Where others saw fine spirits as a drink to be poured into a glass and sipped, Keshav Prakash could hear the murmurs of long forgotten tales that hung in wisps around every single bottle of fine spirit. The stories of its land, its culture, the artisans who had slipped in a little bit of themselves into the spirits they had crafted.
This fascination of his for the untold and unsung stories led him on a journey to far off lands in search of these fine spirits and their distillers.
Back home when Keshav decided to share these experiences with other like-minded people, it was inevitable that The Vault was born with a vision to build both access and culture of fine spirits in India by offering a never before curated collection of artisanal whiskies, rums, cognacs, gins, tequilas, mezcals and other spirits. Handcrafted. And handpicked.
In the four and half years since its birth, The Vault has added over 40 world-class brands that are found in all the top hotels and stand-alone bars in Mumbai, apart from providing access to connoisseurs and enthusiasts of its handpicked collection through its Concierge, www.vaultfinespirits.com.
The Vault Biennale - Culture. Distilled
In February 2019, The Vault launches the first edition of its fine beverages culture initiative `The Vault Biennale - Culture. Distilled’, a highly curated event that will occur every once in two years to build a discerning culture of fine beverages appreciation in India. The vision is to celebrate the best of traditional and contemporary beverages (across categories) both in its commercial and craft avatar, thereby opening the doors for conversations through tastings and discussions between global masters of beverages and our country’s own connoisseurs and enthusiasts.
FOUNDER-CURATOR, THE VAULT
Apart from his personal journey that led to the birth of The Vault, Keshav’s curiosity and love for learning about fine spirits coupled with a mission to pioneer a fine spirits culture in India, has found expression through the several Tasting Experiences and masterclasses he conducts across India to share stories and experiences about fine spirits with like-minded people. He has launched a `connoisseur-funded’ project to kickstart The Vault Tasting Studio, www.vaulttastingstudio.com, in 2019 that is underway, and the launch of the first edition of the The Vault Biennale in February, is another initiative to change forever the way people look at fine spirits.
- Keeper of the Quaich - honoured by the Scotch Whisky Industry with a lifetime induction into Whisky Hall of Fame.
- Certified Educator by the Board of Cognac, France
- Life-time Induction into the International Gin Guild, London
- Co-Founder, The Vault - an import house of craft and independently produced spirits
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