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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Scotch Selector by Newman

My 18th April 2012 Wednesday evening was filled with elegance and exclusivity. It was a night of Scotch Whisky appreciation where participants will get to undergo a blind taste test on which whisky they would prefer, getting to define and know one's own taste more.

Under the guise of Kelly Chin, I headed to Twenty One Tables + Terrace at Bangsar Shopping Complex for this event:



Although not my first time at Bangsar Shopping Complex (or also known as BSC), I'm still unfamiliar with the shops within it. Twenty One Tables + Terrace was tucked away right in the corner which seems hidden away and what's more, it certainly wasn't easy to find it with it's sign not visible from the main walkway in addition to my first time visiting this place. But I must say that it's ambiance is excellent, though.



Arriving right on the stipulated time, I was deemed early and with a one-glance-see-all location, I settled myself at the bar to see what they had to offer before the tasting session.

Two types of welcoming cocktails were being served at the bar by a Glenfiddich ambassador.
I proceeded to taste the 1st one:



This is called the Bobby Burns which is mixed with Glenfiddich 12 Years Old with some Sweet Vermouth and Dom Benedictine. Seasoned with some lemon zest to give the aroma complementing the Glenfiddich 12 Years Old. The drink is called Bobby Burns because it's named after the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. You may have not heard of the name, but you certainly would have heard of his composition, Auld Lang Syne.

2nd welcoming cocktail drink is called the Solera:



This vibrant concoction utilizes the complex flavor of Glenfiddich 15 Years Old. Honey and dates are added into the mix heightening to the already sweetened taste of the Glenfiddich 15 Years Old.

As the evening glides on further, the crowd of invited guests filled the room and Newman's first whisky tasting session named The Scotch Selector began:



Started off with 5 glasses of 10 - 12 years of Scotch Whisky, we get to indulge in the Chivas 12, Glenfiddich 12, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Suntory Yamazaki 12 and the Macallan 12:



As I expected, my taste lean towards the blended whiskies instead of the single malt ones having consumed mostly Johnnie Walker and Chivas at events.

Interestingly, when it came to the group of 15-18 years old whiskies (which we had 7 to taste from), my taste somehow favors the single malt whiskies more with Glenfiddich 15 being my fave. The whiskies that were in this group for tasting would be Chivas Regal 18, Dalmore 18, Glenfiddich 15, Glen Grant 16, Highland Park 18, Johnnie Walker Platinum and Glenlivet 15.

At the end of the tasting, the top 4 that has the closest correct guesses to the actual answer of what whisky it was receives a bottle of whisky as prize:



I hang around a bit more with the bunch of friendly guys at my table where they had more whisky flowing into their glasses and some more finger food while I had to stop for the night as I've reached my limit. :P

I retire for the night satisfied with the many different type of whisky I tasted and am glad to be a part of this event.

4 comments:

Isaac Tan said...

you alcoholic! hehe :) Nice event there bro

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

:P Yes it was a nice event.

Jobless Girl said...

Wow, tasted so many types of alcohol and I believe you must be excited that night.

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Very! Especially with so many high quality whisky!