DFS Group hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event on March 24-25

DFS Group hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event on March 24-25

HONG KONG, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the most celebrated and revered events in the wine and spirits industry returns to Singapore this year, as DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event. On display will be more than 120 masterpieces from 60 of the world’s most legendary wine and spirits houses.

For the first time, the event will take place across two days; on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25 at The Warehouse Hotel, a meticulously-restored heritage building on the banks of the Singapore River. Once again, Masters of Wines and Spirits captures the heritage and craftsmanship of selected brands and pays tribute to DFS’ long-standing relationships with some of the world’s most exceptional wineries and distilleries.

This year’s event will highlight the influence of the distillers’ countries of origin, their personalities and unique and varied approaches to craft. As the only event where customers can purchase bespoke, rare, limited edition, first edition, and world-class wines and spirits in one location, the seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits offers an exclusive and immersive brand experience for DFS’ guests.

Masters of Wines and Spirits showcases a highly specialized and curated collection of products, many of which are DFS exclusives, celebrating the world’s finest industry expertise as well as the knowledge of DFS’ own merchants. New brands, as well as signature classics from legendary houses, will all be on display, reveling in rarity, heritage and innovation.

“DFS is delighted to bring the seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits to Singapore, a fitting location for us to host our esteemed guests, connoisseurs and collectors to experience a range of the best globally sourced Cognacs, wines and whiskies,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing.

“This year’s selection has been handpicked by our expert merchants at DFS to inspire and delight our customers. This really is a celebration of the diverse talents of the world’s most renowned distillers and winemakers, and a true adventure for the senses,” she said.

“At DFS, we take great pride in bringing together our valued brand partners and loyal customers in an intimate and exclusive environment that encourages sharing and discovery,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Wines, Spirits, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “The 2018 Masters of Wines and Spirits collection sets a new bar for this dynamic category, comparing the nuances between traditional versus craft and providing an opportunity for our guests to enjoy the very best products from around the world.”

Master Classes and Whisky Panel

The 2018 Masters of Wines and Spirits event will feature two exceptional master classes to inspire and enrich guests, as well as a whisky panel discussion featuring four of the world’s leading experts.

The first in this year’s Classes with the Masters is The Balvenie Master Class Workshop – Single Malt Whisky hosted by The Balvenie Malt Master, David C. Stewart MBE.

Mr Stewart will discuss how craftsmanship is brought to life at The Balvenie and guide guests through the entire Chapter 3 set of the DCS Compendium, including a tasting of the oldest Balvenie expression ever released. The second Master Class, the Château Latour Master Class Workshop – Wine, hosted by Rufus Beazley, Sales and Marketing Manager for Château Latour Asia Pacific, will take visitors through a vertical tasting across decades of exceptional Château Latour products.

Presented by The Whiskey House, The Whisky Panel will be moderated by DFS’ own Director of Spirits, Frederik Vanden Bulcke and will feature a panel discussion on whisky experts Stephanie MacLeod from John Dewar & Sons (Aultmore – Single Malt Whisky), Dr Kirstie McCallum from Bunnahabhain (Single Malt Whisky), Chole Wood from Bruichladdich (Single Malt Whisky) and David Croll from The Kyoto Distillery (Whisky and Gin).

The Collection

More than 30 Cognacs and whiskies include The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3: Secrets of the Stock Model, an eagerly anticipated release that pays tribute to Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE’s masterful skill, knowledge, and custodianship in managing The Balvenie’s precious aged stocks. The Model comprises five extremely rare single-cask single-malt bottling, ranging in age from 13 to 55 years.

The Jean-Paul Camus 1945 Private Reserve, an exclusive blend for DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits, comes in a hand-carved crystal carafe with silver details that recreates a model designed in 1883 by the Cristalleries de Baccarat for Jules Grévy, President of the French Republic. The outstanding Louis XIII Le Jeroboam with T.T. Trunks Paris piece is a contemporary design that brings a radical new twist to trunk accessories. The aluminum and steel structure holds three small cases made of okume wood, each encased in natural milled buckskin with Alcantara trimmings.

A rare cellar release from Japan is the Karuizawa 1960 Cask #5627. Possibly the oldest cask of Japanese whisky ever bottled, this 1960 single cask yielded just 41 bottles, achieving legendary status amongst connoisseurs and collectors.

From the world of Scotch Single Malts, The Aultmore 31 Year Old Exceptional Cask (Cask no. 1635) is part of John Dewar & Sons Fine Scotch Whisky Emporium which showcases the rare releases of some of the finest and most delectable single cask and single malt expressions. Specially created for Masters of Wines and Spirits, Aultmore Cask no.1635 has the color of antique leather and on the nose, the Oloroso sherry adds weight and complexity, complimented by notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and Seville oranges. The Bruichladdich Special Release showcases three exceptional distillery releases from 1988, 1989 and 1990, presented as the oldest and rarest whiskies of Bruichladdich. Created and bottled on the remote Hebridean island home of Islay, there are only six bottles per edition. From the Bunnahabain distillery, built in 1881, and deriving its name from the Gaelic, Bunnahabhain (Bu-na-ha-venn), meaning “mouth of the river”, comes the Bunnahabhain 1980 Canasta Finish. With only 20 units available, this rare cellar release offers a rich oakiness balanced with sweet dried fruit, treacle toffee, black coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts, and a hint of coastal brininess.

Also from Scotland is The Macallan Fine & Rare Master’s selection, specially created for Masters of Wines and Spirits, this unique collection features five fine and rare vintages in 70cl, complemented by savoring samples in 5cl miniatures. The Glenglassaugh Single Cask Collection 1972-1976 is an elegant, unique and rare selection of bottles, offering the whiskey connoisseur a lush, ripe Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky experience. A rare release from The Ladyburn distillery is the Ladyburn 1974, a single malt from William Grant & Sons’ treasured ancient reserves of maturing whisky.

More than 30 prestige wines and champagnes are showcased in this year’s collection, including the Harlan Estate Double Magnum 100 Point Trifecta from the United States, a special collection created for DFS as an exclusive release of three vintages in double magnum format and representing three of the most highly regarded vintages produced by Harlan to date. From Australia comes the Penfolds G3, a unique wine entwining three vintages of an Australia icon, Penfolds Grange, spanning seven years. French wines in this year’s collection include The Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux 2010 Double Magnum; the epitome of great Pavillon Blanc vintages. A fine and elegant wine, the 2010 has an exquisite richness and a perfect balance on the palate, thanks to higher than average acidity. Chateau Latour’s Vertical Magnum release provides a rare opportunity to collect six of the most exceptional vintages produced by Latour; the 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010.

With only one set being released of the Petrus Magnum Collection 2006, 2007 and 2011, one lucky wine lover will experience one of the famous wine labels in the world.

After March 25, the Masters of Wines and Spirits curated collection will be available for travelers and shoppers at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3.

DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes the highly-anticipated 10th Masters of Time set to take place in Macau this December. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

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DFS Group launches its first-ever global Whiskey Festival

DFS Group launches its first-ever global Whiskey Festival

 

MACAU, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is bringing the whiskies of the world to travelers this summer with its first-ever global Whiskey Festival. Following its kick-off at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport on May 27, the Whiskey Festival will travel to eight DFS locations across Asia, the Middle East and North America. Bringing together over 300* whiskies, the Whiskey Festival allows customers to discover and taste some of the world’s best whiskies including rare, limited edition bottles exclusive to DFS.

“As interest in whiskey continues to grow, we’re thrilled to provide travelers with a chance to celebrate all things whiskey with the launch of our first-ever global Whiskey Festival,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Wines, Spirits, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “From collectors to those trying whiskey for the first time, the Whiskey Festival is designed for discovery, offering a way to explore this multifaceted spirit.”

Throughout the Whiskey Festival, customers can enjoy Masterclasses from leading brand ambassadors at The Whiskey House, expert advice and complimentary tastings. To help travelers discover their personal whiskey style, the Whiskey Festival introduces customers to the DFS Whiskey Flavor Profile tool, a simplified way to navigate the world of whiskey by dividing complex flavors into the following profiles:

  • Floral and Delicate
  • Fruity and Elegant
  • Smokey and Intense
  • Rich and Rounded

Over 300 whiskies and countless DFS exclusives will be categorized based on the individual flavor profiles, with up to 100 whiskies available for tasting in store, depending on location. Highlights of the Whiskey Festival include Suntory Chita Single Grain, Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch 2: Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish, Royal Salute Polo Collection 2017, Bowmore’s new range of whiskies exclusive to travelers (10 Year Old. 15 Year Old & 18 Year Old), and Woodford Reserve Personal Selection.

Discover the Whiskey Festival this summer at a DFS location near you:

May 27 – June 30: DFS, Singapore Changi Airport

June 1 – 30: DFS, Hong Kong International Airport; DFS, Los Angeles International Airport; DFS, San Francisco International Airport; DFS, John F Kennedy International Airport; T Galleria by DFS, Angkor

July 1 – 31: DFS, Hawaii Honolulu International Airport

August 1 – 31: DFS, Abu Dhabi International Airport

*Assortment range varies by airport locations. Singapore Changi International Airport has Asia Pacific’s largest range of whiskies with over 320 different whiskies from all over the world

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DFS Group to showcase uniquely curated collection of rare wines and spirits at the sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore

DFS Group to showcase uniquely curated collection of rare wines and spirits at the sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore

This event will showcase a uniquely curated collection of rare wines and spirits, many of which are DFS exclusives that celebrate the world’s finest craftsmanship and expertise.

HONG KONG, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This March, DFS Group (DFS), the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, in partnership with Changi Airport Group, will host its sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore. The most celebrated event of its kind in the industry, Masters of Wines and Spirits showcases DFS’ global travel retail leadership, innovation and unique ability to assemble bespoke collections of wines, spirits and their leading producers, as well as the expertise of its own in-house specialists.

“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 Chief Executive Officer. “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.”

More than 60 of the finest Cognacs, wines and whiskies from over 50 legendary houses will be unveiled during the Masters of Wines and Spirits private event, to be held at selected shophouse venues along Singapore’s historic Tras Street on Saturday, March 25, 2017. As well as being the first to view the collection, VIP guests will be given the opportunity to interact with brand ambassadors while delving into the creation of each bottle in a master class format which will take them around the world in a virtual experience.

“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,” added Brooke Supernaw, Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines and Tobacco, DFS Group.

Master Class Event

The Masters of Wines and Spirits event will feature four exceptional master classes to inspire and enrich the experience for guests. In honor of his 50th year in the whisky industry, Richard Paterson, Master Blender of The Dalmore will host a bespoke tasting showcasing The Dalmore’s rich heritage and artistry. Frederic Dezauzier, Global Brand Ambassador of CAMUS, will introduce guests to the smallest and rarest cru in the Cognac region: Borderies, providing a unique tasting experience featuring a selection of CAMUS Borderies Single-Cru Cognacs, including a Borderies Vintage and an exclusive Borderies blend that has never been released. Then, travel through time with Thibault Pontallier, Château Margaux Asia Ambassador, who will conduct a vertical tasting across decades of Château Margaux, including the 1990 vintage of Château Margaux.

The fourth Master Class will be a Whisky Panel by The Whiskey House, entitled Innovations of Today Shaping the Heritage of Tomorrow. The theme of heritage in the world of whiskies will be discussed with 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. This will be moderated by DFS’ own Director of Spirits, Frederik Vanden Bulcke.

The Collection

Twenty-seven Cognacs and whiskies include the LOUIS XIII Le Mathusalem, which showcases the world’s first 6L crystal decanter for cognac, CAMUS Rarissimes 65 YO, an exclusive blend for DFS that is composed from the finest eaux-de-vie, Martell Grand Champagne 1920, a very rare first time release since The House of Martell was founded in 1715.

Making its official debut outside Japan for the first time is the Hibiki 35 YO Arita-Yako and Kutani-Yaki limited editions, a blend of carefully selected malt whiskies aged from 35 to 54 years, and grain whiskies aged over 35 years. From the world of Scotch Single Malts, the Bruichladdich Special Release showcases some of the brand’s oldest and finest whiskies, Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1972, a sublime and precious 44-year old malt (hand-picked for DFS’ Masters of Wines and Spirits), Glenmorangie Pride 1974, Glenmorangie’s rarest, oldest and deepest whisky, carefully selected from the oldest whisky stocks, The Dalmore 50 YO, a commemorative bottling uniquely finished in Champagne casks, and The Macallan Fine & Rare Treasury Collection, a rare collection of  30 vintages in a bespoke cabinet created exclusively for DFS.

Over 25 prestige wines and Champagnes are showcased in this year’s collection. Amongst these are outstanding bottles from the Champagne and Bordeaux region such as the Pyramid of Château Margaux 1990 Vintage, a collection of four bottles from the year’s vintage earning the coveted 100 points score from Robert Parker. Recently released from the Château cellar in 2016, the Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 Vintage Imperiale is a unique wine offering with an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke and cedar, available in a 6L format. Château Mouton Rothschild 18 Vintages includes extraordinary vintages from 1994 to 2012. Only three series were produced exclusively for Masters of Wines and Spirits, and they are specially packed in individual one bottle cases. Dom Pérignon Malle P2 offers the full history of the Sécond Plénitude of Dom Pérignon – the ultimate collection of the ultimate Champagne. With two bottles from each of the 10 vintages, the buyer will also receive an invitation to a private tour of Hautvillers in Champagne, where Maison Dom Pérignon is located.

Available for the first time for sale by a retailer, Masi 5 Vintages of Amarone Costasera is a presentation case of five vintages of Costasera Amarone Classico, Masi’s flagship wine, along with a beautifully designed timepiece made with 100-year old wood once used for maturing Costasera wine. Penfolds 2012 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial brings an opportunity for oenophiles and aviation enthusiasts to own 10 limited edition bottles released to commemorate Boeing’s 100th year.

Following the Masters of Wines and Spirits gala event on March 25, the Masters of Wines and Spirits curated collection will be available for travelers and shoppers at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3.

DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes the highly-anticipated Masters of Time set to take place in Macau this December. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

SOURCE: DFS Group Limited

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DFS, Singapore Changi Airport the first travel retail venue worldwide to receive The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation

SINGAPORE, 2016-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, announced today in partnership with The Whisky Ambassador and 15PL Limited that DFS, Singapore Changi Airport is the first travel retail venue worldwide to receive The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation. The Whisky Ambassador program is the UK’s only accredited training course focused solely on whisky that provides staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage customers with Scotch whisky. Together with DFS’ own learning and development program DFS University, The Whisky Ambassador and 15PL Limited designed an in-depth training program exclusively for employees to provide specialized assistance to travel retail customers across DFS’ wines and spirits stores at Changi Airport.

“Our Changi Airport store is DFS’ flagship wines and spirits hub, as well as travel retail’s largest assortment of single malt whiskies in Asia Pacific. It felt natural to partner with The Whisky Ambassador and 15PL Limited to gain accreditation for DFS, Singapore Changi Airport and have our employees certified as Whisky Ambassadors,” said Wilcy Wong, DFS Group’s Managing Director, Singapore and Indonesia. “We’re confident that with our staff’s expertise and deep understanding of single malts, coupled with our fantastic product offering, DFS, Singapore Changi Airport will continue to be world traveler’s preferred destination for wines and spirits.”

To complete the Whisky Ambassador program, DFS Sales Associates underwent extensive training on how whisky is made, tasting and nosing, the history of the drink, the economic impact and culture of whisky as well as customer service. The course was developed as part of DFS University’s School of Wines and Spirits and will be rolled out to DFS Sales Associates in the Wines, Spirits and Tobacco team globally.

“We are honored to be the first travel retail company in the world to receive The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation and we’re confident that this certification will allow us to deliver an incredible customer experience that educates and inspires,” said DFS Group’s Brooke Supernaw, Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines and Tobacco. “Whisky requires a deep level of knowledge to educate the customer on differences in production techniques, flavor profiles, regions of origin as well as growing trends such as Japanese and Taiwanese whiskies. Now that our Sales Associates are certified Whisky Ambassadors, customers can be confident that whether they are whisky novices or connoisseurs, DFS will provide the highest level of service to meet their needs.”

The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport builds on the opening of DFS’ wines and spirits duplex store at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 in May 2015. Boasting over 1,400 products from over 440 spirits, wine and tobacco brands across 11,400 square feet and two floors, the store is a whisky destination for travelers, with 110 single malt products from 50 brands, the largest assortment of single malts available in travel retail in Asia Pacific. The store also features a Long Bar by Raffles – a tasting bar in collaboration with one of Singapore’s most historical landmarks, the Raffles Hotel – serving its famed cocktail invention, the original Singapore Sling. Guests can also enjoy guided tastings and a monthly program of exciting and interactive activities, featuring master classes for cocktail mixology, bartending and hosting at home.

“We congratulate DFS Group on its latest feather in the cap with its venue accreditation by The Whisky Ambassador. Their Wines & Spirits duplex store launched in May last year was an innovative concept aimed at giving shoppers a unique experience. Now, with this accreditation, the opportunity to experience the mysteries and allure of the Scotch whisky in a deep way in our liquor stores definitely sets Changi Airport apart. Our passengers enjoy an even more enhanced experience with the advice and recommendations of the DFS team of Whisky Ambassadors when they shop for whisky at Changi Airport,” said Teo Chew Hoon, Changi Airport Group’s Senior Vice President Airside Concessions.

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DFS, Singapore Changi Airport the first travel retail venue worldwide to receive The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation

DFS, Singapore Changi Airport the first travel retail venue worldwide to receive The Whisky Ambassador’s Venue Accreditation