Pipe Glass was designed by London-based Sebastian Bergne. This drinking vessel is an experimental piece that challenges the typology of a glass, while capturing the spirit of an old habit.
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Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute is this year continuing with tradition by celebrating the Queen’s 60 year reign with the launch of the Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee Limited Edition. The bottle is made from hand-blown and hand-cut crystal and is finished with a show-stopping solid cut crystal stopper. It is presented in a hand-crafted display box. The striking royal-blue bottle has an RRP of £165 and is available from Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason. Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee is a limited edition that will only be available in 2012 during the Jubilee celebrations.
Japan‘s top whisky distiller has started accepting orders for a limited run of a whisky that has been aged in oak barrels for more than 50 years. Shipments of the Yamazaki Single Malt 50-Year-Old Whisky will begin on Dec 13, in response to orders taken at department stores and liquor shops across Japan. Suntory said it is only producing 150 bottles, but added that demand had already been strong and that it is considering another similar release in the future. Whisky is enjoying a renaissance in Japan, in part because of the newfound popularity of the highball among a new generation of drinkers, but also because of the growing reputations of Japanese distillers. Suntory, for example, took the top prizes in the International Spirits Challenge, held in London in November 2010, with its 1984 Single Malt winning both the best whisky in the competition and the Supreme Champion Spirit award. With the release of its 50-year-old vintage whisky, Suntory is aiming to promote interest among connoisseurs. The company said the drink had been matured in barrels of Japanese oak that has helped to create a fragrance and flavor that are unique. Reddish-amber in color, the taste is both mellow and strong, reminiscent of rich, ripe fruit, while the aftertaste is sweet and faintly smoky. Each 700-milliliter bottle will be priced at Y1 million (€9,511).
A single malt whisky produced by a distillery in a remote part of Scotland has beaten 1,200 whiskies from around the world to be crowned World Whisky of the Year. The Old Pulteney whisky produced by the Pulteney distillery in Wick, northern Scotland, took the top spot in Jim Murray’s respected 2012 Whisky Bible. Despite Scotland’s reputation as the home of whisky, it is only the second time a Scottish distillery has won the coveted title. The 21-year-old dram scored 97.5 points out of 100, equalling the best ever score achieved by a whisky in Murray’s ratings. Whisky expert Murray tasted more than 1,200 whiskies to put together the eighth annual Whisky Bible. The Pulteney 21-year-old was one of the last whiskies to be put to the test. Murray said:”I was on the home straight after four months of continuous tasting. By that time I was pretty sure I knew what the winner was going to be. It needed something exceptional to knock the leader off its perch. “That’s exactly what happened. To be honest, I was amazed. I had never come across a Pulteney 21-year-old like it.” The whisky is matured in American Oak casks and bottled at the 185-year-old Pulteney distillery which claims to be the most northerly distillery in mainland Britain. Despite its long history, Murray said the Pulteney single malt (which sells for £75/$120 a bottle) is still largely unknown because it lacked “the financial muscle of the major whisky barons”, Murray said. Two US bourbons were runners up in this year’s rankings. George T Stagg took the second place prize and 10-year-old Parker’s Heritage collection Wheated Mash Bourbon finished in third.
Whiskey supplier The Famous Grouse has created a limited-edition blend to commemorate 30 years as Scotland’s favorite whiskey. Master blender Gordon Motion created the Famous Grouse Celebration Blend Decanter, which comes in a limited-edition Wade decanter. The liquor will also be showcased at the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes next month. Only 10,000 bottles are available worldwide. The Famous Grouse Celebration Blend Decanter is being offered at a recommended sale price of €99, but with a design like that, I’m for sure down to grab a bottle.
Monarchists with deep pockets and a fine palate for scotch could toast to the queen with her very own blended spirit. Distiller John Walker & Sons will be bottling 60 crystal decanters of Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky to mark the Queen‘s 60 years on the throne next year. The grain and malt whiskies have been maturing in a marrying cask of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate since 1952. The 60 crystal decanters will be sold for a pretty pence at £100,000 at a private sale by invitation only. All profits from the sale will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, with a guarantee of £1 million. The trust offers scholarships and mentorship programs to support traditional craftsmanship. The amber liquor will be presented in lead crystal decanter adorned with a Britannia silver collar, featuring a half-carat diamond set by hand, and a numbered seal. It also comes with a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses and a leather-bound, hand-embellished artifact book. Sixty bottles of the Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons will be bottled on February 6, 2012, exactly 60 years to the day since the Queen took to the throne.
People around the world have different tastes in alcohol (and different budgets for it), but recently I saw some exquisite examples of how different alcohol companies all over the world display the best of their best. Its a pretty well known fact that I happen to be quite the alcohol connoisseur myself, and from the subtle to the extravagant, all the different examples I saw, all demonstrate a mastery of packaging design. My personal favorite is the 007 Bottle, but let me know which one strikes you as the leader of the pack.
A company called Bevshots has produced a series of shots of booze under the microscope at the Florida State University’s chemistry labs. This is Tequila at 1000x magnification.
The process consists of letting a droplet of liquor dry out completely on a slide in an airtight container, and photographing the result with a 35mm camera. The entire process can take up to three months and as many as 200 attempts to properly capture the drink’s constituent parts. Cocktails can have fruit and soft drinks in them which contain citric acids and complex sugars which dry out well and look great photographed. The incredible shapes and colours of the boozy artwork are highlighted by shining natural light on top and through the bottom of the slide. Just like images of snowflakes, each drink is different. Bevshots estimate that they have sold over 20,000 examples of their alcoholic art works.