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Gin Jubilee

Gin Jubilee 2017 returns to Singapore 27 November to 3 December and is brought to you by Proof and Company. The travelling Gin festival has travelled from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, and Hong Kong and is happening currently in Shanghai until 25 November 2017. Participating Gin brands in Singapore include Tanqueray, Sipsmith, Roku Gin, Paper Lantern, Four Pillars, Bulldog, Bluecoat, and Brooklyn. 43 of Singapore’s best bars are vying for the title of Singapore’s best Gin & Tonic and the winner will be unveiled at the Gin Lane Street Party that will be held on 2 December 2017 from 9 to 11pm.

Vote for your favourite Gin by following East Imperial on Instagram, post a picture of their favourite bar’s Gin & Tonic, and tag East Imperial. You have to accompany the post with the bar’s name, and use the official hashtag: #GinJubilee2017. The best Instagram post of each city’s jubilee will be selected by the jubilee panel, and winners will receive a 3-day trip to Singapore to experience “Asia’s Best Gin & Tonic” grand finale in person.

East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2016 saw the participation of many internationally acclaimed bars from the various countries, including 13 that appeared on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017. The 2016 Singapore edition participating bars included Adrift by David Myers, Manhattan, Tippling Club, 28 HongKong Street, and Employees Only Singapore. Bars that participated in the 2016 Kuala Lumpur edition included Locker & Loft, PS150, Omakase + Appreciate, The Vault, and Virgin & Throne; those in Hong Kong included Zuma Hong Kong, Neo Cocktail Club, Stockton, Pontiac, and Potato Head Hong Kong, and those in Phnom Penh included Le Boutier, The Library, Elephant Bar, Elbow Room, and Bar Sito.

Roku Gin Tonic from Gibson

Roku Gin Tonic from Gibson

Gibson will be taking part in Gin Jubilee. You can vote for Gibson’s Roku G&T by following East Imperial on Instagram, posting a picture of Gibson’s Roku G&T, and tagging East Imperial along with the official hashtags #GinJubilee2017 and #Gibson! Gibson Bar is located at 2nd Floor, 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd.

Nutmeg and Clove G&T

Nutmeg and Clove G&T (Nutmeg and Clove photo)

At Nutmeg & Clove, enjoy The Botanic Effect (S$15++) that is made with clarified grape juice, calamansi, lavender-infused Botanist Gin, Rosemary Syrup and East Imperial’s Burma Tonic Water.

Bruichladdich's new Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood

The Botanist’s new Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood

Trade can attend the second Bartenders’ Brunch from 1 to 3 pm on 27 November 2017, featuring The Botanist’s new regional Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood. She will be conducting a masterclass focused on Botanist Gin. On 29 November 2017, there will be a Gin Jubilee Consumer Dinner and Masterclass featuring Chloe Wood from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Priced at S$48++, the Gin Jubilee Consumer Dinner and Masterclass will feature a buffet spread from Pluck, Nutmeg’s sister restaurant, and free flow drinks.

Nutmeg & Clove is located at 10A Ann Siang Hill.

Oxwell & Co G&K Gin & Kiwi

Oxwell & Co G&K Gin & Kiwi (Oxwell & Co photo)

Oxwell & Co’s very own G&K (Gin & Kiwi) will be vying for the title of Gin Jubilee’s “Best Gin & Tonic”.

Attend a masterclass with Hendrick’s brand ambassador, Tasha Lu on 29 November from 6.30pm to 9pm. Tasha will discuss the peculiarities and eccentricities of Hendrick’s Gin as well as deconstruct gin and share more on what Hendrick’s is all about over a few tipples. The masterclass costs S$58 per person. On 30 November from 7 to 10pm, Tasha will also helm The Apothecary with a menu in line with the medieval medicinal theme of the brand addition to Oxwell & Co’s myriad of offerings.

Oxwell & Co is located at 5 Ann Siang Road.

Gin Jubilee Schedule of Events and Masterclasses

27 November – 31 December, 5PM – late: The Spice Garden Menu at Potato Head @ Potato Head Singapore

What to expect: Potato Head Singapore launches its creative new Spice Garden menu. In celebration of Gin Jubilee, this new menu will showcase a funky twist on different Gin & Tonics to celebrate all things gin.

27 November, 6PM – late: The $10 Caviar Sipsmith and Tonic Launch Party @ Adrift by David Myers

What to expect: Join the $10 Caviar Sipsmith and Tonic Launch Party at Adrift featuring incredible music, free burgers and a 60 ML Sipsmith and Tonic with housemade caviar for only SGD10.

28 November, 1PM – 3PM: Bartenders’ Brunch #2 – Masterclass with The Botanist Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood @ Nutmeg & Clove 

What to expect: The second edition of Nutmeg & Clove’s Bartenders’ Brunch welcomes The Botanist Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood. See The Botanist gin through her eyes as she shares fascinating tales from her hometown, the birthplace of the first and only Islay dry gin.  

28 November, 7PM – 11PM:  #Ginning: Tricks of the trade of Gin cocktail making – with Bulldog Gin and East Imperial Tonics @ Kilo Lounge  

What to expect: Special deals on Bulldog Gin Cocktails and Bottles, open to public.

29 November, 6PM – 8PM:  Kyrö Gin Blending Workshop (Make your own Gin!) @ The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

What to expect: Make your own gin with Kyrö Napue! To save a seat, please RSVP with [email protected].

29 November, 6PM – late:  The Secret Gin Backyard Party @ Amò

What to expect: Join us in Amò’s beautiful back courtyard for a party with one of America’s leading craft gin producers, St. George Spirits. Amazing Gin & Tonics at a great price until late.

29 November, 6.30PM – 8PM:  Special Salon Social: The Gin & Tonic @ The Proof Flat by EC Proof

What to expect: Join us mid-week for this very special Gin & Tonic exploration. EC Proof’s spirits experts will take you through a tasting and cocktail-making adventure. Explore interesting variations of the Gin & Tonic and learn more about the fascinating Southeast Asia history of tonic water.  Attendees will also get one free Gin & Tonic with your Salon Social ticket at the Secret Gin Backyard Party at Amò!

29 November, 7PM – 9PM:  Gin In Style Masterclass: Season 1 @ Lobby Lounge in Conrad Centennial Singapore

What to expect: Special deals on Bulldog Gin Cocktails and Bottles, open to public.

29 November, 7PM – 9PM:  Hendrick’s Gin Deconstructed – Understanding the Unconventional

@ Oxwell & Co.

What to expect: The event will begin on Oxwell & Co.’s beautiful Hendrick’s Rooftop bar with hors d’oeuvres and Hendrick’s & Tonics. Guests will descend to the dining room where they will be given the rare opportunity to experience Hendrick’s before its final stages at the distillery. Hendricks’s Gin SE Asia Ambassador Tasha Lu, will explain the deconstruction of Hendricks’s Gin and its core ingredients, with a tasting of the 7 key samples, followed by a Q&A.

29 November, 7.30PM – 9.30PM:  Nutmeg & Clove x The Botanist Gin Masterclass with The Botanist Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood @ Nutmeg & Clove

What to expect: Meet with The Botanist Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood and see The Botanist gin through her eyes as she shares fascinating tales from her hometown, the birthplace of the first and only Islay dry gin. Enjoy Nutmeg & Clove’s signature Singaporean style bar food as you learn how to create your very own Gin Jubilee Gin & Tonic from Nutmeg & Clove’s principal bartender David Quek.

29 November, 9PM – late:  Kyrö Gin SEA Brand Ambassador Guest Shift with Mau Allende @ The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

What to expect: Special menu at special prices and free bad jokes all night!

29 November, 11PM – 1AM:  East Meets West Nightcap Session @ One Ninety Bar, The Four Seasons

What to expect: Come join American head bartender Joseph Haywood accompanied by The West Winds Gin brand ambassador from Australia, Callan C Green, making culture crossing cocktails late at night.

30 November, 2PM – 3PM: Masterclass with Callan C Green

What to expect: Join us for a masterclass with West Winds Gin masterclass hosted by Brand ambassador Callan C Green. To save a seat, please RSVP via [email protected].

30 November, 2PM – 4PM:  Kyrö Gin Blending Workshop (Make your own Gin!) @ The Proof Flat by EC Proof

What to expect: Make your own gin with Kyrö Napue! Please RSVP with [email protected].

30 November, 2PM – 4PM:  Juniper Masterclass @ Neon Pigeon

What to expect: Join us as Brian Ellison, founder of Death’s Door Spirits in Wisconsin, USA as he shares his insights into wild and cultivated juniper, the essence of every gin. This will be one of the first classes ever in Singapore to dive deep into the history, biology, and uses of this key botanical. Guests get to enjoy complimentary Death’s Door Gin & Tonics and gin tastings.

30 November, 5PM – midnight:  The Perfect 10 @ Braci

What to expect: Experience the perfect serve of Tanqueray 10 at Braci, over three different types of cocktails by head bar manager Joseba Madina, paired with delicious bar bites from its Michelin-starred kitchen. 

30 November, 7PM – 9PM:  Citadelle Gin Guest Shift with Micaela Piccolo @ The Other Room

What to expect: Join us at The Other Room with Citadelle Gin’s Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador, Micaela Piccolo. For two hours, Micaela will be making one-of-a-kind Gin & Tonics at one of Singapore’s best bars.

30 November, 7PM – 10PM:  Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Tasha Lu Guest Shift @ Oxwell & Co. – Apothecary Bar

What to expect: Oxwell & Co. is proud to present a Guest Shift with Tasha Lu, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador for South East Asia. Tasha will showcase her three favourite Hendrick’s cocktails for all to taste and enjoy. Join us for a peculiar night of the unusual.

30 November, 7PM – late:  Bulldog Gin & Botanical Pairing – Crafting the perfect G&T’s and Gin Highballs at home @ Highball

What to expect: Bulldog Gin & Tonic bundles at $90 – 1 bottle of Bulldog Gin + East Imperial Burma Tonic

30 November, 9PM – late:  Kyrö Gin SEA Brand Ambassador Guest Shift with Mau Allende @ Ding Dong

What to expect: Special menu at special prices and free bad jokes all night! 

1 December, 6.30PM – 8PM: Salon Social: Gin For The Win @ The Proof Flat by EC Proof

What to expect: Skip out of work early and join us for an enticing gin tasting session hosted by renowned Master of Gin Jason Williams. Enjoy gin tastings and Gin & Tonics while you learn more about the juniper spirit. Learn to make the perfect gin cocktail at home and impress your friends.

1 December, 7PM – 10PM: BottlesXO Gin Ramble with Micaela Piccolo@ Multiple Venues

What to expect: Join Citadelle Gin’s Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador, Micaela Piccolo, for a tour of some of Singapore’s best gin joints. Exclusively for customers of BottlesXO. Download the app at bottlesxo.com.

1 December, 7PM – 10PM: Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Tasha Lu Guest Shift @ Marcello

What to expect: Presenting innovative concoctions from Hendrick’s Ambassador for SE Asia Tasha Lu helming the new Marcello bar at Intercontinental at Robertson Quay to give us a taste of her unusual yet creative mix of cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin.

1 December, 8PM – 11PM:  Juniper Festival Guest Shift with Sean Kenyon & Symphony Loo @ Neon Pigeon

What to expect: Neon Pigeon welcomes Sean Kenyon, American Bartender of the Year in 2014, and owner of Williams & Graham in Denver, awarded Best American Bar in 2015. Sean will go behind the stick for one night with Neon Pigeon’s very own rising star and Group Beverage Manager, Symphony Loo.

2 December, 6PM – 11PM: Gin Lane at the laneway behind Amoy Street

What to expect: The grand finale of the East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2017! Join us for an evening of merry making to celebrate and wrap up this year’s jubilee season, where the winner of Asia’s Best Gin & Tonic will also be revealed.

2 December, 11PM – late: It’s a Brooklyn Thing @ Skinny’s Lounge

What to expect: Join us at Skinny’s Lounge for the final party of Gin Jubilee 2017, proudly supported by Brooklyn Gin. Guests will get to enjoy New York-inspired Gin & Tonics featuring this handcrafted East Coast gin. 

3 December, 7PM – late: Silky Sunday Soaked in Gin! @ Employees Only Singapore

What to expect: Join us for the very unofficial closing party of Singapore’s Gin Jubilee 2017!

 

Uncorked Wine Day Out

Uncorked: Wine Day Out wine fair will feature over 600 labels of wines from all over the world. The fair will be held over 6 days on 24 to 26 November and 1 to 3 December 2017. The event will be held in a fully air-conditioned 13,000 sqft venue at Savour World at 2 Science Park Drive. There will be masterclasses, tastings, gourmet food and music featuring live bands and DJs. Tickets are priced at S$18 per day and can be purchased online.

Dellarosa Wine will also unveil a curated range of red, white and sparkling wines from Italy. You can sample and purchase Carvinea Merula, Paolo Cali Violini, Carvinea Lucerna, Vignetto Saetti Labrusco Rosso Voila IGP, Corvezzo Prosseco and Giovanni Menti at the bar.

Quintino Dellarosa, the founder of Dellarosa Wine will be conducting free masterclasses with limited seats on 23 and 24 November. Learn about natural biodynamic wines on 23 November 2017 at 3 pm where you can also taste the Daino Suber wine.  Learn about organic wines from north Italy on 24 November 2017 at 4pm where you can taste Ettore Germano Herzu Riesling from Langhe and Valentina Cubi Morar Amarone della Valpolicella.

 

Paris PopUp Takeover at Open Farm Community

Of wine and food at the three week Paris Popup takeover for Kampong French at Open Farm Community

Of wine and food at the three week Paris Popup takeover for Kampong French at Open Farm Community

Open Farm Community has been taken over by nomadic culinary collective Paris Popup for “Kampong French” for three weeks from 13 November 2017 to 3 December 2017. Kampong French is the collective’s 35th pop-up. London native chef Harry Cummins present an all-day dining menu of 12 small and sharing plates with a contemporary French flair, created using 70 to 80 percent ingredients sourced from farms in Singapore. Montreal-born sommelier Laura Vidal will guide diners through a selection of natural wines from some of her favourite winemaking regions. Open Farm Community hopes to phase into a wine list comprising 100 percent natural wines in the future.

A ‘Feed Me’ menu is also available for lunch and dinner. For S$65 per person, you can enjoy a selection of six savoury dishes and two desserts to share. Add another S$50 per person for a selection of natural wines to go with your meal.

Open Farm Community is located at 130E Minden Road.

Five Dollar Pub Crawls

Five Dollar Pub Crawls (Photo credit: Singapore Pub Crawl)

Five Dollar Pub Crawls (Photo credit: Singapore Pub Crawl)

The Five Dollar Pub Crawls is part of a series of Signature Pub Crawls priced at S$5 per person, down from the regular price of S$35. This will be available all Wednesday to Saturday nights in December, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The Five Dollar Pub Crawls bring you on a tour of the best of local night-life with visits to four watering holes and a night-club along Singapore River.

S$5 gets you four complimentary shots, 2-for S$15 drink deals, and free and fast nightclub entry. Meeting point at Fat Pigeon Statue at UOB Plaza at 7.30pm. Book your tickets online.

 

LEVEL UP Arcade Bar Opens at Clarke Quay

Level up at Clarke Quay

Level up at Clarke Quay

Level Up is the new kid on the block at Clarke Quay. The casual arcade bar is perfect for after-work drinks paired with casual bar fare with an Asian twist. It is housed on the second level of a shophouse facing the riverfront. You can play retro arcade games such as Street Fighter, Bishi Bashi, Time Crisis and Outrun or pool, foosball, air hockey, darts or beer pong and enjoy the live entertainment by musicians such as Wayne and Wayne. Level Up’s 6,400 sq ft premise can accommodate up to 250 people.

Asahi Super Dry and Kronenbourg Blanc Towers are priced at S$78 and S$84 respectively or S$148 and S$158 for two towers respectively. A selection of bottled beers, and wines, champagne, sakes, cognac, bourbon, gin, vodka, rum, tequila and whiskies are available in the menu. Or just have fun with up to eight friends having that party punch bowl of purple galaxy, watermelon sake and botanical paradise for S$108.

Level Up is located at 3A River Valley Road, #02-04. It operates from 2 pm daily and closes at 2 am from Monday to Thursday, 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 pm on Sundays.

Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Project XX Available at DFS

Project XX and The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

Project XX and The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment (WGS photo)

Two Scotch whiskies from William Grant & Sons are now available through Travel Retail including the DFS stores at Changi Airport.

The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the world’s first single malt Scotch whisky finished in India Pale Ale craft beer casks. The IPA experiment is a balance of ripe green apple, William’s pear and spring blossom on the nose. Aromatic hops and fresh herbs complement the characteristic Glenfiddich fruitiness and sweet, vanilla oakiness. It tastes vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by soft, sweet vanilla and a hint of fresh hops and finishes with a long lasting sweetness with subtle green hops. This is priced at S$81.

The Project XX is a collaboration between 20 whisky experts from 16 countries and Glenfiddich’s Malt Master Brian Kinsman who brought together 20 single malts. Project XX is pronounced as Project Twenty. There is the classic Glenfiddich fruitiness with hints of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear with a balance of oak with rich creamy vanilla, barley sugar and a hint of liquorice and subtle spice on the nose.  Taste the refined and balanced flavour with candy floss sweetness and a rich vanilla oakiness. It is deep and mellow, the initial sweetness is complemented by unusual of toasted almonds, cinnamon and a hint of crisp tannin. Finishes with a lingering sweet oakiness. Available at S$90.

 

DFS Wines and Spirits Store at Changi Airport Terminal 4

 

Changi Airport Terminal 4 opened end October 2017 together with DFS Group’s latest retails store that encompasses over 1,800 square feet with two new concepts and over 300 brands. T4 offers a different shopping experience from T1 to T3. You have to walk-through after immigration and combines both Shilla and DFS retail stores together into one integrated store.  That means you can get your liquor, tobacco, cosmetics and perfumes and pay for them together as a single transaction at common cashier counters. The new store also features “The Cocktail Bar”, a collaborative bar space that allows passengers to learn the basics of cocktail making. “The Craft Collection” showcases a curated selection of craft and small-batch beers and spirits from around the world. “The Whiskey House” is also added following the success of DFS’ Terminal 2 Duplex. Travellers can also pick up prestige wines and a special collection from Lafite, Mouton and Latour.


Enjoy a complimentary sampling of three cocktails at the Terminal 4 Activation Pad every Friday and Saturday until the end of December. The Coco Gnac featuring Hennessy VSOP Cognac captures the tropical flavours of Southeast Asia, with a blend of coconut milk, kaya, and fresh pineapple juice.The Fluffy Pandan featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin is based on Pandan Cake and toasted coconut shavings with lemon peel. The Suka-Suka Melaka featuring Chivas Mizunara Whisky takes inspiration from Gula Melaka and served over ice with discarded orange zest and pandan leaf.

Spend over S$120 on DFS wines and spirits and receive a local snack plushie coin pouch with purchase.

 

Belvedere Bespoke

Belvedere Bespoke

Belvedere Bespoke

Belvedere Bespoke has been available in Singapore at Altimate and 1 Altitude since it was launched on 11 November 2017. You can now customise your luminous Silver Saber, Belvedere’s first ever laser cut metallic bottle with your name, dates or a personal message. This used to be an in-house service that is reserved for A-list celebrities and VIPs. Price Tag : S$650 nett for a 1.75l bottle. Pre-order by emailing [email protected] or call in to place their order by 5pm on Monday for collection at Altimate or 1-Altitude on Friday or Saturday the same week.

Altimate and 1 Altitude is located at Level 61, 1 Raffles Place.

 

Nouaison Gin by G’Vine Launched in Singapore

G’Vine has officially launched its newest gin, Nouaison in Singapore, London, and Paris. Nouaison gin by G’Vine is crafted from distilled grapes in France and combined with 14 botanicals to offer an aromatic, yet smooth and round taste. It is distilled in small batches using a discontinuous 25HL pot still inspired from the traditional Charente style shape to blend harmoniously all the components.

Crafted by Master Distiller and creator of G-Vine gin de France, Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, nouaison, meaning ‘setting’, represents the metamorphosis stage of the star ingredient, the grape, from aromatic vine flower to luscious grape berry. Framed by the grape smoothness, rich and intense, with 45% ABV, Nouaison Gin by G’Vine explores a large flavour palette evoking hitherto unseen aromas such as sandalwood, bergamot, prune and vetiveria.

You can enjoy Nousaison Gin by G’Vine at Atlas in Singapore.

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