In the ‘spirit’ of celebration

The ‘Roadshow of Celebration’ by Icons of Whisky Awards 2022 at Taj Mahal New Delhi was an evening soiree celebrating premium spirits, signature gourmet flavours, and The Chambers club.

Glasses clinking and drinks pouring at the swanky bar set-up, signature gourmet dishes being elegantly laid out, two huge dessert counters standing at both ends, a lovely lady in red playing saxophone in a corner, and guests catching up over cocktails, assorted hors d’oeuvres, and truffle cappuccinos — Taj Mahal New Delhi sure knows how to host the most memorable evenings.

But then, the occasion demanded no less. The Chambers, India’s first and definitely the most revered business club, at Taj had won the title of ‘The Whisky Hotel Bar of the Year 2022’ by the Icons of Whisky Awards – India Edition! The night also celebrated Bowmore whisky and ROKU Gin that won big at the World’s Finest Whisky & Gin Global Awards, and was part of the ‘Roadshow of Celebrations’ that travelled across India. Sandeep Arora, founder and director at Spirits And Rituals was present to honour the prestigious brands.

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The Chambers, the exclusive members-only club at Taj Mahal New Delhi. Image: Courtesy Taj Hotels.

The immersive soiree was curated at the regal venue of Diwan I Khas in the spirit of celebration, and unfolded with signature cocktails crafted with premium whisky and gin from the House of Suntory as smooth jazz numbers filled the air. The global premium spirits brand from Japan had on offer its Suntory Whisky Tori and ROKU Gin along with the iconic Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

A smooth swirl of two single malts (Yamazaki and Hakushu) and one single grain (Chita), Toki tastes sweet and citrusy, with a lingering spicy finish of ginger and pepper. Translating to number six in Japanese, ROKU is a multilayered gin with silky texture and harmonious flavours of six different botanicals. The limited drinks menu listed handpicked options like ‘Toki Highball’, ‘Toki Japanese Sour’, ‘ROKU & Tonic’, and ‘Yuzu Derby’.

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Japanese whisky Toky by House of Suntory. Image: Courtesy Suntory Whisky.

Guests sampled signature gourmet flavours whipped up fresh at the live stations by the hotel’s chefs. The epicurean experience included dishes like truffle cappuccinos, fresh salads, stuffed gnocchi, hard-shell tacos, and a variety of biryani. The dessert station was a grand affair serving it all, from decadent cakes to tarts, cupcakes, and everything in between.

Originally opened in 1975 at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, The Chambers arrived in the capital city in 1982 and instantly became an elegant, luxury, and intimate space for acclaimed achievers from different walks of life. The exalted club was recently refurbished in 2021 and offers exclusive privileges to its members. Currently, The Chambers has a presence across our seven marquee hotels in seven cities, including Dubai and London, and will soon extend to New York and Bengaluru.

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The award-winning ROKU Gin. Image: Courtesy Roku Suntory.

Organised by the Whisky Magazine, Icons of Whisky Awards are firstly presented regionally in America, Australia, China, India, Ireland, Scotland, and ‘Rest of the World’. Those successful within their region then compete for the global title. The prestigious awards are a celebration of the years of hard work that go into each bottle of premium spirits, honouring distillers, brand ambassadors, centre managers, bars, bar tenders, and the industry’s communicators.

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