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What's hitting the shelves? New beverage launches in Hong Kong

Quench your thirst with these fresh releases

Tatum Ancheta
Cherry Chan
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Calling all beer enthusiasts, whisky connoisseurs, and those with an unquenchable thirst for the latest libations! Whether you're a seasoned sipper or an adventurous imbiber, keep reading to discover new products to catch in the Hong Kong market.

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New beverage launches in Hong Kong

Bar Leone's Coffee & Cacao Gin
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Bar Leone's Coffee & Cacao Gin

Bar Leone, led by mixologist Lorenzo Antinori, has joined forces with Australian gin distillery Never Never Distilling Co, to release a limited edition Coffee & Cacao Gin. This new gin takes inspiration from the flavours of tiramisu, infusing them with a blend of coffee, cocoa nibs, and refreshing hints of bergamot citrus. The bottle showcases Never Never's bottle design, featuring Bar Leone's vibrant red and orange colour palette. The gin can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in various cocktails such as the classic highball, gimlet, or Negroni. You can also try it in Bar Leone's Negroni cocktail or their Tuxedo twist serve. This limited edition gem is available for just $500 per bottle until December on barleonehk.com. After the year-end, the price will increase to $750 per bottle.

The Macallan’s A Night On Earth - The Journey
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The Macallan’s A Night On Earth - The Journey

Scottish whisky brand The Macallan has released the new instalment  to their annual gifting whisky series, A Night on Earth. Named ‘The Journey’, the new release is created in collaboration with acclaimed Chinese artist Nini Sum to create a spirit that illustrates the journey of returning home to loved ones for Chinese New Year. The bottle design features colourful accents of yellow and green against a busy blue-hued city, as well as vivid fireworks exploding over a night sky. The liquid contains notes of toasted oak, steamed rice, coconut milk pudding; all of which tie into Sum’s nostalgic memories of the lunar new year. 

The Macallan A Night on Earth - The Journey is available for global retail and can be purchased on themacallan.com for $968. 

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Chivas Regal's limited edition package
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Chivas Regal's limited edition package

Chivas Regal has introduced new ambassadors in Hong Kong, including artists Jiggie Boy (JB), Akiko, Novel Fergus, Novel Flash, Novel Friday, and Yuri Tomiyama. They have also launched a limited-time pack designed by JB, featuring his striking graffiti art on the packaging. Inside the pack, you'll discover a special Chivas Rock Glass and a 700ml bottle of Chivas XV, a luxurious 15-year-old whisky blend finished in Cognac casks. The pack is available for $538 at the Chivas Rise We Rise pop-up at Hysan Place until December 11 and can be purchased online at hkliquorstore.com. At the Chivas Rise We Rise pop-up, guests can also explore the opportunity to buy accessories from the renowned Fierce Studio and stunning jewellery from the popular fashion brand Midnight Factory, both celebrated within the creative community.

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Premium craft beer producer Young Master Brewery has partnered with local heritage design and lifestyle brand Goods of Desire (G.O.D) to create a limited edition packaging of their unfiltered pilsner beer ($120 for four) to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dragon and pay homage to the city’s iconography. 

The design of the special release features a series of neon signs that embody the city’s spirit. Aside from the new pilsner beers, Young Master and G.O.D have also released a limited edition set of coasters ($268 for four), which also feature the colourful neon design. 

The Young Master X G.O.D’s limited edition pilsner beers and coasters are available on Young Master’s website.

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Bruichladdich Distillery 14th Octomore series
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Bruichladdich Distillery 14th Octomore series

Bruichladdich Distillery has recently launched the 14th edition of their annual Octomore series. Each variation in the collection is aged for five years, and possesses its own unique characteristics. Octomore 14.1 is malted to 128.9 ppm (parts per million), and is matured in American whisky casks to give it notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, and peat smoke. In contrast, Octomore 14.2, is matured in a combination of Oloroso and Amarone casks, which produces a complex single malt with notes of red currants and roasted coffee. Finally, the Octomore 14.3 combines the super-heavy peated whisky with locally harvests from Islay, matured in bourbon casks and second-fill wine casks, resulting in a barley-forward single malt with notes of sweet vanilla, toffee, and earthy smoke.

The complete Octomore 14 series is available for purchase at special whisky retailers as well as on bruichladdich.com, for $1755 and up.

Yardley Brothers' Stay Classy
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Yardley Brothers' Stay Classy

Local beer producer Yardley Brothers Craft Brewery is finally launching its Stay Classy burgundy barrel-aged saison. This pale ale dates back to 2020 when the Yardley team took their Eat Your Boss saison and aged it in a Burgundy barrel for three years, which resulted in a beer that has since won accolades such as the gold medal for Strong Belgian Ale at the 2023 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition. This aged beer has a golden tinge, an aroma that smells like rain on straw, and a light tart flavour with notes of apricot and oak.

The Stay Classy saison is limited to only 500 bottles. Purchase the beer at Yardleys Taproom in Central, The Beer Shack on Lamma Island, or on yardleybrothers.hk for $120.

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1664 Brut Lager
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1664 Brut Lager

The premium French beer brand Kronenbourg 1664 has recently introduced a new addition to their product portfolio, the 1664 Brut Lager. This innovative release combines the crisp and sparkling finish of French Brut Champagnes. The new lager has been meticulously crafted using blue wheat, along with floral and citrusy hops. As a result, it offers a delightful blend of dry floral and grape notes, providing a delicate balance to the beer.

The refreshing 1664 Brut is now available in 250ml bottles and 500ml cans in Hong Kong's convenience stores and supermarkets.

The Macallan Colour Collection
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The Macallan Colour Collection

Scotch single malt whisky, The Macallan, has recently introduced The Macallan Colour Collection, which is now available in Hong Kong. This new range consists of five exceptional age statement whiskies, ranging from 12 to 30 Years Old. The collection draws inspiration from the brand's commitment to natural colour and showcases the influence of sherry seasoning. Taking inspiration from the historic vineyards of Jerez, where The Macallan's sherry-seasoned oak casks are crafted, the packaging of the Colour Collection is lively and vibrant, created in collaboration with US graphic designer David Carson. 

The Macallan Colour Collection is exclusively available for global travel retail and can be purchased at hkairportshop.com, with prices starting at $625.

 

 

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Talisker Wilder Seas
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Talisker Wilder Seas

The Isle of Skye's sole single malt, Talisker, recently introduced Talisker Wilder Seas. This new limited-edition single malt whisky represents Talisker's first release that has been matured in French oak XO Cognac casks. The collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, demonstrates Talisker's shared commitment to safeguarding marine ecosystems. Expect to taste the maritime saltiness for which the distillery is renowned, while its finish provides a luxurious and intricate flavour profile of fruity undertones of sultanas and figs. The bottle itself is crafted from 100 percent recycled glass and features recycled packaging, replacing traditional paper cartons and reducing carbon emissions from the packaging by an impressive 77 percent. With each bottle purchased, Talisker will donate £3 to Parley, contributing to projects focused on protecting and preserving sea forests along the coasts of Scotland, South Africa, and Chile.  

The Hong Kong launch began with an exciting event on Talisker's sailing yacht, sailing through the city's famous harbour to Clear Water Bay. Guests were treated to live music by the Cantopop band RubberBand, along with delicious seafood, cocktails, and a tasting of four Talisker ranges, including two 2013 releases, Talisker Port Ruighe and Talisker Storm, which will finally be available for purchase in Hong Kong. This season, you can enjoy Talisker's whisky and seafood pairing menus at Arcane in Central, Harbourside Grill in Tsim Sha Tsui, and Sunset Grill in Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung.

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