Two new born-in-Sin­ga­pore spir­its find am­ple in­spi­ra­tion in their back­yard.

Robb Report Singapore - - Savour - By DARYL LEE

The brain­child of wine im­porter and dis­trib­u­tor Alan Wong and four col­lab­o­ra­tors, Five XP (which is an acro­nym for Ex­tra Pure) de­fies de­scrip­tion. Tech­ni­cally a brandy, it’s made with Ries­ling grapes and has a slightly lower al­co­hol by vol­ume of 38 per cent, ver­sus the 40 per cent typ­i­cal of most brandies.

Adding fur­ther to its unique­ness is its tall, slim 500ml bot­tle that is rem­i­nis­cent of those that contain dessert wines.

Best served in a white wine glass and with­out mix­ers or ice, its nose has a smok­i­ness not un­like some whiskies, though on the palate, it’s un­mis­tak­ably a brandy.

That said, in­stead of the unguent mouth-fill­ing rich­ness one nor­mally as­so­ciates with most brandies, Five XP is a dis­tinctly lighter ex­pe­ri­ence, pos­si­bly as a re­sult of the lower al­co­hol by vol­ume and its dis­til­la­tion process. Priced at S$450, its first run is lim­ited to 10,000 bot­tles.

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