Beam Suntory's Daryl Haldane is a whisky aficionado and a fan, with a particular passion for Islay's Bowmore Distillery, which has been releasing some treasures – whiskies stored in the barrels in their below-sea-level vaults that finally, in limited release, are seeing the light of day.
The Saigon Italian supper club, Bambino, is the first project from The Leftovers, the wryly named group of former colleagues – led by Ryan, the CEO, and Thomas, the F&B Director – that banded together to flip a middle finger at the past and propel Saigon’s dining scene forward.
Michael Rosen, an entrepreneur with a passion for Vietnamese spirits, founded the Về Để Đi distillery in 2023. The distillery’s first two products, Về Để Đi Good Gin and Về Để Đi Crème de Cacao, have both won gold medals at the Global Spirits Masters. Now, Michael is working on producing the first large-scale whisky distillery in Vietnam.
This year, Gin Festival Saigon 2023 presents a head-spinning 13 gin brands. And each gin will be turned into a cocktail by a specially selected bartender. Adding to the interactivity, and some friendly competition, will be a public vote for the best drink and the best gin.
Luan Khanh, director of F&B software company SpeedPOS, is reinventing rượu gạo. At his Phu Nhuan wine shop, he ages the rice spirit in American and French barrels, and the surprisingly refined product is appearing in cocktails in some of Saigon’s best restaurants.