It’s no secret that whisky drinkers in Singapore take their drink of selection very significantly.
Today, greater than 20 whisky bars are scattered throughout the island, a few of them that includes among the rarest whiskies within the world.
Furthermore, statistics launched by the Scotch Whisky Association final 12 months revealed that Singaporeans have been the third-largest customers of whisky in 2016, having consumed 41 million bottles of whisky value a complete of £225 million.
So the announcement of Auchentoshan’s newest whisky ought to come as no shock to anybody. For the primary time within the distillery’s historical past, Auchentoshan has handpicked and bottled a uncommon expression of single malt Scotch only for Singapore, the Auchentoshan 1987 30 Years Old Single Cask.
Any whisky drinker value his or her salt ought to be aware of the Scottish model. Founded in 1823 on the outskirts of Glasgow, Auchentoshan has established a legacy for itself over its 195 years of excellence.
Auchentoshan whisky is famend for its delicate and exceptionally easy flavour, which stems from an unyielding dedication to the purity of its components, the talent of its employees and time-honoured strategies like triple distillation — uncommon for a Scottish distillery — and the usage of picket washbacks.
The 30 Years Old Single Cask is not any exception. A stunning shade harking back to burnished gold, the whisky tastes simply nearly as good because it seems. It has an preliminary aroma of candy honey and molasses, which slowly provides approach to a medley of unique fruits — guava, melon and white peach.
The style, in true Auchentoshan trend, is extremely nuanced, with a style of acacia honey with lychees and rose petals, cooked apple sprinkled with cinnamon, a touch of white pepper, candy spices, and a tang of sunshine ginger for a spicy tinge.
And the 30 Years Old Single Cask finishes sturdy, leaving contemporary oaky spices and vanilla to linger lengthy on the palate.
Auchentoshan’s grasp blender Ron Welsh personally handpicked a refilled oloroso sherry butt for the 30 Years Old Single Cask. It is one in every of two sherry butts specifically chosen from a parcel of 5 butts crammed on December 11, 1987, having reached peak age and high quality.
According to Mr Welsh, Asia’s favorite style profile for malt is a sherried whisky that has hints of wooden spice and butterscotch. The 30 Years Old Single Cask espouses all these traits — however with unmatched depth and complexity.
“That’s why I felt it would appeal to the Asian palate, allowing more of the spirit character from the distillery to come through,” he says.
He recommends savouring a dram of the 30 Years Old Single Cask neat — it’s, in his personal phrases, “perfect as it is”.
Mr Lim Jing Zhe, managing director of 1855 The Bottle Shop, says that the tastes of Singaporean whisky drinkers have gotten more and more adventurous, however this has did not diminish the demand for conventional Scottish and Japanese whiskies.
“Since the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was crowned the world’s best whisky by the 2015 World Whisky Bible, the interest in Japanese whiskies has increased significantly,” explains Mr Lim.
However, as Japanese whiskies develop in reputation, so have their costs. Thanks to this, the recognition of single malt Scotch is getting into a newfound renaissance, because of its comparative affordability.
Plus, provides Mr Lim, an increasing number of clients are beginning to buy whisky as an funding.
This solely is sensible: skyrocketing demand and quick provide within the native market, significantly for whiskies with age statements, has led to year-on-year value will increase.
So as a limited-production Singapore unique, the 30 Years Old Single Cask presents a priceless funding alternative for whisky collectors — significantly when, in accordance with Mr Welsh, personalisation and premiumisation have gotten more and more standard developments.
All the extra motive to maneuver shortly if you wish to get your arms on the 30 Years Old Single Cask: solely 383 bottles exist in the whole world, and all are unique to 1855 The Bottle Shop.
“We aim to raise the bar by bringing one-of-a-kind whisky experiences to our customers, and we are proud to partner with Auchentoshan to offer the Singapore-exclusive 30 Years Old Single Cask Whisky,” says Mr Lim.
The Auchentoshan 1987 30 Years Old Single Cask is on the market now in any respect 1855 The Bottle Shop shops for a value of $1,088.