Raise Your Glass: Asia’s Coolest Libation Experiences
New Year's Eve is fast approaching — a time when most of us enjoy a libation or two — and for connoisseurs, there has never been a better time to visit Asia.
RAISE YOUR GLASS:
ASIA'S COOLEST LIBATIONS EXPERIENCES
New Year's Eve is fast approaching — a time when most of us enjoy a libation or two — and for connoisseurs, there has never been a better time to visit Asia. The region's indigenous products such as sake and single malts have long ranked among the world's best, but innovative craft infusions and new venues challenging the Western dominance of the World's 50 Best Bar list have raised the game here. Whether it's curated private sessions with head bartenders or hard-to-find local gems — it’s not just about drinking but what you’re drinking. Here’s a selection of some of Remote Lands' favorite curated options including tastings at award-winning distilleries and bar-hopping experiences — and remember, it's five o'clock somewhere.
BANGKOKBKK Social Club at the Four Seasons
Thailand’s capital is famously rambunctious. But the city's hedonistic edges have been rounded out by a growing sophistication in its F&B — with the Michelin list now in its fifth year here and a dazzlingly eclectic array of alchemic cocktail dens popping up in recent years. Top venues include BKK Social Club and Tropic City, both among Bangkok's representatives on this year's Asia's 50 Best Bars list. Those in the know head to Chinatown, where New York Times-approved Soi Nana plays host to an edgy enclave of hole-in-the-wall cocktail bars, where creativity flows in abundance. Bar hopping in this small alley takes in a number of shophouse venues that rank among the best in Bangkok, including Chinese opium den-inspired Ba Hao (main image) and the legendary Teens of Thailand. Here, we've arranged for immersive cocktail experiences and lessons in mixology from expert bartenders. Learn how to make your own infused gin during a private class or pick up some tips on creating cocktails made with lesser-known Thai ingredients.
SINGAPOREThe stunning bar at ATLAS Singapore Singapore has shaken off a reputation for buttoned-up conservatism to emerge as a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination with a world-class cocktail scene. From rooftop bars with cityscape views to underground speakeasies, the Lion City is well-stocked with high-end watering holes and boasts an outrageous 11 of Asia's 50 Best Bars in 2022, including Jigger & Pony (#2) and ATLAS (#23). Experience the best of Singapore's cocktail scene on an evening bar-hopping tour, curated by Remote Lands' own team of insiders. Included on the tour is a gin masterclass taught by one of Singapore's most prominent mixologists. You'll learn and explore the botanicals that go into gin, its process, and its unique flavor profiles, and you'll get to make your very own bespoke cocktail.
TAIPEIStraight from the cask at Kavalan Distillery
With prestigious Taiwanese whisky distiller Kavalan continuing to earn global accolades, the Taipei bar scene’s appeal is especially strong for malt whisky connoisseurs. In fact, Kavalan has pitched up in the capital in the form of a new whisky bar. Here, guests can enjoy a whisky-tasting session that included three types of award-winning distillations, plus a “cask to glass” self-tap service — reputedly, the only place in the world where you can tap whisky from an oak barrel. But Taipei's bar scene isn't just whisky. Acclaimed bars like the Indulge Experimental Bistro — which draws inspiration from the island’s tea-growing heritage — make up three entries into the region's top 50 bar list this year. We highly recommend our bar-hopping tour of the capital. Our local expert will whisk you between quirky bars offering cocktails on tap and menu-less speakeasies crafting bespoke libations while introducing you to award-winning bartenders and unique local ingredients.
JAPANTasting session at Yamazaki Distilllery
The Japanese are master distillers. With homegrown products such as sake, as well as some of the world’s finest malt whiskies, Japan has some of the most exquisite tipples in Asia. The perfect place to get acquainted with Japan’s affinity for whisky is the Yamazaki Distillery near Kyoto. The oldest distillery in the country, founded in 1923, offers (exclusive and difficult to arrange) immersive tours which provide guests the chance to learn about the history and production process of Yamazaki whisky, as well as taste some of the distillery's products. Also near Kyoto, the Ki No Bi Gin Distillery is regarded as the source of some of Japan’s best craft gin. Here you can learn about the spices, herbs, and Sansho peppers that define Japanese gin. A more archetypical Japanese distillery experience can be had in Nara, which is home to the 200-year-old Nishiuchi Sake Brewery. Guests can sample award-winning varieties and observe a time-honored brewing process. Another memorable sake sampling session can be organized in Tokyo where guests can partake of fine sake with a specialist sommelier at a traditional sake shop near the Fukagawa Fudodo temple.
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