With increasing Covid-19 cases and restrictions, New Year’s Eve calls for a change of plans. As such, here’s a list of fine spirits to maintain the festive ones!
As the year draws to an end, there’s indulgence all around. Even as we attempt to shake off the last of those deliciously filling Christmas meals, New Year’s is fast approaching with the promise of even more merriment.
Like the rest of the world, if all the social media quarantines have inspired your inner mixologist, it’s time to set up and stock up your home bar ahead of the end of year festivities.
For beginners, it’s all about getting the basics right. From the right tools to a basic selection of spirits according to your preference, there’s an art to innovation whilst still keeping things simple. Where most people go wrong is with overdoing the alcohol and attempting to create too complex a cocktail. Most experts would suggest narrowing it down to a liquor of your choice, and augmenting it with others over time.
Of course, it’s important to get the supporting characters (read: mixers) right. You can never go wrong with some high quality tonic, soda water, seltzers, and ginger ale. Add to that some citrus notes, and you’re guaranteed a good cocktail any way you mix and match.
As brands continue to launch some of their finest around the festive season, here are some spirits you can’t go wrong with this New Year’s Eve!
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The world’s most awarded single malt, Glenmorangie is back with a bang for New Year. Their limited edition launch consists of exclusive gift packs for the festive season in the Indian markets. These festive edition packs are designed to bring you the delicious and technicolor world of Glenmorangie in an avatar like never before!
Expect a vibrant colourful bottle sleeve with a Glenmorangie The Original, as well as an exciting surprise gift that is sure to elevate your at-home drinking experience. With more and more people upgrading and premiumizing their choice of liquor in 2021, Glenmorangie’s exclusive end of year packs are the ultimate choice for anyone looking to indulge in a smooth, unmatched single malt experience.
Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition by Julien Colombier
This eventful collaboration by Maison Hennessy and French artist Julien Colombier pays tribute to nature with the joyful and luxurious Limited Editions. Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition makes for the perfect collectible gift and a great addition to your home bar for New Year.
This limited edition Hennessy VS features Colombier’s trademark botanical motifs in paint and coloured chalk along with grapes and vine leaves inspired by the vineyards of the Cognac region.
Demanding in its creation, yet immediately satisfying in its tasting, Hennessy Very Special marks its inimitable style across time. Its audacious personality is the result of carefully selecting only the most expressive and distinctive eaux-de-vie. After several years of maturation in French oak casks, the eaux-de-vie are then blended with the mastery and consistency unique to the Maison Hennessy.
Enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails, this is one drink you and your loved ones will appreciate for a long time.
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Riding high on their recent releases, Amrut is now set to launch the Spectrum 004 in India just in time for New Year festivities!
The brand is all set to bring the exclusive Spectrum Single Malt Whiskey, which is aged in a one-of-a-kind barrel. This custom-built barrel also christened as Spectrum casks is only available in Amrut, made with not one by four kinds of Oak staves.
To make the Spectrum 004, a two-part maturation technique has been employed. The first being maturation of New Make spirit in an ex-Bourbon cask, and innovation follows where the spirit is transferred to a custom built barrel. These Spectrum barrels are made with 4 different kinds of staves, new American Oak with Char level 3, lightly toasted new French Limousin Oak, ex-Oloroso sherry staves, and ex-PX Sherry staves.
The Spectrum is a testament to Amrut’s commitment to innovate and release whiskies that push the boundary. For whiskey connoisseurs, there’s no better way to kick start the New Year!
Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt
This one-of-its-kind single malt whiskey is your best bet at foraying into the artisanal craft spirit industry for New Year. Diageo India presents the second edition of United’s Epitome Reserve whiskey – a limited-edition Peated Single Malt with just 3,600 numbered bottles. The bottles have been signed by the Master Blender Mahesh Patil himself, adding that special personal touch.
The Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt whiskey embodies the grandiose of the Himalayan Foothills and northern plains, and the beauty of the Mandovi river. This one-of-its-kind single malt whisky is created using seven inimitable steps.
Only select Indian six-row barley go into the making of Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt whiskey. Then, the sweet waters of the Mandovi river hydrate the heads of perfectly broken grains, and the heat from the Islay peat give the full-bodied earthy grains an unmissable marine twist. The liquid is then exclusively finished in cabernet sauvignon casks, which adds a vibrant and lively flavor, reminiscent of mint, plum, mulberry, and cherry.
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Glenfiddich Grande Couronne
This is a spirit that speaks volumes of festivities as well as the success of how far you’ve come. Glenfiddich’s new 26-year-old French cognac finished Grand Couronne is seemingly designed for opulent New Year parties.
For the first time, rare cognac casks have been brought to the forefront for a scotch like this. The makers claim that the new Glenfiddich Grande Couronne, is a 26-year-old Scotch single malt whiskey that was initially matured in American and European oak casks in the distillery warehouses of Dufftown, Scotland. It took another two years to finish this whiskey in special French Cognac casks before being bottled at 43.8% ABV.
Its very name, meaning crown in French, is the promise of pleasure to come, sure to be the highlight of the party. Truly a marriage between the Irish brand and French cognac, this is going to be a unique gift or keepsake for the holidays.
Coming in strong from Russia, Beluga house, Belenkaya Gold is a vodka that has a remarkable flavor and a magnificent perfume that gives this great beverage an appealing sensibility. Only Belenkaya is filtered using a 13-meter-long charcoal filtration system. This ensures a high-quality product with a rich, balanced, and smooth flavor.
Enjoyable on its own or pairing well with fruity flavours for cocktails, a bottle of Belenkaya Gold is key to ramping up New Year festivities.
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A premium blend of scotch whiskey from Italy, this unique combination is said to be a tribute to Lucifer and his heinous deeds.
It has a rich vanilla and toffee aroma with a mild hint of spice, and a taste of praline and dried fruit notes on the mid palate with charred wood expressing on the mid palate with a spicy finish. For those lamenting cancelled trips to Italy or simply missing some clean flavours, this is a special gift that more than makes up for it all.