A Decadent Evening with The Ardmore, Laphroaig and Maker’s Mark at ITC Maurya

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I recently attended a fabulous whisky tasting session with the Beam Suntory team, at Ottimo, the Italian restaurant at ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi. We tasted three premium labels from their repertoire- Laphroaig, Ardmore and Maker’s Mark. Read on to know about my experience.



Ranked third in the premium spirit companies of the world, Beam Suntory is known for its dynamic portfolio, which includes Bourbon and Japanese whisky, tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials. Its global team is passionate about each label that retails under its banner, and aims to present the finest experiences to customers.


With Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador of Laphroaig Whisky


At the event, Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador of Laphroaig whisky, took the stage in traditional Scottish garb. He regaled the audience with ready wit and singing talent, along with a detailed power-point presentation. The evening’s focus was ‘The Ardmore’, re-launched in 2016 in India, after a four-year hiatus.

The Ardmore Distillery was opened in 1899 by William Teacher (also the proprietor of the Teachers brand). It is located in Aberdeen in the Scottish Highlands, a grain-growing region, which sources its water from the 15 springs of Knockandy Hills. The place was chosen for being a stop on the railway route constructed in the 19th century.




Mr. Brooking gave us some useful tips on tasting whiskies. These were:

  1. Always smell the whisky with your mouth open, in order to skip the overpowering scent of alcohol and really experience the notes.
  2. Take the first sip in the middle of your tongue. You’ll be able to savor the taste without the whisky burn.
  3. Another way to nose (smell the notes) of the whisky, is to cover your glass with your hand and turn it upside down to wet your palm. Then rub your palms together and smell. You’ll be amazed at how accurately you experience the notes!



  1. Ardmore is a full-bodied whisky. It doesn’t have a dominant smoky flavor, but has a sweet aftertaste.
  2. The Laphroaig is the smokiest of the bunch, heavy on the peat. It has tasting notes of seaweed, with hints of salt and sweetness.
  3. The Maker’s Mark has tasting notes of woody oak, caramel, vanilla and wheat.

The Sea Bass for main course. A delicious salted caramel crescent for dessert at Ottimo, ITC Maurya


The team at Ottimo, ITC Maurya, designed a delightful meal paired with the three whiskies. We began with a delicious ‘amuse bouche’. I chose the ‘cognac infused duck foie gras parfait, sour cherries, rich brioche crisp’ for my first course. This was paired with ‘the Ardmore Legacy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky’. We were then served a creamy ‘tomato orange soup infused with hints of basil’.

For main course, I chose the ‘chorizo crusted sea bass, baby tomato, artichoke barigoule, fennel cream’; paired with the ‘Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky’. For dessert, we were served beautifully plated ‘salted caramel crescents, in almond rocher, vanilla anglaise’; paired with the ‘Maker’s Mark’.

I had a lovely evening with entertaining hosts, a fabulous meal, and world-class whisky. Do check out the Ardmore if you haven’t yet. You won’t be disappointed!

*All pictures are taken on my phone. Copyright belongs to nooranandchawla.

*I was invited to the event, but this is not a sponsored post.


  1. What an amazing experience it must have been. Loved the whiskey tasting tops that you shared. All three variants look so premium, although I think Markers Mark was a unique flavor.

  2. Wow this looks like such a fun event. I loved reading this. All of them sounds wonderful. The tips are really nice. I think I would personally prefer the 3rd one as it has some fruity notes to it.

  3. ITC Maurya has its own reputation and I love the luxurious experience it gives. You have covered the event very well . Good job.

  4. This looks like an amazing place for sure, especially for a whisky lover like me, would surely try to visit here once. Loved the blog beautifully written plus the food looks delicious too.

  5. Not much of a whiskey person but I found the pointers for tasting quite helpful. Looks like a wonderful event. Loved the pictures!

      1. Looks like an awesome event. Although I am non alcoholic person but I would love to share this post with friends who would love to the try this product.

  6. Wow this looks like a great evening …You are looking sop beautiful !! and this place looks perfect for spending great time !!

  7. I seem to like the sound of the 3rd one with fruity notes. Which one was your fav ? Such an amazing event.

  8. Looks like you had a great time at ITC Maurya. I haven’t done whiskey tasting ever, would have been a wonderful experience. I will share this post with my friends, they will surely love knowing these details.

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