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MALAYSIA’S BIGGEST WHISKY SHOW RETURNS IN DECEMBER 2021!
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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 enjoyment and appreciation for the whiskies of the world to the next level. In the interest of public health and safety, we postponed WhiskyPLUS a number of times in 2020 and 2021. With Greater Kuala Lumpur in the fourth and final phase of the National Recovery Plan, we are able to hold the next edition in December and have scheduled the event for December 11. You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines to attend WhiskyPLUS 2021. See FAQs below for details.

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Grand Ballroom
Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Managed by Banyan Tree
One Day. Two Sessions. Unlimited Sampling.
If you have any questions, just drop a line to info@whiskyplus.my.

If you have attended previous editions of WhiskyPLUS and registered your email address, we will send out a mass email once a new date is confirmed and ticket sales are about to commence. We will advise about all safety measures and standard operating procedures for the event at that time. Thanks for your support, and stay safe during these challenging and changing times.

LAST SITE UPDATE: October 25, 2021

WhiskyPLUS is back!

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 2021 edition! (New date is now set for December 11, 2021.)

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 again be holding the KL edition of WhiskyPLUS in the spacious grand ballroom at the luxurious Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree.

For 2021, WhiskyPLUS will need to introduce some changes and put various safety measures in place for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. See below for full details.

To ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, WhiskyPLUS 2021 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.

ENTRY PASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

 

One day. Two sessions. Unlimited sampling.

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THE SCHEDULE

Entry Begins

12:00 PM

Last Call

04:20 PM

Session Ends

04:30 PM

Entry Begins

05:45 PM

Last Call

9:50 PM

Session Ends

10:00 PM

WHAT TO EXPECT

One Terrific Experience

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.

Special Perks

If you want to turn your whisky tasting experience into a weekend getaway at the hotel, you will be able to take advantage of special room rates on offer, so that you can stay comfortably and conveniently overnight following WhiskyPLUS… right at the venue! The hotel is working on this package now, and we will announce the rates and deals once everything is confirmed. If you’re interested in getting a room, drop us a line and we’ll help make the arrangements.

Premium Venue

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 to co-develop a full suite of health and safety protocols to provide an extra layer of assurance and confidence to all guests. To learn more about the initiative, click here.

Free Collector’s Glass

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.)

PRICING

Choose your desired pass for WhiskyPLUS.

Remember, this event is capacity-controlled and a limited number of passes are available. When it’s full, it’s full, so avoid disappointment and secure your spot now.

Early Bird pricing is the best value, as the pass prices will never be lower. These special rates are available through November 7 only.

Session 1 Afternoon 12.00pm-4.30pm

GOLD PASS • STANDARD ENTRY

Unlimited whisky and spirits tasting
Voucher for set meal included
Commemorative whisky glass

RM158

Original price RM178

SAVE RM20! Early Bird Pricing through 7 November 2021
Limited Quantity Available

Choose Standard Pass

Session 2 Evening 6.00pm-10.00pm

GOLD PASS • STANDARD ENTRY

Unlimited whisky and spirits tasting
Voucher for set meal included
Commemorative whisky glass

RM178

Original price RM198

SAVE RM20! Early Bird Pricing through 7 November 2021
Limited Quantity Available

Choose Standard Pass

Session 1 Afternoon 12.00pm-4.30pm

BLACK PASS • VIP ENTRY

Unlimited whisky and spirits tasting
Voucher for set meal included
Commemorative whisky glass
Exclusive tastings of premium whiskies from each exhibitor*
Gift vouchers for Pavilion Hotel’s F&B outlets
The Malting Point VIP Goodie Bag full of extras
Exclusive access to VIP Lounge with The Balvenie and Glenfiddich’s Whisky Journey, extra food, seating, and more

*some limits apply to premium whiskies

RM298

Original price RM318

SAVE RM20! Early Bird Pricing through 7 November 2021
Limited Quantity Available

Choose VIP Pass

Session 2 Evening 6.00pm-10.00pm

BLACK PASS • VIP ENTRY

Unlimited whisky and spirits tasting
Voucher for set meal included
Commemorative whisky glass
Exclusive tastings of premium whiskies from each exhibitor*
Gift vouchers for Pavilion Hotel’s F&B outlets
The Malting Point VIP Goodie Bag full of extras
Exclusive access to VIP Lounge with The Balvenie and Glenfiddich’s Whisky Journey, extra food, seating, and more

*some limits apply to premium whiskies

RM318

Original price RM338

SAVE RM20! Early Bird Pricing through 7 November 2021
Limited Quantity Available

Choose VIP Pass

Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a WhiskyPLUS 2020 or 2021 event?

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. At this time, we have confirmed Saturday, December 11, 2021 as the date for WhiskyPLUS, and will email our existing database of previous WhiskyPLUS attendees once passes for the event are on sale. WhiskyPLUS will again be held at the five-star Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree.

What is WhiskyPLUS all about? What’s the PLUS?

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.

Why are you having two sessions?

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.

Can I stay all day?

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.

Can I buy my entry pass at the door on the day of the event?

Ordinarily, this would be permitted if slots remained. It is unlikely to 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.

What safety and security measures are being taken?

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 certainly encouraged (except when tasting the whiskies, of course), but any mandates for their usage is dependent upon local SOPs and the best medical advice from experts at the time regarding indoor events for fully vaccinated people.

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 15 minutes early to help facilitate more timely entry for everyone.

Apart from face masks, is there a dress code?

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!

Will there be any beer or wine available to sample?

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!

I want to come with my BFFs! Do you have discounted multi-pass packages?

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 (10 or more), please contact us directly for additional discounts.

Will there be food available?

Yes, we are planning a set meal or snack box to be included in your entry fee.

What is the VIP Lounge and why should I care?

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 some of their most popular whisky brands, including Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder, and The Balvenie. They’ll be serving some special selections, 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.

What are the limits on premium whiskies for VIP tickets?

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.

Can I buy bottles of whisky or other spirits at WhiskyPLUS?

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.

If I drive, how much is the parking?

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!

What whisky brands will be at WhiskyPLUS?

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, 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.

Are WhiskyPLUS passes refundable or transferrable once purchased?

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.

If the event has to be rescheduled due to Covid-related concerns, your purchase is guaranteed to be fully applied to the rescheduled date.

What if I buy for one session and change my mind and want to attend the other?

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.

What if I buy a Gold Pass and later decide that I want to be a VIP and get the Black Pass?

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.

How can I possibly try so many whiskies in just one session?

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!

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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.

Kindly note that some minor particulars of the event are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will always be noted on this website. For complete terms and conditions of entry to WhiskyPLUS, click here.

WHISKY & SPIRITS

WhiskyPLUS is supported by dozens of well-known brands and exhibitors, along with a few you may not be familiar with, too! The brands noted below have participated in previous editions of WhiskyPLUS, and many will be back for the 2021 edition, along with some new names to the event.

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HOW TO GET HERE

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), and have the parking ticket validated when leaving WhiskyPLUS.

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ADDRESS

5th Floor, Tower Block,
Syed Kechik Foundation Building
Jalan Kapas, Bangsar
59100, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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CONTACT

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+603 20949664

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