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Till date I still remember clearly that my very first encouter of learning to drink whiskey comes is this Macallan back 10 years ago as it is one of my best friends favourite. That is when he was sipping thru his 15 year old Macallan on the rock and was invited to join him. Happily I pour over the whiskey and mix with coke. I got hell of lecture from him how I destroy a good whiskey. Since then I learn how to appreciate whiskey and had been top in my list for alcohol The Macallan Rare Cask Whiskey

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It was only recently I got excited to received an invite to this Macallan Rare Oak whiskey dinner pairing event that took place at Ruyi & Lyn.

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Rather intersting on how they build up the whole place with history, their limited edition bottle and also scent bar to trigger profile taste  into your mind.

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I love the new bottle of Macallan Rare Cask where it do look solid and taste profile is amazing.

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The Macallan Rare Cask is positioned as a modern, rare and luxurious whisky, crafted to showcase complexity and depth. Rare Cask was handpicked by The Macallan whisky maker where it is drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks, 16 different types, ever identified by the Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno. Far less than 1% of those casks maturing at the distillery have been identified as fitting to bestow the Rare Cask name. With rarity at its core, this is a whisky crafted from casks so rare they will never again be used in any Macallan whisky. Combining Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them first fill, gives rise to an exquisite whisky with a splendidly rich hue, and an unmistakably woody whisky. Soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin on the nose, give way to apple, lemon, and orange. Balanced by a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Oak resonates, timeless, polished and rich. Vanilla and chocolate lead the finale along with a light citrus zest. The finish is full, warming and woody.

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Love the place how they set it up to be classy and easy to communicate with the other diners.

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Right before the dinner start, we were also pamper with Macallan 12 years on the rock or with some of their latest creation with a few series of cocktail.

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What is on the table is 12 years and 15 years Macallan to kick start with and final dish to be paired with the exclusive Rare Cask.

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Before each meal, we are guided thru by Nadia Heng, with the presense of Edrington’s Brand Trainer, Keith Nair by telling us on each profile and how it should be tested which is very different from wine.

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Truffle Soon Hock With Olive Fried Rice  to pair with The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 years Old

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Pan Seared Lamb Chop serve with Thai Green Curry with The Macallan Fine Oak 15 years old

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Love this sorbet which is really refreshing before heading to final dish.

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River Prawn Served with Foie Gra Asparagus Salad with The Macallan Rare Cask.

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End with Chocolate Embrace

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With other usual suspects for the pairing dinner. . .

The latest introduction of The Macallan Rare Cask indeed top in my list of Macallan and with its pricing strategy and product placement, surely it is targeted to the upper market.  To me, the profile beats 12,15 and 18 years old that makes it very unique and different.

The Macallan Rare Cask is currently available at selected outlets such as The Penthouse, Hyde53M, Monarchy 61, H20, Merchant Pub, Club De-Royale, Ojos Bar, Zouk, Avalon & Meja and Brussels Beer Café at a price of RM2,000 as well as hypermarkets at a retail price of RM1,600

To have a good food is always a bonus and satisfying. The catch is, good food is always hidden some where and needed to be hunt. That is why we always we love to hunt for hidden food. Let me introduce you another great restaurant which is a hidden gem in Bukit Damansara that serve Aria Traditional Italian Dining.

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Interior of the restaurant is pretty straight foward that offer cozy ambiance that suits for your business, family and friends hang out spot.

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Seems like the owner is a big fan of Macallan that is also one of my favourite.  :D, found out that he loves single malt alot~

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If you are looking to host small functions or towards more private session with friends and family, they do have this room to offer with cozy sofa and a tv build in with sliding wooden door to close up.

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For this session, we were given the opportunity to sample some food and we were hosted right upstairs that usually they host for private business function.

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In Italian dining, Bruchetta will always be in the menu as its a very simple and delightful starter to start off with. Simple freshly cut tomato season along with their special dressing that just makes this perfect.

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This is a must order if you do visit this restaurant. Mushroom Bruchetta that cook till perfection and season correctly with their own special sauce and dressing that makes the mushroom taste stand out. – recommended

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as the night starting, we were pamper with Processo Vento is actually champange in Italian version. A champange that easy to go down as its Light and bubbly

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Lamb Kebab with Aria’s Special Mint Sauce @ RM28

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It looks simple that filled with many skewers as Minced lamb in flavourful onion, bird eye chili, lemon grass, ginger, coriander seed, salt and pepper covered in Aria’s special spicy mint sauce. The sauce is a bomb! By dipping along with the sauce just makes the mince lamb perfect. I dip till to the last drop.

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I love my Italian pizza in thin crust that turns out this Hawaiian Pizzeta @ RM26. A simple pizza that serve along with turkey ham, pineapple, mozarella & oregano and I enjoy it just plainly like that without adding any sauce.

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I have been looking for nice Risotto since after I have been back from overseas. Not many places can actually cook this dish to my liking and I am suprise to find Seafood Risotto in here is just perfect. The risotto cook till its soft and a bit sticky, along with mix seafood that makes it a bit sweet in taste and sour tomato taste just blends in well RM36

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Aglio-Olio Smoke Duck Pasta @ RM36

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This is actually one of their signature in da house and there is no doubt that we were told must sample this, and after we tried it out, we only realize why its a must to try out. Spaghetti was cook till al dante and springy with hint of light olive oil and the taste of salty smoke duck just bring’s up the taste. – Recommended!

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Grilled Tenderloin @  RM70

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For those who loves steak, Medium rare is always my preference as to get the tenderloin remains juicy on every bite. Even better with the first cut and you can see the blood ooze out, as his find piece serve along with sauteed vege, roasted potatoes and a choice of garlic rosemary, black pepper and brown sauce.

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Super smooth fish meat that nears to melting in your mouth when you put it in as this Merluzzo Canadese Atlantico (Canadian Cod Fish)  topped with olive tapenade, vegetables and laden with Mediterranean sauce serve it light and yet very flavourful.  RM65

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As the owner is a big fan of single malt and he let us sample different types of single malt and those 2 are very new to me as I have never heard before for Bruichladdich  and Auchentoshan 18 years old, anything that you hit on with 18 years old would be a bomb. Yamazaki definately need not to explain as its not a stranger to many single malt lover which is the first choice in my list.

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This 10 years old taste very good as the taste is impressive, not too spicy, yet very smooth easy to down with on the rock. Perfect to pair with seafood as it will bring out the freshness taste of the food as we pair it with the cod. Just perfect! Definitely would love to have one bottle of this to keep for my collection. As i have never seen this in the air port.

The restaurant also do sell these bottles whiskey Macallan 12 & 18 years, Auchentoshan 12 & 18 years, Clynelish 14 year as well as Japanese whiskey both blended Hakushu 12-year and single malt Yamazaki 12-year. Price is very reasonable.

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Apple strudel with custard sauce @ RM23

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Tiramisu @ RM20

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Then to close the whole meal up, the floor manager serve us their special coffee.

I would say, this restaurant is in my recommendation list as for the price and the quality of food hidden in the neighborhood, definitely this is worth to hunt for and a recommended restaurant for Valentine’s Day which is just tomorrow and you still have yet to find a restaurant…Try this out. Great food~

Location:
44G, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara,
50490, Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours – 12pm to 12am on Monday – Friday

5pm till late on Saturdays.

For reservation : 03-2095 0016
Website : www.aria.my

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