Hip-hop, cocktails and whiskey: An evening with Friends of Buro. and Johnnie Walker at Queens
To be clear, you can drink your whiskey however you want. Some give it a swirl to agitate the spirit, stick their noses in the glass to take it the aroma, then take a sip. While others — most, in fact — skip the sniffing process entirely, going straight for the taste, whether neat, on the rocks, or cutting the intensity with a splash of water.
For the uninitiated, there's another way to unlock the hidden notes in your dram, and we learnt this at a whiskey tasting last week with Johnnie Walker at Queens, Zouk's secret hip-hop themed bar within Capital. "Get some whiskey on your hands, rub them together to let the alcohol evaporate, and inhale," instructed Sean Ou, Johnnie Walker's Brand Ambassador.
During the session, Sean familiarised us with Johnnie Walker's Super Deluxe range, which includes the Gold Label Reserve, the John Walker & Sons XR21, and the prestigious Blue Label — one of the most expensive blended Scotch on the market that's made with the rarest, most exceptional whiskies in the Johnnie Walker reserves to recreate the smooth, mellow style of a traditional 19th-century blend. Another high-end bottle in the brand's portfolio, the John Walker & Sons XR21 takes inspiration from the handwritten notes of Sir Alexander Walker II, John Walker's grandson, and is created with whiskies that have been matured for at least 21 years. Then, there's the award-winning Gold Label Reserve, a fine starter bottle in Johnnie Walker's premium range that is built around the Clynelish Single Malt, whose distillery uses water from hills where gold was once discovered.
The creamy smoothness and delicate sweetness of the Gold Label Reserve makes it the perfect base spirit for the Gold & Rojak, a local spin of the ubiquitous Whiskey Highball. In groups of two or three, our guests tried their hand in making the cocktail with Ashwin Raj, Queens' head bartender and twice Young Bartender of the Year contender. Check out the recipe below if you want to know how to make one.
Gold & Rojak cocktail: Here's what you need
45ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label
20ml fresh orange juice
20ml fresh lime juice
20ml Giffard Orgeat Syrup
20ml fresh passion fruit syrup
20ml Angustura Amaro,
Gold & Rojak cocktail: How to make it
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
2. Give it a good shake
3. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
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