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Women and Their Whisky

The ThirtySix Bar Team - Heidi Hou

International Women’s Day is just around the corner and it only seems fitting that ‘The ThirtySix’, a new cocktail bar in Hong Kong, is celebrating several women and their contribution to the world of whisky.

The whisky industry is often seen as a male-dominated scene. However, several women leading the category have produced spectacular single malt and blended whiskies at some of the world’s best distilleries.

The all-female bar team at ThirtySix Bar & Co are showcasing these drams that every whisky lover has to try.

These selected whiskies are available at The Vault for guests who would like to create their own Highball or classic cocktail recipes during the entire month of March.

Selected Whiskies at ThirtySix

The whisky’s on showcase are:

Dewar’s 12YO The Ancestor Double Aged, Blended Malt (Scotland)
Multi Award Winner
Crafted by Master Blender Stephanie Macleod, expect warm, buttery notes of fudge and melted caramel.

Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky Sherrywood (Wales)
– Gold at the Spirits Business World Whiskey Masters 2017
Crafted by Master Blender Aista Jukneviciute and Distillery Manager Laura Davies, who are both from Lithuania and Cardiff respectively, this Welsh whisky is as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Maturing in ex-American oak bourbon barrels and finishing in sherry casks provides sweetness on the nose, which gives way to candied citrus peel and spicy ginger.

Douglas Laing Scallywag Speyside (Scotland)
Selected by Whisky Marketing Expert Cara Laing, this blended malt is a small batch production made up of a blend of Speyside malt whiskies, including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, among others. It’s sweet but spicy with a touch of vanilla.

Johnnie Walker Black Label (Scotland)
Selected by Master Blender Emma Walker, this acclaimed blended malt tastes of rich dried fruit, with a definite smokiness courtesy of the European oak sherry casks its aged in, and a finish laced with creamy toffee.

Compass Box Whisky Hedonism The Muse (United Kingdom)
Created by Master Blender Jill Boyd, this blended grain whisky was produced to celebrate women in whisky at a time when Compass Box employed more women than men. Expect a beautifully well-rounded dram full of marzipan, honey and vanilla. The bottle is also the first Scotch whisky to feature the female form.

Mackmyra Brukswhisky (Sweden)
Made by Master Blender Angela D’Orazio, and based on bourbon cask matured spirit with some sherry casks and fresh Swedish oak added to the mix, this innovative whisky has a complex palate with creamy vanilla and warmed red fruits yet remains easy-drinking.

BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (Speyside, Scotland)
Produced by Master Blender Rachel Barrie and bottled straight from the cask at 57.2%, the whisky offers toasted oak coupled with ripe fruit on the nose, whilst on the palate, you’ll find a touch of coconut and velvety honey.