Mon - Thu: 17:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 02:00
The Auld Alliance at Chijmes is a bar dedicated to all things whisky. Its entire inventory, which has been claimed to be the largest collection in South East Asia, consists of 1000 whiskies from distilleries in Europe, Japan and America.
Full The Auld Alliance review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/06/the-auld-alliance.html
After vacating their previous premises at Chijmes, bespoke whisky bar The Auld Alliance has found a new home in Rendezvous Gallery, next to Rendezvous Hotel. Established in 2011 by Mr. Emmanuel Dron, The Auld Alliance is named after a period of truce between Scotland and France, and is widely considered to be Singapore's finest whisky bar.
Ambience at The Auld Alliance retains its classical library style, with huge plush leather couches, dim lighting, and rows upon rows of bookshelves, lined with The Auld Alliance extensive range of over 1,400 labels of whisky. The spacious layout can accomodate over 60 people, including a private 14-seater room for those seeking even greater privacy than what The Auld Alliance hidden location currently offers.
Service at The Auld Alliance is professional and knowledgable. Besides the owner, staff are trained and well versed in the vast collection of whisky available, from the various labels, to serving, and even curating and storage. Don't let the 70 page book-like menu intimidate you, just ask the staff if you need assistance!
The Auld Alliance doesn't offer any food, beyond simple nuts / snacks. Go for the 1,400 labels of whisky, ranging in price from as low as SGD $14 per glass, to as high as hundreds of dollars per glass for the rare labels. The menu helpfully has some descriptions, on taste of each whisky, and their country of origin. Befittingly, the majority of whisky is from Scotland, though they also carry other whisky labels from many other countries, including Australia, France, Taiwan and India.
Besides the extensive range of whisky, The Auld Alliance also offers an extensive variety of wines, with over 80 labels available. They also offer a decent selection of cocktails and absinthe.
The Absinthe Clandestine Marianne (SGD $23 Per Glass) is a white Swiss absinthe, has a refreshing minty taste with flavours of anise, wild flower, and honey, and a lingering bitterness of wormwood.
The Whisky Glendronach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask (SGD $16 Per Glass) is a Scottish whisky, with a medium body, tastes of nuts and fruit, hints of sherry, and a strong alcohol aroma.
To read the full review and see photos of The Auld Alliance, please visit http://www.citynomads.com/reviews/bars/141/whisky-heaven-at-the-auld-alliance
Well it's now been a week since the 2012 Whisky Live Festival arrived in Singapore, and it's occurred to us at City Nomads that whilst we've written plenty of reviews about awesome bars for cocktails, we haven't done a awful lot for the whisky maniacs out there, and as they say: there's no time like the present.
Singapore without a doubt is fast becoming a mecca of whisky lovers, and with the demand, there are whisky bars opening up all over. One of best (if not the best) is The Auld Alliance, whose name is derived from the truce between the kingdoms of Scotland and France in the middle ages.
Conveniently nestled down the side lane at Chijmes, you would never imagine such a visually spectacular bar exists in this neck of the woods.
Let me put it this way, the drinks menu (most of which is whisky) here is 52 pages long and you can see most of them lining the bar walls. It's really quite a site and I fear my photos hardly do it justice.
So as you can imagine, the theme here is whisky. Of course there are other drinks available; wines, champagne, various other spirits, but this is a place where you should really be looking to expand your whisky horizons.
The range her is staggering and it can be a little daunting so don't be afraid of asking the staff to guide you through the menu and making some recommendations.
I, being a fan of the more smokey, peated whiskies, was very happy to see a healthy selection from Islay and Cao-Ila (Scotland), and Nikka and Hibeki (Japan). But trust me, there's something here for everyone. And price-wise, it's quite reasonable. For a 'dram' (40ml), expect to pay in the region of $12-15 for something decent, $16-24 for something excellent, and $25 for something that is so rare you might never see it on another menu anywhere else! Of course if you are looking to buy a bottle, the range is even greater. ........
To continue reading and see photos of The Auld Alliance, please visit http://www.citynomads.com/reviews/bars/141/whisky-heaven-at-the-auld-alliance