International whisky stars open new Edinburgh single cask tasting room

Whisky experts from Scotland and Asia headed to Edinburgh last week to celebrate the launch of a new single cask tasting room in the city.

Published 19th Sep 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Scottish whisky broker and independent bottler Cask 88 invited Daniel Lam, Head of Fine Wine and Whisky at Bonhams Hong Kong, who recently made headlines with his sale of two record-breaking bottles of Macallan, and Scotch whisky writer and consultant Charles MacLean to cut the ribbon at the company’s recently opened Edinburgh office, marking the launch of the dedicated Single Cask Whisky Tasting Room.

Joining the pair was fellow expert Makiyo Masa, founder and director of dekantā, an online retailer offering the world’s largest online selection of Japanese whisky and other spirits.

Those in attendance were treated to a guided tasting of three single cask whiskies and a showcase of selected independent bottlings from Cask 88.

Located within view of the castle and stocked with an extensive gallery of samples from the world’s finest whisky casks, Cask 88’s new Tasting Room will be a private facility allowing clients and special guests to experience whisky from a variety of casks available for sale.

Describing themselves as experts in "cask procurement", Cask 88 has offices in six international locations including Singapore, Japan and China, with their team offering training, lectures and guided tastings.

Cask 88 expect to welcome clients from across the globe, and in particular Asia, who are seeking to purchase their own casks of Scottish whisky, and enjoy Scottish produce and culture.

European sales director Jonny Fowle said: “We’re very proud to unveil our long-anticipated, dedicated tasting room and luxury space, to which we can welcome our valued international clients visiting Edinburgh.

“The opening of the first direct air route between Edinburgh and China earlier this year indicated growing links in business and friendship between Scotland and Asia, and we’re very excited to be playing our part to strengthen this blossoming relationship.”

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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