As 2023 comes to an end, the time for giving the best gifts continues into 2024 and the upcoming Lunar New Year. While various types of gifts are exchanged throughout the festivities, fans of liquor will appreciate a well-thought-out, high-quality bottle of their favourite booze. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best limited edition bottles to present as gifts for drinking enthusiasts that will certainly lift their spirits.
ROYAL SALUTE 21 YEAR OLD RICHARD QUINN EDITION II
For the second consecutive year, celebrated British fashion designer Richard Quinn has collaborated with Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop to curate a highly creative cutting-edge Scotch whisky Fashion Collection.
Exquisitely blended in Scotland, the pair has constructed an exceptional new Scotch with a twist, resulting in an opulent combination of rich fruity notes, hints of spice, and gentle smoky characteristics. The bespoke blend comprises the finest hand-selected Scotch whiskies including some from Braeval, Strathisla and Caperdonich—all matured for a minimum of 21 years and housed in Royal Salute’s signature flagon adorned with three striking designs by Richard Quinn. Only one of these three designs—featuring orange roses that contrast beautifully against a black backdrop of white polka dots—will be available for purchase in Malaysia.
The Royal Salute 21 Year Old Richard Quinn Edition II is available on the Pernod Ricard Official Lazada Store as well as select luxury retailers nationwide.
LOUIS XIII THE DROP
A legacy created in 1874 by the Rémy Martin family and passed down through generations, the Louis XIII cognac is named after the French king himself, who gave cognac its unique noble standing. Produced using strictly controlled regulations and made from the finest Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the Grand Champagne region of Cognac, France, a refined multi-step process eventually produces a liquid that is poured into French oak caskets that mellows and ages for decades before being blended into the final unique cognac that is the Louis XIII.
This exquisite cognac is now available in a collection called The Drop—a 1cl bottle with a signature cap that is customisable in five different colour variations, each reflecting a state of being and mindset: Loud, Glow, Bold, Smooth and Bright. This petite bottle bears similarities to the original distinctive shape of the classic Louis XIII decanter and can be paired with a matching leather bottle case. The case with a leather strap can be attached anywhere, even swinging freely from the body, thus making it a luxurious gift for those who appreciate the long history and exclusivity of Louis XIII.
The Louis XIII The Drop is available online or at premium shopping districts, airports and a number of specialist wine and spirit retailers.
HENDRICK’S GIN MAESTRO JIGGER PACK
Put a little Hendrick’s into your holidays by gifting this spectacularly curious gin that makes a versatile base for refreshing tipples. Throughout all modes of merriment this season, the Hendrick’s Gin Maestro Jigger Pack presents as an impressive addition to any liquor collector and drinking enthusiast’s collection.
Hendrick’s combines a distinct blend of eleven botanicals, as well as signature infusions of cucumber and rose petals. Handcrafted in Scotland, the wonderfully refreshing gin is produced in small batches and is the only gin that uses spirits from both Carterhead and Bennet Copper Pot Still. This combination produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character as well as the balance of subtle flavours.
The Maestro Jigger Pack is available at major retailers nationwide.
JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL
Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia has announced their festive offerings this season, one of which is the Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Loved by many for its sweet and honeyed qualities, this iconic scotch whisky has luxuriously smooth and creamy taste notes with layers of fruit, vanilla, spice, and smokiness.
Enjoyed as a highball or on its own with a dash of water, the limited edition gift box comes with a complimentary rock glass, adding a touch of sophistication which makes it the perfect combination for gift giving.
The Johnnie Walker Gold Label is available on Diageo Malaysia’s Official Shopee Store.
THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 12 YEAR OLD COOLER BAG
This single malt whisky with its beautiful balance of lightly cleansing fruit notes, gingery toasted maltiness, and smooth melt-in-the-mouth caramel toffee texture, pairs beautifully with most festive food offerings. This year, The Singleton 12 Year Old comes together with an outstanding looking cooler bag bearing the brand’s iconic colour. Complete with a shoulder pad for extra comfort, the cooler bag can also be used for any other favourite drink that fits, ensuring that they remain chilled throughout any events or parties. This pairing makes The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Year Old and its accompanying cooler bag an excellent gift for family, friends or loved ones.
The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Year Old is available on Diageo Malaysia’s Official Shopee Store.
MARTELL CORDON BLEU X MARCOS KUEH
Maison Martell celebrates its 130 year legacy in Malaysia by unveiling an exclusive collaboration with Malaysian textile artist Marcus Kueh. The Martell Cordon Bleu X Marcus Kueh limited edition pack and bottle is a truly unique offering that marks a significant milestone in the brand’s history here. Infusing elements of Sarawakian traditional beads, the rafflesia flower, and Malaysian woven textile art, the delicate composition includes the Martell Swift emblazoned hot air balloon arriving over a landscape of colonial-era architecture and iconic contemporary skyscrapers such as the Petronas Twin Towers. This compelling visual narrative is symbolic of the history and modernity of both Martell and Malaysia.
This exclusive production is limited to only 130 bottles, making this a unique opportunity to present this gift to connoisseurs and collectors alike.
The limited edition Martell Cordon Bleu X Marcus Kueh bottle pack can be acquired at The Food Merchant, The Chamber, and Magnum Wines & Spirits in Pavilion Bukit Jalil until 1 January 2024, while stocks last.
CLASE AZUL TEQUILA
Made from 100 per cent Blue Agave, Clase Azul is Spanish for “Blue Class” which refers to the category of tequila; in this case, the colour blue symbolises the plant itself, and the superb sea and sky. Born out of a passion to share Mexican culture and heritage with the world, Clase Azul also takes pride in its artisanship, authenticity, and the production of high quality tequila. Praised by connoisseurs all over the world, and aged in the finest, hand-selected barrels by qualified master distillers, the Clase Azul is a fine example of sophistication and luxurious indulgence.
In Malaysia, the Clase Azul collection includes the unaged Clase Azul Plata; the iconic Clase Azul Reposado (widely regarded as the best reposado in the world); the Clase Azul Añejo that’s aged for 25 months; the Clase Azul Gold, which is a unique blend of Clase Azul Plata and 8-year-old Extra Añejo; and the piece-de-resistance of the lineup, the Clase Azul Ultra. Although these are not limited edition (yes, we cheated a little here), the fact that each decanter is crafted from unfired ceramic and meticulously sculpted and painted with the iconic agave emblem and feather ornamentations by native Mazahua artisans over 11 days makes them not just vessels for tequila but also exquisite decorative pieces. (Read: the perfect gift for booze-loving recipients who also appreciate art!)
Price: Ranges from RM1,080 to RM11,888
The Clase Azul collection can be acquired at Lavo Gallery and selected retailers and bars across Malaysia.
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