In the spirit of celebrating World Gin day, I’ve decided that I’ll reach out for a Caorunn gin this time around. So here’s to Gin!
A GIN A DAY
1/2 nos Green Apple (Chopped)
60ml Caorunn Gin
10ml Clear Apple Juice
2.5ml Sugar Syrup
1. Muddle apples in a mixing glass and add rest of ingredients.
3. Fine strain mixture into a cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a slice of apple and serve.
WHISKY LIVE SINGAPORE 2012
21st May 2012
12noon – 5pm (Trade Only)
6pm – 11pm (Open to Public)
St Regis Hotel, Singapore
3nos Large Red Grapes (Seedless)
30ml Patron Reposado Tequila
20ml Joseph Cartron Creme de Cassis
10ml Sugar Syrup
15ml Lemon Juice
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
Top Ginger Beer
Muddles grapes in a tall glass and add rest of ingredients (except ginger beer).
Stir and top with ginger beer.
Garnish with skewered grapes.
Here’s a preview of our new bar school that doubles up as our R&D facility. We’ll be posting the details and schedules of upcoming training and certification programs soon.
The Compass Box is a ‘renegade’ artisanal whisky company that produces a great selection of Scotch whisky rather differently from your other whisky producers in Scotland. I manage to sip a few of their creation last week, so here are my tasting notes:
The Spice Tree Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (46% abv)
The Spice Tree is a lively whisky from the start! It is filled with aromas of toffee, chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of espresso.
Take a sip, and a rich, syrupy whisky flowing with flavours of treacle, caramel and roasted hazelnuts shall grace your pallete. A solid sip with lingering tones of spice.
The Peat Monster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (46% abv)
Great balance on the nose with a smoky (as the name may already suggest..) character that is accompanied by gentle aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs.
On the first sip, there is a touch of sweetness that goes along with the peat. Take a second sip and you’ll find that the ‘peatiness’ settles into your taste bud and reveal flavours of honeycomb, ginseng root and herbs.
It’s an enjoyable whisky where the peat do not drown the beauty of the whisky!
Great King St Blended Scotch Whisky (43% abv)
A pleasant sweet scent of vanilla and oak will greet your nose.
On the palate, the whisky is well balanced without a burst of a single dominant flavour. It reveals flavours of ripe fruits, honey and a soft touch of spice. A smooth and velvety character awaits at the finishing line….. Nothing like most blended scotch whisky out there.
I manage to have a go at the new Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 yrs last night. It’s a relatively different scotch from the previous Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 yrs which I favoured most among the range of Johnnie Walker blended scotch. The JW Platinum Label is a blend of single malt and grain whisky with nothing less than 18 years of age. Created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge, it is said to be inspired by previous Johnnie Walker blends that was crafted exclusively for their company directors and special occasions.
For a start, The Johnnie Walker Platinum Label has a deep rustic brown colour.
The nose is rich and peaty with notable hints of fresh barley and toffee.
Taking my first sip, I realised that this whisky is complex and demands a few more sip before passing judgement. This is a mellow tasting scotch that has flavours of toffee candy, apple and spices.
It then ends with a long lingering bitter-sweet finishing. The finish was a tad too bitter for my liking.
Personally I still prefer the JW Gold Label 18 yrs. However the JW Platinum Label is still a good scotch that deserves to be on one’s shelf.