Mad for malt? Serious about scotch? Hot on the heels of Beertopia comes Hong Kong's first festival dedicated entirely to the golden liquor, showcasing some of Scotland's superlative single malts. Malt Masters Asia was founded by expats Ian McKerrow and Sam Thawley, both whisky lovers who want to introduce top-class drams to top-class Hong Kong consumers. It's almost as if scotch pulses through McKerrow's veins. His family started two distilleries in Scotland in the 1800s and his father was managing director of one of the country's most famous whisky producers, Glenmorangie. McKerrow and Thawley, also of Scottish ancestry, have worked for nine months to curate a festival of the finest malts from the country. Two tasting sessions will be held on Saturday at Crown Wine Cellars, in Shouson Hill, wherein participants will be able to sample a variety of expressions from brands such as Glenmorangie, Macallan, Glenlivet, Bowmore and Balblair. "Each distillery has its own [production] method, which gives a unique character to each whisky," says McKerrow. Experts will be at the ready to answer any questions, such as what is the origin of the old Scottish word for whisky, usquebaugh ? (It is a Gaelic term meaning "water of life", so you won't have to ask that one, now). Tickets for each session cost HK$800, which covers entry and tasting samples, and six 45-minute master classes will run throughout the day, costing an extra HK$200 each. A VIP dinner on Friday night, also at Crown Wine Cellars, will include exclusive and rare whiskies by Macallan, the brand that in January set the world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky sold at auction (HK$4.9 million). Tickets for the dinner are reasonable in comparison; three courses with paired whiskies will cost HK$2,500. For details, visit www.maltmastershk.com .