In Love-ly Spirits!

Celebrate the month of love with your favourite tipple – whether it’s a rare single malt from Speyside, a magnificent blended whisky, a pure vodka, a London gin, or an exuberant sparkling. It’s the time to raise a toast à deux!

Grant's Jam Station

The Ultimate DIY Bar

Inspired by the “few” who raise your game and fuel your drive to reach your goals, Grant’s Distinction Jam Station is a collection of three limited-edition packs that work as a single unit, which we like to call... The Ultimate DIY Bar! The three unique Grant’s Distinction packs come with a glass and a bar accessory each. A Measurer to gauge your appetite for success. A Bar Spoon to stir some magic into your ideas. A Mixer to help you ease things up. Each plays a major role in elevating your banter while you brainstorm with your buddies. Available in select markets, waiting to join your next jam session!

Grant's Distinction

With its raisin cake richness that makes it highly mixable, Grant’s Distinction can undeniably stir up an exclusive ambience. Retaining the ‘House style’ of Grant’s family, Grant’s Distinction has a robust, malty character with delicate fresh fruit flavours that brings a unique blend of sweet and spicy notes. It is derived from the finest of malt and grain whiskies, handpicked by master blender Brian Kingsman to appeal to a new generation of Scotch whisky drinkers. It is exclusively available in India and is priced at INR 2,500 for 750 ml in Mumbai.

Moët et Chandon Rosé Impérial

Bursting with Spontaneity

Enticing, Radiant, Spontaneous. These are the characteristics of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial, and we’re sure someone in your life embodies them as well. What better way to show them how wonderful they are than by raising a glass together?

There’s no better time than this month of love to reconnect with the people you love, especially around a crisp glass of Rosé Impérial. Boxed inside a sparkling cracker, Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial has a fruity flavour infused with strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant, and those familiar bubbles; that are sure to make you feel sparkly and bright. INR 8,680 (Delhi); INR 9334 (Mumbai); INR 7,017 (Bengaluru).

Grant's Triple Wood

A Touch of Spice

In this week of love, lift up your spirits with Grant’s Triple Wood. It is matured in three different types of woods: Virgin Oak cask, which provides the spicy robustness, American Oak, which lends subtle vanilla smoothness and the Bourbon refill, which offers brown sugar sweetness, resulting in a smoother, richer, mellower taste. It has the notes of ripe pear and summer fruits and has a long and sweet finish with a subtle hint of smoke. It is available in select locations in India and is priced at INR 3,599 in Bengaluru for 750ml.

Monkey Shoulder EOD Kit

The Perfect Pick-Me-Up

Every day comes with its share of zillion trivial interruptions such as poorly timed email, a hundred notifications a day on the phone, a laptop’s dying battery and many more similar problems – but the limited-edition Monkey Shoulder End of Day Kit is here to freeze out all your problems and help you kickstart the after-work hours in a grand style. Conceptualized solely to help consumers ace their downtime, grab a bottle of Monkey Shoulder, pour a drink and pick any of the ice-shaped work icons and mix them in your drink. Available only in select markets, it is the perfect gift for a cheeky whisky-lover!

Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder is a free-spirited and fun-loving scotch whisky that has unique versatility. Its richness and vibrancy combined with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes, makes it the perfect whisky – no matter how you like to have your whisky. It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or experimented with cocktails with the recipe below. It is available across the country and is priced at INR 6,050 in Mumbai for 700 ml

Belvedere Pure

The Purity Test

For the purists among us, there’s nothing quite like the taste of a good, clean vodka. Belvedere vodka presents Belvedere Pure made with high quality Polska rye, purified water and a distillation process by fire to indulge in and make the most mundane of days, merry and memorable – be it shaken or stirred. Made With Nature – made from only Polska rye, purified water, and a distillation process by fire, and produced in one of the world’s longest operating polish distilleries that has been making vodka since 1910, Belvedere’s Master Rye Distillers draw from a 600-year polish vodka-making history to artfully craft Polska rye into an extraordinary vodka of distinct taste and character.

Belvedere contains zero additives, is certified kosher, and is produced in accordance with the legal regulations of Polska vodka that dictate nothing can be added. INR 3735 (Delhi); INR 6,176 (Mumbai); INR 6,197 (Bengaluru).

Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition by Julien Colombie

A Cognac so Cool

Maison Hennessy pays tribute to nature with joyful and luxurious Limited Editions by the French artist Julien Colombier. Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition is the perfect gift this season of love – for cognac connoisseurs and art lovers alike. This limited edition Hennessy VS features Colombier’s trademark botanical motifs in paint and coloured chalk along with grapes and vine leaves inspired by the vineyards of the Cognac region. A stylish re-imagining of a classic design. Hennessy Very Special (700 ml) INR 6,231 (Mumbai); Hennessy Very Special (700 ml) – INR 8,060 (Delhi). Available across all cities (except Delhi).

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, a journey into the wild

A Journey in a Glass

Glenmorangie’s Highland whisky makers use endless imagination and five key ingredients – wood, water, barley, yeast and time – to dream up delicious single malt whiskies. Born with a taste for adventure, their Director of Whisky Creation – Dr Bill Lumsden – sought to create a whisky as unpredictable as his travels, thus creating the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Years Old.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

The Quinta Ruban is a whisky journey into the wild – a dark and delectable forest where the wind whistles with gusts of peppermint and dark swirls of chocolate can happen at any moment. Known as the Distillers of Tain, they’ve been honing their craft for more than 175 years. In Glenmorangie’s giraffe-high stills (Scotland’s tallest), it begins soft and fruity, then gets darker and deeper as it’s aged for 14 years in bourbon casks and port casks from Portugal. The finished whisky is a thicket of voluptuous flavour combinations – walnut and black pepper, mandarin orange and melted marshmallow, dark chocolate bar and peppermint.

Hence this year, celebrate love by stepping into the chocolate-minty-orange unknown of Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. Indulge in its rich, velvety taste for an unmatched single malt experience. INR 7,280 (Delhi); INR 11,875 (Mumbai).

Chandon India Rose

Pretty in Pink

If there’s one thing better than a glass of sparkling wine, it’s a whole bottle! And when it comes to sparkling wine, Chandon is a must-have. Celebrate each special occasion with your love, with the beautifully fruity Rosé from Chandon.

Chandon India hails from the Nashik region, and produces award-winning, premium quality sparkling wine rosé, that pairs beautifully with a home-cooked meal. Chandon Rosé has been created using the highest level of precision and expertise by specialized winemakers and is popularly known for its intense aroma and a rich, creamy finish. INR 2,500.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin

The Spirit of Ingenuity

Tanqueray London Dry is one of the most awarded gins in the world. It’s had a huge role to play in the ‘Ginnaissance’ in India as a premium gin brand. By giving consumers four perfectly balanced botanicals and one unmistakable gin, Tanqueray has opened the pathways for gin to become everyone’s go-to drink. Tanqueray has travelled the world in search of the finest botanicals, handpicking the ones to suit his sensibilities.

All the botanicals are redistilled together in high-quality neutral grain spirit in a traditional pot, creating Tanqueray’s distinctive flavour of piney juniper and faint lemon zest. This unique combination makes it the most versatile gin with an exclusive flavour that stands out in any cocktail. It’s a spirit bartenders love to explore. (Tanqueray London Dry is voted #1 by bartenders in a poll by ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’.) By creating the classic gin drinks to test the spirit with - first up, try making a Gin and Tonic. Follow it up with a Martini, stirred not shaken. And end with a Tom Collins.

Black Dog 14 Year Old blended Scotch whisky

The Dog with Swag

The Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14 Year Old, a new addition to the world of Black Dog, is a rare, complex yet incomparably smooth blended scotch whisky. You can discover delicate hints of vanilla and lightly toasted oak in this luxurious variant. Gentle underlying citrus flavour from the 200-year-old Linkwood distillery located in the heart of Speyside accentuates the taste profile of Black Dog.

Knowing when to pause is an art – a precious moment to stop, take stock and reconnect before moving forward. Black Dog’s founder Sir Walter Millard mastered this art of pausing through his passion for fly fishing, resulting in the creation of what we know as Black Dog Scotch Whisky, a liquid matured in its fullness of time. As a tribute to its founder, Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14 Year Old is born out of that sense of pausing and a thirst to bring alive a perfectly balanced scotch by carefully aging it for 14 years, no more, no less. It is a blended scotch that is to be savoured and enjoyed.

Enjoy Black Dog 14YO Millard’s Private Reserve by letting it sit for 14seconds which symbioses 14 years of maturation. This is the perfect time to pause and let the flavours imbue together in harmony for that perfect sip of a well-balanced whisky.

Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 Year Old

Maritime Adventure

Powerful, smoky, made by the sea – Diageo’s Talisker 10 Year Old single malt is renowned for its maritime character. Rugged, adventurous, and refined, Talisker is the oldest single malt Scotch whisky and is said to have been made by the sea, as it comes from a distillery on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote, rocky, yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland.

This single malt is indeed a powerhouse, challenging but well-rounded. Talisker brings in a flavour from the peat burned during the malting process. Beneath the smoke, you will find soft fruits and cereal notes, and in the older expressions, rich vanilla imbued by the aging process. Talisker is best enjoyed neat will allow guests to fully grasp and enjoy Talisker whisky in all its glory.

Gordon's London Dry Gin

A Londoner’s Legacy

Gordon’s London Dry Gin’s iconic reputation has been built since its initial conception as a Southwark-based distillery in 1769 by Alexander Gordon, a Londoner with Scottish heritage. The production later moved to Clerkenwell in 1786 and the white spirit sailed the seas through the 1800s, creating legions of fans the world over. For decades, certainly for the 20 years leading up to the 2006 gin boom, Gordon’s was the one and only name people would instantly associate with gin and it’s still beloved by its many passionate supporters. Today, Gordon’s is the world’s number one best-selling gin. Awarded four Royal Warrants and an impressive selection of international gin prizes.

Gordon's is a gin that's enjoyed, not dissected. The blend has been made using only four carefully chosen botanicals and a neutral grain spirit, all of the highest quality to create its distinctively refreshing taste. Gordon’s has a higher juniper content than almost any other gin. It is best accompanied by lemon and grapefruit juice, with sugar and soda water stirred through to give a light and lively taste. Simply add some lemon and grapefruit wheels to serve an ultra-aesthetic cocktail.

The Balvenie Double Wood Aged 12 years

Smooth and Mellow

This is the perfect gift for those who have a taste for the finer things in life – something that boasts of uniqueness, individuality, luxury and is exclusively handcrafted. The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by Malt Master David Stewart in a picturesque distillery in Dufftown, Speyside, in Scotland, owned by William Grant and Sons. The Balvenie DoubleWood Aged 12 years gains its distinctive character from being matured in two different wood types. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky. To make The Balvenie DoubleWood, David Stewart MBE takes whisky that has spent at least 12 years in traditional whisky casks, American oak ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads, and moved to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso, sherry casks for an additional nine months. The traditional casks soften and add delicate character, the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour and the final few months in our tuns allow the whiskies to marry harmoniously. It is available across the country and is priced at INR 8,900 in Mumbai for 700 ml.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

An Extraordinary Whisky

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an unrivalled masterpiece. It is an exquisite blend made from some of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies. Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character, and flavour to deliver the remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Created from hand-selected casks of some of the rarest and most exceptional whiskies, there is no sensory experience quite like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Savour this classic scotch in any way you like – on its own, over ice, or with a dash of water.

The Singleton Glendullan 12 Year Old

Unapologetically Enjoyable

The Singleton Glendullan delicate, light, and perfectly balanced. This versatile single malt has a unique history born in Dufftown, Scotland, in 1897, on the banks of the River Dullen amongst the undulating Convall Hills. Diageo’s Singleton of Glendullan 12,15 and 18-year-old are single malt scotch whiskies, distilled in onion-shaped stills and matured in a high proportion of American oak casks mixed with a small portion of European oak casks to balance the flavour profile of the liquid. All three variants, 12-year-old, 15-year-old and 18-year-old are extraordinarily inclusive and not bound by any traditions of the past.

The result of the distillation is an easy to enjoy single malt with fresh fruit aromas (think green apple), a sweet, honeyed palate, and a creamy lingering finish. A whisky created to be enjoyed, from the very first sip. The Singleton Glendullan makes for an exceptional base spirit to craft cocktails and is a unique option to pair with a variety of cuisines.

United's Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt Whisky

A Tribute to the Indian Spirit

The second edition of United’s Epitome Reserve whisky is a limited-edition Peated Single Malt with just 3,600 numbered bottles, signed by the Master Blender Mahesh Patil himself. An artisanal craft spirit, Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt whisky comes in an elegant package with subtle hues of scarlet and maroon and is meant to be a collectible and a souvenir. Both the packaging as well as the liquid are a nod to the ‘rooted and risen’ and celebrate the longevity of a banyan tree.

The one-of-its-kind single malt whisky is created using seven inimitable steps. Only select Indian six-row barley, that travel from the Himalayan foothills over 2,000 kilometers to Goa, go into the making of Epitome Reserve Peated Single Malt whisky. Then, the sweet waters of the Mandovi river hydrate the heads of perfectly broken grains, and the heat from the Islay peat give the full-bodied earthy grains an unmissable marine twist. The play of the sea and spice ensue as the liquid moves from copper pot stills to maturation in American oak casks against the briny Goan sea breeze. The liquid is then exclusively finished in cabernet sauvignon casks.

The result of the distillation is a vibrant and lively flavour – reminiscent of mint, plum, mulberry, and cherry. It’s best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or with a dash of water.


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