Tasting Notes from Singapore’s Quaich Bar
Interiors of the Quaich Bar in Singapore
A few months ago Singapore saw the opening of the Quaich Bar at Resorts World Sentosa. The two-storey bar is spread over 8,000 sqft and holds the title of ‘Asia’s Largest Whisky Bar’ firmly tucked under its belt. It’s no wonder then that this is one place whisky lovers are making a beeline for. We asked CEO Chua Khoon Hui to give us a low down on all that this whisky haven has to offer.
The whisky list at the Quaich Bar covers 1,000 labels. In quantity and quality, the range here is remarkable, with over 95% of the whiskies from Scotland and the rest from Wales, Japan, India, America and South Africa. The bar stocks the classic everyday tipples as well as the incredibly rare ones like the Bowmore 1964 Fino Sherry. The oldest Bowmore, a 1957, in a similar crystal bottle, was recently sold at the Scottish distillery for £100,000. The ’64 is the second oldest Bowmore to be released and can be savoured at the bar for $68,000. Of the 72 bottles produced, Quaich Bar holds the prized bottle numbers 1, 2 and 3.
The Quaich Bar offers about 100 different cigars, from the popular Cohiba and Montecristos, to limited editions vintage cigars. For connoisseurs who think the perfect marriage is between that of a cigar and a single malt, there could not be a finer place.
Special Blend Whiskies
Master Blender Experience
For those who are new to the world of whisky, the Master Blending Experience is the perfect introduction. Participants are guided through a tasting of 12 different styles of whiskies taken from different distilleries, and from a variety of casks type. They then get to blend these according to their preferences. Each personal blend is recorded in the database so that guests can ask for it each time they visit.
The Singapore Blend
There’s a special whisky blend available, which has been created by Quaich Bar Hui and Nicholas Fang, a whisky lover, a former Singapore national fencer, and currently a nominated Member of Parliament. The Singapore Blend comes with tasting notes of tropical fruits with hints of the sea. The sweet and creamy palate eventually leaves a salty note.
On the second storey is the more private Golden Cask Lounge for the serious aficionados. The exclusive Archive Bar stocks rare and vintage whiskies; and there’s even a private club called the Golden Cask Order where membership is by invite alone. Members of the Order are privy to a host of benefits including exclusive tastings and personal meetings with visiting producers.
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