TinTin & Ideal II

Last wednesday we announced that we had two surprises at Ideal, the first one was the Loch Lomond whisky, today we show you the second one: the Haig’s whisky.


This whisky also has an honorable mention in the TinTin comics, Hergé has been one of the most detailist comic book artists of history and in the tenth comic of TinTin (TinTin and the red sea sharks, 1958) there is a vignette where we can find an exact replica of a Haig’s whisky bottle with the same label the bottles from the distillery John Haig & Co Ltd. had back in the day. During TinTin’s publication Hergé used a lot of real brands in the stories, eventually lots of them were substituted by fictional brands (as we showed you with the Loch Lomond story) but you can still find quite a lot of references to real brands such as Fiat, Kodak or Rolex in the pages of the comics.

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If you want to enjoy this unique whisky it will be waiting for you at Ideal.

IBA Meeting at Eclipse

Last April the 29th took place at the Eclipse bar located in the W Hotel the anual meeting of the IBA, the International Bartender Association. At the venue there were reunited Josep Mª Gotarda, president of the Catalan Association of Bartenders, Pepe Dioni, president of the Spanish Association and Ron Busman, president of the International Association. On the score of the night Ideal Cocktail Bar and the company Diageo opened a box containing one of the most exclusive and rare whiskies you can find, an aproximately 60 years old Johnny Walker Red Label, one of the bottles that first arrived to Catalonia.



Ideal’s Treasure


We have a very special treasure at Ideal, the McCallum’s Perfection whisky. This is a historical brand of whisky, the story of it goes this way: The brothers Duncan and John McCallum went into business together in Edinburgh as innkeepers and wine and spirits merchants in 1807. Their base of operations happened to be a pub known as the Tattie Pit*, which was soon expanded to include a shop and warehouse. By 1914, the McCallums numbered many members of the Scottish aristocracy among their customers. Sadly, the pub was utterly demolished in April 1916, during the only zeppelin bombing raid of the First World War, that took Edinburgh as its target. Long before this date, however, the company had passed to the brother’s nephew (they had remained bachelors).
Duncan McCallum Stewart, who set about selling his brands overseas rather than in the home market.
McCallum’s Perfection was introduced in 1911, and became a favourite in Australia (where the company established an office in Sydney) as well as in New Zealand. It is one of only two brands described as ‘Scots’ whisky.
McCallum joined DCL in 1937 Perfections is available in the UK, but its principal market is in Thailand. Secondary markets are in New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis. You can look for furthermore information checking this link: whisky exchange

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Now you can purchase this whisky at Ideal, we are sure all whisky lovers will enjoy such a great whisky.

Scotch Whisky Selection 2013 – 2014


Since this month Ideal Cocktail bar has a brand new whiskey collection, a selection of 2013 – 2014 Whiskies of the best brands: Islay Mist and Compass Box Co.


Islay Mist whiskeys is a reknwon brand of Scotch whiskeys famous for its aroma and traditional distillation handed down from generation to generation. Moreover Compass Box Co. are other specialists in the manufacture of Scotch whiskeys famous for its varied range of whiskeys that span the spectrum of flavors that can offer scotches.

We invite you to come and try some of them!

Vintage Perfection Cocktails: The Heirs

(c) David Vega - www.objetivoproducir.com
David Vega – www.objetivoproducir.com

Last thursday was held the second edition of the Vintage Perfection Cocktail, the event that brings together some of the best bartenders in the country for the launch of a new collection of cocktails based on a process of maturation in oak barrels.


Each one of the bartenders who received “inherited” the barrel of the participants from the first edition explained the elaborate process involving liquor maturation in oak barrels, this challenge they accepted from their Godparents was to develop a personalized recipe based on the Glenrothes Select Reserve or The Glenrothes Vintage 1998, taking advantage of this whisky and adding the rest of ingredients and time to mature (which varied in each case).


Special thanks to Carolina Gómez and Ronnie Cox, Ambassadors of The Glenrothes, who guided us in this innovative process of creating cocktails by maturation in oak barrels, softening the event and making it even more nice.


Josep M ª Gotarda, presented the cocktail “Scottish Dream”


The Glenrothes Select Reserve
Pedro Ximénez
Ginger Infusion

(c) David Vega - www.objetivoproducir.com
David Vega – www.objetivoproducir.com

We invite you to taste this special cocktail just drop by Ideal Cocktail Bar (C/Aribau 89).