Luxebook May 2023

Whisky is one drink that needs no introduction; least in a country like India where inevitably it’s the favourite tipple on a regular day or on occasions. And while many drink whisky for the sake of it, only a few appreciate the true essence of the spirit. That is where whisky clubs make their grand entrance. Whisky clubs, whisky appreciation clubs, no matter what you call these, serve one very important purpose – to help enthusiasts (and beginners too) understand and appreciate whisky. Whisky clubs are still a fairly new concept in India, however, there are two very prominent platforms that have truly helped portray whisky in a new light – All Things Nice and Single Malt Amateurs Club. While whisky clubs are still a developing concept, it’s no doubt that they have helped promote whisky as more than just a festive spirit. These have helped educate people about the complexities of whisky so they can both, identify and appreciate a good quality whisky. Telling us more about their platforms Nikhil Agarwal – Founder, All Things Nice, and Hemanth Rao – Founder, Single Malt Amateurs Club spoke to LuxeBook about their role in celebrating and educating people about whisky, whilst sharing their thoughts on the whisky drinking culture in India. While All Things Nice is a more rounded platform for distinct spirits and fine wines, Single Malt Amateurs Club helps shine a light on the wonders on Indian whisky. Now, before we delve into the conversation of whisky clubs, here’s a short background on both platforms. All Things Nice Nikhil Agarwal worked with Moet Hennessey, Sula Vineyards and Diageo for 10-odd years before launching All Things Nice in 2010. He described the idea for launching All Things Nice as a platform that invited people to experience quality wine and spirits complemented by incredible food pairings from around the world. Lifting spirits: Indian whisky clubs drive appreciation for the tipple Private whisky clubs are driving the whisky appreciation culture in India BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA From left to right: Mr Dilip Tahil and Mr Nikhil Agarwal From left to right: Mr Nikhil Agarwal, Mr Jim Murray and Mr Danny Carroll Hennessy Event at Taj CONNOISSEURS OF TASTE 14|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 MAY 2023 |LUXEBOOK|15