Malaysian whisky bags awards on the global stage

Malaysia is known for many things, namely for being the world’s largest rubber producer, for endless palm oil plantations, for its colossal twin towers in the capital, for beautiful beaches, friendly people and amazing food – and also for epic financial scandals involving global celebrities

But the (majority Muslim) country is not well known for whisky. Wrongfully.

Malaysia in fact produces a globally recognised whisky that is being awarded regularly. We are talking of Timah, Malaysia’s one and only prizewinning whisky, which has bagged its latest award from the recent International Spirits Challenge in the UK which handles more than 1,800 entries from 70 countries.

This is not the first time Timah has been recognised on the world stage. In 2020, the blended whisky won a silver medal at the 20th edition of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Blind testing by experts

Timah whisky, which is produced by Puchong, Selangor-based Winepak International, has been assessed to have qualities of “refinement, finesse and complexity” in whisky tasters’ jargon, following blind testing panels of more than 50 industry professionals.

They conclude that the whisky’s tasting notes indicate a light, fruity whisky which moves to a smoky palate and is finally settling into a sweet, light oak finish. There is apparently also a mild tropical influence with malt and sugarcane molasses.

The success of Timah “represents a dignified new generation of Malaysian whisky founded on a proud heritage,” Gilbert Yeo, managing director of Winepak, said.

A colonial heritage

The Malaysian whisky is being assessed in the “other whisky” category, which encompasses international whiskies that cannot claim to have roots or origins in traditional whisky-producing regions. For context, Bourbon can only be called that if it is produced in the US and Scotch is produced only in Scotland.

Whisky production in Malaysia goes back to Britain’s role in introducing the fine beverage during their colonial rule in Malaya.

Since recently, independent whisky producers using Malaysian ingredients for their spriits such as Ei Ling Lim have appeared on the scene, but such whiskies remain rare and exclusive.



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Malaysia is known for many things, namely for being the world’s largest rubber producer, for endless palm oil plantations, for its colossal twin towers in the capital, for beautiful beaches, friendly people and amazing food – and also for epic financial scandals involving global celebrities But the (majority Muslim) country is not well known for whisky. Wrongfully. Malaysia in fact produces a globally recognised whisky that is being awarded regularly. We are talking of Timah, Malaysia's one and only prizewinning whisky, which has bagged its latest award from the recent International Spirits Challenge in the UK which handles more than...

Malaysia is known for many things, namely for being the world’s largest rubber producer, for endless palm oil plantations, for its colossal twin towers in the capital, for beautiful beaches, friendly people and amazing food – and also for epic financial scandals involving global celebrities

But the (majority Muslim) country is not well known for whisky. Wrongfully.

Malaysia in fact produces a globally recognised whisky that is being awarded regularly. We are talking of Timah, Malaysia’s one and only prizewinning whisky, which has bagged its latest award from the recent International Spirits Challenge in the UK which handles more than 1,800 entries from 70 countries.

This is not the first time Timah has been recognised on the world stage. In 2020, the blended whisky won a silver medal at the 20th edition of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Blind testing by experts

Timah whisky, which is produced by Puchong, Selangor-based Winepak International, has been assessed to have qualities of “refinement, finesse and complexity” in whisky tasters’ jargon, following blind testing panels of more than 50 industry professionals.

They conclude that the whisky’s tasting notes indicate a light, fruity whisky which moves to a smoky palate and is finally settling into a sweet, light oak finish. There is apparently also a mild tropical influence with malt and sugarcane molasses.

The success of Timah “represents a dignified new generation of Malaysian whisky founded on a proud heritage,” Gilbert Yeo, managing director of Winepak, said.

A colonial heritage

The Malaysian whisky is being assessed in the “other whisky” category, which encompasses international whiskies that cannot claim to have roots or origins in traditional whisky-producing regions. For context, Bourbon can only be called that if it is produced in the US and Scotch is produced only in Scotland.

Whisky production in Malaysia goes back to Britain’s role in introducing the fine beverage during their colonial rule in Malaya.

Since recently, independent whisky producers using Malaysian ingredients for their spriits such as Ei Ling Lim have appeared on the scene, but such whiskies remain rare and exclusive.



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