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Here are some of the latest releases to take note of this month

As 2021 draws to a close, several producers have unveiled new spirits and wines in time for the New Year’s Eve festivities. And there is much to be excited about. Collectors, for example, will revel in The Dalmore Decades No. 5, an impressive collection of five single malts from the storied distillery. In the world of wines, Cloudy Bay has released two exquisite expressions—2021 Sauvignon Blanc and 2019 Te Koko—best savoured as you welcome 2022. From malts to wines, here are the latest releases to get your hands on.

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1. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare: Pittyvaich

This bottle is the fourth release in its acclaimed ‘Ghost and Rare’ series, which puts the spotlight on blended Scotch made with whiskies from rare and now-shuttered distilleries. This expression features casks from the Speyside ‘ghost’ distillery of Pittyvaich—one of Scotland’s most short-lived distilleries—as well as Port Dundas and Carsebridge. 
Taste-wise, it is rich and dark, offering notes of apple, autumnal berries that are complemented with flavours of caramel and cinnamon. The blend is best enjoyed neat.


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2. The Dalmore Decades No. 5

The Dalmore Decades No. 5 is an impressive collection of five single malts, released in celebration of the distillery’s relentless pursuit of excellence through six decades (1967, 1979, 1980, 1995 and 2000). Each decanter features a unique and distinctive coloured stopper, and each bottle is engraved with an exclusive set number. Only 15 sets of this collection have been produced.
The Dalmore Decades 1995 is a beautiful expression, matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in grand Tintilla de Rota port pipes. On the palate, the single malt brings through notes of red berries, glazed nectarines and frangipane, which builds to a triumphal finish. 

3. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Te Koko 2019

This year, Cloudy Bay has released two wonderful expressions—the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc and 2019 Te Koko.
An exceptional vintage, the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is expressive, vibrant and intense. It teases the nose with aromas of makrut lime leaf, grapefruit and passionfruit. These are layered with
Bright notes of kaffir lime and lemongrass. The tropical theme echoes through the palate—crisp and refreshing.
The Te Koko 2019 features fruit sourced from six of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyards (within the Rapaura, Brancot and Renwick sub-regions). It opens with a bouquet of stone fruit and citrus, interspersed with subtle oak and wood spice. Taste-wise, its sweetness is enriched with touches of mandarin orange, unripe peach, and cardamom. A long and rich finish draws this complex wine together.


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4. Robert Mondavi Winery x Bernardaud ‘MCMLXVI Collection’

In partnership with French luxury porcelain house Bernadaud, this winery has released its MCMLXVI collection, featuring a limited series of 1,966 exquisitely designed Limoges porcelain 1.5 litre bottles. The set features three separate blendscreated by acclaimed winemakers Geneviève Janssens, Thomas Rivers Brown and Andy Erickson. Their blends are made from the lauded 2019 vintages from the To Kalon vineyard in Napa Valley, and intended to age for 30 years and beyond.
Janssens’ blend showcases a wonderful medley of cabernet sauvignon (50 per cent), cabernet franc (49 per cent), and petit verdot (1 per cent). Brown’s creation is 100 per cent cabernet sauvignon and Erickson’s blend features 89 per cent cabernet sauvignon with a touch of cabernet franc.
Each bottle is available for purchase from December 15, exclusively through non-fungible tokens (NFTs) here.

5. Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter

This richly radiant 13-year-old single match Scotch whisky is Dr Bill Lumsden’s latest creation. Mellowed in bourbon casks and finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily, expect sweet and fruity flavours from this malt. On the nose, this whisky is sharp with hints of orange toffee, lavender honey and sweet rose. Taste-wise, it has a juicy and slightly peppery mouthfeel, with flavours of cocoa powder, Brazil nut toffee and sweet barley malt. It finishes with a long and spicy aftertaste of clove, ginger and cinnamon.


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