NFT beer, zero ABV tequila and other new drinks to sip in March 2022
The March 2022 edition of New Drinks in Singapore is an interesting range of offerings. This includes NFT NFT beer, non-alcoholic tequila, and whiskey as old as your grandma!
New beers from two local brewers are in the spotlight this month: Lion Brewerywho collaborates with an artistic collective NFT on a floral blond beer, and Specific gravity is working with a local chocolatier on a chocolate beer.
For cocktail lovers, Muyu is a new craft liquor from three industry heavyweights, and of the lyre continues to devour the non-alcoholic spirits category with the introduction of two non-alcoholic tequilas.
Whiskey is on the rise again. Taiwanese distiller Kavalan pulls out a triple sherry cask whisky, and The Glen Grant commemorates the six-decade career of its master distiller with a 60-year-old single malt. The Macallan goes back even further, releasing an 81-year-old scotch that was first laid down in 1940.
7 New Drinks to Sip This March 2022
(Main and featured images: The Glen Grant)
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The Glen Grant 60 years
The Glen Grant is releasing a 60-year-old single malt – its oldest release to date – to mark the six-decade career of master distiller Dennis Malcolm. Bottled at 52.8 percent ABV from a single ex-oloroso sherry cask, it offers rich flavors of apricot, peaches, raisins, pecans and a hint of smoke. The palate features dark chocolate, caramel and fruitcake, ending with long and lingering flavors of figs, dates, licorice and a slight hint of smoke. The bottle, based on the distillery’s slender stills, is equally stunning.
Only 360 bottles available worldwide, including 10 in Singapore (S$39,888).
Lion Brewery Co. NFT Collaboration Rosella Lager
Lion Brewery dips its toes into the world of digital art with this beer crafted in collaboration with Hola Mona NFT. As the art collective’s parody of the famous Mona Lisa, the brewery has remixed lager – the world’s most popular style of beer – by brewing it with jasmine tea leaves and rosella, and l tagged with one of the Mona Makers artwork. Rosella Lager is available on tap at Thirty Six Brewlab & Smokehouse (S$7-16.50) or in 500ml cans (S$17.50).
Kavalan Triple Sherry Cask
Kavalan is popular for its sherry finished whiskeys, and its latest single malt (40% ABV) blend three. Made from a combination of oloroso, PX and moscatel casks, it features aromas of cinnamon, candied smoked plum and citrus layered between berries, tropical fruits and longan. The palate showcases honey, chocolate and caramel, followed by a long, lush finish.
Non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre’s is tackling tequila with its new Agave Blanco and Agave Reserva. Crafted to resemble silver tequila, The Agave Blanco offers rich citrus, roasted agave and peppery spice notes that are at home in a Margarita and Paloma. Agave Reserva pays homage to aged tequila with complex aromas of lemon, saline, agave, chamomile and pine. Earthy tones and a Sichuan pepper-like spice make it ideal in a Bloody Maria.
Muyu is what happens when you let internationally renowned bartenders go wild in the liquor category. Created by Alex Kratena and Monica Berg of Tayer Elementary in London, and Simone Caporale of Barcelona’s Sips, each liqueur highlights a primary ingredient with secondary flavors complementing the star.
There’s jasmine, which is floral and refreshing, lush and zesty chinotto, and Vertiver offers cedar and earth with grapefruit. MO Bar currently serves a limited run of cocktails featuring these liqueurs, but they’re equally enjoyable in a soda or tonic highball.
Specific gravity bow and arrow chocolate beer
Local craft brewer Specific Gravity has teamed up with Singaporean artisan chocolate makers Lemuel to create Bow & Arrow Ale. It’s made with cocoa beans from Ecuador, which are roasted and processed locally, then brewed into an amber beer (5.2% ABV) with tempered chocolate tones. The inclusion of ginger provides a spicy kick and balances the flavor profile.
The Macallan Range
The Macallan dates back to World War II for its oldest version to date. Made in 1940 from a single sherry cask, the single malt carries notes of dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon and aromatic peat, leading to caramel, crystallized ginger and charred pineapple. The finish is intensely rich, sweet and smoky.
The packaging is equally decadent. It comes in a carafe created from mouth-blown glass, which rests on a bronze sculpture of three hands representing the distillery workers who made it, former chairman Allan Shiach and the current whiskey master. Maker, Kirsteen Campbell.
Only 288 copies are available worldwide. Price on request, inquire at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore.