Country / City: Singapore
Profession / Occupation: Co-owner, The Auld Alliance
Emmanuel Dron was born in Lille in 1972. He left city life in 2000 for the island of Réunion and has been living in Singapore since 2008. He’s always worked in the world of whisky, working first for La Maison du Whisky for 13 years and then for himself since 2010. He co-wrote "Le Whisky", published by Flammarion, in 2000 before going on to open The Auld Alliance, a dedicated whisky bar and collection which enjoys a wonderful reputation in Asia - a second establishment is set to open in 2016 in Myanmar (Burma). They stock over 1000 different whiskies as well as bottling their own barrels under the Auld Alliance brand. They've bottled fourteen barrels of single malt whisky in the last four years. These bottles are distributed in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Belgium and Italy. In March 2015, in addition to whisky, The Auld Alliance bottled magnums of 1965 Armagnac for the 50th anniversary of Singapore and a very rare 1848 Grande Champagne Cognac.
Why did you decide to live in this country? What aspect of these two cultures do you find most enriching?
I'd first decided to leave city life behind in 2000 to go and live on the island of Réunion. In 2008, I had the opportunity to come and work in Singapore. It's a destination that never formed part of my plans. I discovered that Singapore is, firstly, a wonderful gateway to Asia with a fantastic mix of cultures – a real melting pot of local Chinese and Indian cultures and so on. There are also a lot of foreigners: Japanese, Europeans, Australians, Americans... It's where we should be, I think, at the beginning of the 21st Century. I loved the impressive dynamic energy of the country straight away.
What French touch do you pass on there? What French Art de Vivre are you sharing with others in the country?
For me, it's related to my work and the exceptional diversity of our cuisine, our wines and our spirits. Every day my role's a bit like the French ambassador for this sphere.
Which experience epitomising French Art de Vivre in your country and/or city would you recommend?
Leave Paris by car heading to Champagne, then go down through Burgundy and the Rhone Valley to the south of France to see the Calanques de l'Esterel and the magnificent villages in the countryside behind Nice. There are numerous restaurants and visits to vineyards and museums along the way.