Chin Chin Bar, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong: a great place to taste whisky

Single Malt Whiskys at Chin Chin Bar
Chin Chin Bar presents the most extensive collection of single malt whiskys in Kowloon, with over 80 labels, including some Speyside classics such as Macallan Speymalt 1967, The Balvenie 30 years, Glenfarclas 1968 and many more. Macallan Speymalt is a rare single malt that is produced in limited quantities and aged in first-fill sherry casks, giving the nose generous sherry and malt fragrances, with a palate based on sweet, toffeeish, creamy and spicy notes, and a long, lively, spicy finish. The Balvenie is a 30-year old whisky matured in a combination of American oak hogsheads and Oloroso sherry barrels, and it is silky smooth, with a delicious nose of honey, oak and candied orange peel. The palate is of great depth, with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear. The finish is smooth and warming, with gentle spice and long sweetness.

Glenfarclas 1968, distilled on 17th January 1968 and bottled on 28th July 2000, is a private Family Cask bottling by the Lindores Whisky Society to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. The Whisky features clear liquid honey and deep oak on the nose with a hint of berries and buttered crumpets, while it is minty on the palate, with fudge, almonds, honey and orange. The finish is very long, lemony, dry and warming.
Then of course there are the Highland single malts, such as Dalwhinnie, 15 years, a classic Highland Single Malt Whisky which truly exhibits the complexity of flavours and texture of its kind. This whisky is big, crisp, dry and very aromatic on the nose with hints of heather and peat, whereas the palate is smooth, soft with lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla, followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread. The finish is long, lingering and surprisingly intense that starts sweetly, then it gives way to smoke, peat and malt.

Lagavulin, with 16 years ageing, is another highlighted Single Malt Whisky in the collection. Produced in Islay, it has won at least 20 Gold Medals in major international competitions, including the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). This whisky features Lapsang Souchong and fruity sherry on the nose. The dryness on the palate is at first offset by the sweetness of the sherry character. As the palate develops, grassy and salty notes emerge in a long, sustained way. The finish is huge, powerful and with a bear-hug of peat.
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