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03 Dec 2021 By

Gadgets, Spirits, Books and Advent Calendars — All Your Festive Needs and Gifts Sorted.

Just in time for your year-end soirees. Give the gift of love…of drinking.


Dewar’s 15 Year Old Scotch WhiskyDewar's 15 Year Old Scotch Whisky

This sweeter, lighter blended Dewar’s 15 Year Old Scotch whisky is the first blend by the ‘World’s Best Master Blender’ Stephanie Macleod — launched in 2009. She is the first woman and the only person to have won master blender of the year four consecutive times at the International Whisky Competition (2019-22). We like its smooth groove with flavours of honey, toffee and floral, which makes it perfect for cocktails. Dewar’s has teamed up with three top local bars, Employees Only, 15 Stamford, and Smoke & Mirrors to create their holiday season extra smooth highball cocktail recipes:

Peat Christmas by Darren Yeo, Employees Only

45ml Dewar’s + 22ml Madeira + 40ml clarified pear cordial + 2 drops saline > top with soda.

Build the ingredients in a highball glass, top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with nutmeg.

Santa’s Cooler by Mel John Chavez, Smoke & Mirrors

35ml Dewar’s infused with Christmas spice* + 10ml apricot liqueur + 10ml orange juice + 5ml all spice bitters > top with soda

Build the ingredients in a highball glass, top with soda and stir gently.

[*Add 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 pcs orange peel, 3 cloves and 1 star anise to a bottle of Dewar’s 15. Close and leave to macerate for 3-4 hours, turning gently.]

Festive 15 at Stamford by Edriane Lim, The Bar at 15 Stamford

45ml Dewar’s + 20ml sweet cordial + 15ml lemon juice > top with soda

Build the ingredients in a highball glass, top with soda and stir gently.


The Drop by Louis XIII

The Drop Louis XIII

Louis XIII, but make it fashionably small. The prestigious cognac brand has unexpectedly dropped The Drop, the house’s smallest bottling of its precious nectar at 1cl. Just for comparison, the next smallest is the pocket-size Miniature, which comes in at 5cl.

Unveiled at a first-of-its-kind pop-up on top of Design Orchard, the playful, wearable Drop can be yours for a cool $288, lanyard with leather bottle harness ($168) sold separately. The lanyards are available in different colours, while the bottle cases are customisable. The immersive retail experience will have the entire Louis XIII range available for purchase, from the 70 cl Decanter to the very rare 6 L Mathusalem.

You’ll even find, for the first time ever in Southeast Asia, the coveted Louis XIII crystal glass and other gift items. Visitors after an indulgent drop of the cognac that’s 100 years in the making will be thrilled to know there’s an exclusive Louis XIII tasting experience at 1cl at $238 and 2cl at $476. Now you know where you can go to make someone’s Christmas the best one ever.


Celebrate The Drop at the festive Louis XIII pop-up from now till 1 January 2023 at Design Orchard Level 2, 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905.


Brewlander Advent Calendar

On the 1st day of Christmas, my brew love gave to me – 12 days of wonderful surprise with Brewlander‘s craft beer advent calendar, where each day, a mystery brew will be unveiled (if you can wait that long). An exciting mix of lagers, IPAs, porters including 3 yet-to-release seasonals, the whimsically-designed gift box is the homegrown craft brewery’s first advent calendar, and we have to say, they’re off to a great start. Start your Christmas right too. You know what to do.

Pre-order the Advent Calendar at an exclusive price of $78 (U.P $94.70) at www.brewlander.com


That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar 2022

Counting down to Christmas just got a lot more fun! Celebrate this festive period with the newest Advent Calendar collaboration from Drinks By The Dram and That Boutique-y Whisky Company!

Behind this charming exterior, you will find 24 unique award-winning single malts, single grains and blends. No two drams are the same: every door reveals a wax-sealed miniature. Each is meticulously sourced from distilleries the world over — big names, craft newcomers, classic and innovative styles — before being hand-finished for you to enjoy this season.

Sale is on now, this is S$277.20. You will get: 30ml x 24 Drams. Order it from Proof & Company


M&S Clementine Gin Liqueur Light Up Snow Globe

Clementines in Christmas stockings is a charming old tradition, but these days, we prefer them in our libations. Marks & Spencer’s famous light up gin globes take inspiration from The Nutcracker ballet this year, with edible 23-carat gold leaf for that extra festive swirl. We’re rather fond of the evocative mince pie flavours of this Clementine Gin Liqueur Light Up Snow Globe ($79.90).


Santus Andante Smart Wine Dispenser

We don’t usually have problems putting away a bottle of wine, but sometimes when you crack open the premium quaff, you kinda want to savour it and let it last. This is where the SANTUS Andante joins the party. The gizmo utilises state-of-the-art patented oxygen absorption technology for wine preservation to keep your wine fresh after uncorking for up to 14 days. The name Andante has Italian and Latin origins, meaning moderately slow tempo typically in musical pieces, and the product was conceptualised  to preserve the taste and freshness of your Petrus, yet be a centrepiece of conversation in every space it occupies…if the Petrus wasn’t already.

Between 1-31 December 2022, the SANTUs Andante Uno Pro will retail at S$1,288.00 and the promotion comes with:

● Complimentary one (1) bottle of 2017 Barolo (worth S$128.00) OR

● Complimentary Andante accessory pack of 2 (worth S$88.00)

● Complimentary delivery (Singapore islandwide)

● One (1) year international warranty

● Additional 15% discount off selected wines

Get it here: https://mysantus.com/ 


Coravin Pivot Wine Preservation System

Coravin Pivot Black

You should be familiar with the magic of the Coravin system now: Open a bottle of wine, replace the cork or screw cap with the stopper, insert the Coravin device through the stopper, then pour the wine out while pressing a button that releases 100% pure Argon gas to replace the poured wine. Voila, the wine is preserved in freshly-opened condition for up to 4 weeks.

For frequent wine drinkers, the new system combines a universal-fit Pivot Stopper and Pivot Device, together with Coravin Pure Argon Capsules to pour single glasses of your favourite wines

The Coravin Pivot Wine Preservation System is S$215, or opt for the Coravin x 1855 Festive Bundle at S$325, as it includes a bottle of *Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2011. Both are available across all 1855 The Bottle Shop retail fronts or online here.


Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail Gift Box

Smoke & Mirrors Gift Box_Moment

Gift someone this set of five ready-to-drink cocktails from Smoke & Mirrors’ The Real Art of Drinking Volume II menu and you’ll have a mate for life. The set (S$138) includes the Lacquer-tini, Light & Shadow, Lion Heart (a peppery-spiced floral blend drawing muses from the dying art of lion dancing), the aromatic Magic Queen, and the complex variation of an Old Fashioned served through The Manhattan Project. The interactive digital QR codes on the bottles provide more details about the cocktail’s creation. Each bottle is 500ml and has a shelf life of one year.

S$138 from Smoke & Mirrors


Rockpool Small Batch Rum

Rockpool Rum

This modern rum swims in the market between the lighter Spanish rums and the dark rich island rums — and it’s approachable and quaffable. This mix of 3-5 year old Barbados and Dominican Republic rums is masterfully blended and bottled in the Netherlands and shipped here. (Fun fact: Rockpool is created and marketed by a group in Singapore.)

The small batch works well in cocktails as it has some backbone and isn’t overpowering, and you might delight in its citrusy, vanilla and dried fruit flavours. For added festive flair, each bottle purchased for the holidays will come gift wrapped for just $3 more.

S$95. Buy two and get a free Rockpool towel. Get it at Rockpool Rum


Guinness Nitrosurge

Guinness Nitrosurge

Get a pub-worthy pour straight from the can in the comfort of your own home with the innovative Guinness Nitrosurge, a nifty device that harnesses the power of ultrasonic technology to create perfect nitrogen bubbles for that smooth, creamy stout. Be the among the first in Southeast Asia to try the Red Dot award-winning gadget by heading to exclusive retailer Shopee for the Guiness Nitrosurge Starter Pack ($48.20), which consists of the Nitrosurge device, and two specially designed Nitrosurge cans (it won’t work the others). There’s also a special launch gift – a free Guinness Signature Pint Glass – while stocks last.

For more information, visit https://nitrosurge.guinness.com/


The Gràn Collection x Lucaris Crystal

GRAN whisky glasses

Most whisky glasses launched have one thing in common—there’s a single glass intended for all styles of whisky. The award-winning Gràn Collection x Lucaris Crystal takes whisky appreciation to the next level with four different styles of glasses, each made with hand-blown, lead-free crystal.

Gràn is the Gaelic word for grain, and grain was a key inspiration in the development of this collection. Designer collaborator Matthew Fergusson-Stewart and the team from Lucaris Crystal have taken the approach that “there is great diversity in the flavours and aromas of whiskies, so a single glass may not be perfect for all whiskies”. Hence, four glasses:

The Classic: intended for more balanced whiskies including blends and many Highland style whiskies. This glass has a classic tulip shape common to many whisky glasses, bringing elegance and great expression of aroma generally.

The Delicate: intended for more delicate whiskies, particularly Irish whiskey, Lowland and some Speyside style whiskies. The angled rim makes it easier to appreciate delicate fruity, grassy and floral notes.

The Sherried: intended for rich, sherry cask whiskies. The wider bowl allows interaction with air to help express more rich oak, plum and chocolate.

The Peated: intended for peated whiskies, such as the Islay style. The narrower rim expresses more of the deeper, earthy phenols. 

Fun Facts:

  • The glasses are stemmed to enable better appreciation of colour and shine, and to keep fingerprints off the bowl.
  • There’s a dimple in the bottom centre of each glass, so the interior of the glass is shaped like a grain of barley.

 Get it from drink@spunspirits.com


Christmas With Janice Wong

Janice Wong Box Of 25 Advent Box

The home-grown confectionary brand introduces the new Bean to Bar Advent Calendar (S$98), featuring 12 different Pure Imagination single-origin chocolate bars. But what we really want is the Box of 25 Advent Calendar (above, S$107) containing 25 pieces of chocolate Bon Bons in an assortment of festive flavours from the ChristmasSignature Singapore Series and Classic collections.

Get it at Janice Wong


Jim Beam Highball Making KitJim Beam HighballThe Jim Beam Highball festive kit is only available at the Jim Beam Pop-up Bar during their week-long event, Let’s Fizz at Paya Lebar Quarters (PLQ). The set is perfect for any alcohol lover and is priced at $50; it includes a bottle of Jim Beam, speed-pourer and event-exclusive sticker pack along with customisation and delivery options.


Strong Zero

strong zero

Strong Zero is back to fest up your Christmas, this time in two new seasonal flavours: White Grape, a delightfully refreshing taste that brings out the tartness and subtle sweetness of ripe green grapes and Apple Double, which celebrates the delicious burst of flavour from a bite of juicy red apple — both have 9% alcohol content and zero added sugar. These ready-to-go mixed drinks are traditionally made from Japanese shōchu and soda water, and trust us, they’re strong.

Strong Zero (from $6.90) is available at Don Don Donki, major supermarkets and convenience stores.


Japanese Whisky Tasting Set

Japanese Whisky Tasting Set

Wow your friends with the Japanese Whisky Tasting Set, perfect for anyone who wants to explore some of Japan’s finest malts, such as the Nikka Whisky from the Barrel, Hibiki Japanese Harmony and many more.

Set of 5 for S$89, order at EC Proof


The Rockies Glasses

rockies glass

While there’s nothing quite like taking a swig from a beat-up flask at the top of a mountain, it’s unrealistic to think we can experience that exact moment every Thursday at 7 pm. Thankfully, there’s Whiskey Peaks to help channel that same energy with a more “Don Draper” attitude. This collection consists of a handsome set of four handblown whiskey glasses made from premium lead-free glass. Featuring a raised topographic impression of some of the greatest, most majestic peaks in the world, Whiskey Peaks will keep you inspired and sippin’ “on the rocks” whenever 5 o’clock calls.

Set of 4 (US$65). Get it at Huckberry


Spirited: Cocktails From Around The World


The ultimate guide to cocktails for every home and host – a luxurious, fully-illustrated, global celebration of classic and cutting-edge cocktails, packed with fascinating historical detail as well as more than 600 fail-safe recipes

This definitive cocktail recipe book for the home bartender includes 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries, with a historical span of more than 500 years. With most cocktails included only requiring three or four ingredients, there is something within its covers for every novice drink-maker and expert bartender alike.

$63. Get it at Book Depository


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