Single Malt Whisky Club
While the Scots and the Irish were busy distilling the world’s first whiskies as we know them today, the Chinese had their own methods for alcohol brewing – rice and sorghum-based huangjiu and baijiu dominated the drinking scene through the many dynasties, tracing as far back as the Xia period some 2000 years BC. Back to modern day Beijing, and the capital has seen a spate of wine bars and local craft breweries proving rather popular with locals, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that discerning whisky drinkers have also surfaced on the scene, and conveniently sating these parched throats is the newly-arrived Spirit Empire, Beijing’s first brick-and-mortar outpost of the Xiamen-based brand.
Specialising in the collection and sale of single malt Scotch whisky, Spirit Empire has built up a, well, empire of rare and collectible bottles – from the Speyside region there are bottles from Benriach, Benromach, and Glendronach distilleries, while Bruichladdich hails from Islay and Wilson & Morgan Barrel Selection is bottled in Edinburgh. Uniquely, you’ll even find whiskies from Highland’s Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. It’s all lined up in an atmospherically low-lit, wooden warehouse that once was, rather fittingly, an imperial granary, and it’s where you can enjoy a selection of whiskies (and a handful of imported beers) by the glass should you opt not to purchase a bottle. Slàinte!