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epicure 30 November 2010
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The season brings with it its fair share of limited edition tipples.

CHIVAS REGAL 18-YEAR-OLD BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX
Some designer spirits look like they belong behind a glass display in an art gallery, and the Chivas Regal 18-year-old by Christian Lacroix—the second collaboration between the haute couture maestro and the blended whisky producer—falls in that category. Like its predecessor (the Chivas 12-year-old Magnum, which Lacroix designed), the bottle is adorned with etched motifs delivered by a precise laser metallisation technique. What makes this edition unique is the embroidered jacquard label, which adds an extra textural element to the overall design. It comes in a treasure box panelled with mirrors on the inside, flaunting the product’s artwork.
US$495 / S$638. Only 3, 000 bottles available internationally. Sold at travel retail stores.

BOWMORE 40-YEAR-OLD LIMITED EDITION
The Bowmore 40-year-old limited edition lets its pride for its region of Islay show on its bottle, literally. The hand-blown crystal glass material is wrapped with sculpted ‘rocks’ that are synonymous with the coastal terrain of Islay. Having spent its four-decade slumber in an ex-bourbon cask, the spirit has evolved into a mellow, complex creature. Kick back in your armchair, and savour its notes of butterscotch, raisins and dates.
$15,000.Only 53 bottles available worldwide. Available at Quaich Bar. Tel: 6732 3452
 

DUVAL-LEROY CUVEE 150 VINTAGE 1999
Duval-Leroy may not be drink of choice at glittering events but champagne aficionados would know that this family-owned winery produces some of the best bubbly out of Vertus, a village in the Côte de Blancs. The Duval-Leroy Cuvee 150 Vintage 1999 is a limited edition that commemorates the house’s 150th anniversary. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from selected plots of Grand Crus and Premier Crus of the Côte de Blancs, the wine has a rich nose of dried fruits, light tastes of apricot and almond, and a long finish. One to cellar or uncork on New Year’s Eve.
$142. Available at Top Wines. Tel: 6468 3866

MOËT CHILL BOX
Forget the ice bucket. Moët & Chandon’s limited edition Moët chill box is lined with isothermal material that maintains your bubbly’s temperature at 7°C to 10°C. Designed with diamond textures on its surface, it looks like a jewel piece on your dining table too.
It comes with a magnum Moët Imperial. Price upon request.
Available at all fine wine retailers.

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