Exploring The Vanderbilt’s Newest Whisky Haven

The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, a beloved destination in Newport, unveils a sophisticated addition to its offerings with the debut of The Reserve, a whisky tasting room open to both hotel guests and the public.

Crafted to pay homage to the esteemed legacy of The Macallan, one of Scotland’s most revered whisky distilleries, The Reserve at The Vanderbilt promises unparalleled experiences and boasts the largest collection of The Macallan in Rhode Island.

Designed to cater to both seasoned connoisseurs and novices alike, The Reserve offers immersive tastings of The Macallan’s finest expressions. Guests can indulge in experiences such as the Into the Cask Whisky Tasting, where they can savor whiskies while delving into their rich histories, complemented by delectable bites curated by Executive Chef Time Caspare.

For those seeking a hands-on introduction to The Macallan brand, The Macallan Mixology Class provides an engaging cocktail-making session featuring some of the brand’s most beloved bottles, including the Double Cask 12 Years Old, Sherry Oak 12 Years Old, and the Harmony Collection.

For a more laid-back whisky-centric experience, The Reserve Room at The Vanderbilt offers self-guided The Macallan tasting flights, as well as a menu of signature cocktails. Additionally, the space is available for private hire, perfect for special occasions.

The Reserve exudes an aura of opulence befitting whisky’s legendary status. Nestled on the ground floor of the hotel’s mansion-style setting, the room features rich crimson wood panels and ambient lighting, creating an inviting ambiance. At the heart of the room, a grand billiards table adds to the allure.

Upon closer inspection, guests will uncover hidden delights, including a discreet telephone directly connecting them to the bartender for ordering bespoke cocktails off the menu.