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Would YOU try spirits worth £100,000?

We love a good night out in London and the launch of ‘The Hyde’ on March 28 at The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel – was seriously impressive.

We were lucky enough to sample exclusive, rare and fine Whiskeys and Cognacs behind its counters, valued at more than £100,000. It’s a tough life, right?

The event began with a welcome address by Laurence Wall, Director of Operations & Sales, who said: “We are very excited to open the doors of The Hyde to London. It is probably going to be one of the most quintessentially British public houses in London, offering the finest wines and spirits, spectacular small eats and sumptuous teas. Most importantly, its absolute USP lies with the fact that the Bar retains a remarkable 19th century character providing guests an intimate and luxurious setting to socialise, celebrate or simply indulge.”   

Laurence then handed over the next segment of the event to whisky connoisseur and expert Graeme Sutherland, who unveiled 12 rare and fine whiskies – some as old as 125 years. Some of these bottles are the last remaining in the world, and now available at The Hyde. The list of offerings included:

  • North of Scotland 1971
  • The Balvenie 40 Years Old
  • Macallan M Decanter
  • Strathisla 1949
  • Glenlivet 1961
  • Carsebridge 52 Years Old
  • Canadian Club 1892
  • Old Mock 1916
  • Old Overholt 6 Years Old 1942
  • Schenley Reserve 1940
  • Tesseron Extreme
  • Louis Royer Eloge

We particularly loved one of the vodkas – Konik’s Tail, created bya man who went from homelessness to a multi-million pound enterprise. As a one-man brand, Konik’s Tail is produced in limited quantities in accordance with uncompromising Polish vodka-making traditions dating back over 600 years and handcrafted under the watchful eyes of Pleurat Shabani, who believes in the word of mouth instead of advertising.

Pleurat introduced the guests to the three key steps in sampling a spirit. He said: “When everything has gone downwards, people like The Hyde give you a tap on the shoulder and give you that chance to start again”.

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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