a more relaxed and enjoyable time, as well.
Second, the venue plays a role. We are again holding WhiskyPLUS in the grand ballroom at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree. The huge space, coupled with strict capacity controls and no walk-ins, will ensure there is no physical crowding. We will conduct temperature checks and require hand sanitising and contact tracing registration at the venue’s entrance (via MySejahtera). Additionally, hand sanitiser will be available throughout the event venue.
Face masks are required for entry to the venue, and we do ask that guests continue to use them (except when tasting the whiskies or eating, of course), in line with local SOPs and the best medical advice from experts at the time regarding indoor events for fully vaccinated people. We will have a stock of KF94 disposable masks available for use, as these tend to be easier for breathing and talking than some other types.
Vaccination status and temperature checks will be made at the entry of the hotel (ground level), prior to guests proceeding to the event venue on Level 7. We recommend arriving 30 minutes early to help facilitate more timely entry for everyone.
We also encourage guests who have any doubts to take a simple rapid antigen test immediately prior to coming to WhiskyPLUS. It’s fast, inexpensive, and will give you peace of mind. For anyone testing positive, obviously do not come to the event, but let us know, and we’ll ensure your pass will be valid for the next WhiskyPLUS, with no top-up required if prices increase.
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. Prices will be posted when passes are made available for sale, typically six to seven weeks before the event. As specific packages or passes sell out, we will remove them as options. For large groups (11 or more), please contact us directly for additional discounts.
Yes, a voucher set meal box is included in your entry fee.
This is a special 2,900 sq ft lounge only for guests holding the Black VIP pass. The actual premium whiskies will be poured for sampling at the exhibitor’s booths in the main tasting room (the VIP-only bottles will be on a special mat at each exhibitor’s booth for easy identification), but VIP pass holders can access the lounge area at any time for greater comfort and relaxation. But there’s much more…
For WhiskyPLUS 2021, William Grant & Sons will be taking over the VIP Lounge, and kitting it out with two of their most popular whisky brands, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. They’ll be serving some special selections, mixing up some nice cocktails, providing some great experiences, and taking VIP guests on a truly enjoyable whisky journey. We will also serve additional food (and perhaps some other treats) in the VIP Lounge, and limited seating areas will be available for added comfort.
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 punches on a card which can be redeemed for pours from the special VIP-only range of whiskies at exhibitor booths. Each pour will require either one or two punches, 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.
Absolutely! 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 very attractive 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. If you do choose to drive, parking at the venue is offered at a flat rate (with validation), but you must stay in the hotel’s designated parking area, not Pavilion Mall’s. Signage for the hotel’s carpark is well-posted, and you must not use your Touch n Go card for entry to get the flat rate, but rather take a ticket and have it validated outside the WhiskyPLUS venue when leaving.
We definitely recommend not self-driving, though, so take Grab, have a friend pick you up, or even stay overnight at the hotel following the event!
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 in 2019’s KL edition, we showcased a whopping 61 brands. Over 70 brands were on offer in the Penang edition in late 2019! Though we have not yet finalised the full list of brands on offer, as of a month before the event, the count was at 60, so rest assured there will be dozens to choose from, and as always, our hope is that you’ll be introduced to some new labels and expressions of whisky that you’ve never tried before.
Generally speaking, no. We expect a strong response to this event, and ticket sales will be limited, 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.
Transfers for urgent circumstances can be considered on a case-by-case basis, as we have done in the past. Just contact us, we’re always happy to help.
If the event has to be rescheduled due to Covid-related concerns, your purchase is guaranteed to be fully applied to the rescheduled date.
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, please don’t try! With dozens of brands being exhibited, 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!
For guests who have attended WhiskyPLUS before, you know how the show runs. But if you’ve never been to a big whisky event like this, you’re in for a real treat. However, 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 12-15mL. 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 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, tame the alcohol burn somewhat, 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 a limited number of those available for only RM15 each (or a set of four for RM50).
Finally, be sure to know your limit (and observe it) 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, creating a spectacle, 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. Violators may also be blacklisted from future WhiskyPLUS events.
You’ll also need to be mindful of any Covid-related SOPs which will be well-communicated before and at the event. Security, event, and venue staff will be on hand to remind anyone of these measures as necessary. Anyone repeatedly flouting required safety measures will be removed from the event.
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.
The last pour for Session One will be at 4:20pm, 10 minutes before the session ends. The venue will be cleared and closed following the end of Session One (which is at 4:30pm) 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 by 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 a 12-punch card 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 early entry to the main tasting hall, access to the exclusive Glenfiddich & Balvenie VIP Lounge, and a Malting Point goodie bag filled with cash vouchers and other treats to take home, as well.
WhiskyPLUS is supported by dozens of well-known brands and exhibitors, along with a few that may be new discoveries for you! We’re pleased to welcome the brands and companies below as a part of WhiskyPLUS 2021. While most brands shown will be available for sampling, a few are only expected to be available for bottle purchase, while some will be exhibited under independent bottlers’ labels.
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 special room deals on offer for guests of WhiskyPLUS and turn the event into a weekend staycation at one of KL’s premier hotels!
For those who do drive, the venue’s location is shown on the map above and parking is provided on a flat-rate basis. (Subject to availability.) Kindly note that you must take a ticket upon entry, ensure you park in the Pavilion Hotel lot (inside the Pavilion Mall carpark, follow the ‘HOTEL’ signage), and have the parking ticket validated when leaving WhiskyPLUS.
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If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond promptly.