The spirits industry in Indonesia isn’t large compared with neighbouring countries, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have liquor connoisseurs who don’t know a thing or two about the art of drinking. Moreover, with more bars and clubs mushrooming all over town, it’s about time that drinking spirits is perceived as an art form rather an act of guilty pleasure.
Here are our 3 picks of the finest spirits that any liquor connoisseur (or even new enthusiast) should try and enjoy while the summer still lingers.
Recently unveiled in Jakarta at the swanky Hide & Seek Swillhouse, the award-winning single malt Scotch whisky Glenmorangie is known for its distinctive and complex texture, taste and aroma. This is possible due to the high-quality malt used in the ingredients along with the unique distilling process (they used the tallest whisky stills in Scotland). Glenmorangie offers four ranges or collections: the Original, the Lasanta, the Quinta Ruban, and Nectar D’Or. The Original is a 10-year-old single malt Scotch whisky that boasts elegant and floral spirit, while the Lasanta spent 10 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and two more years in Spain giving it a full bodied and warm taste. However, for those who want a little extra punch, the Quinta Ruban is one to keep an eye out for, as it is known for an intense and complex balance of sweet and dry flavours. Lastly, the Nectar D’or (“golden nectar” in French) is perfect for those who like their whisky rich and spicy (yes, you read that right).
Hennessy X.O Exclusive Collection Gold Edition
Nothing beats the classics in the spirits industry and that’s the reason why the exclusive Hennessy X.O Exclusive Collection Gold Edition fits the bill. Featured in a robust design by British industrial designer Tom Dixon, the bottle is made of glass and features repeated patterns of gilded polygons that cover the bottle’s surface. Hennessy X.O itself is known among liquor connoisseurs for its bold aromas of oak, leather and black pepper, which give it an unforgettable classic taste that only the world’s largest cognac house can manufacture. The joint collaboration also marks a fitting follow up to the platinum silver and deep copper bottles that were revealed in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish
It’s not every day that two cultures blend together into one fine spirit. Launched last year, Bowmore, a Scotch single malt whisky originating out of the wind-swept island of Islay in Scotland, found inspiration from Japanese Mizunara oak thanks to its parent company, Beam Suntory. How this work? The distillery poured their bourbon-and sherry-aged whiskies into barrels made from 300-year-old Mizunara oak and left it for three years. The finished result is an amalgamation of sweet vanilla, cedar wood, exotic mango and honey rose blossom that comes in a warm amber colour. Only 2,000 bottles are available worldwide of this no age statement (Industry jargon: NAS) whisky.