and other limited edition spirits (Nov 2015)

Belvedere 007 SPECTRE

What’s new? The name is Bond, James Bond. In conjunction with the newest 007 movie Spectre, Belvedere has launched this collector’s edition featuring the iconic gun barrel and 007 gun logo. For fans of the vodka martini, famously shaken not stirred, there’s a recipe on the back of the bottle.

Taste: One of the first ’luxury’ vodkas, Belvedere is made from Polish Dankowskie Rye and blended with its own water source, for a soft, sweet and smooth vodka.

Plays well with: Vermouth, of course. But purists will tell you that a real martini is stirred, not shaken. Bond’s anti-establishment version results in a more chilled drink.

Bar hangout: Available from Cold Storage ($81.50, 70cl) while the special edition (1.75L, prices vary) will be at selected nightclubs. Six bottles of the Silver Saber 1.75L bottle ($380) are available through Moà«t Hennessy Diageo Singapore at 6838 9822.

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

What’s new? Aesthetic flourishes that lend the bottle a contemporary touch. The new Chivas Regal 12 Year Old bottle retains its generous round shape, while the signatures of founders James and John Chivas have also been added to the design of the outer carton. Select areas of the outer carton have also been embossed and debossed to add a textured element to the packaging.

Taste: The smooth blend boasts notes of barley malt, hazelnut, honeyed apple and caramel, and a nose of herbs, honey and fruit, together with a light, spicy, lingering finish.

Plays well with: To accentuate the honeyed apple tasting note, pair with other sweet fruits like passion fruit, pear, or melon. The hazelnut note goes best with other nuts like almonds and walnuts, as well as coconut.

Bar hangout: Balaclava, #01-434 Suntec City Mall North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6336 0050

Martell La French Touch Limited Edition

What’s new? Martell’s 300th anniversary continues to roll out exciting revamps, such as this cutting edge bottle designed by EDM DJ Etienne de Crecy. Glowing UV effects of the striking bottle are part of Martell’s Club Neon Party series, launching 5 Nov at a secret location in Singapore.

Taste: New to cognac? You’ll enjoy this characteristically soft, mellow blend of eaux-de-vie from the four main areas of the Cognac AOC region. There are notes of raisin, plum, crystallised fruits and nuttiness, together with a bit of woodiness.

Now you know: VSOP stands for Very Superior Old Pale.

Plays well with: Best drunk on its own, or with ice. Of course, party-goers will prefer a mixer like soda or lemonade to keep the night going.

Bar hangout: Club Neon concepts will be held at selected bars including Zouk, The Pump Room, 1-Altitude, Planet and Shanghai Dolly till 31 Jan 2016.

Heineken Cities of the World 2015

What’s new: Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore are the cities being celebrated in a sleek, tall can format for the first time. The continuing campaign highlights patriotic pride for your city through parties, carnivals and more across the year.

Taste: Classic dry European lager, slightly bitter in finish.

Plays well with: The fridge. Chill well, and drink up straight from the can. Or use in any cocktail recipe that calls for a lager.

Pick-up: 12-can pack with Heineken branded speakers ($38.80) from Cold Storage