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Chivas Regal 18

Chivas Gold Signature 18 Years Old is a blended scotch. There is, therefore, grain whisky but also single malts from over 20 distilleries throughout Scotland. Bright light gold, the warm organoleptic profile gives way to a soft sweetness. There’s also heather, vanilla, orange peel, and a gentle smokiness. Very smooth, …

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Talisker 18 Years Old

Photographed at Imperial Treasure Paris. The first distillery to be established on the Isle of Skye in 1830, Talisker went through several hands before being acquired by John Walker & Sons and John Dewar & Sons in 1916 and, today, is part of Diageo. Whisky, like wine, can be too …

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Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut

Glenrothes has an uncanny ability to produce single malts of charm, finesse and tenacity in the same glass. Whisky Maker’s Cut has been sliced by Gordon Motion, Master Whisky Maker at the Speyside distillery since 2009, following an 11-year stint as right-hand man to predecessor John Ramsay. Continuity is important in delivering …

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Cognac Courvoisier XO

I first visited Courvoisier about 30 years ago. The cognac is not situated in Cognac but in Jarnac. The spirit produced in the two towns can carry the appellation Cognac. It’s a bit like Barsac and Sauternes, both being able to be known as Sauternes. Courvoisier is one of the best XOs …

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Wang Mao Bing Qian Lao Jiao ⑩

The history of this baijiu dates to 1879 when the Wang Mao Distillery was established in Maotai, Guizhou Province. The story of Wang Mao baijiu goes back exactly 140 years. In 1879, WANG Rong founded Rong Tai He Distillery (aka Wang Mao Distillery) with two other business partners in the town of Maotai, Guizhou …

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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky Aged 18 Years

Light bright gold. Fruity – including dried orange peel and heather – vanilla, and, elegantly sweet. Balanced and fine. Medium-plus bodied. Delicious. This pure malt from Matsui Shuzou Distillery is a blend of malt whiskies from Scotland and Japanese malt whiskies. And therefore not a Single Malt even though it …

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Tiansai Skyline of Gobi Brandy

Mid-gold. Nutty, dried cooked orange peel, cinnamon and spice. Gently sweet. Smooth, rich, and round. Very Cognac-like. Produced from the marc of chardonnay and riesling of the 2013 vintage. 41% in alcohol.  JIANG Yanjun started as winemaker at Tiansai in 2013. Apart from wine, he also makes a brandy which …

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For Author Page

A lawyer by training, CH’NG Poh Tiong published The Wine Review, the second oldest wine magazine in Asia from 1991, and the world’s first Guide to Bordeauxin Chinese from 2000 to 2014. Since then, he has migrated to websites and is publisher and writer of www.chngpohtiong.com and www.100chineserestaurants.com. ◆ Vice-Chairman – …

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Lu Shan Tang Qing Xiang

Lu Shan Tang in Xiamen, Fujian province, is the ancestral family temple of a famous Su clan. Family members have lived here since the time of the Five Dynasties, the period between the fall of the Tang dynasty in 907 and the founding of the Song dynasty in 960. Lu Shan Tang …

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