Here’s a luxurious, spirited extravaganza travelers to India will love

This is the best time to paint the town red. Source: Shutterstock.

IT has been said that in India, drinking is primarily an outdoor sport played at night. From country liquor manufactured locally in villages to foreign brands, various drinks are consumed.

In fact, Indians are among the world’s highest consumers of alcohol and their love for drinks continues to grow exponentially. Over the decade ending 2016, the country’s annual per capita spirits consumption more than doubled to 5.7 liters, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study.

And now, as a nod its drinking culture, a luxurious, spirited extravaganza is aiming to paint the town red.

From Feb 16 to Feb 17, 2019, The Vault Biennale, a highly curated fine spirits festival, will launch its first edition in Mumbai.

With the central theme of “Spirited Stories,” two-day event will showcase over 40 handcrafted spirits from across the world through workshops, a First Time in India Bar, tasting pods and booths, bar takeovers, and more.

The Vault Biennale will bring together founders, makers, and ambassadors of the world to share stories of the spirits through talks, discussions, and conversations.

It will also feature mixologists from the “World’s 50 Best Bars” list, such as Hiroyasu Kayama of Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich and Jose Luis Leon of Licorería Limantour who will be in India for the first time crafting their signature cocktails.

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“Every handcrafted fine spirit has a story waiting to be shared – of its history, emotion, and culture; of the founder and the distiller; of the terroir; the wood in which it rested; the generations of people who safeguard it; the mixologists who create magic with it; and finally the story of its challenges and successes,” the event description reads.

Participants can also choose to take part in a masterclass with a world-renowned aroma expert who helps “map smells,” breaking down the molecular structure of fine spirits or sample artisanal brands such as Compass Box Flaming Heart from the whiskey category or Fresh Rain Gin from the gin category.

To add on, three hotspots in Kamala Mills will be taken over during The Vault Biennale – Bar Benfiddich will take over Koko, Licorería Limantour take over Xico, and The Clumises from Athens take over the bar at The Bombay Canteen.

Want to be a part of The Vault Biennale’s “Spirited Stories”?

It will cost you a cool INR3,800 (US$53.51) per person. The masterclasses and mixology experiences, however, require an additional ticket and are limited to only 20 people per session.

Go here for more information.