Rare Pleasures

17 Sep 2020

Travel back in maritime history while sipping on the World Whisky of the Year 2020 1792 Full Proof at Barbary Coast in Singapore’s Boat Quay.

Those seeking a world-class whisky experience unparalleled in Singapore need look no further than the understated extravagance on offer at Barbary Coast. Right now, it is the only place in the city where whisky connoisseurs can savour the exuberant 1792 Full Proof by the glass. Named the World's Best Whisky in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2020, 1792 Full Proof garnered an astonishing 97.5 out of 100 points in the coveted competition–along with a slew of other awards from renowned competitions across the USA.

With a collective four decades of food and beverage experience between them, Barbary Coast owner-operators Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan are industry veterans who bring years of expertise to providing the perfect tasting environment.

Barbary Coast is a dual-concept venue split over two floors and three shophouses. It boasts varied yet complementary concepts offering cocktails, food, and wine. Natural materials in decadently dark and humbly earthen tones adorn walls, floors, and furniture. Exposed brick and concrete, decorated with intricate model ships and hefty coiled rope, add an eclectic, industrial feel to the space.

While the decor is a nod to the adventurous maritime past of its namesake harbour-front district in San Francisco, the menu offerings are decidedly contemporary. Enjoy the house nachos with a signature color-coded cocktail or better yet, pair a plate of house-made charcuterie and dips with a glass of 1792 Full Proof. Whether nestled in an intimate booth with friends or perched solo at the bar, Barbary Coast offers the chance to appreciate the world’s best whisky in the very spot where moneyed merchants and salty sailors once tread. To make a reservation to sample 1792 Full Proof at Barbary Coast, call 8869 4798.

And like the exotic wares that were once piled high on those same floors one hundred years ago, 1792 Full Proof is a tipple that seasoned reviewer Jim Murray calls a whisky of “standalone beauty,”a drink that is as close to fault-free, as “intense and magnificently rich,” as you will find on the shelves today. The boisterous bourbon has undergone a distinct filtering process, forgoing the typical chill filtration and passing only through a plate and frame filter. Robust for bottling at its original 125 barrel entry proof, it retains a full, rich, and unabashedly bold flavour.

“This is a delivery of perfection: intense, seemingly no-prisoners. Yet, actually, you will find it has the grace to allow every character to make a speech of great erudition–ultimately a discourse of how so many facets can be singular, yet together make for such glorious integration,” Murray enthuses about this defiant drop. To fully enjoy 1792 Full Proof, “you can only sit, eyes closed, in awe.”

Unable to get to Barbary Coast, but still want to experience 1972 Full Proof? This World’s Best Whisky is also available for purchase online at Malt & Wine Asia (MWA) – the region’s leading importer and distributor of premium and emerging single malts, fine wines and sake, and craft spirits. For more information on this award winning expression and online purchase, visit MWA website:


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