In celebration of the launch, DFS will host a seven-week long Whiskey Festival till September 10, 2016 at the Terminal 2 and 3 Wines and Spirits Duplexes at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport.
DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, unveiled today its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore. Located in Terminal 2, this Wines and Spirits Duplex is inspired by the heritage of craftsmanship in the wine, spirits and tobacco worlds and boasts three unique DFS in-store concepts – the Wine Reserve, the Cigar Room and The Whiskey House.
Designed by award-winning interior designer, Masamichi Katayama and spanning two floors at 15,520 square feet, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex by DFS brings customers an interactive and engaging shopping experience, allowing them to sample from and explore DFS’ broad assortment of over 900 products from over 240 wines, spirits and tobacco brands.
Philippe Schaus, CEO and Chairman, DFS Group, said, “We are thrilled to unveil our latest Wines and Spirits Duplex in Singapore with our partner Changi Airport. Here at DFS, we continually aspire to deliver the most engaging and exciting experiences for travelers, whether they are at the airport or downtown. We’re confident that through this unique blend of high-end design, carefully curated assortment, exceptional service and interactive experiences we have created another wines and spirits store of a quality and richness that can only be found at DFS.”
As guests enter the first floor of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, they will encounter the Wine Reserve, featuring over 350 products from the world’s top wineries from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Australia, USA, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal. For the curious and connoisseurs alike, the Wine Reserve is the perfect place for discovery with tastings from the enomatic machine featuring 12 different wines.
The Cigar Room greets customers with a wide assortment of the world’s finest cigars from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. A range of limited-edition accessories make perfect gifts for cigar-lovers, including a collection in special travel sizes catering to travelers as well as cigar humidors and cigar cases.
For the whiskey lover, DFS’ Wines and Spirits Duplex offers a world of choices with 179 single malts, 68 blended Scotch whiskies, 30 American whiskies as well as leading Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hibiki and Suntory Chita and Kavalan from Taiwan. And, with the largest assortment of single malt whiskies offered by any travel retailer in the region, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex builds on DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s reputation as the travel retailer of the year, as awarded by Whisky Magazine in 2015.
The upper level of the duplex introduces the all new Whiskey House concept, an intuitive and experiential whiskey shopping experience where guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of over 100 different whiskies from across the globe. Based on flavor profiles, the Whiskey House’s staff will design individual sampling experiences for guests to demystify the selection process and make choosing your favorite whiskey a simpler, more engaging and refreshing experience.
In addition to the Whiskey House, the upper level hosts seven individually branded boutiques from Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, Remy Martin, The Dalmore and The Macallan, all tailored to reflect the unique essence, culture and character of each brand. Throughout the year, guests can enjoy visits from master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors as well as tailored tastings from the brands inside the boutiques.
To celebrate the launch of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, DFS will be hosting a first-of-its-kind Whiskey Festival. From July 27 to September 10. The Whiskey Festival will showcase a series of events on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each weekend, a different whiskey brand will bring the festival to life with guest appearances from their brand ambassadors, special master classes and food pairing sessions. At the same time, three complimentary whiskey cocktails representing Scotland, U.S. and Japan will be available for sampling throughout the festival at the Whiskey House at DFS’ Terminal 2 duplex and The Long Bar by Raffles at DFS’ Terminal 3 duplex.
“As Asia Pacific’s largest assortment of single malt whiskies in travel retail, we wanted to bring an interactive experience that reflects our customers’ passion and fascination with whiskey to the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex. From the Whiskey House to the Whiskey Festival, we’re excited to unveil for our customers a space where they can build their knowledge, expand their palette, discover new brands and fall in love again with the classics,” said Brooke Supernaw DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines and Tobacco.
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said “The opening of the second Wines and Spirits Duplex at Terminal 2 marks the fruition of an ambitious and game changing transformation that Changi Airport had set out to achieve together with DFS. The new duplex represents the positively surprising retail experience which we endeavor to deliver to our passengers, one that allows shoppers to discover, interact and enjoy. We hope it is something for them to look forward to every time they are at Changi Airport.”
WHISKEY FESTIVAL SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Three signature cocktails that embody the flavors and culture of Scotland, Japan and the U.S. will be available everyday, on a complimentary basis for customers to enjoy at the Whiskey House in Terminal 2 Duplex and The Long Bar by Raffles in Terminal 3.
12 & 13 AUGUST (FRI & SAT) – MAKER’S MARK
Gordon Dundas is a 12-year veteran in the whisky industry. He worked on Whisky Magazine, the worldwide bible of the whisky industry, and the Whisky Live event brand. In 2015, Gordon became the Global Brand Ambassador for the Beam Suntory Global Travel Retail.
Featuring Maker’s Mark Cask Strength – Asia First
Inspired by nature, Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is not diluted down after being emptied from barrels. It has a richer mouth-feel, oak, caramel, vanilla and spice aroma and flavor notes.
19 & 20 AUGUST (FRI & SAT) – HOUSE OF HAZELWOOD
Jay Gray is William Grant & Sons’ Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, and is a self-proclaimed nomadic Sip-ster in search of a decent hair color and the perfect bacon sandwich. When he is not tending bar or seated in front of one, Jay can be found at the local skate park, designing tattoos, or learning how to cook.
Featuring House of Hazelwood – Asia First
House of Hazelwood 18, 21, 25 Years Old is inspired by the 20s/30s Art Deco era. It is a collection of elegant new blended whiskies from the makers of Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Blend of whiskies including the rare Kinivie and Girvan. They are perfect as gifts with their lighter and premium bottle packaging.
26 AUGUST (FRI) – BEAM SUNTORY
Mike Miyamoto is Suntory Whisky’s Global Brand Ambassador and is am expert in the field with 38 years of experience at Suntory. His career at Suntory has taken him across various continents, which has helped to equip him with broad and well-honed expertise in the area of whisky production.
Featuring The Chita
The Chita is a Single Grain Whisky that is the Dashi – the broth or base that makes Suntory’s other blended whiskies like Hibiki. It is a great and easy drinking whisky that is perfect as a highball cocktail.
2 & 3 SEPTEMBER (FRI & SAT) – GLENFIDDICH
Matthew Fergusson-Stewart is The Glenfiddich’s Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador and a veteran of the whisky industry. As an experienced whisky educator, Matthew enjoys sharing to sharing his passion for (and occasionally a dram of) the ‘Water of Life’ across the region.
Featuring Glenfiddich Age of Discovery
Introducing the Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Collection that brings the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich alive through highly gift able Global Travel Retail exclusives that celebrate the pioneering nature of the 15th century Portuguese merchants who found new trading routes into the far east.
9 & 10 SEPTEMBER (FRI & SAT) – BRUICHLADDICH
Richard Gillam, Brand Ambassador for Bruichladdich, has a wealth of spirits knowledge with an unbridled passion for Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt whisky. Combined with his experience as a world leading mixologist, he brings a new approach to the presentation and appreciation of fine whiskies.
Featuring Bruichladdich Laddie 8
This is the latest exclusive for travel retail released by head distiller Adam Hannett, who aims to preserve the elegant, floral notes of this vibrant young spirit while building up the signature salty, citrus tang so characteristic of Bruichladdich.
DFS Group is the world’s leading luxury travel retailer. Established in Hong Kong in 1960, DFS Group continues to be a pioneer in global luxury travel retail, offering its customers a carefully curated selection of exceptional products from over 700 of the most desired brands through 420 boutiques on three continents. Its network consists of duty free stores located in 17 major global airports and 17 downtown Galleria locations, as well as affiliate and resort locations. The Group is privately held and majority owned by the world’s largest luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), alongside DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller. DFS Group employs over 9,000 people focused on creating inspiring retail experiences for its customers. In 2015, over 164 million travelers visited DFS stores. DFS is headquartered in Hong Kong and has offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Paris, Sao Paulo, Shenyang, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
For more information, please visit www.dfsgroup.com.
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.
Changi Airport is the world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 55.4 million passengers from around the globe in 2015. More than 360 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 330 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,800 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.