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A Little Fancy

Explore the Craft and Culture of Japanese Whisky

Prepare your senses for an exploratory taste and scent experience. We'll discover the craft, culture and history of the world's most exciting Whisky makers.

1,112,342 VND

for 2 hours

Ask Jesse

About your host, Jesse Selvagn

Hi, I'm Jesse. I'm a sake and beverage educator living in Saigon. I moved here in 2018 to join the Hong Kong based Sake Central team as GM and Sommelier to open their second branch in Saigon. I'm originally from Washington, DC, where I spent 15 years in F&B in roles ranging from dishwasher to general manager. There I served behind the bar at the Michelin Two Star Pineapple and Pearls, as Maitre D’ and Japanese Whiskey/Sake Sommelier at Japanese-French fusion restaurant Crane and Turtle, and opening bartender at Daikaya Izakaya (named in GQ's 25 Best New Restaurants of 2014). During this time, I also founded pop-up Bar Otsukare to curate educational sake, shochu and Japanese whisky tastings. I'm a professionally certified Sake Sommelier, Shochu Advisor, and Cicerone, passed WSET II with Distinction, and served as a judge in the first annual Concours Mondial Sake Competition in Mie prefecture in 2018.

What we will do

I will take you on a tasteful journey through some of my favorite Japanese Whiskies. More than just recipes, these creations reflect an aesthetic, cultural ethos and strong connection to nature

We will start off with a short introduction on how to savor Whisky like a professional, using all your senses to bring out the best pleasure for your palate.

Then, for each glass we'll focus on a particular natural element. We'll discover why this element is embodied in the spirit and how it relates to all other Japanese Whiskies. You'll learn about the history, production and culture of Whisky in Japan.

The tasting will be a mix of interactive learning and fun chat to get to know each other. After the tasting, you are free to stay a while and enjoy your favorite Whiskies with me.

What we will provide

I will prepare six of my favorite Whiskies for you- Single Malts, Blends, and Grain Whiskies- from the most famous distilleries in Japan. These will be presented both neat and in the classic Japanese fashion of Mizuwari and Highball to show off the best character of each. You'll also have educational material such as maps, flavor wheels and tasting sheets.

Who can do this

Anyone who enjoys a good drink and a good story! Especially if you want to ascend from an occasional whiskey drinker to a knowledgeable savourer of this classic drink, while spending time with like-minded bon vivants.

Why you should do this

In the last 10 years, Japanese Whisky has become the most exciting and sought after Whisky in the world. It has been winning top medals at all the most prestigious tasting competitions, turning the Whisky industry on its head. After our tasting you'll know why and have the knowledge to continue your journey on your own!

Where we will do this

Vietnam Coffee Republic
8a/7b2 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Notes

I recommend a group size of at least 4 and a maximum of 12 people. Larger parties can be accommodated with advance planning.

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Mark Tran

Jessie has a very profound knowledge of all whiskey thingy. Love to make some new friends and learn great things together with them.

Duc Tri Nguyen

The event was well organized, super informative, and paired with a super host. The drinks were superb!

Christopher Vinh-An Luu

For the amount of quality whisky, you get with this tasting you would pay more at a normal bar just ordering these on their own. Except wit... + Read

Hoang Le Duy

I've been drinking and trying out whiskies for a while now, but the concept of Japanese whisky was new to me. Jesse was really knowledgeable... + Read