First published on 30 Jun 2007.
Pete Kendall, the former head bartender at London’s celebrity-filled nightspot Milk & Honey and the man behind the drinks list at Hong Kong’s new Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is a master mixologist currently based in Taipei. He gives a sneak peek into his black book of favourite whisky bars for the next time you’re overseas.
82 Seymour Street, London
‘I used to live a few minutes walk away from Salt’s impressive malt collection when I was working in Soho, so it became a favourite Sunday-night, after-dinner spot. The place’s cool interior design makes a refreshing change from London’s more traditional Scotch haunts.’
The Quaich Bar
The Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside, Scotland
‘This is the Scotch bar in Speyside. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of different Scotches from every distiller to have ever smoked barley. Besides, there’s just something about drinking whisky in Scotland.’
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Rd, Hong Kong
‘This embodies everything wonderful about the Gentleman’s Club style of Scotch bar. It’s all old oak panels, soft leather and gleaming brass. It’s very easy to get happily lost in the hand-picked range of vintage and rare malts.’
40, Alley 4, Lane 345, Sec. 4 Ren Ai Rd, Taipei
‘This is one of the first bars I fell in love with in Taipei. The bartenders genuinely give a damn about what they do and they search extensively for whiskies in duty-frees, the internet and from specialist suppliers to create one of Taiwan’s finest whisky bars.’