Whisky Magazine Issue 76
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Sally Toms explores the whisky bar at Glasgow's most luxurious hotel.
One Devonshire Gardens in the trendy West End of Glasgow is a hotel with a bit of a celebrity fan club. Kylie, Michael Jackson, Princess Anne, Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie, Robert Carlyle and Ronan Keating are just some of the names bandied about as having stayed here. Now in the hands of luxury chain Hotel du Vin, it's not hard to see what makes this place so appealing.
The hotel is formed from five grand Victorian townhouses knocked together, creating a far from typical interior. The hotel retains its Victorian charm with features such as hand carved wood panelling, ceiling cornices and marble fireplaces.
And for guests on arrival, the importance of whisky at One Devonshire becomes immediately obvious. Just as soon as your bags are whisked away by a porter, you are shown to a chair in front of a log fire and offered a restorative dram of Highland Park 12 Years Old from a silver quaich. What a welcome-dram!
And it gets better. The Whisky Snug is everything you'd expect it to be. A secluded sitting room where you can enjoy a whisky with people that really know.
The setting is masculine and luxurious, all dark wood and heavy velvet drapes. Black and white pics of movie stars add to the glamour of the room, and contrast slightly with a portrait of a sinister-looking bald man (incidentally this is Johnny Walker, director of wine and whiskies for the Hotel Du Vin chain and the man directly responsible the fantastic selection of both at One Devonshire.
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