Luxury travel retailer DFS is currently hosting Asia’s largest and most prestigious retail exhibition of carefully-curated fine wine, champagne, whiskies and other spirits in Singapore at its T Galleria flagship store in the middle of Orchard Road.
Featured at this year’s DFS Masters of Wine and Spirits exhibition – its fifth-ever – are over 27 rare Armagnacs, baijius, Cognacs, and Scotch single malt whiskies from all around the world that you can feast your eyes upon, or for you to purchase if you ever so desire (and if your wallet so allows).
While pretty much every one is worth the trip down to view them – such as the Rémy Martin Club Christofle special edition we highlighted earlier – we pick out another ten of the finest specimens that’s likely to evoke your most primal desires (in no order of merit):
1. Martell Hidden Gems
The Martell Hidden Gems (main picture, above) are two individual eaux-de-vie dating from 1875 and 1898, the oldest eaux-de-vie available in Martell’s cellar. The two extremely rare blends are individually bottled in two bottles of 20 cl, alongside the extraordinary blend issued from those two eaux-de-vie in an exquisite 70 cl crystal Baccarat vintage decanter. This crystal decanter has been used for the first time in 1954 to contain Martell Cordon Bleu and has been offered too as an official present to the Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in 1957, and to the Emperor Hirohito, in 1971 during their official trips to France.
2. The Glenlivet The Decade Collection
The Glenlivet Decade Collection celebrates nearly 200 years of the brand’s history with a bespoke, rare and unique limited release of four expressions from four decades, each offering a unique profile. Personally nosed and hand selected by Master Distiller Alan Winchester, the vintages come from 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1998.
3. Port Ellen 33 Years Old Single Cask
Founded in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay, Port Ellen has since become one of the most sought-after and increasingly rare whiskies in the world since its closure in 1983. This 33 year-old single cask represents some of the oldest stock from the Islay-based distillery remaining in the world.
4. The Dalmore Five Decades Collection
The Dalmore’s Five Decades Collection was created in honour of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, and consists of only nine individual bottles; two bottles each of a 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old expression, and only one bottle of an extremely rare 50 year old. Be sure to catch the Dalmore Pioneer Edition, specially created to celebrate Singapore’s achievements and to honour the courage of Singaporean people (possibly our “pioneer generation) with the finest aged stocks drawn from muscatel, madeira and port wine casks.
5. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1939
A full case of the Chateau Cheval Blanc 1939, in its original wood casing and straw that’s released from the cellar for the first time. Critics have scored this as one of the top 5 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines of all time.
6. Château Lafite Rothschild SG50 Magnum Vertical
This Château Lafite Rothschild vertical collection, bottled to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, spans five decades in rare magnum format. The collection, featuring the 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005 vintages, showcases the care and craftsmanship needed to create masterpieces that have been hailed by Robert Parker as “classic Pauillac”.
7. The Macallan Five Decades Collection
Created specifically for DFS to commemorate Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the collection features five fine and rare vintages from 1946, 1950, 1975, 1989 and 1995, with each vintage drawn from a single unique cask to represent a different decade. All guests will have the opportunity to taste past limited edition single malt whiskies from The Macallan as well as current limited releases from both The Macallan and Highland Park, including The Macallan Oscuro and Highland Park Sigurd. You may just catch Martin Markvardsen, senior brand ambassador of Highland Park in action here if you’re in luck.
8. Royal Salute The Age Collection
Royal Salute celebrates the historic achievement of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953 – the year she becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch with The Age Collection. With each telling its own story, The Age Collection is a series of ten whisky blends aged 21 to 30 years, with each blend coming in a crystal bottle hand crafted with techniques dating back to the first century A.D by Dartington. The collection is mounted on a rare handcrafted plinth, designed by celebrated architect Sally Mackereth and carved by carpentry specialists Jack Badger from 8,000 year old Neolithic wood. Royal Salute has produced a one-off limited edition set exclusively for DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits.
9. Krug Trilogy of Clos d’Ambonnay 1996-1998-2000
This trio of Krug Clos D’Ambonnay champagnes each celebrates the purity of a single walled plot of vines (“clos” in French) from the village of Ambonnay, and of the pinot noir grape varietal, from specific years: 1996, 1998 and 2000.
10. Glenfiddich Singapore Anniversary Edition 50 Years Old
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.
The DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits collection will be exhibited in store at T Galleria until 30 November. Part of the collection will then be moved to DFS’ flagship wines and spirits duplex store at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3.