I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese minimalistic interiors (even though my cluttered desk doesn’t suggest so). The clever use of wood and bamboo amidst a neutral colour palate, accented by the clever use of lights and shadows, never fails to set the soul at ease. Which was why, I was very pleasantly surprised when I discovered Le Terre, a new wine and whisky bar in Singapore.
La Terre is a venture from the Way We Were Concepts Group. Some of you may have bought a few whiskies from their shop along Neil Road.
This wine and whisky bar was opened in November last year to minimal fanfare. Head sommelier Daisuke Kawai said that their intention is to keep the place intimate and they want to attract serious whisky and wine drinkers who are looking for a quiet setting.
Plenty of thought seems to have gone into the design of the place. The entrance is stylishly unobtrusive and you wouldn’t expect it to open to a bar. The area closest to the door is meant for retail. Connecting the bar and the retail area is the cellar, with lights lined up to resemble gates. Perhaps, the designer wanted it to be a portal that transports you to the kingdom of Le Terre.
You’d expect a bar named Le Terre to specialise in wines. Indeed, they have a very extensive wine list, but their whisky collection is equally impressive as well.
The menu opens to a page filled with expressions from the revered Karuizawa distillery. At the top of the list is the Karuizawa 1964 48 years #3606. Yours, for S$45,000 a bottle. Karuizawas are also available by the dram, but only for the more recent expressions like the Karuizawa, 2000-2013 Sea Dragon Label #166 and the Karuizawa, SMWS, 132.5 1999 14 years.
Expressions from Chichibu and Hanyu are also available. The Hanyu 1988-2009 Bottled for Full Proof #9306 caught our eye; renowned whisky reviewer Serge Valentin gave it a high 91 points.
And it’s not all about Japanese whiskies. Most of the Scotch whiskies are available by the dram, including expressions from closed distilleries such as Dallas Dhu, Rare Malt Selections 21 years 1975, Brora, Silver Seal 19 years 1982 and the Port Ellen, Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 1980-1997.
Check out their full selection, here.
La Terre is a great complement to the current whisky scene in Singapore. If you’re looking for a quiet, contemplative whisky (and wine) joint in town, probably few can match the peaceful Zen vibe at La Terre.
11 Upper Circular Road, #01-01
Tel: 6532 1031