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And so I can't control myself on the 16th day of the New Year. It has been a bloody 15 days since I last had a glass or even a sip of wine. Now I find myself at Imbi Palace on a Friday night meeting up with all my wine friends for the first time since Xmas and we are all indulging in a feast.

I tried telling them about my resolutions, like usual, my resolutions will not work. And as we hold our chopsticks to "lo" the "yee sang", they all said "Resolutions are meant to be broken!"... Cheers....

The Yee Sang itself is one of the highlights of the dinner. Not only it was overwhelmed with a generous portion of fresh Salmon slices, it also has abalone slices and also Toro. Toro is most tender part of the tuna, buttery, rich toro comes from the fatty belly. Usually, it's served in Japanese restaurants and I'm quite surprised to see it here at a chinese restaurant! This plate of Yee Sang is to die for. Not only the radish and pickles are nicely done, the crackers are so crispy and tasty and the ultimate ingredient - the sauce is just fantastic.



The second highlight of the dinner was of course my favourite food - FOIE GRAS. Although this foie gras could not be compared to the one I had at Lafite, what was commendable about this dish is the creativity of the chef. Have you eaten a pan seared foie gras with fried soft toufu served with an oriental sauce? I can tell you, it's pretty interesting and the fact that both of them jived well too.

The other dishes we had (clockwise from top left) were sharks fin (chunks of fins) soup with chicken feet, brocoli with abalone slices, roasted pigeon and Japanese Black Pig (Korobuta). There was just too much to eat and I didn't really finish my food. My friends are always spoiling me with the good food and wines. How to stay slim like that?!!

The wine selection that night was pretty interesting. We had a champagne, a bottle of white wine, 5 bottles of red wine and a whiskey. Of all the wines that night, I particularly like 3 of the 5 reds I've tried. First of course would be my favourite bottle - Cos'd Estournel 2002, then it would be the Chateau Haut-Brion 1999, and the Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild.

The Haut-Brion 1999 has a fruity nose. The tannins are well integrated and it has some hints of tobacco. It's smooth and easy to drink. And the price tag - at least RM1k. The Haut-Brion and the Mouton Rothschild are all from the Premier Crus just like the Lafite Rothschild.

The grand vin is Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, of which there are 25000 cases per annum, and the second wine Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild (which I was drinking), are produced in only small quantities. It's grand vin, a bottle of can cost between RM800 to RM10k. The Petit that we were drinking is no less than RM500++ (from the web) since I didn't ask them about the exact price. The other unique feature of this wine is the labels. It is the significant aspect of the Mouton image with labels created by some of the world's great painters and sculptors and that is why its labels are very unique and differentiated.

I think I've got a pretty expensive taste for wines. So far, I have tried most of the wines from grand crus except for a few which I think I would never been able to afford. I would like to try the Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Pétrus from the Bordeaux one day! Learning how to purchase a bottle of French wine is not easy and thus if you want to know more about the classification of French wines and the left bank - right bank, you can read here.

The dinner is never complete without a good puff of cuban cigar. That night we had a Bolivar each to complete the good wine and food. To go with the cigar, we had a equally good Macallan Distillery 25years from Old Malt Cask. I think that's too much for me to handle. That night, not only I cut down on my food, I also cut down on my drinking. I had Mr.L helped me with two glasses while I finished the other three. No price for guessing which 3 other glasses I chose. Lol...

41 comments:

Myhorng said...

drooling~

mef said...

Eiling,

G'day..another great session wine and dine. IMO nice pairing of Bolivar and 25yrs Macallan.

Must be Bolivar Royal Corona rite? Wat do you think of the cigar? Good thing you had some food. The royal corona is medium to full bodied, peppery spiced and earthy with a dense smoke.

I enjoy pairing this Bolivar with some nice aged rum.

Cath J said...

I will brake my 'resolution' for such a nice food and wine tooo.. ;-P....errr...but not the cigar....LOL...LOL....you go on have a nice day!!! LOL....

Ray7 said...

Someone gave me a bottle of Macallan Fine Oakhighland single malt 30 yrs old. Price tag, 1380USD..I wan thinking of selling it. too ex to drink. Wat do u think? will u drink or sell it? Wat will Eiling do?

-eiling- said...

Horng: Me too now.. since I'm only having maggi mee.

Mef: Hey good day. Yup it is. I think I'm having the Bolivar Royal Corona and IMHO it's good. Not too strong but the aroma of the cigar iteself wasn't that distinctive unlike the montecristo's and partagas. And I didn't finish my Macallan... Lol...

Cath J: Yeah that's why my brakes are on! You have a nice day too.

Ray7: Well, for a start if you know your whiskey and you enjoys them, I'll say keep it. But if you don't enjoy whiskey, then sell it. Actually you can get a bottle of that for around USD800++. You don't get experience by making money. I'll rather indulge the fine whiskey myself (if money is not a problem). Hard to come by such an expensive gift. And I'm sure the gift is meant for you to enjoy and not make money out of it!

KY said...

ooo the yu sang is ridiculous!

ahhup said...

Hi eiling, well said, you don't get experience by making money. Infact, age and price shouldn't be use to judge the quality and taste of any malts (this is how I know one understand his/her malts). Malts that are aged around 10 - 15 YO are the best if you want to taste the house style of different distillery IMO.

however, USD1380 for a 30 YO Macallan? DEFINATELY not worth the price, you can get it around ~S$500, duty free of course...

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Since you want another new year, the lunar one is coming. this lunar one is the real one

-eiling- said...

KY: I know. The fish plate is bigger than the main dish.

Ahhup: That's why it's good to try the different years to see whether which one would you prefer. I will never sell my collection because I intend to save the best for myself!

Anon: I will definitely make sure the lunar new year the major starting point in my resolutions.

Finless said...

Everything looks good. Then... shark's fin

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-eiling- said...

Finless: I have no choice... (but it was nice :p)

ahhup said...

put blended a side, may be you can try this approach, as scotch SM are devided into distinctive producing regions and styles, namely highlands, lowlands, islay, islands, speyside and campbeltown. For example, islay's malt is known for its larger than life's peatiness, Port Ellen is one islay's classic. Once you found your prefered style, then you might want to try the brands within the regions, and got your favourite brand, and hence try it's malt's from different age. Instead of switching betweens brands and ages.

I'm not sure you came across any VINTAGE malts or not, but there are, can keep an eye on any.

Bollinger's La Grande Annee? vintage again? wow~~~ thanks for suggesting!

Ray7 said...

I trade it off for a 42' lcd 1080p. Let say i get more enjoyment out of lcd than drinks.

-eiling- said...

ahhup: Thanks for the info. I learnt something new today! Yes the La Grande Annee...fantastic vintage. Try it!

Ray7: Haha...good buy!

suituapui said...

Ooo...the food looks absolutely stunning! That dish of yee sang must be expensive! So much salmon, abalone.... Drool! Drool!

ahhup said...

no problem, let me know a few brands that you like, I'll tell you they belongs to which region and intro you the rest of the brand.

one question for u, have u ever tried any cigars that make u sick and feels like throwing up? I love davidoff 2000, those I bought in changi airport are simply fantastic, but I also bought the same from some shop in Penang... pure disaster! any idea on this? I'm just into cigars... sorry for the stupid question hehe...

btw, what liquor you been keeping? take pictures show me ler, can share the experience and let me admire you collection too, you still using multiply? I added you as buddy...

-eiling- said...

STp: I must have thought so but I don't pay and thus I don't know the price...

Ahhup: Thanks. I will try and post on my collection one fine day when I have enough time to take all of them out for a photo shoot! As for the cigars, I'm not really an expert but I guess different people have different tastes so you'll have to find out what you'll like and what you dislike. That's the fun part of it. Continue trying!

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