The Craft Irish Whiskey Company has released a limited run Irish whiskey pack that includes a Fabergé Egg, priced at $2m.
Called the Emerald Isle Collection, only seven of the packs are available, and each one includes:
- Two bottles of 30 year old whiskey
- A hip flask filled with the 30 year-old whiskey
- A Fabergé jewelled gold egg which holds an uncut emerald from Zambia inside
- A timepiece
- Two Cohiba cigars and a gold-plated cigar cutter
- A gold-plated water pipette
- A carafe filled with spring water from the same region from where the whiskey was made
- Whiskey stones made out of obsidian
Each pack is housed in a wooden box.
The provenance of the whiskey itself is unclear, although Craft Irish Whiskey has said it was distilled in 1991 and put into a first fill 200l American bourbon cask, before being finished in a 40l Pedro Ziminez cask. It comes in at 51.2% ABV.
The Emerald Isle Collection was launched at a private auction with a starting price of €2m, making it by far the most expensive sale price of an Irish whiskey release ever. It is a further marker of Irish whiskey catching up to its Scotch counterpart, with the latter a magnet for wealthy purchasers looking for rare and expensive bottlings.
The auction proceeds, minus production costs, will go to charity – 50% will be donated to the Correa Family Foundation for sick children and the other 50% going to a charity picked by the buyer.
Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, global sales and business development director at Fabergé, said: “This is a thrilling partnership for Fabergé, as it sees us continuing our legacy of creating unique and collectable objects, bridging the gap between historic legacy and modern-day heirlooms.
“Rare whiskey has seen tremendous investor attention, and the whiskey market is undergoing a dynamic evolution. It is very exciting for Fabergé to participate in such a cross-pollination of luxury sectors, thereby adding a contemporary twist on age old traditions.”