SAVOUR The Sin­gle­ton whisks Sam Yen up to Re­sorts World Gent­ing to taste a very spe­cial whisky.

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The choice of host­ing a din­ner for a very spe­cial whisky – The Sin­gle­ton of Glen Ord 41 Year Old – at Re­sort World Gent­ing’s Lti­tude was rather in­spired. The cool, cloudy weather cer­tainly evoked the windswept rugged­ness of Scot­land, but the room it­self – re­sem­bling an in­trepid Vic­to­rian ex­plorer’s study, com­plete with fire­place – is ex­actly the sort of place a great whisky should be en­joyed.

In­tro­duc­ing the For­got­ten Drop Se­ries, The Sin­gle­ton of Glen Ord 41 Year Old rep­re­sents an ex­cep­tional, though tiny, frac­tion of casks. Redis­cov­ered from ex­tremely rare,

some­times for­got­ten, casks, the whiskies in this pre­cious se­ries are rich, bal­anced and ut­terly unique. Crisp and fresh – dis­pens­ing flavours of apples, tof­fee, cin­na­mon, cit­rus and even jack­fruit – the 41 Year Old is a beau­ti­ful whisky in­deed. Global brand am­bas­sador Er­win Trykowski calls it “ripe and in­dul­gently rich”. Bot­tled at cask strength, I would de­scribe it as “vel­vety”. Pair­ing it with a fork­ful of sir­loin steak, pomme puree, onion con­fit and bone mar­row jus re­veals even more facets – proof that this is a very po­tent weapon in The Sin­gle­ton’s arse­nal.

Only 600 bot­tles of the 41 Year Old were made avail­able world­wide, of which 24 (RM15,193 per bot­tle) were al­lo­cated to Malaysia.

That’s a large frac­tion, and tes­ta­ment to the brand’s strength here – The Sin­gle­ton re­mains one of the best-sell­ing sin­gle malt brands in Malaysia.

Which is why it also launched the 18 Year Old Cask Strength – a sharper, spikier bot­tling to cel­e­brate the dis­tillery’s 180th an­niver­sary.

The 18 Year Old was great, pair­ing very well with a scal­lop ap­pe­tiser and sea bass first course, but the 41 Year Old was amaz­ing. I still dream about it. A per­fect venue for a per­fect whisky. ≠

Crisp and fresh, the 41 Year Old is a beau­ti­ful whisky in­deed.

The dish of bass, which was served with mint, baby onion and driz­zled with tamarind-gin­ger sauce, was paired with The Sin­gle­ton 15 Year Old.

Guests who were in­vited to the launch of The Sin­gle­ton 41 Year Old and 18 Year Old Cask Strength were treated to a four-course meal, which in­cluded dishes such as Lamb Rack (inset).

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