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Space aged-wine matured aboard the International Space Station is expected to sell for $1 million

If a bottle of Petrus 2000 that Christie’s is selling tastes out of this world it might be because it aged for 14 months aboard the International Space Station. Christie’s hopes the bottle, now up for grabs in a private sale, will fetch $1 million, which would make it the most expensive wine ever sold. The bottle is one of a batch of 12 that European startup Space Cargo Unlimited sent into orbit as part of research into how food and drink matures in space. The wine spent almost 440 days in space, or the equivalent of 300 trips to the Moon, Space Cargo Unlimited Nicolas Gaume said in a press...

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Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021: Singapore bags 12 spots on the list

It’s a well known fact that the drinks scene in Singapore stands to be one of the best in Asia — if not the world — with a nightlife scene that’s always full of surprises. The Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list that was just announced is testament to that very fact. Held virtually again in light of the ongoing pandemic, the annual ceremony was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube to announce the winners. This year, Singapore continues its stronghold on the scene, with a total of 12 bar establishments securing a place on the coveted top 50 list — the highest from any city in Asia followed by Hong...

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Bar review: Republic at Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is the city’s latest destination bar that wows

“Destination” anything — dining, drinking, weddings — suggests an extraordinary experience you covet from afar, then plot your way towards, weeks, months or even years in advance. Republic at Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is that sort of place, except that it’s right in our own backyard. Still, the new hotel bar demands that you make a grand occasion of your visit, even if you’re coming from one of the suites upstairs. What used to be Chihuly Lounge is now an exquisite three-part space consisting of a reception, lounge and bar “designed to evoke the warmth, intimacy and elegance of a private...

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Meet Dana Safia, the entrepreneur fashioning traditional jamu for modern times

Traditional health tonic jamu is being given a facelift. The drink may deceive at first glance as a carrot-based cold-pressed juice in the eyes of the modern consumer, but you’d be mistaken if you decide to knock back the bottle on a sweltering afternoon. The ancient Javanese herbal drink has always been regularly enjoyed but it saw a resurgence in Indonesia last year due to its widely known benefits to boost one’s immune system and maintain good health. Indonesian jamu sellers started selling out their stock while ingredient prices steadily increased despite the economic downturn. But what...

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Diageo celebrates the reopening of its ghost distillery with the Brora Triptych set

Brora might’ve shuttered her small distillery in 1983, but time does magical things to Scotch whisky, even the ones that have been left to its own devices since the last of its workers walked away almost four decades ago. Despite being a ghost distillery, Brora remains to be one of Scotch whisky’s most important — more so after it once took over production of heavily peated whisky for blending when Islay experienced a shortage from a four-year-long drought until 1973. Since then, the lightly peated Highland style that it’s come to be known for today has become a firm favourite. Over the years,...

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Camp Smokey: What to expect at the Jigger & Pony x Monkey Shoulder summer camp experience

Jigger & Pony’s probably the last place you’d think of when talking about summer camps, but the Best Bar in Asia 2020 and Monkey Shoulder have come together to create what they’ve called Camp Smokey, and it’ll change your mind about camping forever. The nostalgia hits immediately when you set your eyes on the establishment’s transformation on the second floor, now converted into a glamp-site — we’re talking tents and oars and even a mini (fake) fireplace — to bring you back into the wild outdoors. Unlike the makeshift drink concoctions you’re used to at camps, however, these unique cocktails...

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On Hangover Hill: The men behind the “stout cult” on dark, high ABV brews and their curated tastings

Do you like stout? Yes? Amiril Hulaimin and Dinesh Bhavani have a thing or two for you. No? These two might change your mind. Earlier this year, the beer geeks behind On Hangover Hill threw their inaugural event at Maxi Coffee Bar, where they introduced guests to a handful of dark beers like Bruery Terreux’s Black Tuesday Stout (which has a whopping 19.3% ABV) and a bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues. The booze, paired with snacks such as homemade sourdough and brownies, are all rated four (out of five) and up on beer app Untappd. Still in its infancy, On Hangover Hill (OHH) is a...

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The making of Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak: Adventurist James Aiken on the distillery’s latest and oldest release

In January 2020, as the pandemic first began to unravel, James Aiken embarked on a solo expedition across the Atlantic Ocean. He was to single-handedly traverse the same route taken by the rowers of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, where competitors race across more than 3,000 miles of untamed sea from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua. Onboard his boat The Oaken Yard were wooden staves, which Aiken would place on deck at various stages of his 24-day voyage. These staves, licked by the sea and kissed by the sun, later became part of the 10 special casks made to finish Talisker’s newest...

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Something old, something new: Fund Lee of Tea Chapter on modernising Chinese Tea

Meet the champions of reinvention who are putting traditional trades and skills in a new light. The dynamic downtown district of Tanjong Pagar pulsates with the bustle of city life from towering office buildings to buzzy cocktail bars and Korean barbecue joints. Amid all the activity is an easy-to-miss pocket of respite tucked away in a shophouse along Neil Road. Shut out from the noise of busy roads and instead filled with soft tunes of Chinese classical music and the occasional tinkering of teacups, Tea Chapter is three floors of escape, quiet and zen. Shelves of various teas and tea sets...

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