SOP - short for Same Old Place, a restaurant and bar that serves mainly German-inspired cuisines has newly opened up at Paradigm Mall. Boasting an area of 3,100 square feet where 1,100 square feet dedicated to an alfresco dining area whilst the remainder covers the pub area and VIP corner.
And that is how SOP intends to differentiate itself, with over 30 of those brands of liquors and beers (including my fave, Sapporo Beer), SOP appeals to the likes of discerning drinkers and diners who are constantly looking for new and exciting offerings in the already saturated market.
Without further ado, let's take a look at some of those alcohol that are readily available here but rare or nowhere else in Malaysia.
Let's start with the 6 German beers that were highlighted.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier ~ “All about taste”
A mahogany color, and a lasting, a cream-colored, finely pored head are the defining features of Kostritzer black lager beer. Its expressive fragrance evokes a range of intense spicy aromas, including sage, roasted chestnuts, dark honey, bitter chocolate and fresh farm-baked bread. Dry on the palate, and marked by bitter-sweet herbal and toasting aromas. The intense aromas are balanced by the gently sparkling carbonation with freshness and elegance. With delicate bitter tones and malty sweetness, it finished slowly on the palate. A complex, many-layered black lager beer that tastes lean and refreshing with its abundance of flavors.
Kostritzer produces more than 400,000 hectolitres of Schwarzbier, making it Germany’s number ONE black lager beer brand, a position it has held for 20years now…..
Note first the bright, fresh golden color and rich frothy head so typical of this elegant Pilsner beer. Its refined herbal notes are delicately poised, followed by a nutty and honeyed aftertaste. The overall impression of this gently sparkling beer is one of deep harmony, with the unmistakable bitterness of the hops balanced and contained by an agreeable, mellow sweetness in the body.
(Only available in 5 Liter keg).
Licher premium beers – a treat for every taste in beer with the highest standards of quality. With the classic varieties - Licher Pilsner, Licher Export and Licher Weizen wheat beer, and the low-alcohol and non-alcoholic variants Licher Leicht, Licher Isotonisch Alkoholfrei and Licher Weizen Alkoholfrei.
(Only available in bottle form).
Now onwards to hard liquor!
The Arran Malt - 14 Years
It's easy to down and smooth on the throat. I got hints of vanilla flavors and a little malty in the beginning and a vanilla leaning towards barley sugar taste on the aftertaste.
The Arran Malt 12 Years - Sherry Single Cask
Sweeter and spicier than the 14 years above and produces a strong oaky flavor on top of it's fruity sweetness.
The Arran Malt - Amarone Cask Finish
Colour: Burnished Copper
Poached pears and honey followed by toasted almonds and a subtle touch of cranberry. With water a coffee note appears together with chocolate orange and mellow butterscotch.
Dark chocolate, cherry and Turkish delights are evident as are stewed fruits and toffee. Muscular notes of dark plum wrestle with bitter-sweet apricots and a hint of cinnamon.
A well-balanced combination of the finesse of The Arran Malt and the restrained fruit and oak from the Amarone casks. Concentrated and elegant this malt delivers on all levels.
The Arran Malt 10 Years and 12 Years - Cask Strength
Here's my fave whisky of the night:
Bruichladdich 20 Years 3rd Edition
I just love it's consistent taste all throughout the time I nose it till the aftertaste. It contains a nice peaty, musky or burnt kind of taste all throughout that very pleasantly stays in my mouth and down to my throat. Unfortunately, one bottle costs RM765.00 at SOP. This is certainly my new favorite Single Malt Whisky!
Bruichladdich 15 Years 1st Edition (Greenish) and 15 Years Link (Yellow)
Part ten in the Golf themed Links series
from Bruichladdich. Each bottle is made up of whisky from casks
specially selected by Jim McEwan, the Laddie master distiller. This 15
year old features a golf themed label with a painting of Valhalla by the
famed golf artist Graeme W. Baxter.
Meukow VSOP and Meukow Vanilla
Meukow XO Cognac
Fiery like and mahogany colour with perfect clarity and very attractive texture. Floral with jasmine and iris. Fruity with prune and peach, chocolate and vanilla flavours with tawny port and candied fruits fragances, nutmeg, spices and warm cigar box.
(Awarded silver medal at the International Vinalies Challenge Paris, 2004.)
Others available for tasting throughout the night were Godet XO and Godet VSOP, Davidoff XO (costs a whopping RM1,032 for one bottle here!) and Davidoff VSOP and a clear colored Cognac like vodka called Godet Antarctica.
Besides cognac and whisky, there were also some other forms of alcohol that were available for taste test for the night.
Now the brand Absente which originally is Absinthe used to be a banned alcohol in many countries but because it was legalized again in 2007, it's now readily available and has made it to Malaysian shores. :D
This drink was highly enjoyed by some famous people with the most significant being Vincent van Gogh and others like Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde.
In preparing the drink for me, they put a shot in a glass, sat an Absinthe spoon on top of the glass with a sugar cube on it and set the sugar cube aflame so that it drops on the concoction!
There you go! Absinthe. Drinking it, I tasted of some herbs and the sweetness of it as if you're drinking soda pop or sugar water. You won't even feel like it's an alcoholic drink.
I decided to drink the Grande Absente neat which is 69% alcohol and comparing it with the Absente, 55% alcohol. I almost choked when I drank the 55% but as for the Grande Absente with 69% alcohol, it's really smooth and goes down easy and feels as if it's lighter than the Absente 55% alcohol.
After chatting awhile, I was off to home.
SOP has live soothing Jazz music performances and operates daily from 11am to 1am. SOP also features eclectic mixes by guest deejays from 8pm onwards. It's located at Lot 07, Ground Floor Boulevard, Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya.