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  • Infographic: Is Singapore the world's most expensive place for a beer?

    This awesome infographic from FinancesOnline.com compares the prices and volume of beer consumed all around the world.

    The bad news? Singapore is close to the top for the most expensive place to have a beer.  Yet, that shouldn't be surprising given our recent increase in alcohol tax and general global "expensive rankings".

    The good news is that we are a hop, skip and jump away from some of the world's cheapest beers! Having had our fair share of Vietnamese and Cambodian lagers, they are pretty decent, for the price :)

     

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  • Single Malt Deanston 12-Year wins TWO major awards!

    July 15, 2014 News, Whisky Wisdom

    Deanston_12yrs_with_cartonThe multiple award winning Deanston 12-Year-Old has accomplished 2 more remarkable feats this year: it has won the title of the Best Distiller's Single Malt Scotch up to 12 Years at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014 and won the Master Award in the "Highlands & Islands up to 12 Years category" in the Scotch Whisky Masters 2014.

    The San Francisco World Spirits Competition and The Spirits Master (of which the Scotch Whisky Masters part of) are widely known to be good gauges of trends, and bartenders and mixologists worldwide look to their results to get a flavour of the future of the marketplace. So here's a shout-out to those who haven't tried the Deanston 12-Year-Old - it could very well be the next big thing!

    To check out more details on this amazingly delicate, "any time of the day" whisky, click here.
    To find out more about where Deanston is on the Whisky Flavour Map, check it out here.
  • Devastated by Spain's exit from the World Cup?

    June 19, 2014 Beer Brains

  • #OPINIONSWELCOME

    June 4, 2014 Whisky Wisdom

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    Apparently, the people at Laphroaig have a self deprecating sense of humour to recognise the whole gauntlet of emotions the drink induces.

    We have heard all sorts of feedback and even once considered putting a warning label on the bottle. So, to recognise this, they have launched a new campaign #OPINIONSWELCOME to show how people react to this one drink.

    I like it as the Laphroaig is really not everyone's cup of tea and the campaign doesn't shy away from that fact. In the world of whisky, I would say this product, more than any other, has the most polarising views. Okay enough babbling from me,  a picture says a thousand words; a video means you don't have to read this paragraph anymore, let's get to it!

     

     

    A series of prints were also conceived as part of this campaign and I've selected a few below.

    hahaha. this cracks me up. A BURNING HOSPITAL?

    Kind of invokes the image of sick people taking a swig and then running like crazy.

    i must say, there is a soothing smell about the petrol kiosk sometimes...so there may be something to "an aroma of kerosene".

    HAHAHAHAHA. Just like the powerpuff girls!   Sugar, spice and everything nice...combined with CHEMICAL X.

    (for those not from the same era)

    Now on to the actual tasting notes...

    Colour Full sparkling gold.
    Nose Huge smoke, seaweedy, "medicinal", with a hint of sweetness. Impossible to nose this and not think of Islay.
    Taste Full bodied; Suprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness.
    Finish Lingering.

     Apparently the favourite of Prince Charles, the Laphroaig 10-Year-Old is the original Laphroaig. It is distilled the same way today as when Ian Hunter invented it over 75 years ago. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly peaty flavour.

    The Laphroaig 10-Year-Old was awarded the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2006, 2010 & 2011, the Gold Medal (Best in Class) at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2006 & 2007, and the Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2007. It has a rating of 90 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012.

    I do think it is one of those whiskies that you either love or hate. Either way...don't try, don't know right? haha. check it out at Bootlegbrew.com.sg :)

    Cheers!

  • Beerfest Asia 2014 Giveaway!

    May 25, 2014 Beer Brains, News

  • The Man Who Walked Around the World

    May 8, 2014 News, Whisky Wisdom

    The Scottish accent and continuous shot is just crazy.

    We randomly chanced upon this advertisement and have been hooked since. Incredibly well done, especially for something that captures your attention for a full 6 mins. Can you imagine, if he had walked for 4 minutes and then screwed up a line, he would have had to start from the beginning.

    This is from 2009 so there has been new advertisements released since then. But it's not quite the same. This one below is from Sep 2013 and the only nice thing I can say about it is that I like the music.

    Product-wise, I was lucky enough to kope a taste of the Johnnie Blue and TBH it was kindof underwhelming. Smooth yea sure but it was so smooth that it lacked character. Maybe it's all the Bowmore that we taste tested before bringing it in.

    Personally, I think that the Japanese whiskies are the ones to watch. They have been sweeping accolades worldwide and no one has ever had a bad thing to say about them.

    Maybe the next wave after that will be the Australian whiskies. The Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask recently won the Best Whisky in the World for 2014 - a title typically dominated by the Scottish or Japanese since its launch in 2007.

    What the judges said about Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask

    Ed Bates: “Tunnock’s Caramel wafers. With a touch of smoke. Excellent balance.”

    Seáneen Sullivan: “Toasted almonds, grated nutmeg and some fruit toast on the nose. Burnt almonds, autumn fruits stewed with golden raisins. Light, peppery and intriguing.”

    Jason Thomson: “Keeping it simple in a very good way. Honey, vanilla and haystacks. All combine with apples and caramel.”

    Joseph Cassidy: “Campfire smoke that enriches the malt and wood. A match made in heaven with a smooth buttery feel.”

    Jamie Milne: “Great balance, lovely spices come through with time.”

    Will be heading to Australia at the end of the year and will try to get a bottle of SOMETHING/ANYTHING from this distillery :)

    Cheers! 

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