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6 June 2022

Singleton 39 year old launch at The Chamber, Starhill Bukit Bintang

We had the honour of not just to be one of the first people to check out The Chamber which was newly opened in Starhill, but also to sample a new Rare and Exceptional expression by Diageo - The Singleton of Glen Ord 39 Year Old, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 


Bottled at 46.2% abv, this 39-year old is a limited expression curated by the distillery's master distiller, Maureen Robinson, using a 12yr old Gen Ord which then spent another 27 years matured in a combination of European oak casks that had previously held port, red wine, Pedro Ximenez, oloroso sherry, and then finished off in Bordeaux red wine casks. 

Being bathed in all these wine casks you can expect deep stoned fruits and Christmas in your mouth. 

 Official tasting notes: 
Nose: The nose-feel is mellow, and the aroma is profoundly complex. Mild at first and vinous, with fruity top notes suggesting a rich fruit cake with wine-soaked raisins, candied orange peel and toasted almonds. Later, some butterscotch emerges, with a slightly burnt edge to the cake. Water dials back the fruit and introduces a cooling effect. 

Palate: At natural strength, light yet creamy-smooth; a very slightly waxy texture and a mouth-watering, sweet start with a notably fruity clove-studded spiciness. Then gently drying, with more spice towards the end yielding a light peppery warmth. Richly flavoured and perfectly balanced, it drinks well neat. With just a dash of water, the texture is thinner, and the sweetness comes forward slightly; there is a shake of salt now at the expense of spicier warmth, which returns in the finish. 

Finish: Very long, fruity, and warming, with a lingering spicy warmth and a hint of salted plums in the aftertaste. The latter is increased by a drop of water, when the whole aftertaste becomes unusually menthol-cool, with perhaps a suggestion of cherry liqueur chocolates. 
 

There are only 1,695 bottles are available in the world and a very limited number is allocated to Malaysia. Get it while it lasts and if you can afford it...... at only RM11.9k. You can get your hands on it from The Chamber: https://thechamber.my/ 

- Jon

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