Is this the package that made Gago go Gaga and commission that Penfolds $168,000 Ampoule?
The curious thing is that the Penfolds Ampoule - see sidebar - wasn't commissioned for any special occasion, not the 100th birthday of Penfolds or the 60th vintage of Grange. No it was just popped out there into a marketplace of wealthy collectors who have clearly cruised through the GFC that is still crippling entire continents.
Each of the 60 limited edition decanters contains a special blend of grain and malt whiskies that has been maturing since 1952 in a cask of English oak from the Queen's Sandringham Estate, the Telegraph tells us. 'Two small casks of the blend were rested at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, on the edge of the Balmoral Estate, before being bottled in February 6, exactly 60 years after the Queen acceded to the throne. Each bottle is sold in a bespoke cabinet made from oak and Caledonian pine from Sandringham, and inlaid with marquetry using veneers from Commonwealth countries.'
This is what bornrich.com wrote when the John Walker special was announced:
'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 be 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.'
Please don't wait for my tasting notes