[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]btaining the very finest things in life often requires a little legwork, but for over half a century the DFS Group has taken it upon itself to bring the world’s most precious liquids easily available to discerning travellers everywhere. The culmination of those efforts is presented every year at the DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits event.

As the leader in global travel retail, DFS has the ability to bring together leading wine, spirits and champagne brands to offer customers exclusive access to one-of-a-kind products. Thanks to the group’s close ties to the brands and merchants who have spent a year travelling the globe to source these gems, DFS’s selection is peerless, demonstrated once again in eighth edition of one of the most celebrated and prestigious events in the industry.

Masters of Wines and Spirits 2019 was held on 23 and 24 March at Infinite Studios, and it was a celebration of the theme of “Masters at Work”, where homage was paid to luminaries whose commitment and knowledge have raised the bar in their respective industries.

Guests were taken through an immersive and interactive journey that explored what the various categories of wines and spirits had to offer, including classes by four masters: Diageo’s Ewan Gunn as Master of Whisky, The Macallan’s Sarah Burgess as Master of Malt, Fabrice Papin of Chateau Lafite Rothschild as Master of Wine and Hidetsugu Ueno of Ginza’s Bar High Five as Master of Cocktails.

The 140 incredible products that were showcased at the event are now available for purchase at DFS Changi Duplex Stores in departure terminals 2 and 3, with selected items also available on iShopChangi.com – but here’s a guide of what to look out for.

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In the spotlight

When it comes to elevating whisky enjoyment, don’t underestimate the power of exclusivity. These are editions that will raise your Scotch collection to a new level.


Covetable whisky

Just like wine, the diversity of whisky is truly remarkable, and discovering lovingly crafted gems from around the world is an unparalleled indulgence for the astute connoisseur.

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Rare Baijiu, Cognac and Wine

There are people in the know, and there are people who want everyone to know. The folks who fall in the latter category want their containers to be as outstanding as the liquids they hold, be-cause an appreciation of craftsmanship begins with the vessel.


Innovative whisky

Whisky’s reign over the spirits category is far from over, and fresh ideas from the industry’s esteemed distilleries are going to keep it that way for the foreseeable future.


Wines for the collector 

A good wine is capable of elevating everything it touches, from food to company. Here are two outstanding examples to savour.

These highlights alone will have you poised for a year of very good drinking indeed, but it would be remiss of any true connoisseur to miss out on the rest. For more information, visit www.ishopchangi.com/mows2019.

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