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Fifty Six Degrees whisky

May 21st, 2015 · ~ Bars / Clubs / Restaurants ~, ~ Whisky ~

KL was graced with a new Scotch whisky brand recently when Fifty Six Degrees launched at the supercool spot, M8.

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56 Degrees is a blended whisky, consisting of single malts and a single-grain whisky, aged in American bourbon oak casks and finished in sherry casks.

56 degrees is the latitude of the Scottish Highlands.

A single grain whisky is made in a single distillery, from unmalted grains – most often barley, corn or wheat. (If produced with malted grain, the end product is a single malt.)

Boy of M8 gettin d party started

Boy of M8 gettin d party started

It describes itself as a ‘’smooth and rich new-age blend’’. Well, it’s smooth alright. Extremely smooth, easy-drinking beverage. Guests enjoyed many glasses and it went down easy. In that sense, it’s a good whisky for any occasion, breakfast included.

Very interesting.

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Very smooth

The whisky is produced by 56 Degrees Marketing Sdn Bhd and Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd, a Scotch producer which also does whiskies like Glengoyne, Isle of Skye and Tamdhu.

“The best feature of 56 Degrees is that it can appeal to both whisky aficionados and novices’’- Kristine Goh, CEO of 56 Degrees Marketing. Yup, it probably can.

Launched!

Launched!

Chillin with a guy in a kilt

Chillin with a guy in a fancy skirt

This new blend has a balance of citrus with a malty heart, plus a fresh, creamy palate. Can be enjoyed on the rocks. It’s actually a Highland whiskey, blended with the Asian palate in mind.

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The awesome party went on till late, as we moved from the restaurant to the lounge

You can find this whisky at The Roulette Restaurant Bar, Naughty Nuri’s, Piggy Tail, Sid’s Pub, Chapter One Bar & Bistro, Hour Place Restaurant, Eight Gourmets Gala (EGG), and Castell Gastrobar.

 

Brain damage: 8.5/10

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Here we go…

April 20th, 2015 · Uncategorized

12 days in Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague and hopefully Bratislava.

It’s gonna be a beer-fueled vacation!

See yall in May.

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My new dog

March 7th, 2015 · ~ Homey ~

After ma man Homey died last year, I was not keen on taking care of another dog. Need some time off and shit. 13 years was the longest duration that i had a dog by my side.

Anyway, i recently met this fella, who looks a lot like Homey. It belongs to someone who lives a few streets away, but he likes hanging out at my area. I assume he’s one of Homey’s kids.

He's the one in white

He’s the one in white

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See the resemblance?

So i decided, fuck it, I’ll take it. This was 3 weeks ago.

After a few days, his humans stopped looking for him, so its all good now. Not very committed, are they? Pricks.

I figured since he’s Homey’s kid, I have a right to him. Also, it helps sooth the pain of losing Homey.

 

His name is Monkey. He’s a pretty cute fella eh?

Monkeeey!

Monkeeee!

 

Update:  This was an April Fool’s joke. Am no dog thief!

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Malaysian fruit wines

March 1st, 2015 · ~ Booze news / new products ~, ~ Cool drinkers' gifts ~, ~ Wine, tuak & champy ~

It’s strange that a fruit-rich, tropical country like ours doesnt seem to have any fruit wines. Until now that is!

Reiss Jaden Wines is a new brand that currently has four wines and a liquor in its portfolio. I managed to score a sneak peek at the range, with full samples of course.

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Set

Set

The wines are targeted as table wines, to be enjoyed chilled at restaurants or at home. They’re produced from natural products, made from Malaysian fresh fruits.

There are more types being planned; as for now the range of wines are ginger, lemon, ginger-lemon and pineapple. And a coffee liquor too.

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The darkest of the lot

The darkest of the lot

Unlike many grape wines, these are simple and uncomplex beverages. The Ginger Wine is obviously the most lively and spicy of the lot. It feels a lot like ginger beer actually. Haha. But with a good side-effect.

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The Ginger-Lemon Wine has strong ginger aromas too, with a citrusy tinge. Taste-wise it’s more lemon than ginger. Some of my tasting buddies say they’d prefer more ginger, but i found it perfect. The ginger was light, so was the lemon, and it enabled quicker consumption. Balanced and exotic, the sweetness was just right. A fruity-spice drink I’ve never experienced before, that’s for sure.

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Reiss Lemon Wine is very fruity and quite sweetish, with a sweet-sour finish. It feels more like a lemon liqueur. Pretty interesting.

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And the Pineapple Wine gives out the sweet aromas of pineapple; kinda puts the beach into my head. And in the mouth it’s fruity and even caramel-like. Awesome with ice.   .

In fact, all these wines should be enjoyed cold, and with ice as well if you prefer them to be less sweet.

The Coffee Liqueur is a 40% ABV drink (RM68). You can enjoy it on the rocks or a mixer of your choice. I went for Milo (as well as choco milk), with lots of ice. Good stuff!

These unique wines have a good ABV of 14.5%, and are priced at RM48, which is very reasonable.

The tasting session was enjoyable and a nice change from the usual wines. All these wines tend to go down pretty easy, and make for a fun day or night out. I foresee purchasing some for consumption. They’d make unique gifts too. Throw in a huggaz wine transporter and you’re good to go!

The company has been making other wines for 25 years now. These fruit wines are yet to be launched. However, if anybody’s keen to order a bunch, i’d be able to make arrangements.

Be good boys and girls and drink your fruits now..

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