Press release -
Changi Airport Group presents a remarkable curation of premium and rare liquor at this year’s World of Wines & Spirits
SINGAPORE, 11 October 2023 - Embark on an exciting epicurean journey with Changi Airport Group (CAG) as its prestigious World of Wines and Spirits (WOWS) returns for the second year from now till February 2024 in partnership with Lotte Duty Free (Lotte).
A grand curation of more than 100 premium and rare fine liquor products from over 56 brands, featuring the world’s most exquisite selection from renowned vineyards and distilleries, is now available to the public for purchase on the WOWS online portal (http://wows.changiairport.com). The extensive e-catalogue includes highly sought-after rarities from esteemed labels such as The Macallan, Bowmore, Martell and Hennessy.
WOWS patrons can be pampered with a personalised shopping experience – once interest in an item has been indicated, a Changi Airport shopping concierge will reach out to serve them, facilitating queries, payment and collection or local delivery.
Invited guests from Changi Rewards, Lotte and other Changi Partners will also be hosted at the exclusive WOWS signature event on 28 October at Capitol Theatre, where they will be treated to an immersive epicurean experience, with a delectable feast prepared by Michelin-starred chefs.
For the first time this year, members of the public can get a chance to indulge in the pinnacle of luxury at this private, by-invite-only WOWS signature event. Guests will not only get the opportunity to enjoy insightful conversations with brand ambassadors but also relish exceptional drinks and enjoy canapés crafted by culinary virtuosos from Michelin-starred restaurants.
Customers with a minimum purchase of SGD$10,000 from the WOWS online portal will receive an invitation to the prestigious WOWS signature event (subject to availability). Limited tickets can also be purchased at SGD$800 through Changi Shopping Concierge via WhatsApp Chat at +65 9725 3459.
Ms Lim Peck Hoon, Executive Vice President for Commercial, CAG, said, “We are delighted to build on the success of the inaugural World of Wines and Spirits last year, and return with a second edition that has more surprises in store for our valued customers. We have worked closely with various brand partners to curate the most spectacular range of highly coveted liquor products and are excited to deliver this exclusive and innovative retail experience through the continued partnership with Lotte Duty Free.”
Mr Jeff Jeong Soon-Gyu, Managing Director for Lotte Travel Retail Singapore, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Changi Airport Group and the Lotte team is thrilled to embark on this WOWS journey again. Through our strategically curated list of alcohol with our suppliers this year, we look forward to presenting an exceptional collection for all to enjoy.”
WOWS Catalogue: An Impressive Curation of the World’s Finest Wines and Spirits
Collectors and connoisseurs can look forward to these highlights, alongside more than 100 of the finest liquor products on the WOWS online portal. From first-in-the-world rare whiskies to aged cognacs, every bottle tells a story of passion and craftsmanship.
The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique – The Genesis Decanter
The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique – The Genesis Decanter represents a collaboration of masters from fields such as whisky, crystal, architecture, construction, and craftsmanship. This rare whisky comes in a bespoke crystal decanter and presentation case that reflects the outstanding architectural complexity of The Macallan’s home.
The Genesis Decanter is limited to 600 individually numbered decanters worldwide and has been available at select locations globally since late 2018. This golden-amber whisky has a delicate aroma that blends peat and aged oak smoke, with refreshing notes of citrus, green apples, with a background of vanilla pods and raisins, accentuated by a hint of ginger. Its palate is a combination of delicate peat smoke, soft vanilla, and a surprising sweet oak smoke, and gentle wood spice that fades into a mouth-coating of citrus fruits and green apples.
Whisky connoisseurs would be excited to know that only one bottle will be available at WOWS for SGD$112,000.
Bowmore John Galvin 1965
The 52-year-old single malt whisky Bowmore John Galvin 1965 makes its travel retail debut in Southeast Asia at WOWS. Retailing for SGD$77,500, there are only two bottles available on the WOWS portal, out of 232 bottles produced worldwide. A Lotte exclusive, this exceptionally rare whisky showcases over 230 years of maturation knowledge, matured within the oldest maturation warehouse in the world, the No.1 Vaults. Whisky lovers will appreciate the signature rich fruit and balanced smokehouse style which has been elevated to legendary status through maturation, showcasing the iconic fruit notes and deep flavour that are revered in Bowmore single malts. This bottle is definitely one that avid collectors would want to get their hands on.
Martell 70 Years Old Grande Champagne
The oldest of the great cognac houses, founded by Jean Martell in 1715, Maison Martell can also claim to possess one of the oldest collections of eaux-de-vie – a “library” of more than 10,000 references. Now, Martell Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud has selected just one of these exceptional eaux-de-vie to be released as a one-of-a-kind limited edition. Drawn from the House’s most precious reserves, Martell 70 Years Old Grande Champagne is a pure product of the prestigious Grande Champagne terroir. Situated at the very heart of the Cognac region, Grande Champagne is renowned for the richness, power and ageing potential of its eaux-de-vie. Having attained 70 years of age, this outstanding eaux-de-vie is being released in an exclusive edition of just 70 hand-crafted, numbered decanters. Moreover, the design of the decanter was created 70 years ago by Baccarat, one of France’s most revered crystal manufacturers. Only one bottle is available at WOWS and it retails exclusively for SGD$35,000.
Hennessy Paradis Bernardaux
Created by Maurice Fillioux in 1979, the cognac Hennessy Paradis is known for its voluptuous and harmonious aroma. It consists of eaux-de-vie, which reflects the personality of such a delightful cognac: supple, light and round. The eaux-de-vie is blended into an excellent cognac of graceful, silky character, highlighting its finely nuanced and harmoniously balanced aromatic qualities. Its superb display of coppery gold colours is an indication of the many years it has spent ageing in old casks.
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon in 2024, Hennessy brought together Chinese contemporary painter Yang Yong Liang and famed French porcelain boutique Maison Bernardaud to collaborate with Hennessy Paradis cognac. This limited-edition cognac decanter with its Dragon design is the third in the Chinese Zodiac series to be produced in collaboration with Maison Bernardaud, which makes it an extremely desirable collectible. With only one bottle available at WOWS, this limited edition bottle retails at SGD$13,250.
Michelin-starred, Eight Hands, One-Night-Only Feast
Changi Airport Group’s WOWS signature event, happening on 28 October (Saturday) at Capitol Theatre, will feature four renowned chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants under notable hospitality and F&B group Unlisted Collection – Dave Pynt (Burnt Ends), Ivan Brehm (Nouri), Michael Wilson (Maguerite) and Rishi Naleendra (Cloudstreet) – uniting their culinary prowess to specially craft an exclusive and exquisite menu for one night only.
Inspired by four different countries across continents, every canapé served at the event is concocted to thoughtfully harmonise with a selected fine wine or spirit from WOWS’ esteemed partners, elevating flavours in a symphony of taste. Guests will be treated to an immersive, multi-sensory experience at the event, complete with artistic performances sure to take their breath away.
In the days leading up to the signature event, WOWS will also host a series of masterclasses led by industry experts from The Macallan, Bowmore, Martell and Hennessy. Connoisseurs can look forward to learning more about different fine liquors paired with small, moreish plates in cosy, intimate sessions.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
As one of Asia’s most connected international aviation hubs, Changi Airport links Singapore to some 140 cities globally, with over 100 airlines operating more than 6,000 weekly flights. Jewel Changi Airport, a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination, opened in April 2019, adding to Changi Airport’s shopping and dining offerings of more than 600 F&B and retail outlets across the airport. The world’s most awarded airport, Changi has won over 660 accolades for its consistent and excellent airport staff service, passenger experience and safety standards.