Raise your glass to this- on February 16 & 17, Mumbai will see its first Fine Spirits Biennale.
Presented by The Vault, its Founder, Keshav Prakash, has introduced many boutique whiskies, gins and other spirits over the years. In the first edition of its festival, The Vault Biennale will showcase the best luxury and craft spirits from around the world this weekend at Tote on The Turf, Mahalakshmi. Curated around the theme `Spirited Stories’ the festival plays host to over 60 handcrafted spirits, over 20 international masters, distillers, storytellers; and mixologists from three of the `World’s 50 Best Bars’.
Limited to 400 aficionados each day only, The Vault Biennale is touted to be the most curated, extravagant, one of a kind festival of the country, and maybe Asia, where a curated audience will meet curated brands and celebrate distilled craft from across the world. If you are one with a penchant for a gourmand luxury beverage experience, this is one festival worthy of your 2019 bucket list.
“Every bottle has a tale, waiting to be shared – of its founder, of the distiller, of the terroir, of the wood in which it lay, of the people who built the spirit, of the mixologist who decided to `play’ with it and more. The festival’s vision is to create a platform that celebrates the craft distillers and distilleries as well as commemorate world renowned beverages that are products of passion and dreams for your taste buds,” mentions Keshav Prakash, Director, The Vault Fine Spirits.
This fine spirits biennale will also debut three handpicked luxury beverage categories non-native to India and to be launched for the very first time within Indian shores by their makers themselves! Waiting for whiskey enthusiasts is a chance to discover, choose, sip and savour fine Castarède Armagnac XO, the classic Christian Drouin Calvados and Capucana cachaça, which is often referred to as the Master of the Malt.
While the focus is on luxury beverages, the spirited weekend will also showcase a curation of other offerings including artisan chocolates, ice creams and gourmet bites that pair well with each category.
Attendees will also get a chance to hob-nob with the world’s top mixologists and experts via expert chats and masterclasses that will lead you on a sensory explosion. All you need to do is pick your slot, book your additional ticket, and show up. The magic is in the hands of the experts.
The Vault Biennale will also welcome three of the World’s 50 Best Bars for the first time in India, to take over three bars at the legendary Kamala Mills in Lower Parel, Mumbai, offering a one-of-a-kind experience in world-class mixology. KOKO will become Bar Benfiddich from Tokyo, Licoreria Limantour from Mexico will take over Xico and The Clumsies from Athens will helm the bar at The Bombay Canteen.
Visit www.thevaultbiennale.com for more details.