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  • A feature on the Macallan 12 Fine Oak

    3Ok, We are building upon our first post on the Macallan and exploring the roots of the brand and how it exploded on our whisky scene.

    The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 by barley farmer and schoolteacher Alexander Reid. This was the norm in those days as barley farmers fermented and distilled their surplus stock during their quieter winter months. Since then, the distillery changed hands multiple times, before finally being acquired by the Edrington Group. Regardless, throughout its history, the Macallan has been characterised by the Six Pillars, giving it its distinctive character and flavour.

    The Macallan is generally recognised as a Speyside dram although the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009 says that the term can only be used for traditional Speyside areas. Regardless, most people, us included, still think of it as a Speyside malt. It is actually now classified as a Highland malt. Reminds us about the annual redrawing of electoral boundaries by various goverments - gerrymandering!

    The Macallan Distillery.jpg

    "The Macallan Distillery" by theorb (talk)
    Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

    The Macallan distillery was actually a victim of bootleggers (not us lah!) in 2003/2004. They started laboratory tests to find out if some of the antique whiskies purchased for their collection were forgeries and found out that at least 11 bottles in their antique whisky collection were fakes! As a result, sales of these antique bottles were stopped, although you will still be able to peruse it during your distillery visits.

    A random fact about the Macallan - it made a brief appearance in the James Bond movie, Skyfall as Bond toasted with a 50 year old Macallan as a reference to the 50th year anniversary of the Bond franchise.

    For a complete history and background of the Macallan, check out their story here! It's really nice to see the faces (and dog) behind the great dram. The beagle on the Fine Oak collection is a  real QT!


  • A feature on the Glenfiddich 12


    For us, the Glenfiddich is just one of those ubiquitous whiskies that you see around all the time that we never took the time nor effort to get to know its roots. It is a great dram that fits everyone's palate so it makes a great gift or dinner party whisky.

    However, that is also its major failing point - nobody has a strong opinion on it. There is no love/hate relationship that Laphroaig incites; There is no curiosity from being named the best whisky in the world that Yamazaki currently enjoys; and there is no hipster cred as a hard to find and relatively unknown but secretly awesome whisky that is Tobermory and Deanston.

    The Glenfiddich distillery sits in the Speyside region, alongside its famous counterparts - Macallan and Glenlivet. The name means "Valley of the Deer", and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, surviving the Prohibition era in the 1920s. For those of you lucky enough to make a trip to visit the distillery, apparently you cannot bring your phone into the warehouse to prevent a massive explosion with 130 million litres of high octane liquid lying all around you. The unique thing about the Glenfiddich distillery is that they have every part of the whisky production process from malting to bottling on-site, enabling complete control over the manufacturing process. This includes having their own cooperage to make the barrels. Only the Springbank distillery does the same.

    They were also one of the pioneers in the celebration of the single malt, which was previously the mainstay for independent bottlers. In 1963, Sandy Grant Gorden traveled the world to promote the single malt which was previously unknown to those outside of Scotland.

    With its rich history, the Glenfiddich is one of the few distilleries with a 50 year old expression. If you are ever lucky enough to own a bottle, it is but one of the 50 bottles released each year. Each bottle is individually numbered and handblown, hallmarked in Scottish silver and finished in handstitched leather.

    To complete your Glenfiddich journey, see below for a video on how to nose and taste the Glenfiddich 12!



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  • Whisky Accessories: Stones and Glasses

    There has been a lot of hoohaa over whisky stones. You see them online in all sorts of shops, and offline in gift shops and department stores. It is said to chill your drink without diluting the magic goodness of your single malt.

    But unlike beer/wine, we've never had anyone complain about their whisky being too dilute. If anything, a splash of water or a cube of ice releases the flavour of the whisky. It also helps make the high alcohol content easier to stomach for those new to whisky or that very first sip of the night. If you are interested, (where the above pic is from) has a good review of the various brands in the market.

    I received it as a gift, so I experimented with it and don't quite know what to do with these little stones in the fridge. It made my dram of whisky really heavy and hit my face when I tried to get the very last drop of Glenfiddich from the glass. Of course, being slightly inebriated, this made me irrationally angry and I threw that one offending stone into the bin. Can you tell that I am not a fan?

    Whisky-aside, my other friends have found a use for them - keeping your soba noodles cold. Instead of putting ice and creating a huge mess when making your own cold soba noodles, they use the whisky stones! I thought it was quite clever but the washing up is still annoying. Can you imagine washing your own ice? That's essentially what washing these stones feel like!

    Whisky Glass Whisky Glass

    I still think the only legit whisky toy (aside from more whisky) is the whisky tasting glass. Of course, I am biased since I believe in this so much that we made our own freaking whisky glass set. But that's essentially putting your money where your mouth is.

    The other legit whisky accessory is FOOD. Snacks like chips, chocolate and cheese all go great with whisky. I suspect leftover pineapple tarts would be awesome too :)


  • Cheers to the Glenlivet 12 YO

    Glenlivet 12

    This well-loved entry level bottling for the Glenlivet is set to be replaced by the Glenlivet Founders' Reserve in the mature whisky markets such as the UK and Germany. Will we lose our favorite day-to-day dram in Singapore as well?

    Glenlivet launched the Founders Reserve  to manage the changing tastes of whisky drinkers, and keep the brand fresh and interesting. It is blended using a higher percentage of first-fill ex-Bourbon casks compared to the classic Glenlivet 12 YO. It uses a triple wood maturation process with Traditional Oak, American Oak and Spanish Oak.

    Coming from the first legal distillery in Speyside, this offering from Glenlivet is a fresher, sweeter, lighter version of the Glenlivet 12 and that will alienate some of the diehard supporters, especially in markets where it is set to replace the Glenlivet 12. Thankfully, this change is expected to add to the Glenlivet range in Singapore instead of replacing the 12 Year Old.


    So it is with a happy heart that we look forward to adding this to our range when it finally hits our sunny shores!

    In the meantime, check out the Yamazaki Distillers Reserve to  get an idea of what a quality no-age-statement should taste like. It is the besttttt! For us, comparing the Yamazaki DR and Yamazaki 12 is equivalent to chasing your own tail because you will never be quite satisfied with the results. We think the DR is closer in taste to the Yamazaki 18 (which will blow your mind btw!) so if you would like some insight before plonking your money for the Yamazaki 18, try the Yamazaki DR.

    Yamazaki reserve - whisky series


  • CNY Promo - Luxury Whisky Bundles!

    February 23, 2015 News

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    So we know a sneaky secret – Chinese New Year (CNY) is not stress-free. You worry about what to wear (what will your relatives and friends say? From a superstition perspective? From a fashion/brands perspective?), what food and drinks to serve your guests (is lager too cheap?), and what to give that all important client/boss/business associate.

    Well, at Bootleg Brew, we may not be able to solve your wardrobe problems, but we sure as hell can ensure that:

    1. your guests will be happy (if not a bit tipsy, or more), and
    2. your client/boss/business associate will be suitably impressed with your fine taste in whisky and more importantly your sincere effort in getting him/her something luxurious that is not the same old XO or Martell.

    So here are our special CNY Whisky Bundles. To ensure that you celebrate an auspicious start to the Year of the Goat 2015, all these whiskies have a tinge of gold in their colours!

    Bootleg Brew's Flagship Prosperity Bundle - S$818



    18 means 一定发 (or sure to prosper/strike rich) in Cantonese. In all other languages we checked, it also means pretty damned good whiskies. There is no better gift than this Prosperity Bundle, no better way to treat your guests than with this Prosperity Bundle, and needless to say, no better way to reward yourself than with this Prosperity Bundle.

    Fortune Bundle - S$308



    We know that the drinking in CNY visits starts as early as in the late morning, and we have many times been frustrated with the cheap lager that does no justice to the exquisite pineapple tarts or the delicious prawn rolls – do not subject your guests to the same frustration. We have hand-selected 3 whiskies that are especially good for drinking on the rocks (ie. served on ice) in the day (day drams, some may call) and pair perfectly with our favourite CNY goodies. Your guests will thank you for the good fortune of being your guests!

    Auspicious Bundle - S$358



    For some of you, CNY is all about variety, whether in terms o



    In this fifth instalment of our Islay Whisky Series, we would like to share with you more about our best-selling Islay whisky, the multiple award-winning Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old.

    Founded in 1881, the Bunnahabhain distillery sits on a very isolated and quiet area in Islay. This allows it to be the only Islay distillery to use natural artesian spring water, and its sea facing warehouses provide for ideal maturation. The Bunnahabhain 12-year-old is made without chill-filtering or caramel colouring. It is aged 20% in American charred Bourbon casks, 60% in ex-Scotch casks, and 20% in Olorosso Sherry casks. It is very lightly peated and perhaps serves as the mildest introduction to the Islay style.

    The Sherry cask gives it a bit of a Macallan feel, which is very popular in Singapore but it retains that distinctive Islay "bite". We love it because it has character while retaining a wider appeal to whisky drinkers - old and new.

    Tasting Notes

    Here are the tasting notes of the Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old:

    Colour:      Glowing amber.

    Nose:         Fresh aroma of sea and summer flowers with a hint of smoke.

    Taste:         Starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness.

    Finish:        Rich, full bodied, lingering.

    Awards and Accolades

    The Bunnahabhain 12-year-old was awarded the Silver Outstanding Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013, the Silver Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2013, and the Silver Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013.

    The Bigger Brother

    As with most things in life, there is always someone/something better - the Bunnahabhain is no exception. If you have some spare change in your pocket (or is the kind of person who only drink 18-Year-Old whiskies or need or impress or...well the list goes on), we would highly recommend trying the Bunnahabhain 18-Year-Old. Also made without chill-filtering or caramel colouring, the Bunnahabhain 18-year-old is aged 65% in Olorosso Sherry casks and 35% in American charred Bourbon casks. It is very lightly peated, and achieves the rare combination of being very smooth and complex at the same time. Click here for its tasting notes.

    The Bunnahabhain 18-year-old has a rating of 94 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012. It was awarded the Silver Outstanding Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013, the Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2013, and the Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013.


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