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#LSADrinks: What’s new in the world of ABV this December 2023?

It’s #LSADrinks time! Wondering what’s new in the world of all things ABV? This month includes Malfy Gin, Woodford Reserve and more.

The December 2023 edition of #LSADrinks continues to take a look at the most exciting events and launches happening in Malaysia and beyond. Whether it’s the Martell pop-up celebrating 130 years in Malaysia or the launch of Malfy Gin, there’s just so much to look forward to in the world of ABV. Keep reading to find out what’s new this month!

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Woodford Reserve’s “The Wonderful Race” has a winner




Backdoor Bodega’s Koh Yung Shen has won Woodford Reserve’s “The Wonderful Race”! On 26 November, eight finalists from some of Malaysia’s best bars descended upon Jann in Kuala Lumpur. Each mixologist were required to concoct their very own elevated versions of Old Fashioned using Woodford Reserve with the winner receiving an all-expense paid trip to Kentucky, United States of America where the Woodford Reserve Distillery is located. In the final round, Shen presented ‘Winter Woodford-land’, a cocktail comprising bourbon and wintermelon sugar.

Judges included Nicholas Ng, Bannie Kang and Brown Forman’s very own Evgeny Yashkovich. In addition to Shen, the competition finale also saw creative efforts from Ng Bee Bee (Tiga Bar), Dawen Ong (The Nest Cocktail Bar), Jason Yee (Ikiya 2.0), Kelvin Wong (Good Friends Club Penang), Lim Shui Teng (The Mandarin Bar), Lim Tett Hin (Baobae Penang) and Darwin Ng (Jann).

Learn more HERE.

PH-1 headlined Hennessy Artistry 2023 on 2 December 2023







It definitely got major on 2 December at Hennessy Artistry 2023! Happening at Sentul Depot from 6.30PM to 11.30PM, the event — with “Diffraction” as its theme —saw the one and only PH-1 take the stage alongside Bass Agents, Sherry Alyssa and more. PH-1 performed hit songs such as ‘Iffy’ and ‘Nerdy Love’, entertaining a very excited crowd. Many had access to the event by purchasing three bottles of Hennessy V.S.O.P — granting two general admission tickets while three bottles of Hennessy X.O entitled two VIP admission tickets. At the event, there were many specially curated cocktails by Frank’s Bar, Rimbar, Concubine and Remedy Cocktail Bar. For example. ‘Le Bisou’ by Frank’s Bar comprises Hennessy V.S.O.P, campari and peach liqueur whereas Concubine’s ‘Popos Special Tea’ is made with Hennessy V.S.O.P, Rosso-infused chamomile tea and lemon pomegranate juice. If that isn’t enough, Hennessy also hosted after parties at Pitt Club, Xpaze, Spark and Gemu. Were you at Hennessy Artistry 2023?

Learn more HERE.

Malfy Gin has finally arrived in Malaysia


Pernod Ricard Malaysia now has a new brand under its gin portfolio — and it’s none other than Malfy Gin! Bringing the essence of Amalfi Coast all the way to Malaysia, the super premium Malfy Gin is among the most popular in the world. Distilled by the Vergnano family, the distillery uses traditional Italian techniques alongside Monviso Water as well as local botanicals such as Italian junipers and Sicilian blood oranges.

During the launch event at Crystal in The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, two variants of Malfy Gin were introduced: Malfy Gin Con Limone and Malfy Gin Rosa. The former is derived using handpicked juniper, Amalfi lemon peel and Italian sun-ripened lemons. Con Limone has a zesty flavour profile with a refreshing finish. Perfect for a sunny day! As for the sophisticated Rosa, Sicilian pink grapefruits play a major role — providing a mouthfeel that’s equally rich and bright. Both blends are priced at RM314 each.

Learn more HERE.

Martell celebrates 130 years in Malaysia with one-of-a-kind pop-up

Photo credit: Martell
Photo credit: Martell

Happening from 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024, the Martell Pop-up — a brand that first arrived in Malaysia in 1894 — offers an immersive experience at the Concourse of Pavilion Bukit Jalil. What can you expect at the pop-up? Look forward to a preview of Maison Martell’s upcoming launches including the limited edition Martell Cordon Bleu designed in partnership with Marcos Kueh, the Assemblage du Dragon and the Martell Single Cru Collection as well as a special version of Martell VSOP. Of course, you don’t want to miss out on taking a glimpse at Les Remarquables Martell-Edition Laurentine Perilhou; said to be worth RM5 million.

The Martell Cordon Bleu x Marcos Kueh Limited Edition is particularly special because it sees the Maison collaborating with a Malaysian textile artist. With only 130 bottles available, this release is undoubtedly significant. The design features a Martell Swift-emblazoned hot air balloon alongside the Rafflesia flower, Sarawakian traditional beads as well as other Malaysian cultural elements. The limited edition Martell Cordon Bleu can be found at Magnum Wines & Spirit, The Chamber and The Merchant — priced at RM1,046.

Photo credit: Martell
Photo credit: Martell

Marcos Kueh on the limited edition bottle: “Celebrating the remarkable journey of 130 years since Martell first graced the shores of Penang, I’ve had the unique privilege of reimagining its profound integration into the very fabric of our society. As a Malaysian artist, this collaboration is a unique privilege. Through this limited edition, I aimed to weave a visual narrative that not only revisits our rich past but also highlights the enduring and deep-rooted bond between Malaysia and Maison Martell”.

Learn more HERE.

Monkey 47 unveils the Barrel Cut in Malaysia

Photo credit: Pernod Ricard Malaysia
Photo credit: Pernod Ricard Malaysia

This is one for rare gin enthusiasts! Monkey 47 has revealed the Barrel Cut, introducing a barrel-aged gin in the country for the very first time. What sets this apart from the others in the distillery’s portfolio? The gin is aged in Mulberry casks and hence, the light pink hue. For 180 days, the Monkey 47 Barrel Cut is aged and stored. Prior to filling the barrels, the distillery toasts the interior just a little — further enhancing its aroma. The super rare Barrel Cut can be found exclusively in the following bars: Tickets, Astor Bar, Three X Co, Jann, G-String, Backdoor Bodega, The Mandarin Bar, Tiga Bar, Budi and Haiiro Usagi.

Learn more HERE.

Have fun at Jim Beam Play 2023

Photo credit: @jimbeamsea/Instagram
Photo credit: @jimbeamsea/Instagram

From 8 to 9 December 2023, Jim Beam is hosting Play 2023 at The Bee, Publika. Running from 7.00PM to 11.30PM on both days, the event will feature sets by iconic Malaysian DJs Ashley Lau and Jovynn as well as many exciting musical performances such as TALITHA. In addition, you can also look forward to a plethora of stations offering different immersive experiences. They include the “Play With Flavours” Highball bar, the “Play With Grooves” setup, the iron-on DIY booth and DIY wall art. Entry to the event is free and comes with a complimentary highball too — but remember to register online.

Learn more HERE.

Pamela Tan’s art piece for The Balvenie was auctioned for RM29,000






For The Makers Project, Malaysian artist Pamela Tan created a one-of-a-kind art piece — ‘Flux’ — using the barrel that housed The Balvenie Thirty as its base. During an exciting night at Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill, The Balvenie hosted a dinner to celebrate craftsmanship alongside an auction that eventually saw ‘Flux’ sold at RM29,000. Host Julie Woon also unveiled that the funds go to Helping Hands Penan.

On the memorable night, Kim Mijung (The Balvenie Brand Ambassador from South Korea) guided guests through a tasting session featuring The Balvenie Thirty with hints of candied orange peel and honey while the restaurant’s Chef Giles M Langford curated a special pairing menu just for the occasion. The menu comprised dishes such as Beetroot Cured King Salmon, Chicken & Duck Liver Parfait and Cod With Smoked Eel. Each course is paired with sublime whiskies in the form of The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Years, The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years and The Balvenie French Oak 16 Years.

Throughout the night, the very impressive Poovaa serenaded the crowd with her powerhouse vocals.

Learn more HERE.

Moët & Chandon and W Kuala Lumpur unite for the festivities






W Kuala Lumpur and Moët & Chandon have come together this festive season in the name of celebration. The partnership sees selected areas transformed with joy and enchantment. Gold details now fill W Kuala Lumpur, radiating magic with the spirit of the Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne. A specially curated staycation includes a decorated suite, afternoon tea, branded bath robes, and a bottle of Moët & Chandon which you can personalise.

Moët Imperial and Moët Rosé Impérial, two signatures of the Maison, now come in a limited edition white and gold design too. Inspired by the House’s chalky cellars, the bottle features a textured white background alongside golden sinuous lines. Did you know that 2023 marks Moët & Chandon’s 280th anniversary?

Learn more HERE.

Stay tuned for more #LSADrinks updates!

(Hero Image and Featured Image credit: Malfy Gin)

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