Chinese New Year is but round the corner, and the Year of the Rooster will soon be home to roost.
If you’re looking to get into the spirit of things during this festive season, you may want to check out seven of the more fun and unique Lunar New Year-related alcoholic tipples for drinking or collecting pleasure that we thought were worth crowing about.
1. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Limited Edition Year of the Rooster.
Diageo has always gone on to paint the town red with Johnnie Walker during Chinese New Year – after all, the China market is a big one for the brand – and this year is no different. In fact for this year Johnnie Walker has three expressions suitable for your Chinese New Year revelry.
The first is its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rooster limited edition bottle (main picture), which puts the premium blended Scotch whisky in a beautiful blue livery complete with Chinese calligraphy-style art depicting the rooster in gold.
This limited edition collectible is available online or specialist liquor retail stores at S$330 each. Only 90 bottles have been allocated for the Singapore market.
2. Johnnie Walker Zodiac Collection.
But if you’re no chicken – as in you’re born in a different horoscope – and are expecting to reap an ang pao bounty during the Chinese New Year period, you may want to splurge on the ultimate Johnnie Walker Zodiac Collection. Each bottle of this 12-bottle set is engraved with a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac, so nobody feels too left out during the Year of the Rooster.
The Johnnie Walker Zodiac Collection is available at a price of S$5,888 per set, with only 8 sets available in Singapore. For enquiries, contact Johnnie Walker House in Singapore.
3. Johnnie Walker Fu Lu Shou Collection.
If you’re looking for a more serious gift – perhaps for a whisky-loving father-in-law – the Johnnie Walker’s Fu Lu Shou three-bottle set also embodies the Blue Label spirit but puts it into liveried bottles depicting Fu (福), Lu (禄), and Shou (寿), the three Chinese deities most associated with Chinese New Year.
The Johnnie Walker Fu Lu Shou Collection is available at a price of S$888 per set, with only 15 sets available in the whole of Singapore. For enquiries, contact Johnnie Walker House in Singapore.
4. & 5. Wolf Blass President’s Selection Gold Label Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Australian wine company Wolf Blass has taken two of its more lauded wines from its President’s Selection Gold Label range – which takes the best fruit from around South Australia to make the best wines – with its Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz expressions and emblazons them with a Year of the Rooster design for a rather limited-edition collectible.
Both wines are fantastic when paired with heartier Chinese dishes such as sweet-and-sour pork, roast duck and even a beef stir-fry; otherwise you also can cellar them for 3-5 years (just make sure you drink them way before the next Year of the Rooster comes around).
The Wolf Blass President’s Selection Gold Label Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon limited-edition Year of the Rooster series is exclusively available at selected NTUC Fairprice outlets for $37.90 each.
6. Tiger Beer Chinese New Year Pack.
No Chinese New Year is complete without, yes you guessed right, a stack of Tiger Beer cans in the fridge for friends and family visiting during this festive season. Stock up with the Tiger Beer limited-edition Chinese New Year 24-can pack retailing at a recommended retail price of S$53.50 at all leading supermarkets and hypermarkets from now until end-January.
7. Guinness Festive Chinese New Year Pack.
If you know your Lunar New Year visitors prefer beers of a stronger and darker leaning, Guinness has its own celebratory 12-can pack retailing at S$38 each at all leading supermarkets including NTUC, Cold Storage, Giant and Sheng Siong. Each festive pack comes with a pair of specially-designed coasters built into the packaging that can be removed and repurposed for use.
Or get both the Tiger Beer and Guinness festive packs so your guests can make their own beer-gao – you, know, the local version of a black and tan.