On a nippy sundown, with a milieu of the magnificent Qutab Minar, how’d it be to be sipping a Glenfiddich 21 or a Balvenie 14?! Well, the whiskey connoisseur in you must be swelling with joy, envisaging just the thing.
Sunil Aggarwal’s hedonism reflects in this fine-dining, plush restaurant. An English/Scottish cottage with a flight of verdant steps takes you into a home-style standalone bar – unique heritage and sheer opulence amalgamate to adorn its vibe.
I was there to taste the world’s finest collection of whiskeys at the Whiskey and Cigar festival held for the novices/aficionados at the beautiful Indulge by Dramz Bar & Lounge.
Now, I’m not primarily a scotch drinker, but I do have a dilettantish familiarity with the drink – thanks to my father, uncles and boyfriends (savants of the grog). More than 40 labels lined up as the ‘finest’, on the stylish bar at the elite bar lounge, conjured up a picture of the beau monde. Good I met – James Arney, the Brand Ambassador of Ballantine’s 17, who educated the ignorant me a little on scotch: blended and single-malts. From the regal beauties that James had arduously, region-wise, aligned – a few were Glenfiddich (21, 18, 15, 12), Balvenie, Glenlivet ( 25, 21, 18, 15, Founders Reserve and 12), Royal Salute 21, a range of Chivas Regal, Singleton, Gentleman Jack, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beans, Old Pulteney, Balblair, Tomatin aonngst may more…..I savored the Balvenie 14 and it took my breath away, literally. The sherry gave it the pungent warm feel that stayed with me even after I’d vacated the spot – quite, a fidelity for such a footing, impressive!
Compton Mackenzie once said, “Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
The scotch, happy conversations, the ambrosial rooftop view and more scotch made me woozy – I could see the ghosts of my @#$&^% past surface at the head of Qutab Minar – could this be a figment of my imagination or was I actually happy high?! Didn’t want to spend another moment mulling over dim things – and I headed to try out the most royal of cigars – another forte I considered just brawny, tough-looking Cuban men mastered. I was wrong! These sublime cigars – Beenacudo, Bespoke, Campessino, Costa, Cipriano, Toscano etc. have been curated by the Indian maven – The Smoke Company. Many of the products on offer are absolutely rare finds – from 24 carat gold leaf wrapped, swarovski encrusted cigars and also the world’s most expensive cigar.
Eating the most delectable canapés and barbecued delicacies, we listened to live Jazz and Blues – it was an escape into the fine world of sensuality, luxury and high-living.