New Tiger Radler

Tiger will be releasing a new variant, its first one as far as i know since it began in Malaya 81 years ago. It’s called Tiger Radler, and is a combo of beer and… lemon juice.

Yea, you heard me.

Tried it out. It’s aroma is that of shandy, as shandy is basically beer and lemonade soda. In terms of mouthfeel, it’s crisp and fizzy. It tastes like shandy (i dig shandy, with bacon ba kwa, my annual CNY thing), but better. Not as sweet, with a hint of lager bitterness.

Among its ingredients are lime juice, orange juice and lemongrass! And some sugar.

Am sipping on it as i write this. Yea its a slow-sipping kinda drink.

It sure tastes good and refreshing, but as a beer, at only 2% ABV, it dont cut it for me. I’ll need half a case and swallow a few thousand calories to get high. Thing is, I’m on a diet. Sorta permanent one. So the higher the ABV, the less calories consumed. Haha.

The bottle is actually the same ol’ Tiger bottle, with cosmetic changes.



The drink originated as a cocktail for cyclists after a ride. I guess it’s cool to enjoy it as a refreshing beverage or thirst-quencher or spicy-food accompaniment rather than a beer.

It should be available wherever Tiger is, and is supposed to cost the same as regular Tiger. I expected it to be cheaper, considering shandy costs only 2 bucks a can.

Radler means cyclist in German. It’s already launched in Europe, and will be launched here in the city Friday.


Dewar’s 12 Years gets a makeover

The Dewar’s 12 Years Old Scotch is one i always enjoy drinking. Good-tasting stuff. Well-balanced, lively, clean easy-drinking whisky. I remember we (+ the cousins n uncles) polished 20 bottles of this before my brother’s wedding-lunch, at like 11am.

Insanity? Nope. Biasa.

The 12 is not seen very often here, but i feel it’s got potential to do better.

The White. Classic

In fact, the standard Dewar’s, the White Label, is decent stuff as well (with over 100 awards). Can be enjoyed with water. The White is also the number one-selling Scotch in the US. (The top-selling whiskies featured here before).

In the ‘Fields (Brickfields), its only 70 bucks a litre. I usually keep one handy in my room.


It’s come a good way since John Dewar’s small wine and spirits store in 1846 in Perth. But it was his son Tommy that travelled the world by sea to market it. Like he said way back then – “If you don’t advertise, you fossilize.” He created the first alcohol cinema ad – in 1898!


Anyway, Dewar’s of Aberfeldy decided to give its bottles a new, contemporary look. The event was cool – at the Turf Club in Sg Besi.


My first visit there. Its huge. It happened in the corporate box overlooking the track. Fat cat, with it’s own bar n shit.


My brunch

After some bubbly, we got down to the real stuff. I enjoyed mine with water & ice. Sometimes soda.

The new design incorporates a wave in the glass, symbolizing the well-rounded whiskies that Dewar’s creates.


There are 40 whiskies from all over Scotland that go into each bottle of Dewar’s. And the unique feature is that although the whiskies that go into the blend are already aged, the blend is then aged again in oak casks, before being bottled.

Makes the drink smoother, creamier, with a lingering finish. It’s called double-aged, obviously. Dewar’s has been doing this for over 100 years.


The main flavour found in Dewar’s is honey, which comes from Dewar’s own distillery, the Aberfeldy (which is also sold as a single malt).

The current master blender is a chick! That’s a first!

Full gallop

Made bets on the race. Win some, lose some

Party warmin up

This is where we bet

This where the cheap seats bet

The door gift? The best gift at such events. My very own Dewar’s 12 Years. The new design of course.

It’s lookin at me right now…


Brain damage: 7/10



Latest beer – Grimbergen (blond)

A new beer was launched in Malaysia a coupla days ago. Grimbergen is an ale from Belgium, and has a real long past. It’s like…  goddam medieval beer! From 883 years ago.

It went down at Brussels Beer Cafe in KL.

Ready for execution

The bottle is ol skool & dark, and very heavy. Content per bottle is 650ml.


I like the logo – a golden phoenix. The beer is served in a chalice, to add a barbarian touch.

The fathers at the Abbey of Grimbergen founded by St Norbert in the village of Grimbergen near Brussels logically used the hops and barley that grew around the abbey to make beer, which was consumed by travellers at the attached inn.

The phoenix logo is actually the abbey’s coat-of-arms. The Carlsberg Group has acquired its license to brew.

Best part is….

Don't mess

As the label shows, it’s got decent strength, and is from the year 1128. No shit.

For an ale at that strength, its extremely easy-drinking. The head is fine and creamy. It’s light-tasting, a lil sweet, with only a slight bitterness, and that only in the finish.

I wiped out several glasses like they werent there, and before i knew it, i was cruising. You would never think it’s 6.7%.

Clear gold

The beer is not really available everywhere yet. At d mo, Brussels Cafe in KL might have some, if we didnt finish ’em all that night. This initial batch of 180 bottles were brought from Singapore, but stocks direct from Belgium should be coming soon, and will be available at all Brussels Cafe outlets.

The lager’s website and FB page are in French, so no point linking here. They need to wake up.

It will cost $38++ or $43.70 net per 650ml bottle. Costly, but that’s d deal for this ancient abbey beer. Not something to drink daily.


It’s brought in by Luen Heng, a Carlsberg Malaysia subsidiary. The Blond (gold) variety is the first available, and there are plans to bring in another two varieties, And possibly draft as well. I guess that depends on how well it does here.

Brain damage: 8/10

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