- Single malt Scotch whisky served up at
Words and photos by Michael
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49, WuFu 4th Rd, Kaohsiung City
Hours: 8 pm-3 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge. Smoking allowed. Parking available.
Ushcae Baha. The water of life. Single
malt scotch whiskey. Loved by some, hated by others.
For those of us in the know, it is a drink that holds
a near religious mysticism. Unlike blended whiskey (which
accounts for about 90% of all whiskey), single malts
are produced at a single distillery with a single batch
of malted barley, hence the 'single'. It is diluted
with local spring water and aged in oak barrels. Port,
sherry, or bourbon barrels impart their own flavour
and colour to the whiskey, as does peat burned in the
distilling process and even salt from the sea air.
Those who are schooled in the ways of
whiskey know there is only one way to enjoy Scotland's
gift to the world—and that is with a wee dram
of water. Water takes away the fire but leaves the warmth
and allows all the flavors to come out. Garish drinkers
who have it on the rocks are unaware that ice numbs
taste buds and releases enzymes that alter the flavour,
bringing a tear to the eye of the distiller.
A nice place to enjoy fine single malt
in Kaohsiung is Castro's Tavern, a laid back, little
lounge on Wufu 4th Road. They have the full line of
Glenlivet and Glenmorangie single malts plus a few rarities
like Ardbeg, Glenfiddih, and Laphroaig. Prices range
from NT$250 to 350 for a glass (limited selection),
or for NT$3,000, you can purchase a bottle of Glenmorangie
10 year. A bottle of Macallon 30 year is NT$16,000