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The Chita Single Grain Whisky
The Chita Single Grain Whisky

A-maize-ing Grain 

Sure, you've had single malt whiskies, but have you tried one from a single grain yet? From the House of Suntory Whiskywho connoisseurs will most definitely know for producing Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki whiskiescomes The Chita. This single grain whisky is made from corn grain and distilled using continuous column stills in the distillery in Chita Peninsula. Suntory has always been using grain whiskies as the base for their blends, employing them as a sort of supporting actor to heighten the personalities of the malt whiskies. After four decades of research and innovation, they've finally created a complex liquid gold where the single grain takes centre-stage.

The Chita's corn grain
The Chita's corn grain

The Chita Single Grain Whisky is a sophisticated blend of five different types of grain whiskies, each giving the final product a distinct flavour profile component. Through varying the column distillation process, the distillers at Chita are able to create three types of grain whiskies: clean, medium, and heavy. The clean whisky is pure and sweetish, the medium has a mild taste of grain, while the heavy one carries rich aroma of grains. By further ageing the grain whisky in both Spanish oak casks and wine casks, the distillers also achieved one fruity and complex whisky, and another that carries a strawberry aroma and smooth taste. By blending these five whiskies together, the resultant The Chita is a smooth, bright gold nectar that smells of honey and blossoming rose, with a refreshing citrusy and clean finish.

Price upon request, available at Japanese restaurants, bars, bottle shops.

Manhattan's American Whiskey Glasshouse
Manhattan bar's American Whiskey Glasshouse

Make American Whiskeys Great Again

Asia's best bar Manhattan at Regent Singapore is putting a spotlight on the great whiskeys from the United States of America with their newly launched American Whiskey Embassy programme. A specially curated list of over 150 bottles of whiskeys, including a range of rare and collectible items, are housed in the Whiskey Glasshouse, a cosy but elegant nook within the bar's Ingredients Room. The whiskeys are categorised into collections such as The Big Boys, showcasing traditional American whiskeys; The Independents, featuring promising up-and-coming distilleries; The Experimental Collection, highlighting those using experimental techniques, unique mash bills and innovative finishes; and The Vintage Collection, spotlighting whiskeys bottles before the 2000s.

House barrel-finished whiskey at Manhattan
House barrel-finished whiskey at Manhattan

Though anyone can order up a shot of whiskey (prices range from $22 per 45ml pour of High West Campfire to $600 per shot of the vintage Old Oscar Pepper; half shots are available from some whiskeys, while a only-one-shot-per-customer's-visit stipulation is implemented for certain rare whiskeys), only those who sign up for the Manhattan American Whiskey Club will be privy to special events, masterclasses and tasting sessions led by master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts. For more information on the programme or to sign up for the Manhattan American Whiskey Club, email [email protected].

1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715. Tel: +65 6725 3377

Taking whisky notes at The Writing Club

Waxing Lyrical About Whisky

The only writing you'd probably be doing at The Writing Club would be penning love letters to the whisky distilleries, whose exquisite pours you'll get to enjoy at this month-old whisky bar at Palais Renaissance. More than 500 labels are carried at this 700 sq ft establishment, majority of which comes from the personal collection of the couple who own the place. The number is set to grow very quickly, especially with resident whisky expert Fong Chan Teng in charge of the comprehensive drinks program.

The Writing Club
The Writing Club

A quick scan at the enticing rows of whiskies behind the bar will show familiar names such as Glenfarclas, Glendronach, Ardberg, Laphroaig, and Springbank. Upon detailed inspection, you'll uncover gems from lesser known and obscure distilleries such as the Scottish Caperdonich and Littlemill. You might even be able to spot older bottlings of vintage whiskies like a 1970s bottling of The Glenlivet 12 Years Old and a 1990s bottling of Glenmorangie 18 years Old. Drams start from $16 per pour. What you should do though, is to experience a customisable whisky flight, either conducted blind or openly selected, from $68 per flight of three 20ml tasting portion.

390 Orchard Road, #02-10 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871. Tel: +65 9362 8626

The Whisky Distillery at ION Orchard

Whisky With A Side Of Bubbly

Just over a year since opening its flagship The Whisky Distillery at ION Orchard in June 2016, The Whisky Trust Group is set to open another store in Downtown Gallery. This is to appease the growing demand for #morewhisky for suits and office crowd in the CBD area. Whisky fans now no longer need to trek to the Orchard area to enjoy a fine dram and after-work whiskies are now more accessible with The Whisky Distillery outlet in the heart of Shenton Way. Expect 200 plus types of fine and rare whiskies, meticulously sourced from distilleries across Scotland, as well as special tasting sessions and private events at the new space.

The Whisky Distillery ION Orchard
The Whisky Distillery ION Orchard

On top of this second The Whisky Distillery, the group will also be opening up a new Champagne and Whisky lounge on the 5th floor of ION Orchard. The Saint-Louis House is a vision of opulence, complete with crystal chandeliers and exquisite crystal drink ware, from which to drink your fine bubbly. Complimenting the range of luxury Champagnes is a comprehensive collection of ultra prestigious and limited edition whisky bottles, specially curated for the whisky aficionado.

The Whisky Distillery:

2 Orchard Turn, #04-23 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801. Tel: 6634 3318;

6A Shenton Way, #01-11 Downton Gallery, Singapore 068815.  

Saint-Louis House: 2 Orchard Turn, #05-02 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801