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Why Whisky Is The Best CNY Drink For Maximum Huat

Why Whisky Is The Best CNY Drink For Maximum Huat

Kirat Kaur

It’s Chinese New Year (CNY) season, ladies and gentlemen. You know that means it’s time to do everything you can to bring in the good luck, the good money and the good booze!

While there’s plenty of harbingers of luck from colours to specific dishes, the right alcohol also plays a part in maximising your luck accumulation.

Based on our calculations, we’ve deduced that Glenfiddich aka the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky is your best bet. Here’s why:

My Immortal

In Mandarin, the word for “alcohol” (酒—jiÇ”) is a homophone of “long-lasting” (ä¹… – jiÇ”). In other words, consuming alcohol during celebrations puts one in good spirits both literally and figuratively.

Interestingly, whisky is also associated with longevity as the word “whisky” is derived from the Gaelic word “uisge beatha” which means “water of life.”

Whisky is often called “water of life” due to its Gaelic origins.
(Credit: Glenfiddich/Facebook)

Oh Deer!

Phonetically, the Mandarin word for “deer” 鹿 (lù) resembles the sound of 祿/禄 (lù) – which is a term that refers to the salary paid to government officials in ancient China. Those who had a government job were traditionally paid very well, and so the deer came to represent this good wealth and prosperity.

Shou Xing Gong, the God of longevity, is often depicted with a deer.
(Credit: About Qigong in China)

In Feng Shui, the deer is a symbol for longevity and good fortune. It’s also often seen accompanying Shou Xing Gong, the God of longevity.

Coincidentally, Glenfiddich is the very embodiment of the deer. Its name, Glenfiddich means ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Scottish Gaelic, while the royal stag proudly stands on each bottle.

The royal stag is seen on every Glenfiddich bottle.
(Credit: William Grant & Sons)

Looking Good

For the Lunar New Year, this Scottish nectar is switching out the kilts for something a little more oriental with the Glenfiddich Limited Edition Festive Packs.

Glenfiddich Limited Edition Festive Packs – 15 Year Old.
(Credit: William Grant & Sons)

While not decked in a Qipao, the impeccable 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old single malts are dressed in something just as stunning: vivid illustrations from the creative mind of Shenzhen-based artist Rlon Wang.

The artwork on the box depicts a river surrounding the stag, with a figure rowing a cargo of whisky casks downstream. All this is set against a psychedelic mixture of the Scottish landscape with ancient and modern Asia.

Close up of RIon Wang’s illustration on the Glenfiddich Limited Edition Festive Packs.
(Credit: William Grant & Sons)

With the trinity of solid reasons for Glenfiddich’s Limited Edition Festive Packs, it’s pretty clear that this Scottish whisky is the best Chinese New Year drink for maximum huat!

So, get the good spirits for *ehem* good spirits this CNY at selected grocery stores, supermarkets and duty-free outlets.


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