Ever since I was young, whenever we have a family gathering (together with my grandpa and/or uncles) where food is served, there is sure to be a bottle of brandy/cognac, and it's usually a bottle of Hennessy XO. While I was studying in USA (more than 20 years ago), whenever I fly back to KL, at that time there was no KLIA but Subang International Airport, I would buy a bottle of Hennessy XO for my dad. And a bottle of Hennessy XO 1 litre then cost about RM400 if I'm not mistaken.
Nowadays, a bottle of Hennessy, Remy Martin and Martell XO cost about RM1K or more for the 1 litre bottle. So, I guess to make it more "affordable", these said XOs now come in either 70cl (700ml) or 75cl (750ml) where we can buy in KLIA or KLIA2 Duty Free for less than RM1K.
Years ago, on certain special occasions, my dad or grandpa would open a bottle of Louis XIII to celebrate. When I was younger, I would mix brandy (Hennessy XO) with Coke; but, one time I mixed Coke with Louis XIII and got a scolding from my grandfather, haha. However, nowadays no one in my family ever opens a bottle of Louis XIII as it is now damn freaking expensive. The smallest bottle that is being sold at Eraman Duty Free at KLIA/KLIA2 is more than RM10K and the biggest bottle can go above RM30K!
And then I started to appreciate Red Wine a couple of years back when I started to go to Australia to spend time with my children. Reason being, red wines are not that expensive in Melbourne compared to what we pay here in KL.
I have never enjoyed whisky, i.e. Chivas and Swing. However, not too long ago, one of my uncles introduced me to Macallan Single Malt 12 Years and I loved it as I found it to be "very sweet" when paired with Chinese food. And did you know there are fake Macallan 12 Years in Malaysia? Once again, below is a photo to teach you how to spot a fake Macallan.
Since then I have tried Johnnie Walker Black, Blue and XR labels, Royal Salute and even the more expensive Macallan. But guess what? I only like the Macallan 12 Years and the cheapest Macallan that is in the Green Box sold at Duty Free outlets!
And I even went and bought a bottle of Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Malt which was awarded the best whisky for 2015 and it's from Taiwan! However, my uncle and I did not like the Kavalan and ended up drinking Wolf Blast Platinum Label which cost more than the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique. To read my article titled The Best Single Malt Whisky 2015, please click here and find out how much I paid for the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique (what's with the freaking long name, hahaha) in Kuala Lumpur.
Below are some of the photos which I have previously posted:
MARTELL CORDON BLEU 300 YEARS ANNIVERSARY 1912 BLEND LIMITED EDITION
I have never enjoyed Martell Cordon Bleu and personally I prefer Hennessy XO over it. Last week, my uncle invited me for dinner and he brought along a Cordon Bleu, not your normal Cordon Bleu which you can buy at Duty Free outlets, but a Limited Edition 300 Years Anniversary 1912 Blend. Boy, I tell you, it tasted freaking delicious. Yeah, the Cordon Bleu 300 Limited Edition is no ordinary cognac; and, to me even better than Martell XO! If you like to add water to your brandy, I strongly recommend you must first try the Cordon Bleu 300 Limited Edition neat and then on the rocks if you like your brandy diluted. And of course, never add Coke to it!