Bhutan Whiskeys

Updated on 13/January/2020

One of the most expected finds in Bhutan is definitely the amount of quality whiskeys the Land of the Thunder Dragon produces. Some of you travellers may be tempted to buy a bottle of alcohol from your embarkation airport to enjoy after your dinner during your trip to Bhutan, but fret not, good whiskeys are in no short supply in this hidden kingdom.

Produced mainly by the Army Welfare Projects (AWP) as a way to fund projects for the welfare of the armed force.

K5 - A Premium Whiskey

First produced in 2008, The K5 is specially blended and produced to commemorate the happy and auspicious occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpol, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk of Bhutan.

Blended and bottled in Gelephu, Bhutan, it uses vatted malt imported from Scotland, high quality grain neutral spirit and natural spring water.

This is easily one of our favourite whiskey from Bhutan. Regretfully and much to our disappointment, it is rumoured that production for this whiskey might stop permanently, so do give it a try should you get the chance.

Price: ~ 750 Nu at Paro Airport
 
To purchase K5 whiskey in Singapore please visit http://www.k5.sg/

K5 Original Packaging 2008

 

 

K5 Updated Packaging from 2017

 

1907 - Limited Edition!

1907 marks a momentous and auspicious occasion in the history of Bhutan. It heralded a propitious beginning for Bhutan after years of internal strife and conflict ended with the unanimous election of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk as the first King of Bhutan on 17th December 1907.

Peace descended on the country and the country the process of nation building gained primacy and momentum, laying the foundations of a strong, progressive and modern Bhutan. Since then, the extraordinary leadership and steadfast commitment of our success.1907 is a tribute to the Institution of Monarchy - the symbol of unity and the source of inspiration and hope for the people of Bhutan.

It celebrates the benevolent legacy of beloved kings and the historic Coronation of His majesty jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk as the Fifth Druk Gyalpo. History is being made by our great Kings...and it all began in a very auspicious year - 1907! Limited Collectors edition! Only 12,500 bottles produced! Single Malt Whiskey, aged for 12 years. Comes in a beautiful jewel box. (Pictures to come soon!)

Price: ~140 USD(retail)

Out of Production, rumors says secondary market selling at $500 USD

The Silver Jubilee

The Silver Jubilee, was first produced in 1997 to commemorate the silver jubilee of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. It is a special blend of rare vintage scotch malt and extra neutral grain alcohol.

Containing 42.8% alcohol at 25 degrees under proof, this is also one of our favourite whiskey.

Special Courier

Launched way back in 1983, Special Courier Whisky conveys one of the very uniqueness of the Land of Golden Dragon to Whisky connoisseurs. Special Courier is carefully blended over four years with selected Malt Whisky exclusively vatted and selected by our master blender to obtain the extraordinary virtue of Scotch.

The Special Courier is extremely popular among the locals and is often out of stock due to its popularity.

Price: ~ 300 Nu (6 USD)

Prophecy - The Taste of an Era

Some said it was only produced in 2016 of limited production and not for sale. Only a select few received this rare whisky as gifts from His Majesty the King of Bhutan

On the back of the packaging wrote:
" Be Valiant, son, and listen again
In the three wooded valleys
of the Southern Hidden Land
In the delightful village named Omai Drong
A person will be born in the Year of the Sheep
Having a mole on a radiant smiling face
If he is enthroned
The nation will flourish boundlessly
without any hurdles
And once again
sentient beings will find happiness"

Price: ~ Not For Sale

 

 

2020 VSOP

A blend of VSOP and XO exclusively selected from the cognac region of France. Aged in limousin oak casks imparting versatile characteristics of fruity, spicy, vanillin and subtle wood notes. Blended and bottled at Gelephu distillery, this VSOP offers well balanced and elegant aromas of finest cognac.

Tasting notes:
  • Colour
  • Nice amber colour with shiny and clear golden hues
  • Nose
  • Aroma of orange blossom, spicy and vanilla enhanced by subtle woody note in persistence
  • Taste
  • Fruity and spicy note highlighted by hints of vanilla and oak
  • Finish
  • Round, mellow, long lasting with homogenous aromatic richness.

Planning to travel to Bhutan during a festival?

On popular dates of travel such as during festival time, flight tickets tend to get fully reserved 5 months prior. Due to limited flight and seats available, we recommend you to reserve your ticket as early as possible. You can reserve your ticket for free with us and plan your trip to Bhutan with a peace of mind knowing that you will have a spot on your flight to Bhutan.


 

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