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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How is Bourbon different from Scotch Whisky?

Learn about who bourbon is different from scotch whisky

Whisky and whiskey refer to the same alcoholic beverage made from distilled grain and aged in wood. In some circles whisky refers to the drink from anywhere in the world. Whiskey (with an “e”) is typically from Ireland or the United States. The name itself is derived from the Gaelic term uisce beatha meaning “water of life”.

There are a variety of ways to make whisky. Essentially you need water, yeast and malted barley. You can add corn, wheat, oats or rye to make the finished whisky. Depending on the country of origin, percentage of grain and whether the whisky comes from a single distillery will change what the finished product is called.

Bourbon or American Whiskey

According to Maker’s Mark Master Distiller, Greg Davis, Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn which is not true for whiskey. Bourbon also needs to be stored in new charred-oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels do need to be oak but not new or charred. Lastly, the final product needs to be be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125 in order to qualify as bourbon. For other whiskies the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. David notes that this isn’t just common practice — “it’s actual bourbon law.”

Due to various backyard stills in the USA during the mid-1800s, there was a law passed to protect consumer safety. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was designed with this in mind and had a side-effect of defining a bourbon by law.

The Act requires the spirit to be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at one distillery. It must be bottled and stored in bonded warehouses under the U.S. government supervision for no less than 4 years.

So, by this definition, all Bourbons are American Whiskies, but not all American Whiskies are bourbons. The most famous example is Jack Daniels. This is technically a Tennessee Whiskey and not a bourbon.

What is Scotch Whisky?

By definition, Scotch whisky is also protected by law. The 2009 Scotch Whisky Regulation requires it to be produced in a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley. It can contain no other additives except for colouring. Scotch can be single grain – coming from one distillery and cereal grain; Single Malt – only contains malted barley; Blended – a combination of grain and malt whiskies.

You can peruse our large assortment of American Whiskies and more on Paneco. Order before 4pm daily and get FREE next day delivery.

5 Best Alcoholic Drinks That You Can Pair Well With Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner! What first comes up to your mind when you think of the festival? The common answer is: Mooncakes! The traditional mooncake is made with lotus seed paste and salty egg yolk, which makes it savoury. In recent years, however, new kinds of mooncakes have been introduced, such as the snowskin mooncake, that can come in flavours such as earl grey, chocolate, and even durian! Nevertheless, mooncakes are pretty dry to eat on its own and could make you “jelat” rather quickly, hence, it is often enjoyed with some Chinese tea.

Chinese tea with mooncakes? Those are the OGs of mooncake pairings, of course, but you will be surprised that alcohol could also be a great couple with mooncakes as well. Depending on your preferences for alcohol, I will be sharing with you a list of the 5 best alcoholic drinks that you can pair with mooncakes just as well, if not better!

     1. Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve

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Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve 700ml w/Gift BoxMade by one of the world’s oldest family-owned single malt distilleries, the Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve was made with the inspiration of sherry bodegas of Spain in mind. It has extra layers of smoothness and sweetness to it, brought by the fact that it was aged in a custom-built Solera Vat. With a golden, red hue, it offers an intriguingly sophisticated fragrance of sweet honey and vanilla fudge along with rich dark fruits. On the palate, it is silky to the tongue with layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger, making it full-bodied and bursting with flavour. It finishes with an intense and lingering sweetness that would definitely be compatible with the savoury taste of a mooncake.

The Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve comes in a 700ml packaging.
Not enough? We have them in different volumes, at 750ml and even 1 litre!

     2. Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select


Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select w/Gift Box

Hibiki means “resonance” in Japanese. The Hibiki Harmony speaks to the soul and emotions of a connoisseur as it resonates from nature and all the subtleties found from the 24 seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar. Pleasing one with the aroma of plum in syrup, roses and sweet woodiness, it also offers a soft taste of orange marmalade with dark chocolate, making it slightly bitter. It then finishes off with a lingering sweetness and acidity with hints of spices and wood. The soft bitterness coupled with a sweet aftertaste of the Hibiki matches the mooncake as it provides an additional layer sophistication to its savouriness.

The Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select is a perfect
Japanese whisky to impress your loved ones!

      3. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

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Perrier Jouet Grand Brut

The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut would make a great champagne choice as it presents a bubbly and fruity style of the Perrier-Jouët. It is an open-knit crowd-pleaser that presents a beautiful effervescence to the palate. It is also lightly juicy with notes of a fresh mix of cherries, ripe apricot and pickled ginger that finishes off with a hint of spice. The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut definitely makes a great choice to pair with mooncakes as it is not only classy, it is a drink that brightens the atmosphere that can be enjoyed by anyone. Its sparkly tings on the tongue gives a refreshing experience paired with a comparatively “cloying” mooncake, that may be heavy-tasting over time.

The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is suitable for any festive occasion!

      4. Moët & Chandon Imperial


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The Moët & Chandon Imperial is another popular champagne choice that doubles up as a perfect gift for a loved one. It is recognized as the representative champagne of the Moët & Chandon champagne house as has earned itself the title of being one of the worldwide best-sellers. For those who worry about it being too sweet, be rest assured that the Moët & Chandon Imperial is a dry champagne containing small quantity of sugar (less than 1.5%) yet still rich and intricate in its flavours, coupled with a floral and fruity fragrance. The Moët & Chandon Imperial would make a wise choice for a lighter-tasting drink to couple with the heavy taste of mooncake.

The Moët & Chandon Imperial is a gem for those who have the taste of a King.

      5. Campo Viejo Tempranillo

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo

The Campo Viejo Tempranillo spends 4 months in American oak casks before rounding off its ageing in the bottle. It is a vibrant Tempranillo wine that gives off a rich aroma with profound intensity that endows an initial scent of ripe fruits and soft notes of sweet vanilla and spices. It tastes soft and fresh with a lingering finish of fruity notes, along with vanilla and cocoa. It’s sweetness blends well with the savoury taste of mooncakes, forming a good pair.

The Campo Viejo Tempranillo makes a
great pairing with traditional mooncakes!


        6. Brancott Estate Pinot Noir


Brancott Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir bottle imageThe Brancott Estate Pinot Noir is a red wine that was awarded 88 points at the Wine Enthusiast, 2015. It was also awarded Silver at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2015. To the nose, it offers a sweet fruit approach coupled with tobacco spice complexity and velvety tannins on the palate, showing good length and balance. Its full fruit flavours of plum, cherry, and raspberry are balanced by a savoury core with hints of nutmeg. Its sophistication thus gives it a balance in flavours when harmonised with the savoury taste of mooncake.

The Brancott Estate Pinot Noir would definitely tick a box for its sophistication that blends well with the thick flavour of the mooncake



Get your favourite alcohol at the best prices, with FREE next-day delivery straight to your doorstep only at! Let your mooncakes be paired with the best quality liquor this season, and let your Mid-Autumn spirits soar!

Win a FREE Pro Soccer Ball during the World Cup!

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Paneco celebrates the World Cup

Get into the action of this year’s FOOTBALL FEVER! All you need to do is place an order for over $200 and you will receive a full-size, branded soccer ball. It’s great playing at the park or at the beach.

Special World Cup bundles valued over $250 will also come with a FREE hand pump. These special bundles include the Premium Party Bundle Charlie featuring Hibiki Harmony Master’s Select, Grey Goose vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin. You could also consider the Russia 2018 Bundle with a case of Corona beer, Russian Standard vodka, Glenfiddich single malt whisky and Tanqueray gin.

With so many products to choose from, like premium whiskies, smooth gins or amazing vodkas, you get more for your money at For a limited time, there are also special EXCLUSIVE world cup promo bundles only available at Visit today.

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