Singapore’s most sought out independent bottling whisky bar, The Single Cask conducted their 2nd masterclass last Wednesday, 11 January and was hosted by resident whisky expert, Brendan Pillai.
The masterclass featured four expressions - The Single Cask Balmenach 2003 12 Years Old, The Single Cask Benrinnes 2001 15 Years Old, The Single Cask Arran 1996 19 Years Old, The Single Cask Bowmore 2001 14 Years Old, all of which were recently added to The Single Cask range and a Mystery Dram. The Bowmore featured in this masterclass was the sister cask (#31931) of the other Bowmore which was presented in the 1st masterclass (#31932).
Over the course of two hours, guests nosed and tasted the 5 whiskies, which were paired with The Single Cask’s bespoke handmade chocolate truffles. The 2nd masterclass followed the successful blind tasting format from the 1st masterclass where guests were not made privy to the order of the whiskies and no information regarding the nosing and tasting notes were provided.
After nosing and tasting the whiskies, the session was conducted in an open-forum dialogue fostering discussions and opinions on the aromas and flavours, and at the same time guests learn from each other.
At the end of the night, the whiskies were revealed and the Mystery Dram - the third dram to be nosed and tasted - was revealed to be The Single Cask Invergordon 1988 27 Years Old Single Grain Whisky. This expression attained a score of 94/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 and is a very unique expression that it is the only Highland grain whisky; all other grain whisky distilleries are located in the Lowland region of Scotland.
Brendan also announced that the 3rd masterclass will take place on Thursday, 16th February with the same blind-tasting couple with an open-dialogue format. Tickets for the 3rd masterclass are now on sale - get them here! Keep in mind they are strictly on a first come first serve basis.