If you’re looking for a lofty locale where you can enjoy a quiet dram with a few hand-chosen souls, you’re in luck with the arrival of Uncle Ming’s, a new whisky spot atop Wan Chai’s newest hotel.
Who doesn’t like hiding away from the world for a few hours spent brooding over a decent dram? In ancient times we would have caves to escape to but in this modern existence, finding a little peace and quiet, perhaps shared with a few hand-selected souls, is increasingly difficult. Fortunately, the arrival of Uncle Ming’s makes such an escape all the easier.
A dramatic sky-high hotspot for whisky lovers, the newly opened 25th-floor cocktail destination crowns Hong Kong’s stylish new AKI Hong Kong – MGallery hotel and presents 80 prized international whiskies, including a few single malts rarely seen in the city.
Uncle Ming’s highlights include 36 revered Scotch single malts and blends from all six Scotch-producing regions of Scotland – the Highlands, Speyside, the Lowlands, Campbeltown, Islay and the Islands – including rare drops like the opulent Royal Salute 21 Years, created in tribute to the Coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Buit it’s not just Scotland on display. In all, six of the world’s most renowned whisky-distilling countries are showcased, including Japan, Taiwan, France, India and the United States. For whisky globetrotters with a sense of adventure, Uncle Ming’s also presents flights of 4-6 labels, allowing punters to savour varying styles and flavours from the six different destinations.
To complete this eclectic experience, these flights are served on custom-made boards made from actual whisky barrels, with the distinctive aroma of sherry to boot.
If sipping straight spirits isn’t your thing, signature whisky cocktails have been created by veteran Moroccan bar manager Maurice Bekouchi, who brings more than two decades of mixology experience from international competitions and renowned bars and hotels around the globe, including his native Casablanca, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.
His secret recipes include Oolongtini, an elixir of Monkey Shoulder, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie from Speyside with Oolong tea, pomelo honey and orange zest, inspired by Queen Victoria’s enjoyment of a dash of whisky in her morning cup of tea. Named after the French word for ‘man-about-town’, Boulevardier blends Baker’s 7 Years with sweet vermouth and Campari liqueurs and was originally created by Erskine Gwynne, the publisher of Boulevardier magazine for expats living in Paris in the decadent 1920s.
Uncle Ming’s also has whisky lockers where connoisseurs can keep their own rare malts, and an adjacent private room ideal for group tastings or private meetings with convenient access to the bar.
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