Monday, 23 May 2016

Love Scotch and Live Happy

I have been drinking for last 5-6 years regularly but I have never been bothered about whether it was whiskey or scotch or vodka and I am sure there are many like me when it comes to consuming alcohol. Every drink has its own charm and appeal. On occasion of World Whiskey day i was invited for #LoveScotch campaign by USL-Diageo at Shangri-La Hotel Bangalore and after been into this event my perspective about drinking has changed a bit. It is not just about drinking and getting high and relaxed, it is the smoothness and the aroma of what you drink that also matters. After seeing Scotch being favorite of so many celebrities and bloggers, even I believe that yes Scotch has to be different from other alcohols. 

Welcome On-board
Now to talk about the event, it had every ingredient to make it a fun weekend for many of us. It had celebrities and bloggers and most importantly some newly launched scotch cocktails that we bloggers got to taste first hand. Night started with bloggers getting full access to the celebrities that came for launch event. Celebrity list included Bollywood actor and Bengaluru boy Dino Morea, young Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda who is gaining popularity very quickly through his movies like Highway and Sarabjit, the forever young and glamorous model and TV presenter Mandira Bedi and internationally acclaimed Canadian model and writer Coco Rocha. 


We got chance to ask questions to all these celebs and they were equally frank and friendly in answering those for us. Questions ranging from their drinking habits to their personality and fitness. Questions like why scotch is their personal favorite alcohol? How they love to have scotch, on the rocks or otherwise? What is second most preferred drink for them after scotch? How they are able to maintain fitness in such absolute way. Some of the answers were amusing and some were frank. Like as per Randeep Hooda you should always have a companion to drink else the essence of drinking gets lost somewhere and yes his all-time favorite is Black Dog or Kala Kutta as he prefers to call it. For whiskey love Coco Rocha It is Johnnie Walker Black label scotch any day. There were many fashion bloggers who got style tips from Coca Rochha and Mandira Bedi. 

This interactive session was followed by another interactive stage session among celebrities about why scotch is so much loved and what type of scotch they prefer. Single malt scotch is 1st love for Mandira Bedi and how she and her father use to enjoy it every time they get together. Randeep Hooda is big fan of Black Dog like many other. Coco Rocha and Dino Moria were on agreement that giving Big Scotch bottle as gift is wonderful choice to make someone happy. This was followed by launch of special Scotch collections

Debating the Love for Scotch

Randeep and Dino then took charge of bar and made special cocktails themselves for the lovely ladies with them and this was last part of the launch event at Hotel but only for us to move to our next stop.

Then it was time for Bengaluru Pub crawling and bloggers and celebrities reached to Skyye bar in UB city and some other scotch cocktails were made by celebrities for each other. The same was followed in Sancho’s restaurant in UB city and that marked the end of super fun Saturday night for all of us.

Loved the use of hashtag inside bar #LoveScotch

The 4 awesome cocktails we got to taste
As per Diageo’s Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes, “We live in exciting times for the Scotch whisky category. Whether it’s served as an Old Fashioned in South Africa or as a Manhattan in New York, the continuing success of Scotch is built on its quality, integrity, and authenticity and we are confident that Scotch will continue to be the world’s favourite whisky for many years to come.” Most of world’s best scotches are with Diageo including BLACK DOG, VAT 69, BLACK  & WHITE, JOHNNIE WALKER™, HAIG CLUB™, BUCHANAN’S™, SINGLETON, LAGAVULIN™ AND TALISKER™ are crafted by a handful of highly skilled men and women who select only the very best whiskies from 29 distilleries and millions of maturing casks. 

Just as conclusion this was one hell of an event for many of us where we not only got access to meet celebrities but also got chance to taste some super awesome cocktails and got to hear from celebrities why scotch has to be the best drink for many of us. It was a Page 3 story type party for all of us and Love Scotch movement will continue for weeks to come. At last just want to say two words for those people who don't drink... "Bad luck" :) 

I drink to make other people more interesting. ― Ernest Hemingway

You can find all the tweets for this event at #LoveSctoch .

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