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SGwhisky Remembers: B.B. King - With Two Whiskies Befitting the Man

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SGwhisky remembers B.B. King - With Two Whiskies Befitting the Man

If you love music, especially the Blues, last Friday was probably a dark day for you, as it was for me. Personally, music is another love of mine and finding a great track to pair with a good whisky is always something I appreciate. And many a times, the music of B.B. King seems to lend itself so well to relaxing with a good dram in your hand. It was sad, therefore, to know that the King of Blues passed on last Friday. A legend of music and an inspiration to me as a person who loves to play the guitar, his passing was indeed a great loss for the world of music. Incidentally, B.B. King also did an advertisement for Cutty Sark whisky in 1982!

So we will honour the memory of this great musician in the way we know how here at SGwhisky, by raising two drams that are befitting of the man. No Cutty Sark, but rather two whiskies that either remind me of him and/or were of vintages that correspond to great music released by the man, a Bowmore 1965 Sestante and Glendronach 1970.

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Two Japanese Whiskies - At a New Place!

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Trying Two Japanese Whiskies - At a New Place

Back to the tastings again with a new location that has a few decent drams. The new One Farrer Hotel and Spa situated right above Farrer Park MRT opened a while ago and quite by accident I stumbled on their hotel bar. Turns out there is quite a whisky selection there with loads of bourbons and rye whiskeys, a healthy selection of scotch and other world whiskies but the crowning glory has to be a small selection of high quality Japanese whiskies. The most important thing? It is all available by the glass. So it was great to be able to see such rare drams not being blindly traded for silly money and not appreciated, but rather opened and drunk as whisky should be. Pardon the bold and underlining, just a peeve that needs to be addressed.

So let us jump on the Japanese whisky bandwagon with two high end whiskies from Suntory, one from Yamazaki and the other from Hakushu, the two Japanese malt whisky distilleries owned by the Suntory group. The first being the Hakushu 25YO and the other the Yamazaki 2000/2013 for the 3rd Annviersary of The Whisky Shop W. in Osaka.

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Back with a Balvenie Brace

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A Balvenie Brace - Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 2 and 3

It's been a while, but hey, better late than never! So it's already April, so let's kick it off with a good little duo that has been sitting around my sample cupboard for a while. These two beauties were opened at Whisky Live 2014 for the Collectors' Bar, courtesy of the good people at William Grant and Sons. Now if you love Balvenie, you would know of the story of the Tun 1401. It was an experiment by the legendary David Stewart, Malt Master of Balvenie. He married a bunch of great whiskies, some old, some old-ish, into a marrying tun (Tun 1401), basically a big wooden vat, to see how the flavours married and from this spawned a series of very successful Tun 1401 releases since 2010. From this spawned, in a rather hush hush manner, a Taiwanese exclusive, the Tun 1858. Same concept, different marrying tun. These two are the 2nd and 3rd batches of the Tun 1858. From what I understand, these too were also bottled exclusively for Taiwan. Lucky buggers.

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Happy CNY 2015 - With a Tasting of Jack Wiebers

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A Happy Lunar New Year to All - With a Jack Wiebers Tasting

A Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year to all Chinese readers of SGwhisky! May the year of the Goat bring with it good health, prosperity and good whisky! A key part of SGwhisky's job is to talk about new whiskies and to kick off our CNY tastings, we have a nice set from Jack Wiebers Whisky World! Established in the 1990s in Germany, Jack Wiebers is a well-regarded bottler in Europe and since last year, VOM FASS has managed to bring in small amounts of Jack Wiebers whisky into Singapore. The intention of VOM FASS and Jack Wiebers is not to make huge profits, but rather to get people interested in these whiskies, and add a nice layer of variety and knowledge to the growing whisky scene.

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 A few whisky enthusiasts were treated to a nice little whisky tasting hosted by Jack Wiebers himself on the 17th of February at VOM FASS @ ION Orchard. Jack's passion for whisky is certainly apparent in his mannerisms and speech, as he confidently brought us through a tasting of 4 whiskies of a relatively new label he created, the World of Orchids label.

The World of Orchids labels are pretty special and Singapore plays an integral part in its inception as these orchids were photographed and chosen from, yes you've guessed it, Singapore. Jack photographed all these orchids whilst visiting the Singapore Botanical Gardens and was inspired to create a range based on these flowers. Now Vanda Miss Joaquims in this set though!

So here are the four whiskies we tried under the Orchid Label, a Teaninich 7YO, Glenallachie 9YO, Glen Garioch 22YO and Caol Ila 30YO.

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Old and New Longrow

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Two Longrows - One Old One New

Back to tasting, and how about a nice pair of Longrows, which don't really get much airtime on this site. Longrow, as those who like a dram or two would know, is peated Springbank, and has quite a good reputation for some stunning whisky. So let us visit a relatively new one in the Longrow Rundlets and Kilderkins and a more famous one the Longrow 1987/2002 15YO Samaroli. 

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