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