You might be feeling a little fatigued when it comes to SG50 labelled paraphernalia but we figure you might make a small exception for booze-related SG50 stuff.
So here it is, the line-up of Jubilee-inspired spirits specially for this epic weekend – some affordable, some hardly affordable, but all the same, we wish you a happy National Day weekend, wherever you may be, and whatever you’d be drinking.
Brewerkz Jubilee Lager
The gang at Brewerkz has conjured a unique brew for our little island nation we call home. Made from a blend of Cascade hops from the US and Galaxy hops from Australia, the Jubilee Lager is an easy drinking beer (5.0% ABV) that is light bodied and effervescent, with a mild bitter finish.
Red Dot Brewhouse SG50 Beer
RedDot BrewHouse will also be offering a special brew for the occasion – dragon fruit steeped in lager, imparting a reddish hue; low hop and mildly fruity with an ABV of 4.5%.
Tiger Beer SG50 Edition
Tiger Beer is as Singaporean as it gets and no surprises here that Asia Pacific Breweries has created something to remember the occasion by – iconic red and white colours on an already iconic label.
Jack Daniels Single Barrel SG50 Limited Edition
Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller handpicked four barrels with Singapore in mind, and this blend displays a unique balance between toasted oak, rich caramel and vanilla. An exclusive for Changi Duty Free. S$84
The Dalmore Pioneer Edition
Dalmore says this bottle was specially created to celebrate our achievement and to honour the courage of Singaporean people. This ‘pioneer package’ features the complex assemblage of the finest aged stocks drawn from muscatel, madeira and port wine casks. S$189
Johnnie Walker Blue Label SG50
Johnnie Walker has two versions of the Blue Label in commemorative editions. The first (pictured left) is available in retail and features a Merlion motif, and Chateau Asia offers an personalised engraving service (your name) if you buy a bottle from them. The second is a Skyline edition available at DFS (1 litre) featuring the work of Jeff Nishinaka. S$368 (special price S$308) for Merlion, S$288 (special price S$259.20) for Skyline
Kopke Colheita 1965 #11640
This unique Colheita Port was chosen by Colheitas for its balance, harmony, tremendous aromatic profile and length, selected from 30 different single casks from Kopke, Burmester and Barros. This unique single cask Colheita Port was bottled in January 2015, precisely 50 years after the harvest. S$590
Martell Grand Champagne 1965
Martell drew upon its treasured stock of 1965 Grande Champagne eau-de-vie for the Grande Champagne 1965. Bottled in exquisite crystal decanters to celebrate this milestone in Singapore’s history, only three of these exclusive bottles were produced. S$20,000
John Walker SG50 Jubilee Limited Edition
The John Walker SG50 Jubilee Limited Edition is part of the John Walker Philip Lawson Johnston Limited Edition series, and is a one-time collaboration between Philip Lawson Johnston and John Walker & Sons; both Royal Warrant holders to her Majesty the Queen. Philip’s breathtakingly beautiful hand engraving alone is enough to make this a prized collectible. Only 25 bottles were created, with 24 available for purchase from 9 August 2015 through Bar & Billiard Room 1896, Raffles Hotel, and Whisky World, while bottle no. 25 will be bidded through silent auction*. S$6,500
Glenfiddich Singapore Anniversary Edition 50YO
The Glenfiddich Singapore Anniversary Edition 50 Year Old is a limited bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky that had been maturing since 1965. Only five bottles have been created, and each bottle incorporates design elements of the national flowers of both Singapore and Scotland – the Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid and the Thistle. This vatting of rare whisky from two casks has been chosen by Malt Master Brian Kinsman. Each bottle will be accompanied by a unique art piece individually designed by a locally-based artist. The bottle will be unveiled at an exclusive event, Glenfiddich 1965, from 11 – 15 August at South Beach Club, and is available for purchase from William Grant & Sons at ₤30,000.
The Dalmore Affinity
The Dalmore Affinity was inspired by Singapore’s meteoric rise and centred around the theme of “togetherness” and a collective sense of identity, featuring the work of the finest artisans: intricate silver work by Hamilton & Inches, and bespoke presentation box by Linley Interior Design. Matured in an ex-bourbon cask for 48 years and finished in an Apostoles 30-year-old Matusalem Oloroso sherry butt for two and a half years, The Dalmore Affinity is also a 50-year-old whisky, and is priced at ₤50,000. The Dalmore Affinity will be available on display for public viewing at the lobby of Hotel Michael at Resorts World Sentosa for three weeks starting from Sunday, July 26, 2015.
Auchentoshan 50, Bowmore 50, Yamazaki 50
Beam Suntory announced not one, but three commemorative bottles: the Bowmore 50 Year Old, the Auchentoshan 50 Years Old, and the Yamazaki 50 Years Old.
The Bowmore rests in a bottle hand-blown by renowned glass sculpting studio Glasstorm, while the neck collars and cork tops were crafted by Fattorini Silversmiths. Distilled in 1961 in coal-fired stills and matured in ex- bourbon hogsheads, only 200 bottles will be released globally in batches since 2013.
The Auchentoshan 50 Years Old was decanted from one of only two remaining casks from the year 1957. This whisky matured in an ex-Oloroso sherry butt (Cask Number #479) for 50 years, mellowing to an ABV of 46.8% with only enough whisky for 171 bottles.
Japanese whiskies are rare as it is, so what more a 50-year-old? Bottled in 2011, this rare amber-red Yamazaki was aged in highly prized Mizunara casks, and sits in a crystal bottle that has been painstakingly sandblasted to bear the Yamazaki name.
These bottles will be set in a one-of-a-kind walnut wood cabinet designed by award-winning local designer Nathan Yong. Four sets will be produced but only one will be put up for auction in September, with part of the proceeds being donated to charity.
*The silent auction will run from 9 August to 10 September, and will be unveiled at “The John Walker Night of Excellence” gala dinner event on 10 September. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Rotary Foundation Singapore. Hosted by Bar & Billiard Room 1896, Raffels Hotle, the gala dinner is open to public at S$280++ per pax. Interested parties can make a reservation through Raffles Hotel.