1. Glenfiddich - Independently Minded, Independently Made

    Glenfiddich

    Ever wondered how the term single malt came about? Prior to 1963 drinkers mostly enjoyed scotch whisky - A blend rather than single malt. Naturally most distilleries were making single malt whiskey for the sole purpose of blending. But Glendfiddich was the first Scottish distillery to export and market its whisky as a single malt. In short, they were the one who kickstarted a single malt revolution and created the modern single malt whisky category as we know today. 

    But it wasn’t just a single malt revolution that Glenfiddich ushered in. As a pioneer of change, Glenfiddich constantly does things independently and differently.

     

    Prohibition Couldn’t Stop It

    In 1923, with Prohibition in full swing and distilleries going out of business, Glenfiddich took the surprising step of increasing production. The one in six distillery that remained operational in Scotland during prohibition wasn’t just surviving, it was thriving. Speaking about a brand that speaks and acts its mind, it is unsurprising that they have unique and masterful craftsmanship in the art of crafting whisky.

     

    Over the Top Dedication to Barrels

    In October 2001, Glenfiddich released the world’s oldest single malt from a single cask numbered 843. The cask that was maturing unusually slow was being observed by ten consecutive warehouse masters before malt master David Stewart finally declared it ready for bottling. After 64 years, only 61 bottles of spirit remained in the cask.

     

    Glenfiddich Solera

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  2. Drink & Be Merry with Cellarbration’s Christmas Bundle Deals

    Cellarbration Christmas Bundles

    Christmas might still be just around the corner but exciting festive deals have already landed here at Cellarbration. This holiday season, give yourself - or your family and friends - the beloved gift of drink with one of our Christmas Alcohol Bundles! 

    Packed with some of the most popular alcoholic drinks, exclusive freebies and more, our Christmas bundles were made specially for all your year-end festivities and most importantly, are perfect for giving. 

    From classic blended scotch whiskies like Monkey Shoulder to small batch gins that will leave you wanting more like Hendrick’s Lunar Gin, our bundles feature crowd favourites, limited edition creations and everything in between. 

    Monkey Shoulder Jenga Pack

    monkey shoulder jenga pack

    What’s a night of drinking without some fun and games - or a good glass to drink out of? Including 2 complimentary highball glasses, our Monkey Shoulder Jenga Pack was made to fulfil all your drinking-game needs. 

    Christmas Bundle Price: $169

    Usual Price: $250

     

    Hendrick’s Jigger & Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water Bundle

    Hendricks Jigger Bundle

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  3. Make Merry With Cellarbration’s Alcohol Gift Guide

    Christmas Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again when halls are decked with sparkly ornaments and fluffy snow, shoppers roam the malls with lists of gifts to purchase, and carols sing out of every speaker in town — Christmas is here! 

    The time of long overdue get-togethers and meetups with our loved ones, terrible-Christmas-movie-binging festivities and celebrations at the office. This gift-giving season, why not consider gifting your loved ones, colleagues, or even secret santees some delicious alcoholic beverages? 

     

    A Gift For Dinner Party Hosts 

    Alcohol is the perfect gift for your dinner party host or hostess, as they can simply pop it open should they run out of refreshments. In this case, definitely expect them to open up the bottle sometime in the evening. 

    As the hosts (and maybe even party guests) will know it was a gift from you, somewhere between $30-40 is a good amount to spend, and we recommend bringing something you’ve tried and loved. 

    Sweet, refreshing dessert wines are an especially good idea. It’s not difficult for hosts to simply pop it in their fridge (though you should bring it chilled, of course). It’s also an easy drink for even the lightest drinker, and goes well with everything. (Even the light-hearted dinner atmosphere!)  

    If you’d like something light and sweet, with elegant notes of strawberry, raspberry, citrus, as well as floral nuances, try the Châte

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  4. Monkeying Around with Monkey Shoulder

    monkey shoulder

    When a brand touts itself as being “made for mixing” you can almost anticipate with absolute certainty what comes next – recipes. Or to be more precise, a follow-up question along the lines of “What do I mix it with?”. Well, before we begin monkeying around with a few simple recipes you could try at home (and making a bit of a mess in the kitchen), it would only be fair to first learn a few things about this blended malt whisky. A whisky that has managed to defy both demographics and social groups to capture the hearts of bartenders, your average college student trying to blow off some steam after a final paper, and even that one whisky snob we all know.

     

    The Year of The Monkey

    While it would have been serendipitous if the year 2005 was indeed the year of the Monkey following the Chinese Zodiac, alas, it was not meant to be. It was, however, the year “Monkey Shoulder '' from William Grant & Sons was launched and introduced as the new cool kid on the block. At a time when Scotch was mainly reserved for a more mature and affluent audience resulting in its “serious drink” image, in comes Monkey Shoulder to turn that perception on its head. Guided by wanting to be the “new face of Scotch whisky for a new generation of whisky drinkers' ' according to Jonny Cornthwaite, William Grant & Sons’ head of whisky, they then proceeded to brand themselves for maximum approachability.

    This involved desecrating the “sacred” idea that blended Scotch whisky was somehow inferior to a single malt whisky although the saving grace lies in the fact that Monkey Shoulder is one hundred percent malt as opposed to a co

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  5. Uncovering the History of Jack Daniel’s

    Jack daniels

    An all-time favourite. It takes space in bars both top-of-the-line and rudimentary. You can toss it on the rocks or in a cocktail. Jack Daniel’s is a label that is name dropped often when ordering a glass of whiskey. But, have you ever wondered who Jack Daniel is? How did his aqua vitae find itself all over the world? And what exactly is the inside story of this household brand that we so love? 

    The People

    Today we will be uncovering more than a century-old legacy. We will look into the people and history involved in the making of Jack Daniel’s. 

     

    Jasper Newton Daniel

    Let’s start from the very beginning. Jasper Newton Daniel commonly known as Jack was born in 1850 and is the youngest of 10 children. His mother passed at a very early age. His father died not long after during the United States Civil War. Jack leaves home in 1864 and was taken in by a local preacher and moonshine maker, Reverend Dan Call. 

     

    Jack, Call and the Art of Whiskey Making

    At the Call’s family farm, Jack learns the art of whiskey making. He later became a master distiller and went on to purchase a hollow land to build his distillery with his father’s inheritance.

     

    Nearest Green, A Slave, a Mentor, A Master Distiller

    For much of the brand’s century and half of existence, the story went that young Jack learnt his trade from a pastor named Dan Call. In reality, he was taught to distil and make whiskey by an enslaved African, Nearest Green. 

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  6. CELLARBRATION BISTRO & BOTTLE SHOP OFFICIAL LAUNCH

    Cellarbration Bistro Launch

    Are you tired of scouring Singapore for the perfect place to eat and drink to your heart’s content? Or maybe just bored with your usual hangout spot and in need of a new space to unwind? Well, whatever the case, fret not, because we’ve got good news for you.

    Cellarbration Singapore is excited to announce that our newest Bistro and Bottle Shop is now open. Conveniently located in the bustling Boat Quay district, along the iconic Lorong Telok stretch, the bistro is open to all for casual dining and drinks.

    A Bistro With A Twist

    Like most bistros, you can expect to be greeted by a family-friend environment with both indoor and sheltered alfresco seating when visiting us. Don’t be mistaken though - because we’re much more than your conventional establishment.

    Cellarbration Bistro and Bottle Shop

    Let your wine breathe fresh air and relax in our alfresco seating area.

    Cellarbration Bistro and Botte Shop

    Indoor seating is also available for those looking for a more intimate setting to enjoy their food and drinks.

    Doubling as a bottle shop

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  7. Alcohol Control Act Singapore: Why It Matters

    Alcohol control act Singapore

    We’ve all heard that popular saying before, especially among the locals- “Singapore is a fine city”. Who could ignore the obvious, and if I do say so myself, perfect, double entendre to signify both excellence as well as an amount of money to be paid as punishment for not obeying the law? If you don’t already know, Singapore is notorious for the latter. Well to be fair, also the former (thus the whole perfect double entendre bit).

    We employ the use of fines as a deterrent for most situations whether it be speeding, littering, and even Chewing Gum. Despite drawing flak and tongue-in-cheek ridicule from visiting tourists and Singaporeans themselves, there is an undeniable reason for their popularity- they work

    It comes as no surprise that this also applies to alcohol and alcohol consumption in Singapore. And we’re not just talking about sellers having to pay a hefty fine for selling to persons who are not of legal drinking age either (the age for drinking in Singapore legally is 18 in case you’re wondering).

     

    Drinking Culture in Singapore

    To understand how the latest restrictions came to be, we must first take a quick detour into understanding what the local drinking culture is like. Singaporeans, in general, still hold dear the idea of “cheap and good”. This is not true for everyone of course and in fact, we have seen an increase of fancy bars and watering holes around town, even more inclusive “bars” that spe

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  8. Fuss-free and Tasty: Irish Coffee Reinvented

    Irish Coffee & Whisky

    We would like to think that since you are reading this, you might be following up on our previous ‘Fuss-free’ article. While you are still more than welcome to read ahead if that is not the case, we do recommend a quick read through our previous piece as a prelude and to offer some context.

    That said, as promised, let’s jump straight into a recommended recipe you can try at home if you consider yourself an adventurous drinker who is past the tried and tested cocktail kits or ready-made options available and yet not too bothered about getting processes exactly right (i.e lazy).

    It is imperative however, that we first set some definitions and boundaries on what we consider “fuss-free”.

     

    Easy-to-make Concoctions 

    The idea of a “fuss-free” concoction in our book can be characterized by:

    -   Simple, easy to find ingredients

    -   A bias towards ready-made as opposed to made-from-scratch (in most cases)

    -   Non-com

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  9. The Japanese Highball - Easy or Fussy It's Still Fancy

    Japanese Highball Cocktails

    If ever there was a cocktail for the lazy, the Highball, essentially made with one part whiskey, three-part club soda and some ice, would fit the bill. Yet this simple drink can be one of the fussiest, high precision and elegant cocktails you can drink. 

    What many consider to be an easy cocktail, not worth fussing over, is endlessly perfected by the Japanese. Even though the highball was not originally invented by them, they certainly made it their own. 

    The spirit of perfection is what results in the invention of the highball machine. The highball machine, invented by local brand, Suntory, is created to guarantee quality highball every time straight from the tap. According to Cameron Pirret, Australian Brand Ambassador for Beam Suntory, the machines are now ubiquitous across Japan - further stating that the Highball is a national love for Japanese alcohol culture.

    But Highball is not just popular amongst the Japanese. Pirret believes that apart from a worldwide love for all things Japanese, the rising trend of health-conscious consumers, ease of execution and the highball’s low ABV and sugar content props the drink as an all-time favourite. 

    An Everyday Drink to High Cocktail Art

    You may wonder, how exactly does the Japanese turn this everyday two-part drink into a ritualistic art form? Well, it is through the meticulous care and concern lavished on every aspect of the drink -  From ingredients to glassware and preparation techniques.

    The Japanese way to a better highball

    Hand Carved ice

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  10. Whisky/Whiskey Age Statement - Old Does not Mean Gold

    Whisky Age Statement

    The world of "aqua vitae", or the "Water of Life '' - Whisky, is built on legacy. Scottish distilleries tout over 300 years of histories with the earliest distillery dating back to 1690. It is no surprise that legacy and more specifically age is commonly used to identify a whisky's quality. There is also a prevailing idea that when it comes to price, it is “normal” to pay more for older whiskies.

    As the whisky/whiskey world evolves and expands, we now have bottles produced from new and unexpected countries. Multiple distilleries from around the world are arguing that when it comes to the quality of whiskies/whiskeys, it isn't so much about how long the whiskey ages but where and how the bottle is produced. 

    With the myriad of techniques and processes proliferating amongst consumers, the whisky/whiskey age statement is slowly losing its credibility as a quality indicator. So to those of us who are still allowing the age of a bottle to justify quality and purchase price, it is high time we bear the knowledge and make our quality stance when purchasing the golden liquid. Remember, old does not always mean gold.

    Whisky/Whiskey Aging 101

    Before diving into the complexities of whisky aging and the role of techniques in determining a bottle’s quality, here is a primer.

    Mandated Age Required for Whisky/Whiskey Varietals

    Most whiskeys are required to age in wooden barrels for a minimum amount of time but most distilleries choose to exceed mandated time frames to achieve the taste profile they want to develop.

    Two Year

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