Travel retailer DFS Group and Singapore Changi Airport’s Masters of Wines and Spirits showcase is to return for a sixth year, with rare, collectible expressions coming to the fore.
More than 60 Cognacs, wines and whiskies from over 50 houses will form the curated collection for 2017, with the bottlings to be unveiled during a private gala event in Singapore on 25 March.
Invited guests will be able to learn about the creation of each piece from brand ambassadors in a masterclass format, which will also feature a virtual experience.
In celebration of his 50th year in whisky, The Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson will host a bespoke tasting, while Frederic Dezauzier, Camus Cognac global brand ambassador, will introduce guests to the Borderies cru.
A session called Innovations of Today Shaping the Heritage of Tomorrow, a panel of whisky luminaries will discuss the theme of heritage moderated by DFS director of spirits, Frederik Vanden Bulcke. In the debate, guests will hear from Brian Kinsman, malt master at Glenfiddich; David Charles Stewart, malt master at The Balvenie; Mike Miyamoto, global brand ambassador for Hibiki; and Brendan McCarron, head of maturing whisky stocks at Glenmorangie.
Following the gala, the Masters of Wines and Spirits collection will be available to view and purchase from at Singapore Changi’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3.
“We are thrilled to return to Singapore for our sixth Masters of Wines and Spirits this March and deliver another exceptional collection of the world’s finest and rarest wines and spirits,” said Philippe Schaus, DFS chairman and CEO.
“This year’s exclusive collection has been globally sourced and carefully curated by our expert merchants at DFS to inspire and excite both novice and seasoned collectors. At the core of this portfolio lies an unwavering passion for the intricate composition of a bottle and for the unforgettable moments each offering is sure to create.”
Brooke Supernaw, senior vice president of spirits, wines and tobacco, DFS Group, added: “The collection captures the heritage and craftsmanship of our selected brands, and is a true reflection of DFS’ long-standing relationships with these exceptional houses.
“Masters of Wines and Spirits provides access to prominent producers and their in-depth knowledge, and of course their limited edition products, many of which are extremely rare or one-of-a-kind exclusives to DFS that represent the ultimate expressions in Cognacs, wines and whiskies.”
The 2017 collection comprises 27 whiskies and Cognacs. Read on for The Spirits Business’s pick of the most exciting expressions not to be missed.