148 MacKenzie Road, Singapore, 228724
(Near Mount Sofia and Niven Road)
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.
- Lowland — only three distilleries remain in operation: Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, and Glenkinchie.
- Speyside — has the largest number of distilleries, which includes: Aberlour, Balvenie, Cardhu, Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Speyburn, The Glenlivet, The Glenrothes and The Macallan.
- Highland — some Highland distilleries: Aberfeldy, Balblair, Ben Nevis, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Ord, Glenmorangie, Oban and Old Pulteney.Campbeltown, once home to over 30 distilleries, currently has only three distilleries operating: Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank.
- Islay /ˈaɪlə/ — has eight producing distilleries: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.
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)
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)!