Local distillery Compendium aims to capture Singapore’s diverse flavors in a bottle

Photo: Compendium
Photo: Compendium

Founded in 2015, Compendium (known then as Rachelle the Rabbit Meadery) started out as Singapore’s first-ever meadery, with founder Simon Zhao dedicating a line of fermented honey wines to his newborn daughter, Rachelle. Now also a full-fledged commercial distillery, Compendium offers a series of innovative spirits that includes gin, liqueur, rum, vodka, and arrack — all made from scratch with unique production methods and flavor profiles inspired by local heritage. 

Bursting with flavor, yet well-balanced and aromatic, every Compendium spirit is a distinct creation full of character and familiarity. The base spirit is first fermented in-house, then distilled and infused with raw ingredients native to the local community. This methodical process results in smooth and silky spirits that the brand has become known for. We recommend stocking up your home bar with these:

Chendol Gin

Fermented from gula melaka (palm sugar) and infused with juniper berries, pandan leaves and coconut, this sweet and mellow gin is a delightful recreation of the familiar local dessert. With a long and fragrant finish topped with lingering pandan and coconut notes, the Chendol Gin is a perfect balance of subtle yet potent flavors.  

Blanco Rum

Singapore’s first-ever rum, this is a light and clear rum produced by meticulously fermenting molasses for four weeks and double distillation. A wonderful base for cocktails, use this in a simple refreshing mojito or as the song goes, if you like pina coladas… 

Melaka Arrack

Known as one of the oldest spirits in the world, arrack is a rare spirit produced only in certain parts of Asia. Melaka Arrack features a toasted dry finish, light caramel notes, with a hint of regionally-foraged stone fruits. This is best served neat over ice or enjoyed with fizzy ginger ale in a cocktail.

Get your bottles (with free shipping!) via their website: www.rachelletherabbit.com

We’re giving away two Compendium Signature Cocktail Boxes (Gin) to two very lucky COCO+ members! Each box includes two Compendium signature cocktail recipes, including both the Rojak and Chendol gins, with everything you need to make up to 6 servings.

How to win, you ask? To be eligible, all you have to do is join us and become a COCO+ member. COCO+ members get exclusive access to all sorts of events on top of regular perks like freebies and giveaways. It also comes with ad-free access to all the juicy goodness of Coconuts stories, along with first access to the latest Coconuts TV documentaries.

More good news: COCO+ membership can be yours for less than the price of one coffee! Read more about COCO+ and sign up here.

All COCO+ members interested in this giveaway should email to membership@coconuts.co with their full name and subject line “I want to GIN!” Members will be notified via email on 4 December 2020, so keep your eye on your inbox. We ask all winners to reply and claim their prize within 24 hours, or we will pick again. This giveaway is available to Singapore-based members only.