Tay Bak Chiang & INTERCO-MLE Collaborative Bottling #2
On 29 Nov 2019, the first bottling of the Experimental Series was launched at The Chambers by Cask. It is a collaboration between artist Tay Bak Chiang and INTERCO-MLE. The Experimental Series is a yearly bottling of whisky from the same cask, for a period of three years.
Distilled on 27 Nov 2008, this cask is a 11-year-old whisky matured in an oloroso sherry hogshead cask from Bunnahabhain distillery. It is bottled cask strength (64.4% abv), natural colour and non-chilled filtered. This is a limited release of 108 bottles. Between the first and second bottling, the liquid had been aged for one year in the cask. It will be similar for the last bottling where the liquid is now being aged for one more year before bottling. This unique concept is for whisky enthusiasts to experience how the same spirit will mature in the same cask for over a span of 3 years.
Tay Bak Chiang is not unfamiliar in the whisky and local arts scene. His artworks have been on several highly sort after Japanese whisky bottles from LMDW. Unlike the convention of acquiring the artwork from the artist and affixing on the label, we tried something unique. We worked with the artist, allowing Bak Chiang to taste the liquid and thereafter express his sensorial experience into artwork we see on the bottle today. Also, the artwork and details are printed on canvas instead of paper to clearly reflect his artwork. This will be similar for the subsequent bottling. You’ll get to see the development of the liquid and also the different artworks. The first bottling artwork is titled 《点燃记忆》Kindling Memories.
This year is the second release of the bottling of the Evolution Series. Tay Bak Chiang continues to express his art after trying the whisky. 《许一个愿》"Make A Wish" is the title of the artwork which he ponders about the current COVID-19 situation and how he yearns to leap forward.
How did the whisky evolve? Has the liquid stagnated or evolved…?
Regarding the purchase of the bottles, as a first principle, the owner of the first bottling will get dibs on the second bottling, similar bottling number. If he/she does not acquire the second bottling, then the bottling will be sold on www.interco-mle.sg. The owner of the second bottling will then get dibs on the third bottling. There will not be an event for the release this year, but there will be definitely be plans for an event (if the Covid-19 situation improves) for the third and last bottling next year.
INTERCO-MLE wishes all a Happy New Year