By MANTA KLANGBOONKRONG
A LITTLE SELECTIVE TASTE of the Scottish Highlands has been brought to Bangkok.
The popular Decanter wine lounge at the St Regis Bangkok hotel has recently undergone a facelift and added a Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room to treat the city’s whisky connoisseurs.
Perched on the 12th floor of the hotel, the lounge is now brighter and more welcoming with a distinct relaxed feel. Once a single room, the floor area is now divided into three separate areas for the wine lounge, a separate dining area and now Thailand’s first Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room.
Located at the front of Decanter, the new whisky room is designed with cushioned leather armchairs in the lounge with high tables and chairs along the corridor. Members can relax in the sumptuous surroundings sipping fine malts, and keep their own precious bottle of malt in one of 26 private cabinets.
“I am very delighted and honoured to play a part in offering a superior experience at Decanter for our Johnnie Walker Blue Label customers. The room offers the first exclusive Johnnie Walker private cabinets in Thailand and features the world’s best blended and single malt whiskies from the Diageo portfolio.” Paul Sirisant, marketing director of Diageo Moet Hennessy (Thailand) said at the launch event last week.
Prices start at Bt60,000 for a six months “King George V” membership, which comes with a bottle each of the brand’s King George V, XR21 and Blue Label. A one-year “Odyssey” membership costs Bt150,000 and offers a bottle of Odyssey, 18-year-old Platinum Label, Blue Label as well as an entry pass to the Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai or Beijing.
The ultimate “John Walker” package costs Bt435,000 and lasts for three years. You get the same bottles as the “Odyssey” package as well as a bottle of the rare limited edition Commemorative 1920 Edition, plus other exclusive privileges.
All memberships include complimentary monthly tasting and cocktail sessions, exclusive souvenirs, a personalised bottle engraving and privileges at food and beverage outlets at the St Regis Bangkok. While parts of Decanter may occasionally be closed for private functions and events, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room will always be open and available to members.
Along with the whisky delights, Decanter also features an exceptional range of wines, from New World producers to classic Old World vintages. Selected with care by the hotel’s knowledgeable sommelier, the extensive wine cellar includes some of the world’s most celebrated vintages as well as new and engaging labels.
“Among the world-class wine offerings at Decanter is an exceptional variety of Spanish wines to complement the new Spanish Tapas menu. Furthermore, cigar aficionados can also enjoy our carefully selected premium cigars.” Joseph Lee, director of food and beverage at hotel said.
Decanter’s drink menu also offers a wide range of blended whiskies from Johnnie Walker range, starting at Bt380 per glass and Bt5,200 per bottle. The lounge also offers Scotch single malts from the Glenmorangie Collection, Highland, Islay and Isle of Skye as well as Lowlands, with prices ranging from Bt400 to Bt2,000 a glass.
Whisky cocktails, from Bt380, are also available, such as Gold Fashion with Johnnie Walker Gold Label and bitters, Season Change with Johnnie Black Label infused vanilla bourbon tea and Jack the Ripper with Johnnie Walker Gold Label and ginger ale.
Customers can also take advantage of simple, small Spanish dishes from the kitchen while they sip their choice of refreshment.
Decanter is on the 12th floor of the St Regis Bangkok hotel, adjacent to Rajdamri BTS.
For more information on House of Walker Membership, call (02) 207 7777 or visit www.StRegisBangkok.com.