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18 October 2020

Johnny Walker 15 Years Sherry Finish Launched in Malaysia

Think Johnnie Walker and you'll probably be familiar with their colour coded brand range - Red, Black Green, Gold, Platinum, Blue....Yes the Walker family is popularly loved for their blended whiskies, and the newly launched Johnnie Walker Aged 15 Years Sherry Finish is no exception. 

Cardhu, Glen Elgin and Clynelish are some of the single malts that went into the making of the 15YO.

Made with a blend of 15-year-old single malt whiskies then finished in ex-Sherry oak casks, this new expression is only available in selected locations - both China, Taiwan, and now Malaysia. 

It's unlike the usual JW as it's on the sweeter side and have none of the usual signature Walker smoke, making it a an easy accompaniment to Asian cuisines, as we discovered it for ourselves at the launch lunch that feature a yummy-licious Chinese seafood menu by One Seafood Restaurant


Official tasting notes: Exhibiting flavors of candied fruits, dried fruits, and coco exclusive to sherry. On the nose, a slight floral aroma along with the fragrance of baked apples, honey and vanilla is present without the usual trace of smokiness, while it presents notes of candied fruits, chocolate and nuts exclusive to sherry on the palate, followed by an exquisite floral fragrance. This is a classic flavour profile from the Clynelish Distillery located in the Highland region of Scotland. Together with the aromas of fruit cake and dried fruits exclusive to the Glen Elgin Distillery, there is a great depth of flavour finished off with honey and candied-fruit endnotes that linger after every sip. Johnnie Walker Aged 15 Years Sherry Finish offers a sweet and aromatic experience.

Chong Wai Keng, Diageo Malaysia Brand Ambassador and Rajesh Joshi, Marketing Director of Diageo Malaysia at the recent media launch of the JW15 sherry finish.

The Johnnie Walker Aged 15 Years Sherry Finish is available on Boozeat, Stay Thirsty, Whisky.my and at major supermarkets. Now with CMCO hitting selected states in Malaysia, what better time to get hold of them online and try it at home with your own homecooked food? Don't forget to jio us, ya!

Official website: www.johnniewalker.com
Official hashtags: #JohnnieWalkerMY #JW15YSherry #KeepWalking

- Jon

28 September 2020

GinRum.Me 2020


Covid-19 has been a huge downer ... BUT rain, shine or virus, we must keep our spirits (glasses) up!

GinRum.Me is back in its third year with a new format for the new normal featuring 9 weeks of spirits experiences with gins, tequila and a mezcal across 8 bars in Klang Valley and even 4 in Ipoh!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Each week will feature one spirit by one participating bar. There are a few ways you can participate:

1) Get an entry ticket to participate in a special event hosted by the bar and spirit partner.

2) Get a limited edition masterclass box (aka the Grab.Relax.Minum box) which is curated by the participating bar and spirit brand partner to experience #GinRumMe2020 at home. There will be one box for each Bar-Brand collaboration.

3) Get both the entry ticket and masterclass box for a discounted price!

Check out these awesome Grab.Relax.Minum Masterclasses boxes by Hyde-Tanqueray and Joloko-Koch El!

LINE-UPS:
Week 1 (26 Sep): Hyde x Tanqueray No.Ten - Gin cocktails and Jazz

Week 2 (3 Oct): Joloko x Koch El Mezcal - Mexican Afternoon

Week 3 (10 Oct): Pahit x Whitley Neil Gin - Gin and Kerala Food pairing

Week 4 (18 Oct): JungleBird KL x Mount Gay Rum - Caribbean Afternoon 

Week 5 (26 Oct): Wildflowers x Edinburgh Gin - Afternoon Tea

Week 6 (31 Oct): Three x Co x Bacardi 8 Rum - Cocktail Making Workshop

Week 7 (7 Nov): Skullduggery x No. 3 London Dry Gin - Launch of the Kingsman edition.

Week 8 (15 Nov) : Jann @ Four Points Chinatown x Caorunn Gin - G&T and BBQ by the pool.

Week 9 (20-21 Nov): Ipoh bar hopping - Atasspeakeasy, Lumi, Mad Ramen and Tiga

So much gin cocktails at Hyde last weekend!

PRICING: 
Event ticket for each outlet - Average of RM80 per event.

Grab.Relax.Minum box - Between RM100-RM120 each box.  

COMBO package of ticket + box - About RM155 per package

Purchase them at eshop.thirstmag.com 

FOR MORE: 
Head on to www.ginrum.me

Don't say we #bojio!

#GinRumMe
#GinRumMe2020

18 January 2020

Jann, Four Points Sheraton Chinatown KL

The Petaling Street / Chinatown area is booming with foreign and local tourists, drawn by the mushrooming of new, quaint F&B outlets, super Instagram-able graffiti and design, and most of all - bars of all shapes and sizes.

Enter newest kid on the block, Jann. A cocktail bar that's located on the 7th floor of the newly opened Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown.

Image: https://www.facebook.com/pg/FourPointsKualaLumpurChinatown

Jann, named after the daughter of the family that owns the hotel, features signature drinks inspired by the flavours and ingredients from Petaling Street.

Headed by Lawson (previously of The Deceased) and assisted by Chris (previously from Three X Co), these two boys creatively put together a list of 12 signature cocktails. They would, as much as possible, even purchase the ingredients from Petaling Street in their bid to support the small businesses that make up the heritage of area.

Asam Laksa (RM45) - A margarita twist named after the laksa stall located along Jalan Hang Lekir (Madras Lane).
Aged tequila, ginger flower, asam keping, orange, calamansi.

Bak Kwa (RM45)  actually has bakwa from Oloiya.. who actually started off selling orange juice.
A lighter version of a Screwdriver, but with grand marnier, lemon and tea foam.

Great Master Kui (RM40) is meant to take you to Sin Sze Ya temple.
(Tea-infused gin, aperol, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, lemon)

Wanna guess why this is called Kapitan Yap (hint: hat)?
This interesting take to the whisky sour is made with jackfruit-infused Jack Daniel's.

Tau Foo Fah (RM40) is made with Tau foo fah from the infamous Jalan Petaling Tau Foo Fah stall, spiked with dark rum.

The Tailor - paying homage to the century-old fashioned tailor shop along Jalan Sultan.
This Old Fashioned is twisted with Jack Daniel's that's infused with bonito.

But like all freshly opened establishments, we were told that the drinks menu will continue to be tweaked.

Of course they have other items on the menu as well, spirits (as it's part of the Mariott group, you can expect the back of the bar to be dominated by  popular Pernod Ricard brands), beer on tap (which we need to find our more about), wine.... and of course bar snacks.

The bar itself is a marriage of old and new, east and west. As you enter, it's hard to miss the horse-shoe shaped open-concept bar.  And with an open air balcony with a view of the KL skyline.

Can't wait to check it out again once they have settled in.

More:
7th floor, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur
2, Jalan Balai Polis, Chinatown
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2035 7333
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/kulfc-four-points-kuala-lumpur-chinatown/
https://www.facebook.com/FourPointsKualaLumpurChinatown/