Tea cocktails

A tea distributor, Exclusivitea, had an interesting event recently at 61 Monarchy, featuring drinks that also had tea in them, as well as  Fentimans Botanically Brewed sodas. The tea, Ronnefeldt, is from Germany, with at least a dozen styles and flavours available.

Good stuff

The cocktails were created by Shirmy.

Shirmy doing the tarik

Three cocktails were available, kicking off with Berries Wonderland – Tanqueray 10, Creme de Cacao, Shiso Leaves, simple syrup, lemon juice and Ronnefeldt Sweet Berries soda. A complicated mix of flavours, however a lil on the bitter-ish side for me.

Nicely presented

The Spices Breamble is an exciting drink. It’s made of vodka infused with Ronnefeldt Masala Chai, Creme de Cassis, fresh pineapple juice, lemon juice, evaporated milk and simple syrup.

I loved it. An excellent mix with tinges of fruit, spice and cream coming together amazingly. The masala taste from the tea is just right. Tho i’d prefer a little less sweetness, most would find it fine.

Comes in two parts


Dunk milk into glass

The final drink is made of Monkey Shoulder, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, lemon juice, dry orange peel, Fentiman’s Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger topped with Ronnefeldt Roiboos Orange foam, called T-Joy. I got a bitch-slap after the previous milky indulgence. This one is a zesty, strong surprise, with a finish of orange and whisky.




I have yet to try the teas on their own, but they seem to be good stuff, and doing a good job by experimenting with alcohols and such. Tea-related cocktails are are quite common, but this is a good effort by Exlcusivetea.

The cocktails cost RM40 each and are available till Dec 4 at 61 Monarchy.


Brain damage: 7/10


Tiffin teaser party

We had a great time at Taste of Tiffin, a two-day event at Publika organized by Freeform Untitled. Took my  mixologist Imran along as well, to check out the alcohol section.

It was certainly an experiential celebration of food and drink. Although we only attended one afternoon, it was obvious that it was a unique collection of food and drinks all in one spot, with a total guest count of 3,000.


The set-up outside

There were three parts of the event that we visited – the food booths outside, the ones inside, and the booze section. There was some really good grub all around, and we were spoilt for choice. I vaguely recall swallowing some Mexican stuff in the afternoon while buzzed.


The afternoon session

Anyway, my highlight was in the Black Box – the sampling sessions in the afternoon, as well as cocktail stands. I got so wasted at one point just from sampling the variety that was given, that i had to leave. Swallowed the Mexican stuff at the food section, then came back.

I enjoyed trying out some new gin from Australia, West Winds – the Sabre, and the Cutlass. Especially the Sabre – kinda tangy and sweetish. These gins are available at Locker & Loft.

There were about 40 different spirits to try at the event!


The Wholly Spirits boys



Some of the booty



Many mini-bars to select from

The best part of this event is that it’s actually merely a teaser to the main event, Tiffin Week. This goes down Sept 24 – Oct 3 at Publika. Expect a very interesting and fun ten days.

Launching mid-2016

Launching mid-2016 for Sept

But in the meantime, Tiffin is also organizing an F&B experience for Urbanscapes 2016. Locker & Loft will be involved in the final weekend of Urbanscapes in KL, May 7 & 8, where we’ll be making alcoholic ”daytime drinks!” from 11am on Saturday & Sunday.

Event details here. Day-drinkers, rejoice.


Brain damage: 8/10


Jose Cuervo reloaded

The well-known tequila, Cuervo is back, with a vengeance. I think everybody with a mouth has had a shot or ten of this particular brand of Mexican fuel.

“Are you a Mexican, or a Mexicant?” (Name the movie…)


The best-selling tequila in the world, Jose Cuervo from the town of Tequila is now brought in to Malaysia by Carlsberg Malaysia via Luen Heng. They sure are diversifying, especially with beers. GAB shd be worried.

Anyway, to mark this merry occasion, a fun poolside party popped at The Pool, Jln Ampang KL.

Party spot. Warmin up

There was a dude from Cuervo, Rajiv Ghumman, who spoke about d heritage of the brand, goin back centuries; 250 years to be exact.

The Especial is a reposado, ie, aged at least two months but below a year, in oak.

He seems to be on tour introducing a new method to drink the Especial – from a frozen bottle. Makes this tequila a lot smoother obviously. Cuts out the roughness.

Personally i prefer 100% agave tequilas, which to many drinkers, is real tequila. The others use 51% agave and 49% other stuff, but by law, is still allowed to be classified as tequila.

Is that an agave, no, it’s a palm, no it’s Pineapple!

We then got to try Jose margaritas – various cool flavoured ones. Some really rocked.

Swallowed all

The mango, raspberry and kiwi are kick-ass mixes.


Whooped d traffic lights too

Products of José Cuervo includes José Cuervo Reposado, Especial Silver, Reserva de la Familia and its range of premium 100% blue agave tequilas namely the 1800 Silver and 1800 Añejo.

The Anejo is one of my fave tequilas ever, and i had a crazy, no crap-barred test session of this one at Frontera. Super-smooth, Cognac-like sweetness. Da best.

Dats d one!

The José Cuervo flavours varies from the default José Cuervo Especial Reposado versus the full, mellow taste of rich oak, and vanilla of the José Cuervo Reserva de la Familia.

Did target practice. Didnt win anything, but at least did it in style, backwards, two-guns n shit

Had the family reserve one only once, what it being a limited production and all.  Awesome. It has a nose similar to a single malt or cognac, with more caramel. Its super-smooth in the mouth, velvety, with a sweet, intense finish. Definitely not a regular tequila.

There are eight tequilas is total from Cuervo.

Some of d guys from the Cuervo familia

Anyway, expect to see more Jose Cuervo in d scene real soon.

Just to ensure we were well loaded, Dax brings out trays of shots. Forget slurpees. Kicked it ol skool in d end

The brass doin their thang. Someone shd have been thrown into d pool, followed by d ice bar


 Brain damage: 7/10


What your drink says about you

Here’s sumtin i read online re assumptions made by bartenders regarding their customers, based on what they order.

Malibu & Coke: You vomit easily.

Vodka Cranberry: You don’t know what you want in life, or at this bar.

Patron: Danger. I am adding gratuity to your check.

Gin & Tonic: $$$

Vodka & Tonic: We could be friends.

Long Island Ice Tea: You just broke up with your boy/girl and have chosen tonight as the night you will “move on”.

Foreign Beer: You are on a 2nd or 3rd date, trying to impress the girl with your cultured taste for Turkish pilsner.

Cosmo: For the love of God, hurry up and finish the 6th season of Sex & The City.

Red Bull & Vodka: You’re an asshole.

Pinot Grigio: You are approaching menopause faster than you think.

Pinot Noir: You don’t really go to bars.

Moscato: You listen to too much rap.

Gran Marnier: What are you doing here?

Vodka Martini: You had a serious day at work, or you are a functional alcoholic.

White Russian: Obsessed with The Big Lebowski, and probably The Daily Show. Or, you just like to drink dessert.

Lillet/Campari/Aperol: You’re twee, and possibly like to throw around words like “mixology.”

White wine: You’re definitely a woman. You’re possibly a little uptight.

Prosecco: You’re often a little uptight, but tonight you’re looking to party.

Margarita: All of your relationships have either begun or ended at a wet t-shirt contest.

Whiskey, neat: You’re hot. Regardless of gender.

Jäger: Secretly wishing you were hanging out with your buddies.

Martini: If you’re a guy, you’re trying to impress (and it’s probably working). If you’re a girl drinking a dirty martini, you’re a hot mess: the dirtier, the messier, the hotter.

Vodka on the Rocks: Too self-conscious to actually order a martini.

Singapore Sling: You learned to drink from your mother.

Zombie: No matter what people say, you’re getting along just fine without long-term memory.

Tequila Slammer: You’re down-to-earth. Usually face-down.

I too have got my own assumptions:

Champagne: You like drinking

Cognac: You like drinking

Mojito: You like drinking

Anything with alcohol: You like drinking

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