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New whisky re­leases to usher in the new year

The in­ter­est in malts con­tinue un­abated in 2019 with these new re­leases.

Sherry cask ex­pert Glen­dronach is mak­ing a splash not just with its Re­vival Aged 15 Years ($299) – which was brought back after be­ing dis­con­tin­ued in 2015, but with the 1993 #393 Aged 25 Years ($1,099). The lat­ter was se­lected by master blender Rachel Barrie as an ex­clu­sive for South­east Asia, and is mem­o­rably com­posed of apri­cot Dan­ish and sul­tana notes, with a dry sour rasp­berry and dark choco­late fin­ish. Dis­trib­uted by Malt Wine Asia and re­tails at The Grande Whisky Col­lec­tion.

Spey­side sin­gle malt Glen­rothes her­alds its re­turn to Edring­ton own­er­ship with the bright and catchy Soleo Col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing four all-new whiskies now avail­able in Sin­ga­pore. Newer drinkers will find the 12 Year Old easy to en­joy with sweet vanilla notes, while long­time fans grav­i­tate to the 18 and 25 Years Old, aged in sherry casks. The Whisky Maker’s Cut at 48.8% is the strong­est and most ap­peal­ing with its nut­meg, or­ange and warm­ing spices. At lead­ing re­tail out­lets in­clud­ing asherbws.com Man­zanilla sherry, Bordeaux wine and port bar­rels con­trib­ute their com­mand­ing, in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter to the lim­ited re­lease Bow­more Vint­ner’s Tril­ogy. The 18 Year Old Dou­ble Ma­tured Man­zanilla is the youngest but also the most all-rounded, with salted caramel and a bit­ter note of or­ange peel on the fin­ish. The most pop­u­lar, 26 Year Old Wine Ma­tured’s am­ber hue hints at its full-bod­ied spice and oak, with a dry, tan­nic fin­ish. The fi­nal 27 Year Old has the rich­est bal­ance of peat smoke and port-fin­ished tof­fee char­ac­ter, fin­ish­ing with Bow­more’s sig­na­ture hint of salt. $2,197, set of three from The Grande Whisky Col­lec­tion, #05-01 ION, 2 Or­chard Turn.

Two new dis­trib­u­tors have joined the fray with fresh picks for the mar­ket. In­terco MLE is es­tab­lished by Jeremiah Kee, who aims to bring in more in­de­pen­dent bot­tlers to Sin­ga­pore. They are the main dis­trib­u­tors of Black­ad­der In­ter­na­tional, which is ac­claimed for its Raw Cask bot­tlings com­plete with cask sed­i­ment and bot­tled at cask strength. Look for a range of rum and Ja­panese whisky, along­side heavy hit­ter Scotch gems, such as the Raw Cask Glen Ord 13 Year Old 2004 ($167 from in­terco-mle.sg). At 61.5%, it’s a pow­er­house of ripe fruit with lin­ger­ing grassy, leath­ery notes on the long fin­ish.

Zer­lina Zhuang is the driver be­hind Spir­its Cas­tle, which also brings in in­de­pen­dent Tai­wanese bot­tles along with the ex­cit­ing sin­gle malt from Wales, Pen­deryn. While the Madeira Fin­ish ex­pres­sion is the best-known Pen­deryn house style, its Dragon Se­ries is noted for mat­u­ra­tion fin­ishes in Madeira, red wine bar­riques and peated quar­ter casks. For con­nois­seurs, the Gold Range is bot­tled at 46% and the lat­est Rich Oak ($140 from spir­itscas­tle. sg) edi­tion was of­fi­cially launched in Sin­ga­pore. Its youth­ful­ness of green ap­ple and guava notes bal­ance well with ac­cents of cin­na­mon, vanilla cream and oak.

Spe­cial bot­tlings are all the rage, and 1855 The Bot­tle Shop has man­aged to se­cure a highly rare aged Low­lands sin­gle malt for Sin­ga­pore. It’s the first time that Auchen­toshan is par­tic­i­pat­ing in a sin­gle cask pro­gramme, and the re­sult is The Auchen­toshan 1987 30 Year Old Sin­gle Cask ($1,088 from 1855the­bot­tleshop.com), with just 383 bot­tles for Sin­ga­pore. The triple-dis­tilled malt is smooth with honey and melon notes, del­i­cately ac­cented with hints of ap­ple pie and rose pe­tal, fin­ish­ing with a dis­tinct gin­ger af­ter­taste.

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