We might be limited in terms of travel this Chinese New Year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t raise our glasses and celebrate in Shanghai. Whether you're looking for fancy alcohol gifts for your nearest and dearest – or a boozy treat for yourself – welcome in the Year of the Metal Ox in style with these limited-edition bottles from spirits brands.
Suntory Whisky Royal Ox Ceramic 2021
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Japanese whisky brand Suntory releases a limited expression annually to celebrate the new year. Each year, the ceramic bottles are designed and painted to mirror the incoming zodiac animal, and this year features the magnificent ox. But the beauty of this bottle isn’t just skin deep, the liquor inside (bottled at 43 percent ABV) is a blend of the finest whiskies from the brand’s most famous distilleries. Around 1,600RMB on Taobao.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ox
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For CNY 2021, Johnnie Walker has released limited-edition bottlings of its Blue Label blended Scotch. Crafted by Chinese artist Shirley Gong, the design celebrates the Year of the Ox complete with celebratory lanterns and cherry blossoms. Bring this bottle to your friend/family gathering and cheers to a prosperous start to the new year. Around 1,400RMB on Taobao and JD.
Hennessy XO and VSOP CNY 2021 Limited Edition
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French Cognac brand Hennessy dips its toes in the CNY celebrations with two limited edition bottles in collaboration with famous Chinese artist Liu Wei. Hennessy's XO 2021 is out to attract wealth and prosperity with its red and gold bottle design, the special edition bottle contains Cognac that has flavours of candied fruit, cocoa, and a hint of spice. Around 1,665RMB on JD.
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The VSOP design incorporates the colours red and purple – which are often associated with success, happiness and good luck. With notes of vanilla, clove and cinnamon on the nose and a smooth and balanced palate, it's a decent bottle to crack open to welcome the Year of the Ox (and the cheapest on this list). Around 530RMB on JD.
Royal Salute 21 YO Signature Blend 2021 CNY
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Pour yourself a dram of Royal Salute's 21-year-old Scotch whisky. The CNY edition features illustrations by award-winning British illustrator Brett Ryder that highlights traditional Chinese symbols like decorative knots and dragons to wish drinkers prosperity and good fortune for the year. Around 1,140RMB on Taobao and JD.
Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Chinese New Year 2021
Photograph: Courtesy Glenfiddich
Glenfiddich released the 2021 instalment to the three-edition series of its limited-edition Lunar New Year bottle designs. This new release, designed by Shenzhen-based artist Rion Wang, features the iconic Glenfiddich stag – known as Fu Lu in Mandarin – which represents wealth, prosperity, and longevity. The bottle contains Glenfiddich 21 Year Old finished in Caribbean rum casks that gives it its notes of warm spice and toffee sweetness. Around 1,400RMB on JD and Tmall.