Just last month a good friend of mine back from Boston University finally decided to take the plunge with his college sweetheart, so I of course hopped on a flight to drink to the couples everlasting happiness. Now of course the wedding was fantastic, and I wish the happy couple all the best, but for me the highlight of any trip is doing the rounds at the liquor stores. Hong Kong, for all its strengths, still lingers at the tails of the new craft spirit movement, meaning that many of the most exciting products can only be found by people going overseas. It’s become an integral part of my planning for any trip to bookmark any notable liquor stores as well as cocktail bars in each city I visit.
You know how I said the bartending community sticks together? Case in point, no sooner did I reach out to the Shanghainese bartender crowd was I invited to attend the Chivas Masters finals! (Lots of pretty photos this edition. more on tumblr! Or Instagram!) For those of you unfamiliar with the format of the Chivas Masters, contenders need to create four cocktails representing four distinct styles, from the four different cocktail eras; the Classic Era, Continue Reading
It feels like everytime I write a new post, I make an apology for not writing sooner. None so far have yet to measure to the delay of this post, however, as the event I’m covering now happened all the way back in February. Seriously though, between finals, papers, consulting projects (for both bar and otherwise), travel to various cocktail-friendly locales, and moving house, I’ve been swamped.
Almost everyday, we hear of a new spirit making its way to the market. Of particular prolificacy are gins, vodkas, and rums. Even tequilas, to a lesser extent, have been given the silicon valley start-up treatment, and are appearing on the market in an ever increasing number of brands. However, one category that has been noticeably lacking in new entrants is scotch whisky. In the past decade or so, Isle of Arran distillers has been one of the few truly new distillers of scotch whisky
So in one of my MBA courses, I was asked to write a paper about some of the G20 nations, on any topic I liked. The next couple of posts are the paper that myself and two of my classmates wrote
In the 1950’s, the Asia Pacific region was victim to the travesties of the Second World War, but what followed was an unprecedented ascension to economic power in East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. From the Japanese zaibatsu to the Korean Chaebol, from the shift of agriculture state to manufacturing to high technology, Korea and Japan have lifted themselves from near ruin to become key members in the G20 group of nations.
But with the rise came an interesting shift in culture. Traditionally, Japan and Korea both enjoyed a rich drinking culture revolving around their historical alcoholic beverages; maekgolli and soju for Korea, and sake and shochu for Japan. As both nations established national corporations, as the average worker saw an increase in their discretionary income, as incremental globalization saw the import of foreign goods, the inhabitants of these countries found themselves with an appetite for all things western. Continue Reading