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Spending a rainy evening talking about democracy and whisky

“YOUR CONCERN is human rights, mine is human lives,” said the President during his State of The Nation Address on Monday, despite the extrajudicial killings that have come to identify his administration. Earlier that day, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, herself mired with the scandals of her nine-year term, took her seat as the House of Representatives’ new Speaker. Don’t these two events just make you want to take a long, hard drink of democracy?

Known for its rum, Tanduay releases a whisky

GET YOUR #pinoypride engines roaring, people — Tanduay Distillers Inc., overtook Bacardi as the world’s bestselling rum brand. Tanduay sold 19.5 million cases of rum last year said a story on BusinessWorld on June 14. Here’s the catch: apparently, the export segment represented less than 1% of total sales, so it can be inferred that a large chunk of those 19.5 million cases were consumed in the country. Take that, Filipino livers.

Record $1-million whisky sale is toppled by another hours later

HONG KONG — A rare 60-year-old Macallan whisky fetched HK$7.96 million ($1.01 million) at Bonhams Hong Kong on Friday last week, smashing the record...

Whisky, brandy sales lift Emperador Q1 income

EMPERADOR, Inc.’s net income went up 11% to P1.66 billion in the first three months of 2018, driven by growth from international operations. In a...

Hakushu: The other Japanese whisky

Three years ago, I visited Kyoto, Japan and went to this proud country’s first commercial distillery (it opened in 1923), the now renowned Yamazaki...

Scent of a whisky

THE MACALLAN Edition No. 3 single malt whisky is “all about the aroma,” said Adrian Tecson, who as brand advocate for The Macallan presented...

Emperador net profit up

EARNINGS of Emperador, Inc. climbed 18% in the third quarter amid the company’s efforts to bring in new products both in its local and...

Whisky Live, the Second Dance

THE SUCCESS of the inaugural staging of Whisky Live Manila last year confirmed the existence of a growing number of Filipinos fascinated with whisky,...

Smoke and spirits

A combination ‘much like sex.’ WORDS ZSARLENE B. CHUA Cigar-smoking, the time-honored hobby of puffing a tightly-rolled bundle of fermented tobacco leaves, is something that shouldn’t...

Getting the party started with your own home bar

The clink of the glasses, the rattle of the ice in the shaker, and the laughter of your loving friends around you. WORDS JOSEPH L. GARCIA So...

Savored and sought after

The Macallan Rare Cask is a Yuletide trio of apples, lemons, and oranges. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY  ADRIAN TECSON I couldn’t smooth talk my way out...

The Glenlivet XXV: Sexy, seductive, and opulent

In the words of Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet’s master distiller, the Glenlivet XXV is “a whisky so exceptional, it requires the signed approval of...