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CHINA. The Dalmore launched The Dalmore Luminary No.1 2022 Edition – The Collectible with China Duty Free Group (CDFG) in Hainan province, marking the ultra-premium single malt Scotch whiskeythe global beginnings of travel retail.

As reportedthe whiskey is part of a duo in the Dalmore Luminary series, developed in collaboration with Kengo Kuma and Maurizio Mucciola – architects of the V&A Dundee design museum in Dundee, Scotland – over a period of three years.

Capturing the Spirit of Partnership: The Dalmore Luminary No.1 2022 Edition – The Collectible

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The Dalmore Luminary No.1 2022 edition includes The Rare and The Collectible. Each has a custom design that pays homage to the arts of whiskey carving and making, providing a special opportunity for whiskey enthusiasts and collectors.

Only 15,000 decanters of Luminary No.1 2022 Edition – The Collectible are available worldwide.

China Duty Free Group and The Dalmore present the ultra-premium expression in style {Photo: Hainan Hinews Media Co}

CDFG’s choice as the global travel retail launch partner for The Dalmore Luminary Series underscores the importance of the Chinese duty-free market, brand company Whyte & Mackay said.

To celebrate the launch, The Dalmore launched a pop-up store at Haikou Meilan International Airport in Hainan province with The Collectible as the “absolute star”.

Commenting on the alliance, Hainan Duty Free Deputy General Manager and cdf Haikou Meilan Duty Free Airport Executive Deputy General Manager Feng Ling said, “As the world’s largest travel retailer, CDFG has continuously worked to strengthen its relationships with partner brands; introduce a wider variety of high-quality duty-free products at attractive prices; and to consistently attract consumers through our integrity and world-class services and offerings. We will continue to contribute to the development of Hainan Free Trade Port. »

In collaboration with cdf Haikou Meilan Airport Duty Free, Haikou Meilan International Airport presents a series of branded pop-ups, including The Dalmore installation. Additionally, The Dalmore partnered with CDFG again in the last quarter of the year to introduce more limited edition whiskies.

Vice President of Haikou Meilan International Airport, Xing Xihong, said, “As the showcase of Hainan Free Trade Port serving visitors from all over the world, Haikou Meilan International Airport is committed to provide more and better retail offers to our passengers.

“Offshore duty free is one of Hainan’s biggest attractions. So we always work with the airport duty-free retailer to bring the world’s top and trendiest brands here to better meet our customers’ demand and provide an excellent shopping experience for tourists in Hainan.

A historic alliance

Luminary No.1 is bottled in an elegant sculpture, creating what the brand describes as “a perfect harmony” that pays homage to art and craftsmanship in two areas.

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Kengo Kuma, considered one of the world’s most eminent architects, was the only architect named to the TIME100 list of most influential people of 2021. He was the lead architect at V&A Dundee. Kuma is known for his extensive and innovative use of natural materials, in particular wood – a preference which was evident in his interior design for V&A Dundee.

For the Luminary project, Kuma and his protege Maurizio Mucciola set out to create a poetic connection between architectural design and whiskey making, anchored by the sharing of materials and inspirations drawn from nature.

Richard Paterson, Master Distiller at Dalmore Distillery, was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2021 for his distinguished contribution to the whiskey industry. He and Kuma channeled their 60+ years of experience into making The Rare.

Meanwhile, their respective protégés, Maurizio Mucciola and Gregg Glass (The Dalmore), created The Collectible together. Presenting themselves as both a tribute to their mentors and a showcase of their own ingenuity and artistry exudes a deep respect for natural materials and the artistic process, as well as the collaborators’ commitment to excellence.

Kengo Kuma (left) and Maurizio Mucciola were the principal architects of the magnificent V&A Dundee (below) which opened in 2018

Luminary No.1 Edition 2022 – The Rare

Co-designed by Kengo Kuma and Richard Paterson OBE, The Rare represents a historic interdisciplinary union between architecture and whiskey making, The Dalmore said. This extremely rare 48-year-old single malt, which marked the inaugural chapter of a four-year partnership between The Dalmore and V&A Dundee from 2020, represents a milestone in both men’s careers, the company added.

Only three bottles of Luminary No.1 2022 Edition – The Rare have been released

With only three bottles created for this edition, The Rare is a rarity in The Dalmore’s history. It was aged for 48 years in Scottish and Japanese oak barrels. Each carafe is accompanied by a sculpture of Kuma made up of 48 diamond-shaped particles handcrafted from Scottish oak, Japanese oak and polished steel. Oak and shiny metal together bring a sense of layer and balance in a nod to the complex yet harmonious flavor of whisky.

Richard Paterson, Gregg Glass and Maurizio Mucciola celebrate the partnership and reflect on the vital role of wood in the design of the V&A Dundee and in the making of The Dalmore Luminary No.1 2022 Edition

Luminary No.1 2022 Edition – The Collector’s Item

A 15-year-old single malt crafted by master whiskey maker and blender Gregg Glass, The Collectible begins its maturation journey in American white oak casks and ends in Italian Amarone red wine casks and specialty casks.” Kintsugi”. These, customized specifically for the series, were crafted from Scottish Oak, Japanese Mizunara Oak and American White Oak to achieve the desired flavor balance.

The accompanying case, designed by Maurizio Mucciola, continues the diamond-shaped particle design of his mentor Kuma. It features an earthy palette that evokes the warmth of nature, emphasizing the connection between the natural environment and whiskey making.

The four-year collaboration between Dalmore and V&A Dundee is much more than a product development opportunity, the whiskey company has said. As the fastest growing single malt brand in the world, The Dalmore hopes to forge a global platform with the museum for contemporary distillers and designers to support and cultivate creative talent in both fields. This will encourage more creatively-minded industry professionals to create masterpieces of the future, The Dalmore said.

Meet the luminaries

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The Moodie Davitt Report is delighted to announce ‘The New Wonders of the World of Travel Retail’, a pair of flagship publications dedicated to extraordinary projects that will redefine the world of travel retail.

One is dedicated to the magnificent cdf Haikou international duty-free shopping complex, which opened on October 28 in Hainan province, China.

The bilingual multimedia publication is a pioneering joint venture between The Moodie Davitt Report and Hainan Hinews Media Co.

The other is the extension of Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which opened on November 10.

This superb development is anchored by The Orchard, a 10,000 m² indoor tropical garden with a 268 m² water feature complemented by a luxury retail offering comprising 65 stores and 35 food outlets.

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