Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jack Daniels & Bollinger

I was at the airport today. KLIA to be exact. It's been almost 5 days since the new shop has opened and I've yet to see the shop after it had been fully stocked and operational. Although I was already impressed with the interior design one week before it was ready, now it looked even more impressive! It has got to be the most modern and tasteful chocolate shop in the country's airport. The interior designer whom designed our chocolate shop also designed our Loccitane boutique, situated just opposite Choc Stop in the Satellite building.

Will post the rest of the pictures of the shop once Fidani's counter is ready!

Ooh lala.. now I get to buy everything here at staff price!

That wasn't really the highlight of the day's visit to KLIA. Knowing that the First Class Golden Lounge is terminating Haagen Daz and getting in another ice-cream, I had to go there and have my last bite. Of course, I do indulge in some finer things in life while working. It was so called partly working, building rapport and maintaining the right connections with the right people. My assistant and I went into the lounge and look for our usual "kakis" there and have good food, drinks and chats.

When I'm at the lounge, I'm never going to give the wonderful tubs in this fridge a miss. It's like a must have food! I'm certainly going to miss these delectable treats. They're changing the ice-cream soon and by next Friday when I'm flying off to Dubai, the ice-cream are probably gone! Don't worry, I've asked the chef to save 2 tubs for me when I fly next week. hehe... brilliant eh? I was also helping them to do a tasting on some ice-cream cakes that they are going to introduce at the lounge.

I was served the Triple Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip and Mocha. I liked the Triple Chocolate the best. Strawberry tasted funny to me and I no like mocha. I only managed to eat a few bites of each and the rest was wasted. Then, when asked what I wanted to drink, they knew what I wanted everytime - alcohol! I wanted to try everything they had there. It was quite an extensive range from wines, Tiger, Heineken, Otard, Black Label, Blue Lable, Jack Daniels, Sheridan, Wild Africa, Absolut, Grey Goose, Bacardi and the list goes on.

The last time I was at the lounge, they offered me a Grey Goose Mojito. I bet half of the glass was Grey Goose. They thought I'll be drunk by then but they were so wrong! How could I get drunk with that 1 glass. I did know they really "hentam" on the content of the liquor in my Mojito. They also asked me to drink as much as I can when I'm flying next week because they will be getting a wheel chair ready for me just in case I can't walk to the boarding gate. Lol...

So today I chose:

JD Silver Select Single Barrel

"Jack Daniel's Silver Select Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey was crafted and sold by the barrel, each with its own individual taste. Each barrel of this select 100 proof whiskey is aged in a unique location within the warehouse where the whiskey's color and taste mature an extra measure. Because Silver Select is a single barrel whiskey, bottles drawn from individual barrels offer subtle differences in nose, color and taste. To mark its distinctive character, each bottle is hand-labeled with its rick and barrel number and its individual bottling date."

If you have been drinking JD no.7 and you don't like it, it's fine. I don't like it too. But you know what? You've gotta give this bottle a try! It was so smooth and it's a fine drink to drink neat or on the rocks. A No.7 probably cost around RM70 per bottle but this Silver Select is at least RM300 duty free. I could still smell the oak. It was just marvelous. I even had a piece of cheese to go with it!

Next up, the chef decided to give me a lil treat by opening a new bottle of Bollinger for me since I have not tried anything less than Dom Perignon Vintage at the Lounge.

Bollinger Grand Annee 1997

Just a short intro to Bollinger- It's a champagne house producer from the Champagne Region of France. When Bollinger believes there is an exceptional harvest, they will produce their prestige Champagne Grand Année (“great vintage”) designed to express the character of the vintage. The house will select the best wines, cru by cru, to produce Grand Année. The bottle I had was vintage and it was a blend of 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and from Grand Crus 75% and Premier Crus 25%. First fermentation was in oak casks. Second fermentation is in the bottle under natural cork, seal with a traditional metal clip and then aged for a minimum of 5 years.

It has a mild gold hue. A citrus and caramel nose at first, showing some toastiness and a little smokiness with time in the glass. Youthful palate, crisp, fresh and lovely acidity. The more important reason to try this bottle is that BOND drinks BOLLINGER. Isn't that reason good enough for a sip? Well, I had not just a sip, but a few glasses!

My verdict: Even Bollinger has been very appealing, I still think that Dom Perignon tasted better. I'm not sure whether the brand has something to do with it, but I'm sure for one thing that I don't like any champagne less than a Bollinger. You can definitely trust my trained palate as I have a very expensive taste in liquor. After all I started drinking champagne with Dom. What do you expect?!!

Related post (where I drink what Bond drinks) :
Bond Drinks Chateau Angelus


KY said...

wheel chair? hahaha, that's a nice touch

vialentino said...

JD want one bottle ler

suituapui said...

Got discount card? Then I can afford the chocs at KLIA!...Everything's so expensive there.

-eiling- said...

KY: Haha that's good service. Lol

Vialentino: Haha go and buy it. Or fly first class.

STP: Let me know. I'll get you a discount.

Jasmyne said...

oOo .. can help me to buy L'occitane products in the future since you can get staff price? Hee Hee ..

LD said...

i haven't been to klia in ages, but will be flying there come jan 09 :)

looks like more shops are available there now.

-eiling- said...

Jasmyne: Depends on what you want.

LD: Ages?!! Gosh, many things have changed. So see you in Jan09!

Jasmyne said...

Not all products at L'occitane can get staff price? Just curious .. hehe

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