Imagine a place that has only one of a kind drams… those rare bottles where there are merely a few hundred or so ever produced. And once gone, they are no more!
That is exactly what you can expect at The Swan Song in Singapore.
It is tucked away behind the main Prinsep Street, up a flight of stairs and open only Thursday to Sunday or holidays. Why? Put simply this is a passion project run by individuals who were brought together by a philosophy that sharing is caring.
Here you can try a rare open bottle from a closed distilleries such as Lochside, Port Ellen and Brora or explore mature marvel from the 1960s.
Kelvin Hoon and Arun Prashant are the men behind this remarkable place. Arun I had met years before when he managed The Auld Alliance where he was responsible for one of my most memorable tasting evenings in Singapore. Amazingly after many years, when we walked in, he remembered that night too.
So under his able guidance, what did we try November 1, 2018?
We began with a Cadenhead’s Linkwood-Glenlivet 28 year (1989/2017) 43.7% with only 289 bottles from a barrel purchased by The Swan Song, The Writing Club, Quaich Bar and Ubin Seafood.
It was rich, complex, one that makes you slow down and unravel its many layers. In short, it was the perfect way to get into the mood for something truly special.
Curious to know more? Just check out Justin Choo’s post on Spirited Singapore with some insider insight.
Then my companion and I each selected one dram:
Lochside 22 year (May 1979/Jan 2001) 50% (Douglas Laing’s Old Malt Cask) 1 of 276
I had such fabulous memories of the Lochside 1981, that this was an easy pick. And it absolutely did not disappoint!
Port Charlotte 12 year (2004/2016) 57.3% (Highland Laird) Bottle 81 of 225
Spot on for my friend – peat, complexity and just a damn good dram!
And an incredible experience in honour of my birthday…
Longmorn 1969 61.5% (G&MP), bottled in the 1980s
Can I just say… words failed me. This was by far the highlight of my entire trip to Singapore.
Huge thank you to Arun and team for your generosity of spirit with your spirits – a unique collection that is there to be enjoyed by the discerning or those who simply want to discover! Bravo to the team and look forward to more opportunities to enjoy a dram there on my next trip to Singapore… before it sings its swan song.
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