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    Nikka to Debut Coffey Gin and Vodka at Whisky Live 2017

    November 10th, 2017

    Whisky Live Returns to Singapore with a show more impressive than before

    Whisky Live is proud to announce its return to Singapore for its 8th instalment at an all new location. This year at Whisky Live, Nikka is set to unveil its Coffey Gin and Vodka series. It will be Nikka’s first foray into the gin and vodka scene. Fear not whisky fans, there will still be plenty Nikka whiskies to try this year.

    The Coffey Spirits

    coffeyginandvodkaOne can expect a powerful punch from the Nikka Coffey Gin given its unabashedly long list of ingredients. The gin is made from 11 botanicals, including a quadruple combination of citrus fruits, namely yuzu, kabosu, amanatsu, and shikuwasa from Japan. Nikka’s Coffey Gin is also made with sansho pepper, juniper, angelica, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, and apple juice. Through meticulous distilling, one can expect a balance of citrus and herbal notes with heat and spice and a bold bitterness at the end.

    The Nikka Coffey Vodka is the purest expression of the Nikka Coffey range. The spirit is attained by blending specifically selected distillate made from corn and barley and then carefully refined through white birch charcoal. The taste is smooth and delicate, thanks to the Coffey-distilled corn and barley spirits.

    The Show

    Whisky Live this year will feature an impressive line up of over 50 brands and 150 expressions of whiskies and spirits. There will also be a cocktail and food trail with cocktail booths featuring different spirits. This year on its 8th instalment, Whisky Live promises an experience more immersive and expansive than before.

    This year, Whisky Live Singapore is held at the grounds of Theatreworks, a pre-war a heritage building  on Mohamed Sultan Road. Accentuating the expression of art, Whisky Live Singapore will have an art gallery to showcase whisk(e)y and spirit art. These exhibits include themes such as label designs, marketing art to bottle craft. The exhibition will feature interesting exhibits from well-known creatives of the industry such as Stranger & Stranger, Neisson and Velier.

    Whisky Live 2016
    Whisky Live 2016

    “Whisky Live Singapore has been hugely successful among whisky aficionados in the region. We are constantly looking into ways to alleviate the experience.” comments Mr. Mathieu Musnier, General Manager at La Maison du Whisky. With the theme of ‘Rare, Share, Pair’; Whisky Live brings to life an immersive experience. Guests will not only be able to savour the taste of fine spirits, but also a coup d’oeilof the creativity and genius behind the brands.

    Event Details:

    Location: TheatreWorks, STPI Gallery, Caseen Street
    Dates: 25th & 26th November 2017
    Time: 1.30pm – 8.30pm.

    Get your tickets Here

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    Podium Lounge 2017 returns this Singapore Grand Prix 2017 Weekend

    September 14th, 2017

    The Podium Lounge 2017 – Singapore’s Most Star Studded Grand Prix Party

    Happing from September 15th – 17th, get your party gear on as the Podium Lounge returns to The Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore. In its 9th consecutive year in Singapore, this sold-out, celebrity packed event will see The Grand Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton transformed into a glamorous ultra lounge featuring a dizzying overhead catwalk and VIP balconies.

    The Podium Lounge is a notable event highlight of the 2017 Grand Prix Season Singapore, and is the place to be for race fans wanting to mingle with race legends. Over the years, The Podium Lounge has played host to Formula 1 drivers, Royalty, celebrities, ambassadors, supermodels and Asia’s jet-setting party elite each year.

    Giancarlio Fisichella, Host DJ of the Podium Lounge
    Giancarlio Fisichella, Host DJ of the Podium Lounge

    Guests will be entertained by Formula 1 Legend Giancarlo Fisichella who will be DJing and hosting the drivers, celebrity guests and performers.

    The Performances

    Pixie Geldof live on the 15th September
    Pixie Geldof live on the 15th September

    Friday the 15th will feature British model and rising star Pixie Geldof , who will be DJ-ing in Singapore for their very first time. Pixie’s previous performances include that of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Probably the hottest DJ on the global fashion circuit right now, Pixie has made annual appearances at both the London and New York Fashion Weeks.

    Grammy Award Winner Coolio Performing Live on the 16th September
    Grammy Award Winner Coolio Performing Live on the 16th September

    On Saturday 16 September, American rapper and Grammy Award winner Coolio will headline at the Podium Lounge. A multiple rap and hip hop music award winner, Coolio is the hot act not to be missed.

    Macy Gray Performing Live on the 17th September
    Macy Gray Performing Live on the 17th September

    On the final night, Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray will perform her Multi-Platinum hits and also DJ, following the trackside action. Macy Gray is best known for her international hit single “I Try“, taken from her debut album On How Life Is.

    A Party for the Stars

    Gordon Ramsay at the Podium Lounge Singapore
    Gordon Ramsay at the Podium Lounge Singapore

    The Podium Lounge has always been a party haven for celebrities. With its amazing location, many A-list celebrities have graced the Podium Lounge. Most noteworthy celebrities include that of Gordon Ramsay, Kim Kardashian, Hodor (Kristian Nairn), Amir Khan, Sasha Grey and more. The Podium Lounge, right besides VIP Gate 10 will once again be the place to spot the stars of the Racing Community.

    Art at The Lounge

    This year, The Podium Lounge is thrilled to welcome Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The Gallery will present Primary Source, an exhibition by famous contemporary artists from both Asia and the West.  This presentation focuses on work by internationally acclaimed artists such as Hiroshi Senju, Miya Ando, Kim Joon and more.

    Armin Flossdorf with 3 time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton
    Armin Flossdorf with 3 time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton

    The Podium Lounge also welcomes world famous speed painter Armin Flossdorf of F1 Arts. He will be performing live throughout the weekend. Consequently, Armin specializes in Formula 1 Art using his eye-catching technique of combining acrylics and pencil on canvas. Armin has exhibited at the very highest levels of motorsport events around the world.

    In addition, He will be joined by Paul Oz, an explosive portrait artist from the UK. Paul’s work focuses on the maximum 3D impact and energy in thick oil paint. Paul has also created work personally for celebrites such as Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Sir Jackie Stewart, Bruno Mars.

    Fast Cars & Private Jets Reign Supreme

    Finally, as part of the debut of the Lamborghini Aventador S in Singapore, The Podium Lounge will be showcasing 3 of the next generation Aventador super sport cars throughout the venue this year. Following that, WingsOverAsia, will also showcase one of their latest aircrafts within their outdoor VIP experience at The Podium Lounge.

    Tickets, VIP Tables and Booking Information:

    You can buy both Tickets or Tables can at http://www.podiumlounge.com/sg/

    Price (nett per person, per night)

    Early Bird S$188 / $218 General Admission

    On The Door S$340 / $370 General Admission + a bottle of Champagne Duval-Leroy

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    The Hennessy Paradis Impérial: A Gift Fit for a Tsar

    April 6th, 2017

    The Hennessy Paradis Impérial: Made for Kings

    A blend of rare 19th and 20th century cognacs, the Hennessy Paradis Impérial is  inspired by a cognac Richard Hennessy created in 1818 for Tsar Alexander I as a present from his mother.

    Originally blended by the Filioux family, seventh-generation Master Blender Yann Filioux, has hence reinterpreted this unique blend.  Consequently, Yann Filioux has created an exceptional offering through blending superior selections of eaux-de-vie that were produced for aging.

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    Yann Fillioux, Hennessy’s Master Blender

    Only 1 in 1000 eaux-de-vie tasted by the Master Blender will become part of this unique blend. Only the eaux-de-vie that have reached the  “point of elegance” at the moment when power meets finesse, will be selected to create the Paradis Impérial blend.

    The Senses

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    An Amber Coloured Taste of Heaven

    The result is a shimmering, amber-coloured cognac with a hint of sophisticated refinement. On the nose, one can experience aromas of jasmine and orange blossoms, spiced with smoky accents. In addition to its amazing aroma, enjoy the taste of rye and nuts with a smooth and mellow texture. This offering is also notably drier with a thinner coating. Combined, the Paradis Impérial give off a sense of structure and power in the back.

    The Design

    The case that houses the Paradis Imperial
    The case that houses the Paradis Imperial

    Hennessy enlisted Stephanie Balini, an award-winning French Baccarat designer, to design the Paradis Imperial bottle.  The silhouette of the stunning crystalline glass decanter is the iconic Hennessy shape. However, each decanter is adorned with a luxurious crystal cabochon that tops the 18-carat gold and silver collar accentuating its elegance. Finally,  encased in a luxury gift box and individually numbered,  the Paradis Impérial makes to bethe perfect gift for Cognac aficionados.

     

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    #UNCOVERED – Nik Powell speaks out on Inclusivity in the Film and Television Industry

    February 17th, 2017

    Nik Powell Speaks out on Inclusivity in the Film and Television Industry

    Meet Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin in the late 1960’s and producer of more than 45 Feature films including Oscar and Bafta winning films like the Crying Game. He is currently Director of the UK National Film and Television School.  While working in collaboration with The British Council, Nik Powell is also an advocate for making the film and television industries more inclusive.

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    Nik was recently in Singapore to talk about the challenges of making the film and tv industries properly inclusive in a world that is becoming less and less inclusive. He will specifically look at what is convergence and how it both helps and hinders inclusiveness’.

    #UNCOVERED – A moment with Nik Powell in Singapore

    COVERED: So Nik, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your past experiences ?

    Nik: I’m 1 of 5 children and I’m quite old and I left school at 16 and joined up with my best friend, Richard Branson. We lived in the same village, and we started a magazine called ‘Student’. This then led to starting a record mail order, like Amazon, and that led in turn to starting some record shops.

    Then I was drawn into film and started out in film in video shops and wanted distribute videos. However, in order to get the rights to the shows and put them on video, I had to buy the cinema rights. So I had the cinema rights and had to start a cinema distribution company. This, I did with my partner Stephen Woolley, who is one of the most  successful producers in the UK now. We started out together and spent more than 10 years as partners. Our first film was called Evil Dead, which was directed by Sam Raimi, now a huge Hollywood director doing massive films like Spiderman. But then he was 19 years old.

    Director, Producer, Visonary
    Director, Producer, Visonary

    About Inclusivity

    COVERED: You’re here in Singapore today to discuss inclusiveness in the film and TV industry – how would you define “inclusiveness”?

    Nik: Inclusiveness is the opposite to excluded. So you have communities of people in any population, and they constitute a certain percentage of the population. However, they don’t have the same percentage of actors and bosses et cetera. Lack of inclusion could be due to lack of education, lack of job, lack of money. So inclusiveness really means to get one’s industry to be composed roughly the same as the society in which we live in terms of the percentage of people doing different jobs.

    COVERED: And I understand from your talks, you’re focusing on the aspect called convergence?

    Nik: I decided that it would be good to look at diversity, inclusiveness, through the prism of convergence. Because you’ve got a society where things are converting, just in simple terms, what iPhones now do used to be 2-3 different things. So there’s a convergence in technology, and a convergence in culture, politics, social behaviour etc. That you can’t talk about one without talking about the others.

    That can really help because convergence can help talk about different groups of people. For example, old people- convergence can really help acclimatising themselves to knowledge. Technology is fantastic because they can do things from ordering groceries to playing bridge with their friends. They can do everything online so they can have fuller, less lonely lives, once their families have died or moved away. So convergence is a good solution.

     Learning how to help

    COVERED: What are some of the ways one could help to improve inclusiveness in the film and television industry?

    Nik: There are many things – not just one or two – one can do to improve inclusiveness in film and tv. Here are just a few – make inclusiveness a condition of access to public funding of films and tv. Make sure Film and tv schools like ourselves at UK National Film and Television school also teach inclusiveness and recruits a diverse student body and specifically provide scholarships to female, BAME and Disabled students; develop role models.

    COVERED: When and why did you start being an advocate for inclusiveness in the film industry?

    Nik: From very young I think. My heroes and heroines when I was a teenager were American blues and rhythm and blues players like John Lee hooker, Robert Johnson , Fats Domino and many others. Sports, especially, where football was also becoming diverse at least as far as players were concerned as any Arsenal fan of my generation will know! So when I came into the Film and TV business I was frankly surprised at the lack of diversity. I hope that both as a producer and as the director of the NFTS, I have shown a commitment to helping to change that.

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    COVERED: So whats next for Nik Powell and the film industry?

    Nik: I will continue to develop the National Film and TV school as well as some cool projects to produce in 2018. For the film industry in the UK uncertainty due to Brexit. For the global film business, also uncertainty due to the political events of 2016 and those yet to come in 2017

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    Ascend New Heights of Luxury with a $13.8M Trip Around the Globe

    January 20th, 2017

    Passport To 50: DreamMaker’s $13.8 Million Dollar Trip around the World.

    What would you buy for $13.8 million dollars ? A mansion? A fleet of sports cars? How about a trip around the world on a privately fitted Boeing 767 created by experimental travel boutique, DreamMaker? Coined the Passport To 50, this trip is currently being offered at $13,875,000 for up to 50 people. Travel date is currently slated for August of 2017. DreamMaker has styled as a milestone celebration for the ultra-high net worth and their friends and family. It will also be the first of its kind to circumnavigate the globe, covering a total of 50,000 kilometres in the air.

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    The luxurious Interior of The Passenger To 50

    Passport To 50 begins in Koh Samui and continues through Siem Reap, Kathmandu, Agra, Florence, Siena, Cannes, Moulinet, London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Marbella, Marrakech, Havana, Knoxville, Kona, El Nido, A Secret Island, before concluding in Manila.

    Sleeping Quarters Aboard The Passenger to 50
    Sleeping Quarters Aboard The Passenger To 50

    The Experience

    Let us first address the immediate pertinent question surrounding this opulent cruise across the heavens – what highlights can one expect. Perhaps a $500,000 charity poker tournament with a world’s top-ranked poker player? Or inflight yoga sessions and fashion shows? The answer in fact, is focused on ensuring that on board guests can be in their most relaxed state of mind and body as possible. DreamMaker has appointed hypnotherapist April Norris develops a holistic program that integrates both wearable sleep technology and alternative wellness techniques.  Additionally, guests will be waited on and pampered by a one to one guest to staff ratio. These staff members have been handpicked for their respective excellence in their respective fields.

    The Trinket

    $20,640 swizzle sticks by World of Diamonds
    $20,640 swizzle sticks exclusively crafted by the World of Diamonds

    Most noteworthy of all the onboard amenities on this journey, is the set of 50 18-karat gold swizzle sticks worth a total of $1 million dollars, each adorned with white and blue diamonds. Crafted by the World of Diamonds Group, these swizzle sticks took 3 dedicated designers and master craftsmen nearly 630 hours to make. Weighing in at nearly 26 grams, each swizzle stick comes with nearly 5 times more 18-karat gold than the average wedding ring. Adorned with 20 colourless diamonds (each representing every city that Passport To 50 will land in), the crowning piece on each swizzle stick is a rare 0.11 carat fancy blue diamond that sits atop each swizzle stick.

    The Beneficiaries

    In addition, the Passport To 50 experience directly benefits children around the world through Experiential Giving. This includes the distribution of 2,500 bicycles to enable rural children in Cambodia to attend school, the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children in the Philippines, as well as the building of “fun centers” for 50,000 children battling life-threatening illnesses in the United Kingdom.

    Find out more:

    To find out more about this privileged once in a lifetime trip, visit the official trip website here – www.PassportTo50.com .

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    In Conversation with Celeb Mixologist & Chef Ethan Leslie Leong

    December 30th, 2016

    #UNCOVERED – Rediscover your palate at Ethan’s FORT of Flavours

    Crowned “The Best Bartender of the Year” in 1998, Ethan Leong today is better known as the Executive Director and Chief Mixologist of Maison Ikkoku. Credited also for concocting Asia’s most expensive cocktail – the “Jewel of Pangea” in 2012,  Ethan Leong has since ventured further into the realms of gastronomy with the unveiling of FORT by Maison Ikkoku at the start of 2016. Situated amidst the luscious Fort Canning Park surrounds (next to the former Singapore Pinacotheque De Paris), FORT by Maison Ikkoku is indeed a rare gem that harmonises both gastronomy and mixology.

    Ethan Leslie Leong, Executive Director and Chief Mixologist of Maison Ikkoku
    Ethan Leslie Leong, Executive Director and Chief Mixologist at FORT by Maison Ikkoku

    A moment with Ethan Leong on the Expression of Flavours

    COVERED: When and why did you decide to become a mixologist and chef? What was the inspiration behind building your career as both?

    ETHAN LEONG: I started working in a culinary industry since 1991, before moving into professional bartending (mixology) years after that. In terms of taste and flavour, these 2 areas for me have always been interlinked, understanding this relationship is something that the schools don’t teach you. To stand out, one needs to always find uniqueness, yet standing true to your roots. Up till now, Mixologists still cannot cook and chefs still cannot mix  For me however, this is exactly where I am able to best express myself in my creations and stand out. Moving forward, I hope to continue educating the younger generations on understanding the relationship between culinary arts and mixology.

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    In the kitchen with Ethan Leong

    COVERED: In 2012, you created the World’s Most Expensive Cocktail called the Jewel of Pangaea, what was the reason and inspiration behind creating that cocktail?

    ETHAN LEONG: The inspiration behind this cocktail was to showcase mixology on the world stage. I also wanted to prove that cocktails can be enjoyed as a luxurious work of art and craftsmanship, concocted with rare and unique ingredients.

    COVERED: Would you say, your experience as a mixologist has helped with you in the culinary arts, and vice versa?

    ETHAN LEONG: Totally! To mix, to cook, it is the same, one needs to strike a balance. It is something I always preach & practice – it is The Art of Balancing. Up till now, i haven’t met any other mixologist who can cook, nor a chef who can mix. I am lucky to have started early and am also blessed with sensitive taste buds.

    On FORT by Maison Ikkoku

    COVERED: With the launch of FORT by Maison Ikkoku, what is the difference between Fort and the older Maison Ikkoku outlet at Kandahar Street?

    ETHAN LEONG: At FORT, we showcase Craft Cocktails using FORT’s house-made distilled liqueur with fresh herbs and fruits. It is then paired with our 12 course omakase dinner sitting at only SGD $68 per pax – featuring ingredients such as Uni, Otoro, Foie Grass, Ikura, Lobster, Crabmeat, etc.

    Our main bespoke bar outlet at Kandahar however, showcases a full bar with all sorts of bases for organic mixology.

    The cosy yet stunning FORT by Maison Ikkoku
    Inside the cosy yet stunning FORT by Maison Ikkoku

    COVERED: With regards to the Omakase Menu at FORT, where do you draw inspiration from? What can we look forward to in future?

    ETHAN LEONG: The omakase menu was inspired by my travel experiences; you’ll get a taste of South East Asia, Japan, Paris, Milan, Barcelona to New York – a combination of both East and West with seasonal ingredients.

    Uni Omakase at FORT by Maison Ikkoku
    Uni Omakase at FORT by Maison Ikkoku

    COVERED: What would you say, is the inspiration behind FORT and what is the message you hope to send to your customers?

    The inspiration behind FORT, would be a place that I can showcase both my passions in one space. It would be where I can serve up anything bespoke, both dinner and drinks alike. The message I want people to take away from it would be akin to a movie you have seen many times before, yet is something you would want to watch over and over again. And with each time you watch it, you take away something new.

    FORT by MAISON IKKOKU is located at 5 Cox Terrace, Fort Canning, Singapore 179620

    Connect with FORT by MAISON IKKOKU on Facebook here.

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    5 Peated Whiskies to Warm You Up This Christmas

    December 7th, 2016

    #Tastes – 5 Peaty Whiskies sure to warm you up this Christmas

    Christmas is just around the corner. What better way to spend Christmas with your loved ones,than by sharing a peaty dram or two with them. Warm up your chestnuts this festive season. Here are some of our favourite peated whiskies to try without breaking the bank.

    The Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3

    The Octomore 7.3 is the second release of Octomore whisky made from barley grown two miles along the coast from Bruichladdich’s distillery, at farmer and friend James Brown’s Octomore farm. Paying homage to the longtime camaraderie between both houses, the name “Octomore” was decidedly used to represent what would become the most heavily peated whisky series in the world. For those who haven’t had the Octomore before, tread with caution.

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    The Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3

    The Taste: One can obviously expect peat smoke, naturally, combined with the malty notes of barns, barley and straw. Expect tinges of tinned fruit, salted ham and marmalade. What’s interesting is the notes of salt-water (caused by the sea water splashed casks) which brings about a harmonious balance with apricots and honey.

    The Lagavulin 12

    The much adored Lagavulin 12 is certainly an acquired taste,  yet so revered by Lagavulin, that they have released one every year. With very subtle differences in each edition, including that of the phenol count and colour; be prepared for hit of peat that would knock your socks off.

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    The Lagavulin 12years

    The Taste:The Lagavulin 12 is starts off being dry and heavily peaty on the palate. You can expect notes of seaweed and botanicals which later melds pleasantly into sweetness and charcoal. The finish is that of dark chocolate which lingers for quite some time.

    The Laphroaig 10

    With dozens of awards to its name, The Laphroaig 10 is about as classic of an Islay as you can get. For those looking for a taste of something more refined yet chock full of the seductive taste of smoke, the Laphroaig 10 would perhaps be the whiskey to warm you up this Christmas.

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    The Laphroaig 10 Years

    The Taste:  The Laphroaig 10 begins with a traditional salty taste, tinged with sweet fruity hints. This is then followed by a growth in the thickness and body with layers of peat, smoke. To most people, they would almost call the Laphroaig medicinal.

    The Peat Monster by Compass Box Whisky

    The Peat Monster by Compass Box Whisky what you might call an artisan whisky. It is a  young whisky with a complexity that belies its age. The Peat Monster’s charm lies with its blend which helps to soften some of the raw peaty flavour which makes it’s a great starter for those wish to get into peated whiskies.

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    The Peat Monster by Compass Box Whisky

    The Taste:  The Peat Monster starts off sweet which later moves into delicious notes of smoky bacon and copper aroma. One can expect a long and powerful finish with floral notes of camomile, spice and oak.

    The Ardbeg Non Chilled Filter 10 Years

    Renowned for its smokey aroma and taste, the Ardbeg is a classic. It is non chill-filtered and one can expect a powerful punch when consuming The Ardbeg NCF 10 Years, does not simply throw its peat in your face, but rather gives way to the natural sweetness to balance out the peat.

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    The Ardbeg 10 Years

    Taste:One can expect a combination of smoke, tangy lemon and lime juice, fused with flavours of black pepper, cinnamon and toffee sweetness.

    So there you have it, our 5 must-try peated whiskies for the end year event and lifestyle festivities. Have another to add? Let us know your favourites via our Facebook Page here.

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    Rémy Martin unveils new look of the iconic Rémy Martin XO

    November 24th, 2016

    #Tastes – The New Look of The Iconic Rémy Martin XO

    Set along Rochester drive, is a black and white colonial bungalow, now remodeled as a postmodern dining concept named DW Workshop. There,  La Maison Rémy Martin’s youngest cellar master to date, Baptiste Loiseau unveiled the new look of the iconic Rémy Martin XO. The unveiling was a one day pop up experience, offering friends of Rémy Martin an insight into the fine French Cognac’s heritage and opulence. The guests were treated to a sensory adventure, an almost step by step appreciation course to fully unlock the flavours and decadence that is contained in a bottle of Rémy Martin XO.

    The Rémy Martin "Opulence Revealed" showcase
    The Rémy Martin DW Workshop



    The Teasing of Senses

    Guests were first treated to a selection between Rémy Martin V.S.O.P in the form of a refreshing ginger and lime aperitif, and the CLUB variant, neat or on ice. Guests then had a hand in crafting a customized scent according to their preferences. The Art of Blending session allowed the guest to thus draw on the similarities of the crafting of aromas for both perfumes and cognacs.

    The exquisite tasting table by Rémy Martin
    The exquisite tasting table by Rémy Martin

    The Taste Pairing

    Guests were later brought to a tasting to the luxurious cognac, directed by Baptiste, with a pairing of a sumptuous array of rich dark chocolate, honey, buttery figs, orange marmalade, honey, walnuts, gingerbread, pistachio cakes, macarons, cinnamon sticks and more, all set on a table with a certain Harry Potter-esque feel to it. 

    The newly released Rémy Martin XO is available at the retail price of SGD388.
    The newly released Rémy Martin XO is available at the retail price of SGD $388

    The Details

    The new carafe reveals the hidden depths of the XO. Its contemporary and treasured design illustrates the profound elegance and startling luminosity of the blend. Each indentation, just like each eau de vie, contributes in creating a rich, sumptuous, finish equaling more than the sum of its parts. The very silhouette of the carafe mirrors the House philosophy. The pyramidal form resembles the most sought after terroirs of Cognac: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne where the legend of Rémy Martin was born.

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    ]Rémy Martin was also an avid astronomer. He chose the centaur logo also because his star sign is Sagittarius

    The Experience

    Upon taking a gentle sniff of Rémy Martin XO, one will exprience sultanas, almost ripe grapes, vanilla and a hint of sherry. The overall taste of the XO is rich and spicy. However, on closer examination, one can detect cinnamon, cloves, drying tannins and also, surprisingly, some form of cooling menthol. The finish of the XO is rich, woody and one that lingers.
    The newly released Rémy Martin XO is available at the retail price of SGD $388.

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    Cointreau Blood Orange Debuts in Singapore: A Fresh New Expression

    November 14th, 2016

    #Tastes – The New Cointreau Blood Orange

    La Maison Cointreau has unveiled a sensual new expression, the Cointreau Blood Orange in the celebrated House style. This month, Cointreau Blood Orange premieres in Singapore, complementing the existing Cointreau range of Cointreau and Cointreau Noir.

    The Cointreau Blood Orange is now available in Singapore
    The Cointreau Blood Orange is now available in Singapore

    When one says blood orange, one might imagine a liquor of a shocking crimson colour. However, yet the Blood Orange is completely natural and clear. The blood orange peel is distilled with those of Cointreau’s trademark sweet and bitter oranges which results in a luxurious bouquet of extremely fruity head notes that later gently flows into a whisper of zest and citrus.

    The Cointreau Blood Orange offers rich fruity head notes, with hints of zest and citrus
    The Cointreau Blood Orange is a natural and clear liquid, made from Corsica blood oranges

    Created by former Master Distiller Bernadette Langlais, the Blood Orange is a bold variation that uses blood oranges from Corsica. However, these blood oranges are only harvested when their peels have the highest concentration of oils which thus results in its powerful citrus notes.

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    The Cointreau Blood Orange is a harmony of extremely fruity head notes, and hints of zest and citrus

    “I have put all my passion and dedication into creating the Blood Orange expression of Cointreau. The interplay of three orange varieties creates a profoundly rewarding complexity of taste. This is a spirit of exquisite fullness. Its natural brio offers a vibrant new twist on the classic, inimitable Cointreau signature,” attests Bernadette Langlais, former Master Distiller at La Maison Cointreau

    In every step of her creation, Bernadette Langlais has remained true to the Cointreau craftsmanship. This can be experienced through the harmony one feels when partaking in Cointreau Blood Orange. It also becomes clear that the Blood Orange is not an extension of Cointreau, but a new expression.

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    Bernadette Langlais, former Master Distiller at La Maison Cointreau

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    Whisky Live Singapore returns in November 2016

    November 2nd, 2016

    Capella Hotel Sentosa is host venue for Whisky Live 2016.

    Following its success in 2015, Whiskey Live will return to Singapore on the 12th and 13th  of November this year at Capella Hotel Sentosa. Primed to be its biggest show yet, Whiskey Live will showcase an astounding 300 expressions and over 60 whisk(e)y brands.

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    Whisky Live will take place on the 12th & 13th of November 2016

    The Organizers – La Maison du Whisky

    Whisky Live is proudly organized by La Maison du Whisky which celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Singapore.  To commemorate this occasion, La Maison du Whisky will bottle the last two barrels of Karuizawa – the Karuizawa 1965 Bourbon Cask, and the Karuizawa 1965 Sherry Cask. Both of which will be opened for the first time at Whisky Live Singapore 2016.

    The Invited “Golden Three” Industry Giants

    Yet if that is not already enough to tantalize the palate of any whisky lover, Whiskey Live 2016 will also feature three special industry giants. Dubbed as the “Golden Three”, here is all you need to know about these invited guests.

    Whisky Writer, Dave Broom

    Dave Broom is a four-time winner of the Glenfiddich Drinks Book of The Year Award
    Dave Broom is a four-time winner of the Glenfiddich Drinks Book of The Year Award

    Dave Broom is one of the most prolific whisky writers in the global scene. Having been a freelance writer for over twenty years, Dave Broom has focused not only on whisky but also on other spirits. He has since written numerous books, and is also a four-time winner of the Glenfiddich “Drinks Book of The Year Award“. His latest book “The World Atlas of Whisky” explores the whisky world not only by geography but also by flavours.

    A regular contributor to a host of international titles; Dave’s primary journalistic platform is Whisky Magazine and its international subsidiaries, and is also a regular contributor to Malt Advocate, Imbibe and other publications. Aside from being a member of the prestigious Malt Maniacs for over 10 years Dave has also formerly been the chairman of the judges at the World Whiskies Awards (WWA).

    At the coming Whisky Live Singapore, Dave will be conducting an exclusive masterclass at which attendees will gain access to indulge in a comparative tasting of the Karuizawa 1965 Bourbon Cask, and the Karuizawa 1965 Sherry Cask that as mentioned earlier in this article, will be opened for the first time at this event.

    Rum Legend, Luca Gargano

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    Rum legend, and voted 2016 Rum Influencer of the Year, Luca Gargano

    Returning to this year’s Whisky Live is rum legend, and newly crowned 2016 Rum Influencer of the Year Luca Gargano. Luca, who received this award just last week at The Golden Rum Barrel awards, will be hosting a masterclass of his Velier range of premier rums at this year’s Whisky Live Singapore.

    Master Mixologist, Rogerio Igarashi Vaz

    Master Mixologist Rogerio Igarashi Vaz
    Master Mixologist Rogerio Igarashi Vaz

    Master Mixologist Rogerio Igarashi Vaz will be making his debut in Singapore at Whisky Live this year. Rogerio is the co-founder and chief bartender at Bar Tram and Bar Trench in Japan, which were named amongst the world’s best 100 bars in 2014. This coming November, Bar Trench will be recreated exclusively at Whisky Live Singapore. Rogerio will be on hand to give guests an unforgettable experience in showcasing original and exclusive creations comprising of the latest Japanese cocktail trends.

    The Whiskies at Whisky Live 2016

    Of the 60 Whisk(e)y brands that will be featured this year, notable brands such as The Macallanwill also be making its debut at Whisky Live Singapore 2016. Also on the list of whiskies that will be present for the first time at this event are the Old Pulteney, Balblairand AnCnoc.

    Guests will also see the return of some of the world’s most notable distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Dalmore, Kavalan, Aberlour, Mortlach, Nikkaand many more. In the spirits category, crowd favourites Monkey 47, Chalong Bay, and Don Papawill also make their mark at the show.

    Whisky Live 2015
    Whisky Live 2015

    The Collector Room

    As always, The Collector Room will stay its reputation as one of the key highlights at Whiskey Live. This room was created for aficionados to enjoy rare and highly sought after bottles from all over the world.  Partnering with Leica Cameras, the room guarantees and comfortable and enjoyable environment for its guests. In partnership with Vaniday, Whiskey Live Singapore 2016 introduces a new feature called the Ladies Room, a respite filled with comfort and pampering, available only to female VIPs attending the show. Complimentary beauty services such as makeovers, massages and facials will be available in the Ladies Room.  To enjoy the pampering session, all the attendees require is to flash the Vaniday app upon entrance.

    Guests at Whisky Live 2015
    Guests at Whisky Live 2015

    The Food

    Another feature to look forward to at Whiskey Live 2016, would be the culinary creations of Executive Chef of Capella Hotel Singapore Chef David Nicolas Senia. Known for his culinary excellence of drawing inspiration from new experiences with local flavours, Chef David has prepared an exclusive menu where whisky is used as a key ingredient for his dishes. Guests attending the event will be entitled two portions of dishes per day.

    Guests Toasting at Whisky Live 2015
    Guests Toasting at Whisky Live 2015

     

    Ticketing & Event Info

    WHISKY LIVE 2016 SINGAPORE

    Date:12th November 2016 (Saturday) @ 2pm – 10pm, and

    13th November 2016 (Sunday) @ 11am – 9pm

    Venue:Capella Hotel Singapore

    1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

    Tickets are available for purchase here.

     

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