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18 January 2016

Insta Weekly: Whiskies, Spirits & Bars

Hi readers!

Updates will be sporadic in the next 2 months until April. Not only will I be too caught up with my offline commitments, but I will also have to majorly cut down on leisurely drinking.... unless it's in an event, which I won't say not to, hehe. Meanwhile, feel free to get quite frequent updates from my Instagram (lots of of silly daily shenanigans) and Facebook page. Happy chinese new year, happy chah goh mei and happy valentines in advance!

Old Parr is all the rage.
Evidently an underground popular whisky, my uncle introduced it to me 2 years ago... and then I hear it get mentioned more and more. It's a legit scotch, no doubt - 1 of Diageo's many, many brands. If you can get your hands on it for a good price, it's a very decent house pour.




Ril's Bar, Bangsar
One of the earliest cocktail joints in Bangsar, it's currently helmed by 2 new imported bartenders, Zach & Mat, who are quite cocktail geeks. I haven't been back for over a year but with these new guys around, am looking forward to trying more of their signatures and interpretation of the classics. Prices start from RM42 and up. I've been planning to do up a list for cocktail bars I've visited - it will happen in 2016!





Omakase + Appreciate
Giving a little shout out to their snack menu. Not a wide range (just 3 options) but tasty enough to satisfy your alcohol-induced munchies.





Hello Wholly Spirits!
There's a new distributor in town which focuses on fairly uncommon stuff which are quite sought after by bartenders and spirits aficionados alike. Check them out at whollyspiritsasia.com



The Macallan Edition No.1
Seems like Macallan is embarking on a new expression. Thanks for this cute little sampling set, folks! Let's see how tasting it will be like....




Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

11 January 2016

Insta Weekly: Cocktails drank, Places Visited & Chinese New Year is coming!

Spirit of choice + limes + sugar + ice = easy homemade cocktail
Caipirinha is just the above with cachaca. You can also try it with any other white spirit.




Brasserie Enfin by James Won 
Did you cry when they closed up in Ara Damansara? Dry your tears - it merely moved to Menara Hap Seng, Kuala Lumpur. More: www.facebook.com/BrasserieEnfin



Arthur's Bar & Grill @ Shangri-la, Kuala Lumpur
Came for the happy hour, stayed for the surprisingly huge portions of (well-priced) grub.



Carlsberg kicked off their Chinese New Year 2016 campaign
.. with an awesomely clever tagline. More in a separate post.



Seagram's Extra Dry Gin
This american gin is surprisingly sweet neat. Not bad at all in a traditional gin & tonic.



Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

6 January 2016

Launch: Tiger White Ale Wheat Beer

Tiger launched this new beer just last November 2015 at Black Box, Publika - 2 years after the launch of Tiger Radler (a shandy variant).

Tiger White Wheat Beer Launch 2015

This cloudy, locally brewed wheat bear is made with clove, coriander, and orange peel.

It's no surprise if this sounds and tastes familiar to the other popular imported wheat beers widely available in Malaysia - it's meant to be competing in the same category, at a different price point.

Tiger White Wheat Beer Launch 2015
And then there were 3. 

At 5% ABV, I've seen it at a kopitiam recently selling for RM9 for a small bottle, just a few ringgit more than the usual Tiger Beer. At some kopitiams I've visited, it's even priced the same (maybe as an introductory offer)!

Fun fact: Malaysia (and Singapore) will be the first countries to have this new variant. Something to brag about, perhaps?

Tiger White Wheat Beer Launch 2015
Guinness Anchor Berhad managing director Mr Hans Essaadi (4th from left), Heineken Asia Pacific Region president Mr Frans Eusman (4th from right), GAB’s sales director Mr Thum Chee Yuen (2nd from left), chairman Datuk Seri Saw Choo Boon (3rd from left), marketing director Mr Bruce Dallas (3rd from right) and Tiger Beer marketing manager Ms Jessie Chuah (2nd from right).

Like Tiger Radler, I would have it ice cold. It's very easy to drink.

You'll be able to find Tiger White in bars and stores across the country.
Give it a go and let me know what you think about it.

For more: www.tigerbeer.com.my

4 January 2016

Insta Weekly: Stuff to Try & Places to Check Out.

Give the Hoegaarden ice-cream @ Rekindle ss2 Cafe a go
Sounds a strange but not a bad experience at all.



Check out Restoran Zhing Kong @ KL .... not for its food.
But for beers & local firewater at lunch time.



44 Bar is no longer at Dr Inc Bangsar
Many sad face. You'll only be able to find it as a pop up bar at selected events from now on :(



NEW: PS150 Bar @ KL
Located at 150, Petaling Street, say hello to yet another new cocktail bar in town!



Suntory Whisky White Label (Shirofuda) is Yummy!
Claimed to be the FIRST Japanese whisky (since 1929). Very easy drinking everyday whisky. Wish we could easily get hold of them (only available in Japan, I believe).



Richfield SS3 for RM60 Guinness & Kilkenny 3-pint set
If you're in PJ and hankering for a regular beer, you've found it right here.



Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

28 December 2015

Insta Weekly: All the Whiskies I've Tried and Probably Can't Buy :(

December's usually quiet, and last week was no exception. Haven't had the inspiration to mix drinks lately. However, I did have all the luck to try Other People's Stash of whiskies. <3

Trying something new this week. Let's see if embedding my Instagram pictures directly onto my blog works for you - please let me know if you can't see any of the images below?

Note to self, BUY THESE:

1. The National Trust for Scotland Glen Garioch Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (43% ABV)



2. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35.132 Mellifluous munificence (56.1% ABV)



3. Kavalan Solist Horizontal Tasting - Ex-bourbon , Vinho Barrique, Sherry.



4. Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky PX Cask Triple Matured 48% (travel retail exclusive)



And I hope you had a Beer-ry Christmas! Wishing you a very happy new year!

A photo posted by Fireangel (@fireangel80) on



Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

27 December 2015

Post Event Report: Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTiger Bites Finale

For 2 months, Tiger ran a #MyTigerBites campaign that encourages foodies to create a street food trail across Malaysia with the promise of exciting prizes and a grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to Taiwan for two.

Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale

The campaign ended in early November with a huge street food festival atop Avenue K's rooftop featuring a whole slew of hawker stalls, games, beer cocktails, and of course ice cold Tiger Beer.

Have a peek at the fun, and then try to figure out how they managed to get not 1, but 2 (!!!) lok lok trucks on the rooftop!

Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale
It really felt like an ACTUAL food court, EXCEPT you're on the roof!
The row of shoplots in the background are NOT real and were built just for the festival, wow! 

Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale
There were about 10 stalls, and 2 loklok trucks. Queues were a common sight - just like an actual food court. 

Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale
Just half of the food available that night. There were even 2 Tiger beer cocktails. 

Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale
I love how Tiger put in so much effort into this - they even re-created street signs! <3


Tiger Bites Street Food Festival aka #MyTigerBites Finale
L: Poking 4 fishballs into a stick was no easy feat! R: free flowing ice cold cans of Tiger beer. 

Thanks for having me, Tiger!  

Lots of food + free flowing ice cold beer = many happies.

For more, check out: www.tigerbites.com.my

21 December 2015

Insta Weekly: Harrison's Wine Shop Promo - Oyuwari Whisky - White Oak Akashi - 61 Monarchy - Inside Scoop Boozy Ice Creams

Harrison's Wine Shop @ Jalan 222 Festive Promo. 

Harrisons Wine Shop @ Jalan 222

It's that time of the year where Harrison's festive wine promos are on, just in time for Christmas & CNY. Prices of wine start from upper RM30 and up. They also distribute Tullibardine whisky, by the way. I've already popped by to get my hands on a few bottles. Stock up before stock runs out. :)

Contact:
No. 9, Jalan 222, 46100 Petaling Jaya.
GPS Coordinate : 3.095672,101.630348
Tel : Shop 03-7960 1010 or Jasper at 018 2233910

Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday Closed


Oyuwari Whisky. 

oyuwari whisky @ Twenty One Bar

Just whisky with hot water, it's a popular winter drink in Japan. Once the hot water hits the whisky, the lovely whisky fragrance hits you in all the right places. And of course, the hot water burns off some of the alcohol, making the whisky smoother to consume. Sure we don't get winter. But this is great for the crazy cold rainy season we've been having.

White Oak Akashi Blended Japanese Whisky. 

white oak akashi blended japanese whisky

This lesser known Japanese label is now available in Malaysia, distributed by Fortier Wines & Spirits. Evidently the stills are only in operation for 1 month each year, which means that they have super limited quantities to sell.

Seems like there are 2 versions of this 1) A domestic Japanese one where the malt whisky is mixed with molasses spirit and 2) An export version where its a mix of malt and grain whiskies (source). We get version 2. 

61 Monarchy is Opened for Business. 

61 Monarchy bar / lounge opens

PJ-lites can rejoice as we can look forward to yet another new boozy hang out joint in PJ, Damansara Uptown.

It's setting itself up to be a snug, intimate, upscale whisky/cocktail lounge for the affluent with a strict dress code applied (no slippers, no shorts etc..). 61 Monarchy is part the Hyde, Good Batch and Nara Kitchen group, by the way, and are all located practically next to each other.


Inside Scoop Boozy Ice Creams.

Inside Scoop Cognac Cranberry

Crowned Best Place for Dessert by popular vote in Time Out KL's Food Awards 2015, we popped by last week to check it out.

2 flavours stood out for us for obvious reasons - Smoked Cognac & Cognac Cranberry (pictured above, 1 scoop = RM9.50). We tried them both and man, it really does have quite a bit of alcohol - you can smell and taste it! Smoked Cognac is exactly what the name says it is - smoked cognac. Both are delicious novelties to enjoy on a hot weekend.

Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

20 December 2015

New: Gyukingu Japanese BBQ New Outlet @ Sri Hartamas (Feat. Wine Pairing Dinner)

Spurred on by the success of their first outlet at Kota Damansara, Gyukingu has ventured on to open their second one - at the super happening hub of Sri Hartamas.

Gyukingu specialises in Japanese BBQ or yakiniku. While not an uncommon concept locally, what sets them apart from the noise is their focus on premium cuts of meat.

I've been to the Kota Damansara outlet before and was quite wow-ed by it. I have Japan-crazy friends (who makes annual/bi-annual trips to Japan) who claim that this is one of the better yakikinus available in Malaysia and the price while steep, is fair for its quality. All I know is this - it made an impression and I knew another trip was due some day soon.

So it was a very nice surprise when a bunch of us were kindly invited by the team from Cleansui (who are Gyukingu's official water filter system providers) to commemorate the opening of new outlet with a yakiniku wine pairing event. YIPPEE!

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It never occurred to me that wines could be paired so well with Japanese food, specifically yakiniku! I guess I should've known better, since sake is basically a type of wine anyway, heh.

We started off with a French wine, AIX Rose 2014 (RM174.00) and I instantly fell in love with it. I typically don't enjoy rose as they are generally a tad too sickly sweet for me but this was just right. Vibrant, fruity, crispy, and soft.

The heavier meats were paired with a Spanish red - Vina Real Crianza 2011 (RM 200.00). On the nose, it was woody dark berries. In the mouth, silky without much tannin on dryness (yeay!). Then again, we had this wine only after several courses of the lighter meats and the rose, so my tongue was very seasoned by then. This was a great follow up wine, because the bold flavours still came through intensely.

Both wines were so easy to drink and went so well with the food that I couldn't stop asking for refills. In fact, because I was the only blogger who enjoyed drinking so much (the rest were prominent food bloggers), I probably had everyone's share of refills :p

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Iberico pork, Saga Beef, Beef Tongue

The rose was pair with 4 of their selected premium meats:
  • Saga wagyu beef sashimi (RM148.40) (not pictured) - felt like sweet butter in the mouth, nearly melting with just a little chewing. A wonderful, promising start.
  • Iberico Pork (RM38.00) - sweet & tender, doesn't have any of the pork-y smell (we were told that it's because the pig was fed with only acorn). If I closed my eyes it almost feels like I'm having a nice slice of beef.
  • A5 Saga Zabuton Beef (RM153.70/100g) - We were told that it doesn't lose to Matsuzaka and Kobe in quality. A short time over the fire resulted in a buttery, sweet and delicious meat.
  • Special Beef Tongue (RM45.40) - Springy and with a chewy texture which I absolutely adore (cook it for no more than 1 minute unless you like to chew on leather). I love BBq-ed tongue and this one was no exception.

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Sakura Pork Belly, Angus Beef Sirloin

The red was paired with the following:
  • Sakura Pork Belly (RM18.90) - the more affordable pork meat of the night. 
  • Angus Beef Sirloin (RM33.90) - an affordable beef alternative.
Both meats were recommended to be eaten Korean BBQ style - dipped in miso sauce and wrapped with lettuce - which filled me up to the brim!

As if all these meats didn't already tasted good on its own, my mind was blown when they were paired with the wines. Both meat and wine flavours became more intense, an example of a pairing done right. With every sip of the wine while the meat was in my mouth, I couldn't help myself but squeal in delight. This happened with nearly every single bite. I must've annoyed everyone around me quite a bit, sorry!

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Garlic Fried Rice & green tea ice cream

We had 2 other sides that night too:
  • Garlic Fried Rice (RM9.30) surprised me. Plain and unassuming, it was very tasty! A must order for rice heads. 
  • Shiratama An mitsu (RM14.60) - It's basically a single scoop of green tea ice cream with red beans and the works. Lovely. 
Gyukingu also has an extensive liquour list which includes wines, beers, sakes and shochu.  

Good news for you: In conjunction with the opening of the new outlet, you'll get a free scoop of ice cream & 10% off when you mention "Angeltini". Valid at both outlets until 31 Jan 2016.

Both wines are distributed by The Straits Wine Company - the same guys behind the annual Wine Fiesta (the one held at Publika earlier in Oct this year). For more: https://www.straitswine.com.my/

For more on Gyukingu: https://www.facebook.com/Gyukingu/

Thank you so much for having us! This has to be one of the more unforgettable dinners we've had.

14 December 2015

Insta Weekly: Strongbow Red Berries - Glenfarclas Tasting - 44 Bar @ Dr Inc

There were more updates on my instagram last week actually, but I'll only be featuring a select few which I feel is worth re-sharing here. If you'd like to be spammed daily and in bite sizes, feel free to follow me on instagram. :)


Strongbow Apple Ciders Red Berry

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Strongbow recently launched their limited edition Red Berries version - available only until February 2016, just enough time for you to stock up for the upcoming Chinese New Year because how can you not want to have a red drink in your home for the  festivities? :)

Priced at about RM19 in selected F&B outlets and RM12 in supermarkets (could be cheaper with Christmas promotions!). Get your hands on them before they run out of stock.

Updates, and outlets: www.facebook.com/strongbow.my


Glenfarclas 15, 17 & 105 Tasting

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12 Years Old 43% ABV, 15 Years Old 46% ABV, 17 Years Old 43% ABV, Cask Strength 60% ABV

Ian McWilliam from Glenfarclas is doing a mad 16 day Asian tour and managed to squeeze in some time for us in Malaysia to do a tasting.

Their whisky is predominantly mostly in sherry butts - so this is one label that sherry heads would go gaga for.

Cask Strength 60% ABV was and still is my favourite among the 4! So much flavours and punch. Even at 60% for some reason, it's smooth enough to drink on its own. But adding a couple of drops of water opens it up.  The Malt Maniacs named this their ‘Bang for your Buck’ in 2004.


44 Bar Eggnog + Sunday ice creams!

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Popped by 44 Bar last weekend with every intention to check out their alcohol Sunday ice-cream specials but got side track with Dr Inc's food festival instead. Got so stuffed with their brunch and coffee that I only managed to try 44 Bar's special bottled eggnog. Thank goodness I had space for that because it was so yummy and available for 1 day only :P

Oh yes, about those alcoholic ice creams, there are 3 flavours:
1) Spiced Rum Coconut
2) Godfather (Amaretto & Whiskey)
3) Negroni (Gin, Campari & vermouth).

I will be back to check out those ice creams I promise! And I better do it soon before they move out at the end of the year. Why do you guys only make it available on Sundays?!!? WHY!!!!

Until next week, drink safe!

Insta Weekly is a weekly summary of boozy updates from my Instagram.com/fireangel80 with the hashtag #angeltini. Feel free to follow me if you enjoy daily updates on booze, food and other random stuff by a girl from Malaysia. Cheers!

11 December 2015

Experience: Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

Was invited to check out one of Eight Gourmet Gala's (EGG) wine dinner sessions recently.

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines
L-R: Carpineto dogajolo bianco igt, Canaletto pinot grigio, Carpineto dogajolo rosso igt, Carpineto chianti classico docg, Carpineto brunello di montalcino docg
















EGG's concept is an interesting one. Owned by the same guys behind Black Market & the brand new Yamaguchi Fish Market in KL, the restaurant houses 8 different cuisines under 1 roof, almost like a upscaled food court if you will, consisting of:
  • Hakka Crab (chinese hawker)
  • Chiyo Sushi (Japanese)
  • Chateau De C.A.F.F.E.I.N.E.E.S (cafe)
  • Hook & Cook (Western seafood)
  • Malt. Berry. Apes (wine & whisky bar)
  • Yi (vegetarian)
  • Confessions of Lady Laura (desserts)
  • Nibbles Soup (Soup, Salad and Sandwich)
So basically, you're free to mix and match the food and drinks from these 8 outlets to your heart's stomach's desire.

The wine dinner session was a sit-down 4 course food (from the various outlets) & wine pairing session with a representative from the winery present to take your questions. This particular session featured Carpineto and Canaletto Italian wines.


Chiyo premium sashimi starter paired with Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco IGT

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

The wine was already excellent on its own - not too dry, not too sweet, fruity on the nose. This was a great start. The sashimi, already fresh and delectable, had its sweetness enhanced further with the white.


Truffle mushroom soup with Canaletto Pinot Grigio

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

I have to say this is one of the best mushroom soups I've had the pleasure of having - thick with lots of earthy flavours and generous amounts of mushrooms bits. That lovely truffle oil was the icing on the cake. It went down excellently with that citrusy, crispy, pinot griogio with a lovely floral scent.


Smoked duck breast rocket salad with balsamic sauce Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso IGT

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

THIS is my FAVOURITE wine of the night. I liked it so much I even bought a bottle home! Fruity, full bodied & complex yet not too heavy on the palate - lovely with the gamey meat and the sour balsamic sauce.


Grilled salmon and lamb loin & mint sauce with Carpinetto Chianti Classico DOCG

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

This wine is quite special as it's been aged in oak barrels for at least a year resulting in full bodied berry vanilla flavours with a creamy /velvety texture on the tongue...  Sort of reminded me of whisky! A seamless combination with the heavy red meats. 


Cheese platter with Carpineto Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Eight Gourmets Gala's Monthly Wine Tasting Feat. Canaletto & Carpineto Italian Wines

This one is like the previous Chianti but aged at least 3 years in oak barrels! So on the mouth and nose, there was EVEN more vanilla & berries, feels even heavier & thicker and coats the whole mouth. I suspect whisky lovers might just enjoy this one a whole bunch, it very nearly feels like whisky! So it's a no-brainer that the strong characters of the wine was a good match with the pungent cheese.

EGG will be holding these wine dinner sessions once a month. This session was RM148++ and totally worth it, if you ask me. Also, at every one of these wine dinner sessions, the bottles are sold on promotion. So if you find yourself falling in love with the wine you've just tasted and simply must get that bottle home, you can!

I had a memorable experience guys. Thanks for having me!

More info on the wines:
http://www.carpineto.com
http://www.casagirelli.it/our-wines2/Canaletto
The Carpineto and Canaletto wines are distributed in Malaysia by In Vino Veritas

For restaurant & event updates:
https://www.facebook.com/8gourmetsgala
www.8gourmetsgala.com