In The Auld Alliance Singapore.
While my last visit in The Auld Alliance Singapore I let myself to do a little tasting. All the single malts were presented naturally: cask strength, natural colour. Below are my basic tasting impressions.
I started with Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Port Pipe, distilled in 2009, bottled in 2013, 54,5% ABV, bottle no. 1400 out of 4200.
C: light amber;
N: quite fresh, winey, red grapefruit, accents of just cut wood, quite sweet with hard candy;
S: feels quite thick, tweaks on the tongue, grapefruit, a lot of orange peel and orange juice, delicate bitterness, it gets sweeter, a touch of liquor;
F: medium length with grapefruit.
Chichibu Port Pipe is a very young whisky, but in the natural presentation it is a pleasure to taste it. Water softens the whisky.
Second in line is a single malt from France – Kornog. Whisky bottled specially for The Auld Alliance Singapore in 2013. 58.7% ABV. It is worth mentioning that Kornog is produced in Glann Ar Mor Distillery, owned by Jean and Martine Donnay. It was their initiative to build the ninth distillery on Islay – Gartbreck.
N: after sniffing Chichibu this one is softer, more subtle, also sweet, a little mineral, a drop of water gives more sweet with some sour notes like citrone and lime, traces of smoke and peat;
T: I feel a high level of alcohol with tingling on the tongue, sweet, a little ginger and bitterness, grapefruit, slightly metallic, meaty, peat is detectable;
F: long sweet.
Interesting whisky from France.
And finally, another bottling specifically for The Auld Alliance Singapore – Ardmore. Distillation took place in 1992, bottling in 2013 in the amount of 218 units, 51.3% ABV.
C: light gold;
N: here immediately greets me smoke and calm peat, quite citrusy character, lemon peel, oranges, polished metal traces of earl gray tea, wet hay;
T: here I also immediately have peat with the fact that it is not overwhelming, further lime, orange and mandarin, also a little sweet accents, with the time more bitterness occurs;
F: quite long with smoke and a drop of orange juice.
Good opportunity to try Ardmore. On the market there are not too many versions available.