Monday, May 28, 2012

More whiskies @ Auld Alliance Singapore

Would I ever get bored visiting Auld Alliance? I don't think I'll ever feel that way. For every visit, I would be able to taste a pour from a few bottles and so far, I've not even drank 10% of what they have in that bar!

As usual, I would let Emmanuel know what type of whisky I would love to try and then he would recommend the bottles. Sometimes I'm in a mood for Japanese whisky, and then some grain whisky or just Islay malts. 

At Auld Alliance, you can even have a soccer ice ball to go with your whisky if you're not used to drinking it neat. Occasionally I would have an ice ball with the whisky to see how has the characteristics changed with some water.

Name: Port Ellen
Distillery: Port Ellen (Islay)
Bottler: Silver Seal
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Age Statement: 28YO
Alc/Vol: 55.5%

As far as many people are concerned, Port Ellen is one of the great lost distilleries of Scotland. This Port Ellen 1983 has 50 bottles as a joint bottling of the Silver Seal label with their Dutch distributor Whiskybase and the rest with a regular Silver Seal label. In addition, a couple of bottles are bottled for The Auld Alliance bar in Singapore.

This bottle here has a very good nose, it's sophisticated and the peat is subtle. There's leather, vanilla and citrus all intertwined into the bouquet. On the palate, you can taste the liquorice, peat and soot. Not too iodine-nish. The finish is creamy, smooth with long peat. A very good bottle indeed.

This is where you can get the ratings for all the independent bottlings of Port Ellen - click here.

Name: Highland Park
Distillery: Highland Park (Highlands) 
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Age Statement: 14YO
Alc/Vol: 59.8%

This bottle here is given to Emmanuel by a friend. This is a special bottle because it's hand-selected and bottled in Scotland for Dr.Jekyll's Pub in Oslo. In other words, you can't exactly buy this bottle off the shelfs. I'm so lucky that he offered me a glass. Highland Parks have always been one of my favourites. It has a very dark amber hue, with nose of nuts and chocolate. The taste itself is also nutty, sweet and has a little peat.

Name: Talisker 18YO
Distillery: Talisker (Isle of Skye)
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Age Statement: 18YO
Alc/Vol: 45.8%

The Talisker 18YO has also garnered critical acclaim from numerous awards like the World Whiskies Awards, where it won best whisky in the world in 2007. This bottle here has a rich nose of fruits and dried orange peel. I think it has a stunning balance of peat, spice and sweetness. One of the apparent characteristics of Talisker is its subtle "chilli catch" finish in the aftertaste.

Name: Oban Distillers Edition 1995
Distillery:  Oban (Highlands)

Type: Single Malt Scotch
Age Statement: Distilled in 1995, bottled in 2010
Alc/Vol: 43.0%

Since I have not seen this label for Oban before, I did some research and found that they set aside 300 barrels each year for the Distiller’s Edition, and now 300 barrels a year for the new 18 year-old. The Distiller’s Edition is a yearly release of the usual 14-year Oban which is further matured for 6-18 months in a Montilla Fino sherry butt, which is always a first-fill cask (only held sherry before).

This one here has an amber hue. On the nose, you can get the sort of bitterish, orange zest and hints of smoke. It's a little pungent by the way. Then on the palate, you get a silky texture with some hints of chocolate, spiciness and briny flavours. It's an oaky whisky and the finish has subtle notes of coffee. Worth a try!


After so much whisky, I'm glad I still looked sober here.

Auld Alliance
Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street,
#01-08, 187996
Tel: +65 6337 2201


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Bangsar-bAbE said...

When are you taking me along with you? :P

Sean said...

heheh, i'd definitely have a 'drunk look' if i drank this much whiskey :D

suituapui said...

Nice dress, love the colour.

missyblurkit said...

Soccer ice ball! Am used to the regular round shape at Whisky Bar. This soccer ball...something to do with the Euro Cup fever?

eiling lim said...

Bangsarbabe: heheh anytime

Sean: It's just a glass each. not much

STP: Thanks!

Missyblurkit: I don't know but it does look nice

Huai Bin said...

Holy crap! That's a wonderful collection of single malt Scotch whiskey.

I spot a couple of rare ones too, and a Japanese single malt which I've been looking for.

You're lucky to sample all those independent bottlings. I saw several in Langkawi but most are prohibitively expensive.

The 28 year old expression of Port Ellen looks good. Cask strength too and I have a thing for Islay whiskeys.

The only one I've tried from your impressive list is the Talisker 18 year old expression.

Highland Park has a pretty good 1990 travel exclusive too, it's about RM 580 for 700 ml, shared it in Langkawi.

I find the one that's bottled for Dr Jekyll's pub intriguing! A special bottling for just ONE pub. :D

Michael Cheang said...

Hmmm... I want to shoehorn in a visit to the place next week, but I'm not sure I'll still be standing after Beerfest... LOL


eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: Yeah apparently that pub in Oslo bought the whole Highland Park cask and bottled it themselves. Awesome right? This bar here has the most whisky variety in Singapore. You'll be able to find almost all the ones you wanted to drink here.

Michael: I'm sure beer and whisky don't mix. Got something special for you. Check twitter

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