Giles Revell teamed up with Droga5 on a branding initiative for Hennessy Black, the first major new product from the company since 1961. Referencing past projects, such as BBC Art Revealed, Giles used his signature process of suspending pigments in an aqueous substrate to craft these mesmerizing and ethereal images. Shot at his London studio in a custom tank, he carefully lit the submerged bottles before injecting colored pigments into the surrounding liquid, wrapping the bottles in the swirling colors.
When it comes to the ‘connoisseur category’ of cognacs, Remy Martin Louis XIII occupies a very special place in the hearts of collectors, who swear by the rare beverage’s unique qualities. To keep the wealthy drinkers in tow, Remy Martin has created special edition bottles in the past, and the lucky few indeed picked them up at the least opportunity they get. The Black Pearl Magnum, Le Jeroboam decanter, and Rémy Martin Diamant Fine Champagne Cognac are just some of the elite editions we saw in the past. Now the Rare Cask 42.6, named after the 42.6% alcohol content of the beverage has been released in the market. The price tag on each of them is $23,000, and only 738 such decanters will ever be available for sale.
Like each decanter appears here, the craftsmanship is just by far, what one would expect from a brand of this stature. 20 experts were involved in creating each of these Baccarat crystal decanters, which have been given a 24K rose gold ring at the neck, with labeling done across it. After that, each of them decanters has been fitted with a black crystal stopper, much in tune with the rest of the aesthetics of the bottle. What makes Louis XIII the rarest, and perhaps one of the most coveted of beverages in all of its categories, is that ingredients have been sourced from the Grande Champagne region in France. 1,200 eaux-de-vie have been blended uniquely, before being aged for well over a century in special casks called ‘tiercons’. The cellar master takes exclusive care to ensure that the blend is perfectly matched in all of the decanters to keep the quality standards to the mark, and retain the original flavors as intended. According to tasters, the cognac is known to have notes of plums and dates, with tingling flavors of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, ending with a touch of tobacco leaf flavor. The availability of the decanter ‘1’ to ‘738’ will restrict to elite boutiques of the brand in London, from this June onwards. However later in the year, by September, the rest of the numbered decanters will be available to be picked up by the target elite group of buyers. Udaipur, one of India’s last surviving royal families, welcomed the beverage in the country where the sale will begin later in the year. Befitting for something of such royal heritage, it is perhaps time for the rich drinkers to get themselves one of these jewels.
With a name like “Vino Loco”, which translates to “Crazy Wine”, it is indeed apt to design a wine label shaped like a straitjacket.
Designed by crew at Lola Madrid, this elegant label serves to embody the character of this brand.
The quintessence of cognac to savour neat, for a sensory experience like no other, the L’Or de Jean Martell, an essence of Martell expertise and an outstanding blend of over 400 rare eaux-de-vie, some over a century old, which has been created from a series of ‘unique encounters’, has now encountered with a man who values time. As the House of Martell, the oldest of the big cognac houses, has called upon the creativity of French interior architect and designer Eric Gizard to create a special luxury gift box called the “Dôme”, to further enhance the most beautiful gem in its collection, L’OR de Jean Martell. On the same note of Martell’s collaboration with a renowned designer to create an exclusive, special edition bottle, we have earlier seen the Martell XO Exclusive Architect Edition by Pritzker award-winning French architect Christian de Portzamparc.
French designer Eric Gizard, who finds its inspiration and sources in the contemporary Decorative Arts and is noted for its style boasting distinctive characteristics like strong contrasts, creation of ‘chiaroscuro effect, and a judicious combination of tradition and modernity, has designed an exquisite box ‘Dôme’ to protect, carry and display this precious elixir.
The main idea behind the creation of Dôme that perfectly matches the sophistication of blend, was to surround the L’OR de Jean Martell with several skins that would gradually lead to the cognac, making a ritual out of serving it.
And the result is, the Sèvres Crystal decanter is presented under a leather Dome, which itself is sheathed in a delicate cover of thermoformed fabric.
Eric Gizard has set the decanter on an elegant pedestal, and a concave mirror has been placed behind the carafe to add to the cognac’s aura and to fully reveal its color.
Not just the oldest Bowmore whisky, but also the rarest and oldest Islay Single Malt ever released, the bottle No. 1 of the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957, 54 Year Old, which earlier failed to sell at auction for two times, after no bidder managed to meet the reserve price, has now been sold for $160,000 at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay. Matured in the finest oak from 1957 to 2011 in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland, the Bowmore 1957, 54 Years Old is the oldest expression ever released by the distillery. Distilled in 1957, and bottled in 2011, this whisky comes from the cask that was held back among a collection of 1957 casks bottled in 1995. And since then, that cask was being examined every 6-months to check the quality, and taste of the spirit on its aging voyage. Only 12 bottles exists, out of which the No. 1 bottle that comes in a hand-blown platinum encrusted decanter has now been auctioned to an anonymous American, and the net-proceeds from the sales will go to 5 Scottish charities that encompass a variety of worthy causes.
Notably, the owner will get the Bowmore’s 54-year-old marvel in a bottle that more of a piece of art. As, the bottles that hold Baomore 1957 have been masterly hand-blown and sculpted by two of the world’s foremost glass artists Nichola Burns and Brodie Nairn into the shapes of waves reminiscent of those that contantly crash against the No. 1 Vaults’ sea-facing walls.
Further, the glass is inlaid with platinum flecks, while a platinum neck collar hand-engraved with the bottle number and spirit strength, along with a platinum stopper hand-crafted by Scotland’s leading jewelry and luxury goods store, the Hamilton & Inches – Warrant Holders to Her Majesty the Queen, adorns each bottle.
Hand-blown by Nairn and Burns, the bottle, along with glasses and water pitcher comes in a n exclusive box created using Scottish Oak by renowned woodworker Peter Toaig.
The ultra-rare Glenfiddich whisky Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, which we had earlier talked about as a special edition from the premium Scotch maker, has now a sold a bottle from the lot for a price of £44,000 ($69,360). This special edition whisky was bottled in 1955, by dedicating the unique blend inside to Ms. Janet Sheed Roberts, who celebrated her 110th birthday last year. She also happens to be the granddaughter of William Grant, the person credited with the founding of the Glenfiddich distillery. This particular bottle however, was just the 2nd of the total limited edition set of 11 bottles.
Way back in 1955, when Ms. Roberts was celebrating her 55th birthday, a special edition series of Glenfidich whiskeys were put into casks for maturity, in her special honor. Last year, when she turned a 110, and became the oldest person alive in Scotland, this limited edition blend was then bottled into a series of just 11 units. In fact the branding, as shown below, depicts the dedication of the special series to her name. On investigation, we were told that the whisky is actually a blend of the rarest and finest varieties from the distillery of the company, William Grant & Sons. This makes it a highly demanded and sought after piece of Scottish history, which is now available in market to select buyers. The packaging too remains unique, with the crafted wooden cabinet with tells the story of the light honey colored beverage, and houses the precious bottle inside.
The sale of this series has a charitable angle to it. All proceeds which are gathered from the sale, will be given to a charity organization called ‘Walking with the wounded’, who have been actively rehabilitating men and women, who need help to emerge from injuries suffered in defense services. A part of it also would land with a group of veterans, who are bent on conquering Mt. Everest. If any fan of the brand is looking for other such rare varieties from Glenfiddich, do take a glance at the 50-year old bottles, which were auctioned off last year.
From all whisky brands out there to celebrate the Queen’s accession, the name John Walker & Sons, the Scotch Whisky distillers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, holds a special meaning. John Walker & Sons was first awarded a Royal Warrant in 1934 by King George V. Nonetheless, the name isn’t restricted to certain circles of connoisseurs alone, but has built a reputation amongst all whisky lovers around the world. No wonder it’s one of the largest selling brand, and its limited edition bottles are always in high demand with the scotch whisky lovers This year however, the people of United Kingdom have something special to be proud of, which is the diamond jubilee of her majesty Queen Elizabeth’s rise to the throne. Upon completing 60 years at the throne, John Walker has finally released “Diamond Jubilee”, a specially crafted £100,000-per-bottle blend of rare malt and grain Scotch whiskies distilled in 1952, coinciding with her majesty’s coronation. The diamond shaped Baccarat crystal decanter packaging holds the precious content enduring legacy for the supreme craftsmanship.
Now that bottling of the limited edition whisky has begun, Mr. David Gates, the grantee of John Walker & Sons will also oversee the filling of the Queen’s decanter, which will be in the personal disposal of her majesty. Other than the decanter, there will be 60 editions of the bottle to be sold worldwide for $158,235 each, strictly by invitation so that only the most premium of connoisseurs and collectors get their hands on it.
When one looks back at the efforts that have gone into it, especially from Mr. Beveridge, the master distiller of the brand, and Mr. Matthew Crow, an apprentice with the company, such a rule is virtually befitting for a beverage of such novelty. Hopefully these gentlemen have been lucky enough to create the unique blend during their lifetimes, a true honor many would crave for in their lives. Mr. Beveridge even mentions,
“Along with Master Cooper David Taylor, who I have worked alongside for more than 30 years, and all those at John Walker & Sons, I feel an immense sense of pride to be involved in this project. An extraordinary amount of care and attention has gone into every stage of crafting this Scotch Whisky and there has been a great sense of excitement building towards today, when the full character and flavors of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons will be revealed for the first time.”
The packaging as one may notice is equally cherishable as the golden liquid beverage inside. Involving the work of 60 artisans including Royal Warrant Holders, and Britain’s premier silversmiths, Hamilton & Inches, the 6 legged Baccarat crystal decanters are being worked on, which represent each decade of her majesty’s rule of the kingdom. The casing for these bottles will decorated with sterling silver set along with half a carat diamond, the royal coat of arms, and even John Walker & Sons monogram, and also individual numbered seals. Along with this, there would be Crumbia crystal glasses which have been engraved by Philip Lawson, along with a commemorative book by Laura West and personalization by Sally Magnum, who all come by special appointments from her majesty, Queen Elizabeth. This is what true collector’s items are made of.
Featured above is Matthew Crow, Apprentice Blender at John Walker & Sons with one of 60 decanters of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons Blended Scotch Whisky.