Add "getting tipsy with some fine whisky" to the list of things you can do through virtual reality.
Restaurant Baptiste & Bottle in Chicago has teamed up with The Macallan to create the "Rare Journey" cocktail experience.
Guests put on an Oculus Rift VR headset that walks them through the process of making Macallan Scotch Whisky, while a real-life bartender makes a scotch and sherry drink in front of them.
"You're used to being the person that walks the guest through the cocktail and through a product, and now you have this different elements that's going to give them the same information but in a different setting," said Clay Locke, a bartender and Baptiste and Bottle who's been trained in the "Rare Journey" cocktail experience.
You start off with a wooden box in front of you. The box has moss and three empty glasses.
Then you're asked to place an acorn—a real one!—in the "forest," to symbolize that trees are the key to making The Macallan Whisky.
Next, the bartender pours the sherry, which takes six years to make, and The Macallan Rare Cask into the glasses. If you want, you can smell them, too. Do this. Your nose will thank you.
Now, headset on. The 3-minute journey takes you through oak forests, the cooperage and vineyards, ending at The Macallan Distillery.
When the trip is over, the headset comes off, and before you is the cocktail, as well as the sherry and the Rare Cask for you to sip on individually.
You'll probably want to finish the whole thing because aside from having a distinguished taste, it's $95.
The best part is that if you're not a fan of VR, your eyes will still thank you. VR or not, you'll be sitting on the 20th floor of the Conrad Chicago Hotel, overlooking the Windy City's skyline.
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