ABSOLUT CANVAS 23 Aug till 2 Sept at The National Museum

ABSOLUT CANVAS is an exhibition that showcases the ways in which the art and design community have used the ABSOLUT bottle as a canvas for their creative ideas. It will run from 23 August till 2 September at the National Museum of Singapore. Visitors will get to see rare bottles that have never been seen before in Singapore and will also get to display their own creativity by taking part in a collaborative symphony.

 

ABSOLUT CANVAS

With its iconic silhouette and its collaborations with some of the most recognisable artists and designers, ABSOLUT has cemented itself as the perfect canvas for creative ideas to flourish.

ABSOLUT CANVAS showcases the ways in which artists and designers have used the ABSOLUT bottle as a channel for their creativity. Part of the Singapore Night Festival, the exhibition features beautifully designed bottles as well as an interactive area where visitors will get to unleash their own creativity. It also includes a pop-up bar serving ABSOLUT cocktails that have been created specially for ABSOLUT CANVAS.

23 August – 2 September

23 – 24 August and 30 – 31 August, 7pm – 2am nightly 25 – 29 August and 1 – 2 September, 10am – 6pm daily

National Museum of Singapore (Stamford Gallery) Admission is free

23 – 24 August and 30 – 31 August, 7pm – 2am Bar area restricted to 18 years and above only

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SCOTCH CORNER

SCOTCH CORNER
148 MacKenzie Road, Singapore, 228724
(Near Mount Sofia and Niven Road)
info@scotchcornergroup.com

Scotch Corner is an independent bottler and distributor of single cask malt whisky from Scotland. They provide the following:

  • WHISKY TASTINGS
  • WHISKY DINNER
  • EDUCATIONAL CLASSES
  • RARE BOTTLINGS
  • CORPORATE GIFTS

I was glad to receive an invitation for a whisky tasting session recently.

For one: Unlike most women, I’m not sure how I grew to choose whisky over vodka and champagne.

I do love my whisky – having once managed the PR accounts of Pernod Ricard and Chivas Regal. I attribute my love of whisky to be one that’s more realistic and honest – simple because it doesn’t deal me a hang over nor do I feel nausea when I over do it. No wonder whisky survived The Prohibition Period… that medicinal smokiness was the saving of Laphroaig during Prohibition, when technically it should have been banned form entry into the US. Instead it wad imported perfectly legally- as a medicinal spirit. (Ah don’t we humans love to circumvent the laws).

The perfect accompaniment for Whisky is great company and Jazz. As the late Artie Shaw puts it ” the best jazz comes from the bottom of a whisky bottle”

Distilled alcohol was known in Latin as aqua vitae = “water of life”. This was translated to Gaelic as Irish: uisce beatha and Scottish Gaelic: uisge beatha = “lively water” or “water of life”. The Gaelic “usquebaugh”, meaning “Water of Life”, phonetically became “usky” and then “whisky” in English. While whisky did not orginate in Scotland, Scotland has internationally protected the term “Scotch”. For a whisky to be labeled Scotch it has to be produced in Scotland. If it is to be called Scotch, it cannot be produced anywhere else. The Scotch Corner brand & name reflects this. Scotch Corner whisky are unblended, single malt, with no flavorings and bottled right at the source straight from the cask.

Blended Scotch whisky constitutes about 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland. Notable blended Scotch whisky brands include Johnnie Walker, The Famous Grouse, Ballatine’s and Chivas Regal. (I do enjoy Chivas 18 and Ballatine’s). The unblended ones are as rare as it gets – and aren’t available for mass consumption.

If the bottle is the product of malt whiskies produced at more than one distillery, the whisky is called a blended malt or vatted malt, or pure malt. If a single malt is mixed with grain whisky, the result is a blended whisky. Single malts can be bottled by the distillery that produced them or by an independent bottler such as Scotch Corner.

There is close to 100 distilleries in Scotland each producing a single malt that is totally unique to the distillery it was distilled in & the cask used for aging.

Whisky Regions:

Year upon year while kept in these casks, the whisky much like cognacs loses a portion of its original volume.  Evaporation continues over subsequent years at a god knows what rate per barrel. A good whisky is likely to lose approximately thirty percent of its original volume by the time it is ready for bottling.

Oak wood contains a large number of chemical compounds and almost every one of them can add a little something to the flavor profile and personality of your whisky when kept in contact with. The most recognizable of these are a wide range of vanilla, tea like tannins or even tobacco flavors or aroma. Aging on wood also adds pigmented color elements and hydrolyze-able compounds which is said to contribute to how it feels in your mouth.
Here are 2 bottles of The Glenlivet, both from 1977. Notice the color difference? This is due to the different wooden casks used.

Single Malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient.

Here’s what PEAT looks like.

The expression The Angels Share refers to the quantity of the whiskey or wine, which is lost to evaporation during the aging process

All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Some like The Maccallan have chosen to age in only sherry casks. Originally, The Macallan was matured only in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones

Here’s what we got to taste at Scotch Corner. Thank you Andrew and David for your hosting us.

IT’S SO DETAILED YOU EVEN KNOW THE CASK NUMBER!

CAOL ILA: 28 Y.O
GLENBURGIE 26 Y.O (love this).
GLEN SCOTIA -18 Y.O
BLADNOCH – 19 Y.O

For older whiskies trust me – you would like to add some water to it to bring out the taste. Sometimes the high alcohol content makes it really sharp so water helps to bring out the aromas and give it a somewhat more balanced feel on your palette so you can appreciate what’s coming through.

I won’t go through the tasting notes simply because its something to be experienced yourself.

As a general guide, I think whiskies age 18 and up are mostly pretty good to drink on its own.

P.S I once had beef skewers marinated with Chivas 18 (amazing it was)

(THIS IS MY FAVOURITE! 26 year old Glenburgie)

Whisky lovers – do pop on by – I promise Scotch Corner has alot to offer. If you are up for it to, you can ask Andrew about the history of Scotland and I’m pretty sure he would be happy to share his knowledge beyond Whisky.

Anyone a fan of Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky has been gaining quite alot of attention as of late. Andrew had told us it was created by a Japanese who schooled in Scotland and who then got married to a scottish lady. :) Fun facts I never knew.

Well Cheers and as they say in Scotland, sláinte mhath (good health)!