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A couple weeks ago I was invited to yet another event hosted by Glenlivet at Truefitt & Hill, the oldest barbershop in the world. The event unveiled the Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter, and we got ourselves a proper hair cut as well.

Trufitt and Hill at Starhill Gallery
Truefitt and Hill at Starhill Gallery

The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter is a whisky voted by thousands of whisky lovers across 37 different countries from the three expressions hand picked by Master Distiller Alan Winchester. The Exotic edged out Classic and Revival to be among The Glenlivet’s limited edition single malt releases.

unveiling the Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter in Malaysia
unveiling the Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter in Malaysia

The whisky has an aromas rich with marmalade and fruitcake, while the palate tantalises with dark chocolate, hints of zesty orange and finishes long and slightly dry. I find it pretty easy to drink, not being overly dry or having an overly strong finish.

some tasty canapes to go with the single malt whisky

some tasty canapes to go with the single malt whisky

To get your hands on a bottle of the Guardians’ Chapter, you have to be either a Glenlivet Guardian, or purchase one at selected travel retails (ie: airports) at RM 398 per bottle.

We sampled the Guardians’ Chapter with some canapes while waiting for our turn for what turned out to be a pretty interesting experience – a Royal Haircut at Truefitt and Hill.

getting my Royal Haircut experience at Trufitt and Hill
getting my Royal Haircut experience at Truefitt and Hill

Truefitt and Hill is recognised by The Guinness World Record as the oldest barber in the world with the history tracing back in fashionable Mayfair in 1805. They have four branches in Malaysia, and also perhaps the only barber chain that offer services only to men.

the boys with our new haircut
the boys with our new haircut

The experience was the most unique I had in a saloon/barber shop. The entire process for the Royal Haircut (RM 95) took some 30-45 minutes. Through the whole thing I never needed to get off my chair, and left with not a single strand of hair on my shirt either.

I quite like my new haircut that was styled in accordance to the occasion, what say you? 😀

I may not be a huge whisky drinker, but I do enjoy an occasional glass or three, so when I was invited to join The Glenlivet Guardians in one of their tasting sessions, I agreed immediately.

The Guardian program often hosts members-only access to private tastings, limited edition releases, exclusive downloads and invitations to unique events, this was one of such events held at Barn Thai, Plaza 33.

the Glenlivet Alpha, 12, 15, and 18 year old single malt whisky
the Glenlivet Alpha, 12, 15, and 18 year old single malt whisky

The invitation simply states “A mystery to taste” – join us to unlock the secrets of a truly rare and enigmatic single malt with your senses in the dark. We really didn’t know what to expect at first.

KY, Horng, and Lance in the "blind tasting" of Glenlivet Alpha
KY, Horng, and Lance in the “blind tasting” of Glenlivet Alpha

As it turned out, we were treated with Glenlivet Alpha, a limited release by Master Distiller Alan Winchester with only 3,350 bottles in the world, 42 of which allocated to Malaysia.

plenty of Glenlivet Alpha to go with some tidbits from Barn Thai
plenty of Glenlivet Alpha to go with some tidbits from Barn Thai

On the night of this event, we consumed 3 of the 42 bottles. The whisky has been matured in ‘first-fill Scotch whisky casks; that is ones that had only previously held Scotch, without any prior influence of Bourbon or sherry. There isn’t any other information available on the Alpha except the 50% alcohol strength.

Lionel, Michael, and Chris with Glenlivet Alpha
Lionel, Michael, and Chris with Glenlivet Alpha

We put up our blind folds and started tasting the whisky, removing the sense of sight to put more weight on the sense of smell and taste. The Glenlivet Alpha has a somewhat subtle but fruity nose, with orange, cherry, and a bit of a toffee tinge. On the palate it is smooth and supple, with more fruit and a trace of almond and cloves.

We certainly enjoyed it a lot, having kept asking the wonderful servers to keep the glasses coming, and it was so good that one of my friends immediately have two bottles booked, although I’m not allowed to disclose his name lest his wife complains.