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Naked Grouse's Global LiBARating Bar Swap

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The Naked Grouse, Linje Tio, Andreas Bergman, Niklas Forslin
Andreas Bergman (left) and Niklas Forslin (right) will be in Singapore for the event. Photo courtesy of The Edrington Group

First launched in 2011 as a blended Scotch matured in first-fill Sherry casks, The Naked Grouse had won rave reviews. Now it is now being relaunched as a blended malt that isn't tied to conventional whisky rules. According to Edrington, the brand owner, the changes from blended Scotch to a blended malt are partly due to the increasing popularity of single malts and demand from bartenders for distinctive flavored whisky that leads to the new Naked Grouse that stands out from the crowd. It is pitched to be best enjoyed on its own or in mixed drinks and highballs.

Coinciding with its relaunch, The Naked Grouse will launch its Global Libarating Bar Swap this September. It will feature some of the best bars and bartenders from across the world who will travel in pairs representing their bars from Scandinavia to Asia.

The events will be taking places in six cities famous for their cutting edge bar scenes: Himkok in Oslo, Tjoget in Stockholm, East End and FRANK in Taipei, Manhattan Bar and Kilo Lounge in Singapore. Three of these six bars – Manhattan, Himkok and Tjoget – have been included in the World's 50 Best Bars list.

The Libarating Bar Swap will focus on flavor. Tasked by Naked Grouse to think on their feet in a foreign food market, these selected bartenders will create a cocktail that represents the city they're visiting, and a drink inspired by the city they're visiting from. This is to ensure the bar teams learn from each other and can share different ingredients and techniques. A serve inspired by Naked Grouse's signature cherry serve will also be created.

The Naked Grouse, Linje Tio, Andreas Bergman, Niklas Forslin, Kilo Lounge Singapore, Manhattan Bar Singapore
The Naked Grouse. Photo courtesy of The Edrington Group

Flown in specially from Stockholm, Niklas Forslin, one of Stockholm's rising stars in the bar scene, and Andreas Bergman, the Bartender Of The Year at Bartenders Choice Awards 2016 in Sweden and co-owner of Linje Tio, will be at Manhattan Bar on 26 September. A must-try is The Salty Swede which is a mix of Naked Grouse, Swedish punch, espresso tincture and a pinch of salt while looking forward to an authentic Swedish bar experience in the Lion City.

Venue: Manhattan Bar
Address: Regent Hotel, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
Date: 26 September 2017
Time: 7pm till 11pm
Booking: 6725 3377

The dynamic duo will be at the indie club Kilo Lounge the next day presenting three customized cocktails. It is free entry for all where guests will enjoy Naked Grouse cocktails for $14 and Naked Grouse drinks for $10 per glass. The bottles will be sold at $150 just for the night.

Venue: Kilo Lounge
Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-02/04, Singapore 088444
Date: 27 September 2017
Time: 8pm till midnight

Whisky lovers, don't give the Naked Grouse's signature cherry serve, as well as limited edition cocktails, a miss.
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Why? It is the first ever Naked Grouse's LiBARating
Where: Manhattan Bar on 26 September, and Kilo Lounge on 27 September 2017
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