Date
28 July 2017
It is hard to find staff with a good knowledge of whisky, Tony Leung says, so he does a lot of in-house training. Photo: HKEJ
It is hard to find staff with a good knowledge of whisky, Tony Leung says, so he does a lot of in-house training. Photo: HKEJ

A gathering spot for whisky lovers

Before he became the owner of a whisky bar, Tony Leung had already been an active blogger on the joys of the beverage.

Writing about whisky on the internet and organizing or advising tastings, Leung soon attracted the attention of traditional media and was able to spread his name further.

About a month ago, Leung opened Bar Ginger together with a friend.

Leung wants his customers not only to enjoy whisky but to know more about what they are drinking.

His staff are all trained in whisky knowledge and ready to answer customers’ questions.

The bar boasts a selection of more than 300 types of whisky.

Leung has tried almost every one of them.

He is always happy to pick a drink for his customers, but they are, of course, welcome to make their own choices.

The bar’s tasting set is one of its most popular offerings, since lots of whisky lovers like the chance of trying different products at an affordable price.

Leung wants to avoid focusing on commonly found brands.

“They don’t have to come here for those,” he said.

“We try to source rarer brands, or limited editions.

“Surprisingly, whiskies with a distinct flavor sometimes become very popular with clients.”

In his columns, Leung also prefers to write about things known only to insiders.

He is now hosting weekly tasting parties under different themes.

Leung’s dream is for Bar Ginger to become a gathering spot for whisky lovers in Hong Kong.

“Hopefully when people think about whisky, they will think of us immediately,” he said.

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