Hone your malt knowledge in a relaxed setting

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am

One advantage to investing in whisky is that you can get your education in a bar, and Hong Kong has two ideally suited to this purpose.

The Chinnery at the Mandarin Oriental is one of the city's oldest bars and is famous for its 'Whisky Wall' with more than 100 single malts.

For HK$380, The Chinnery offers malt beginners a taste of five whiskies from different regions with 'The Scotland Trail', which comprises Dalmore and Glenmorangie from the Northern Highlands, Laphroaig from Islay, Milton Duff from Speyside, and Auchentoshan from the Lowlands. More experienced palates can choose any five whiskies from the wall for HK$580.

'When people ask us to suggest a malt we tend not to single out the major ones like The Glenlivet or Glenmorangie because you can get those anywhere, but maybe the Speysides, which are easy on the palate, and reasonable on the purse. We would recommend Oban for example. The whiskies are mainly between HK$100 and HK$200 for 4cl to 5cl, so it's quite a good measure,' said The Chinnery manager Toby Glover.

The Canny Man in Wan Chai boasts Hong Kong's largest collection of single malts on sale - 187 of them - selected by landlord Kevin McBarron.

The pub has its own Whisky Club with 135 members.