LONDON – Having a drink in the Lobby Bar of the luxury One Aldwych hotel will take you to Scotland and back – thanks to the use of virtual reality (VR) technology.
A customer who orders the bar’s new whiskey cocktail, called the Origin, is also given a VR headset.
While the whiskey – made with a 12-year-old Dalmore whiskey – is served, the helmet will transport the customer to the northern Scottish Highlands where the Dalmore Distillery is located.
The high-tech gadget, however, also comes at a hefty price tag of £ 18 (S $ 32).
The whiskey is a blend of Merlet Soeurs Cerises cherry liqueur, cherry puree, fresh grapefruit juice, chocolate bitters and Lallier champagne, and is available a la carte until early 2018.
One reviewer described the drink as “sweeter litter” than she expected, with punchy flavors and scents reminiscent of heather and wild flowers, along with deep, smoky notes of woods and forests.
According to Quartz, the Lobby Bar is not the first to adopt VR technology.
A VR telescope was recently installed on a pedestrian walkway along the Seine in Paris, which allows viewers to get a glimpse of the same place in 1628.
Online booking site Expedia is also reportedly testing ways to allow potential customers to check hotel room features through virtual reality.