La Maison Du Whisky

3 whisky lovers found malt/grain heaven at La Maison Du Whisky last Saturday night. We used to walk past it, slightly intimidated, back when it was just a retail outlet. Now that they put in a bar and seating, we found ourselves instinctively walking in.

Why haven’t we discovered this place before? Wow the whisky selection is really impressive - I know I say this quite often but “I wish my home bar looked like this!” Equally impressive was the d├ęcor – dark wood panels, lush leather seats and warm inviting lighting. Uh oh, I am so coming back here (often).

We eagerly started on our whisky journey. Starting from one end of the Scotch spectrum, I had the Aberlour 15 year single malt whisky – typical Speyside (also home to Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and the Macallan with heavy emphasis on fruit notes, with a hint of vanilla. A nice one to start off with.

Ling had the Springbank 10 year old, a great introduction to the Campbeltown style - mildly briny with some iodine from the sea. I took a sip and indeed, it was very pleasant. Ndee loves the peatiness of Islay scotch and he went straight for the Ardbeg Uigeadail from the Islay region (where my favourite Laphroaig and Lagavulin hail from). A whopping 50 – 60 ppm (parts per million of phenol), he was literally “smokin’ after one sip. Heh, next time, try the Ardberg “Supernova” - 100ppm phenol!

Feeling a bit peckish, we ordered a chocolate platter to share. Nice! I love pairing whisky with chocolate, they go so well together yums. To end off the evening, we order an apple brandy -

Christian Drouin calvados 15 years from Normandy, as well as the Pappy Van Winkle family reserve 15 Year Old Bourbon Wood. Hmmm.. love.

We were having such a lovely time that when the bartender announced at 12 midnight that the bar was closed, we couldn't help but pout. Oh well, it's ok, I am sure we will be back very soon!

(PS. Check out the not-for-pregnant-lady- consumption sticker on the bottle)