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Spencer Douglass & Spiriteca

Spencer Douglass working for Spiriteca in The Landmark Hong KongA few months ago, I was very lucky to come across a very interesting opportunity indeed. I was introduced to the head of Hong Kong's leading importer of rare and top-quality whiskey for a marketing and PR consulting job. Now, for anyone who knows me well you will definitely know that I am a HUGE fan of good whiskey and suddenly having the opportunity to work with and taste some of the best whiskies in the world was like a dream come true! The job descrīption was pretty interesting too - they had recently been offered a space for a 3 month pop-up store in The Landmark, one of HK's oldest and most exclusive shopping malls, and they wanted to bring me on board to spread the word on this exciting first in Hong Kong. Needless to say I enthusiastically said "yes!". The first thing we decided to get to work on was a launch party to welcome in existing and new customers, so we booked the date, sent out the invites and off we went! Here are a few snaps of the party so you can see how it went: Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted MaltDrinks were very popular![Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lcV_EphDGJU/UVcMnzQ0KxI/AAAAAAAABU0/nvBwWRi0HBg/s200/Spiriteca-38.jpg)Sniff and sipSpeyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted MaltLots to choose from Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted MaltGolden liquidTasty canapesSpeyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted MaltDiscussing the drinksSpeyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt, Spencer Douglass, Next MediaMe & Next Media CrewSean Fitzpatrick of Hong Kong TatlerSean Fitzpatrick of Tatler GroupAs you can see from the pics the event was a great success and the final result of all this fun and merriment was a lot of empty bottles of whiskey, vintage rum, cognac and more, as you can see here:

Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted MaltAfter the success of the launch event, we still had a lot to do to make sure that the 3 months in prime retail space would be maximised. After a bit of thought we decided that we should orgnanise a special "Get in the Spirit Walk" to take place throughout the gentlemanly location of Landmark Men. In order to make sure it would be a great success we decided to reach out to a series of partners who could help make this a great experience for the modern gentleman. The partners who came on board were: Thomas Hardy, Tassels, Gentleman's Tonic, The Armoury, Kelly & Walsh, Vero and Thomas Pink. The idea was that the shops would open much later into the night than usual and you could follow a trail around Landmark Men, stopping in each of these sophisticated stores to enjoy a dram of a different spirit, whilst doing so you would also collect a stamp from each location and at the end could enter into a lucky draw to win quality prizes supplied by each partner - what's not to love about all that?

Here is the final map that we put together for our Get in the Spirit Walk:

Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top QualityAs you can imagine we had great feedback from this event, but it still wasn't the end of all the fun things we had up our sleeves! To keep the excitement and interest up throughout our whole tenure, we decided to set-up a free tutored tasting every Saturday and Sunday afternoon between 2pm & 5pm. This meant that every weekend we would open up a few really special bottles and you could just drop in any time after lunch to try several of the best whiskies you had ever tried in your life and get educated in their background, history and tasting notes. Lots of fun - I attended several of the sessions myself! There were still several other things that we set-up during our time in the Landmark and all of them were very enjoyable for us and hopefully for everyone who visited us too. And to see how successful the whole project was, check out some of the flattering articles we got in the press below: Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top QualityHK MagazineRum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top QualityHK Tatler Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top QualityHip Hong KongRum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top QualityThe ListAnd you'll be happy to know that the story hasn't come to an end just yet! I've been talking to the guys at Spiriteca again recently and seems they have the next exciting plan already in action behind the scenes. Keep your eyes peeled! About Spencer Douglass

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Hong Kong
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