Triple 3 Glenfiddich Virtual MasterClass Interview with Brand Ambassador Brett Bayly

Whisky is an art of smelling, tasting and appreciation. It takes time to grow on you, I will definitely agree to that. If you’re like me just getting into the world of whisky or consider yourself a Scotch Aficionado, read on to find out more about Glenfiddich and our upcoming Triple 3 Glenfiddich Virtual MasterClass on 27th August, Thursday, 7.30pm!

We spoke to Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, Brett Bayly to find out more about Glenfiddich. 

Q: Tell us more about Glenfiddich

BB: Established in 1887 by William Grant, Glenfiddich is one of the few distilleries in Scotland that not only survived, but thrived during the American prohibition era, and World War II era. 

A back catalogue of incredible award winning Single Malts, attributed to our legacy of Malt Masters, and a dedicated mentality to the future of Scotch whisky & innovation keeps Glenfiddich pushing boundaries at the forefront of the category for Malts.

Q: The lineup for the Glenfiddich Master Class includes 15 Year Solera Reserve, 18 Year and Project XX. What are your favourite characteristics about each of them?

BB: The Glenfiddich 15 year old was the first whisky in the world to put into play the unique process of Solera systems back in 1998. 

Having a stamp on whisky history, backed up by one of the best value for money whiskies based on its flavour profile, definitely makes the 15 year old a standout in the Glenfiddich portfolio.

The 18 year old is wildly easy to drink, having been purposefully produced in small batches since its launch. 

Brian Kinsman our current malt master has a hand on every step of production for this whisky, and hand selects every single cask that goes into each batch, ensuring through his honed abilities, to nose and identify if the blend of single malt casks is suitable for the build of this breathtaking whisky.

The Project XX was the second of our experimental series, and was a part of Glenfiddich’s dedication to innovation. TWENTY minds came together to select twenty unique casks that range as far back as 1984, to develop what I like to call a journey whisky. 

The nose profile is drastically different to the palate profile, and really does take any consumer on a journey, for myself, bringing back childhood memories of the sights and smells of going to the carnival.

Q: Why should I join the Triple 3 Glenfiddich Virtual MasterClass?

BB: A master class is an opportunity to sample some great whiskies, but also to get the nitty gritty details on each bottling. My job entails a lot of archive research, time spent with our malt master, flavour matching & profiling, and time spent out in various markets. 

What all this accumulates to is a detailed understanding of not just the Glenfiddich brand heritage, but process techniques, craftsmanship that goes into producing the liquid, stories from the road of unique serves, and so on. It also gives you a good reason to enjoy a dram and switch off from the world to focus on something incredible.

Q: Speaking of dram, do you have a favourite Glenfiddich?

BB: I’ve been fortunate enough to try quite a few of our heritage stock that is either rare or unavailable, and while all have been unique and undeniably an amazing experience, I’m always drawn back to the Glenfiddich 15 year old. 

The palate for this whisky is an absolute power house, with driven spice notes, beautiful rich sweetness, and lingering oak, all sitting at the modest price point of a 15 year old whisky. 

The experience from a consumer’s eyes, is absolute value for money, with a complex and robust whisky for an incredible price point. 

Q: Riot ALERT! Common misconception about Scotch Whisky?

BB: One misconception is that older whisky, is better whisky. I love engaging this conversation, as age has nothing to do with quality. Single malt is made from only 3 ingredients, and Glenfiddich ensures to use the highest quality on all our expressions, regardless of if it has a 50 year old age statement, or no age statement at all! 

The mentality I encourage people to view whisky with, is application. How are you going to enjoy a dram? Who will you be sharing a drink with? Where are you imbibing? All of these elements should be a part of the thought process in deciding which bottle to open, not how old it is. 

Q: Bonus question! What’s the best way to enjoy whisky?

BB: My suggestion is how you prefer. Often we will recommend ‘cutting’ your whisky with water if you’re tasting for the first time by adding small amounts of high quality water. This allows particles in the whisky to separate slightly, making it easier to taste the profile of the whisky. 

Over ice, neat, with a mixer, all of this really comes down to personal preference. There is absolutely no wrong way to enjoy whisky, but it’s always suggested to sample a whisky you’re new to either neat, or with a small portion of water to cut with so you understand the complexities.

Thank you Brett Bayly for taking the time to share more about Glenfiddich with us and see you at the Triple 3 Glenfiddich Virtual MasterClass on 27th August, Thursday, 7.30pm! 

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Be sure to place your order by 4pm daily to enjoy our Next Day Delivery! If you’re in a hurry, you may also consider our Same Day Express Delivery for $8 or 2 hour Lighting Express Delivery for $19.90.

Top 10 Alcohol to Buy For a Prosperous Year Ahead

Year Of The Rat – Chinese New Year 2020 with!

Chinese New Year (春节) is an annual Chinese festive celebration that celebrates the new year on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. The festive celebration this year falls on a Saturday, 25 January 2020 and ends on a Sunday, 26 January 2020.

The year 2020 is the Year of the Rat, one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals. It is a belief that the Zodiac animal signs has an integral part in Chinese fortune like wedding dates, career and having a baby.

During the festival, it is a norm to do greetings when visiting friends and families like “恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái)”, which wishes wealth and prosperity; “万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì)”, which wishes everything go well with you. The Chinese give red packets, otherwise known as “ang bao”, is a form of monetary gift which acts as a token of good wishes for the recipient. 

Drinking is a popular activity during the celebration as it symbolises eternal happiness and friendship; as alcohol in chinese (酒:jiǔ) has the same sound as “long lasting” (久:jiu). Therefore, would like to celebrate the festival with you by offering the best wines for drinking and even better, at the most competitive price in Singapore! 

Here is the list of products for you to enjoy:

  1. Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac Extra 700ml w/ Gift Box – at 31% below market prices

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac Extra is an enhanced version of the original Cordon Bleu by using a boosted, round and luscious interpretation of the iconic blend to push the flavours to the extreme. With an appearance of amber with mahogany tone and notes of sweet spices, the taste of the Cognac Extra is elegant, balanced with mellow roundness. It is generally a popular choice for all of the households!

You save: $162.00

  1. Martell VSOP Cognac 1L w/ Gift Box – at 24% below market prices

The Martell VSOP Aged in Red Barrels is a perfect harmony of luscious fruit and refined wood overtones. The colour “Red” is a reference to reddish colour of aged oak barrels used for the Martell VSOP. This perfect stage of maturity highlights the unique ageing style of Martell. To add on, red corresponds to fire which symbolises good fortune and joy for the new year ahead.

You save: $40.15

  1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka – at 22% below market prices

Produced in the oldest distillery found in Austin, Texas, the vodka is made using old-fashioned pot stills with taste testing on every batch.

You save: $19.10

  1. Glendronach Allardice 18 Year 700ml w/Gift Box – at 10% below market prices

Named after the well known founder of the distillery, James Allardice, the sherried single malt is natural colour and non chill filtered. It is matured in the best Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for a rich sherried malt and bottled at 46%.

You save: $20.00

  1. Chivas Regal 18 yr Japanese Oak Whisky 1L w/ Gift Box – at 9% below market prices

Chivas Mizunara is the perfect combination of Scottish whisky and Japanese tradition. The rare Japanese Mizunara oak casks gives the Scotch whisky a gentle aromatic flavour with a touch of spice.

You save: $18.90

  1. Suntory The Chita 700ml – at 42% below market prices

Made with diverse unblended whisky, the whisky is processed through master craftsmanship at the Chita Distillery in Aichi Prefecture. Its black calligraphy design expresses the distinctive quality of the Japanese whisky and its washi paper label represents the light flavour.

You save: $62.10

  1. Johnnie Walker Black Label 700ml w/ Gift Box and 2 Glasses – at 21% below market prices

Johnnie Walker Black Label comes with 2 Glasses in the pack for you to share on any occasion, like entertaining at home or on a night out with friends. The whisky is aged minimally for 12 years and has a smooth, deep character.

You save: $16.00

  1. Zonin – Chianti – at 16% below market prices

A bright ruby-red colour sangiovese wine for all to enjoy. The character is intense, fine and elegant with scent of violets and wild berries. A taste of proper balance and extreme lingering of acidity also brings about the flavors of cherry and spice.

You save: $5.00

  1. Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey – Special Edition Lewis Bag 700ml – at 20% below market prices

The special Lewis bag is included with the popular Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey for crushing ice and also doubles up as an aesthetic bottle wrap for gifting. It comes with a quality canvas material, with sturdy brass grommets, strong magnetic closure with an authentic wrap-around orange leather label.

You save: $20.10

  1. Nikka G&G Samurai Edition – at 29% below market prices

A creation by famous Japanese producer Nikka, the blended whisky is smooth and warm with a subtle peaty flavour. Sweet spiciness, peppery after maltiness and wood spice completes the Japanese whisky. The bottle comes with its own metal Samurai helmet and armour with a design version known as “Shrobin” (White Bottle).

You save: $202.90

Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays in 2019! (Save up to 40% OFF)

The holidays are just around the corner! The month of joyous occasion brings about the season of gifting for our family, friends or work colleagues. A Christmas gathering could also end up with a Secret Santa exchange!

However, with many gift options around in Singapore, shopping for one can be a challenge as we stress to decide the perfect gift. More than often we ended up in an awkward situation when an inappropriate gift is given to your loved ones.

This year, Paneco offers attractive gifts sets to solve all your problems! Be it a party or a gathering, be assured to show up with an ideal gift for him or her.

Here are a list of gift sets to guide you through the festive season:

Talisker Distillers Edition
  1. Talisker Distillers Edition 700ml Gift Pack w/ 2 Glasses – at 25% below market prices

Talisker Distillers Edition is distilled and matured for ten years in used, American bourbon casks used to mature Amoroso sherry, giving it the unique taste of dark chocolate salty sweetness. An exquisite gift option!

You save: $40.33

  1. Tanqueray Gin 700ml w/ Gift Box and 1 Copa Glass – at 19% below market prices
Tanqueray Gin

Tanqueray London Dry is a perfectly balanced gin and one of the most awarded gins in the world. The gift set includes a special copa glass!

You save: $15.00

  1. G. H. Mumm Cordon Rouge + two champagne glasses – at 14% below market prices
Mumm Champagne

The brand’s signature champagne for all to enjoy. It perpetuates a hallmark style of subtly balanced freshness and intensity. Crafting is a long and complex process of which every step is fundamental to ensure the cuvée’s quality and perfection. The gift set comes with two champagne glasses for you to enjoy the drink.

You save: $11.50

  1. Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition 700ml + 2 Gift Glasses w/ Gift Box – at 20% below market prices
Glenfiddich Malt Masters

The Malt Master is made from exceptional skills, decades of dedication and an inventive mind of Brian Kinsman. Earth and soaked wood aromas blend with deep vanilla, with sharp flavours of spice and round with plum. A hint of toasted almonds gives way to a silky smooth finish. The gift set includes the drink with a gift box and two gift glasses.

You save: $30

  1. Veuve Clicquot Gouache 750ml w/ Gift Box – at 20% below market prices
Veuve Clicquot Gouache

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is encased in a gift box that evokes the iconic gouache paint tube and is the new limited edition of the champagne house’s Colorama collection. Originally created for a British market that desired “dry” wines, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label was trademarked in 1877 and has been used to toast events large and small ever since.

You save: $27.50

  1. Bushmills Irish Whiskey 10 Year w/Gift Box and 2 Glasses – at 20% below market prices

A gift pack from the benchmark Irish single malt, which has a far greater depth of flavour than standard Irish blends. Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey 10 year old is triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for at least 10 years in bourbon season barrels which give it it’s honey, vanilla and milk chocolate aroma.

You save: $27.50

  1. The Cally 40 Year w/Gift Box – at 19% below market prices
The Cally 40 Year Single Malt

A Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Caledonian, it’s the oldest Caledonian ever released by the original distillers and nicknamed “The Cally” by its workers. A true individual of highly complex yet wonderfully open and accessible, with a compelling nose. Comes with a gift box!

You save: $230.20

  1. Macallan Estate Reserve 700ml w/Gift Box – at 12% below market prices
Macallan Estate Reserve

Sourced, crafted, toasted and seasoned under the watchful eye of The Macallan Master of Wood, these hand-picked casks are delivered to the demanding specifications of The Macallan Master Distiller and his team. These oak casks that make the greatest contribution to the quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours which lie at the heart of The Macallan single malt.

You save: $44.00

  1. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum 700ml w/ Gift Box – at 12% below market prices
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive is an elegant and complex sipping rum, carefully crafted from the purest of sugar cane honeys. Amber in color and complex and characterful, with notes of maple syrup, orange peel, brown sugar and liquorice. A sweet toffee fudge mouthfeel, with a seductive and elegant finish. This exclusive gift set is perfect for any gift giving occasions.

You save: $12.00

Wolf Blass Black Label Red
  1. Wolf Blass – Black Label Red – at 29% below market prices (when you buy a case of 6)

Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec has been artfully blended to create a sophisticated red wine. Black Label is a powerful expression of the Wolf Blass philosophy of synergistic blending which makes it an interesting gift option.

You save: $207.54 when you buy a case of 6!

Paneco celebrates Singles Day with you! (11.11 Mega Sale)

In 1993, Chinese college students started celebrating 光棍节 or Single Stick Day. Singles Day is an informal event created to celebrate and embrace being single. This was due to the extreme pressure brought on the university students to meet societal standards! The date 11 November (11.11) was then chosen to host the event as the number “1” represents a lonely individual.

In 2009, Alibaba latched onto the holiday as a promotional event. Today, Singles Day has modernised into “11.11”, a 24-hour thriftless shopping event for the singles in China, which subsequently evolved into a world-wide phenomenon for offline and online sales. Many retailers like Lazada, Shopee, Qoo10 are taking part in this year’s 11.11 sale allowing shoppers to enjoy attractive deals.

Paneco Online Store
At Paneco, we offer the BEST prices in town with free delivery right to your doorstep, from the first bottle with no minimum! We leverage on stores from 4 continents to source drinks from your favourite brands, providing the largest variety of drinks to taylor to your needs on every occasion!
Paneco Singles Day

Paneco Singles Day is just around the corner! In this crazy one-time, online promotion on the 11.11, we offer a huge variety of must-buy deals for our drinks. From reputable brands like Martell, Glenfiddich, Chivas, Grey Goose, Johnny Walker and so much more. There are unbeatable deals and offers of up to 50% off! Paneco Singles Day is an all day online sale for all to be extravagant, regardless of your relationship status!

Here are some deals you should enjoy during this sale:
1. Corona Beer (24 bottles) –  at 20% below market price

Available in a case of 24 bottles! Born in Mexico and brought up on the beach, Corona is the perfect compliment to life’s simple pleasures. The golden colour, light refreshing flavor and iconic hand painted bottle, topped off with a freshly squeezed lime. 

You save: $17.70

  1. Grey Goose Vodka (1L) – at 37% below market prices

Grey Goose vodka is grown from soft winter wheat in farms around the fertile Picardy region of northern France. Grey goose maître de chai François Thibault uses the highest grade wheat for his liquors, which is the same wheat used in the best french breads and pastries. 
You save: $45.90

  1. Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac Intense Heat Gift Box (700ml) – at 18% below market prices

Created in 1912 by the famous Edouard Martell, Intense Heat is characterised by a taste with notes of candied fruit and gingerbread for all Martell lovers!

You save: $70

This is a portfolio of products on Paneco for Singles Day promotion
  1. Suntory Roku Japanese Gin (700ml) – at 24% below market prices

A bottle design that reflects the aesthetics of Japan. Traditional gin taste in the base, plus characteristic Japanese botanical notes with yuzu as the top note. Smooth and silky texture with a little spiciness to the finish provided by the crisp Japanese sansho pepper.

You save: $19.20

  1. Macallan Quest Single Malt w/ Gift Box (700ml) – at 14% below market prices

The Macallan Quest pays homage to the entirety of the journey taken by The Macallan to source the best oak across over 20,000 miles, which offers soft citrus fruits, rounded apple and lemon. Vanilla sweetness and subtle oak are complemented by apple mixed with ginger and dried fruits. Nutmeg and cinnamon soften and fade on the palate. Great length, soft, light fruit and medium sweetness.

You save: $16.50

  1. Johnnie Walker Red Rye Finish Whisky (700ml) – at 9% below market prices

Johnnie Walker Red Rye Finish is the first release of the Johnnie Walker Blenders’s Batch range, which is created with small number of malt and grain whiskies and drawn exclusive from first fill ex-bourbon casks.

You save: $5.90

  1. Lagavulin 8 Year Single Malt Whisky w/ Gift Box (700ml) – at 51% below market prices

Lagavulin uses the Islay malt — an intensely flavoured, smokey and rich malt. It instills a strength of character into its drinks and nestled in a small bay that our beloved whisky has been made for over 200 years.

You save: $64