The John Walker Philip Lawson Johnston limited edition SG50

The one-time-only release is a joint collaboration between JOHN WALKER & SONS, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, and Philip Lawson Johnston, Specialist Hand Engraver of Glass By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

The John Walker SG50 Jubilee Limited Edition prominently features Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s most iconic hotel and symbolic piece of colonial architecture in a modernised city and also one of the few remaining 19th century hotels in the world, surrounded by orchids and rain trees.

Following the guiding theme “Floral Architecture”, the engraving also showcases Singapore’s renowned (and very pretty) Super Trees and Flower Dome from Gardens by the Bay. These man-made vertical gardens have become a representation of Singapore’s progressive nature and a quintessential part of our skyline.

Philip picked up his craft with his brother at home, without the help of teachers or classes. He received a royal warrant for his work for Her Majesty the Queen. Currently, there are only three warrant holders in the entire world. He explained that he first draws on the bottle with a fountain pen, and then works his way into engraving with the use of a dental drill, with the guiding principle of “care and detail with a creative process.”

Only 25 bottles of the John Walker SG50 Jubilee Limited Edition were created, with 24 available for purchase through Bar & Billiard Room 1896, Raffles Hotel and Whisky World at approximately S$6,500.

The last bottle, which also includes additional unique features by Philip will be put through a silent auction from 9 August to 10 September 2015 and unveiled at “The John Walker Night of Excellence” gala dinner event on 10 September. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Rotary Foundation Singapore..

What’s the Willow in the JW Blue Willow collection bottles

The Willow pattern, more commonly known as Blue Willow, is a distinctive and elaborate pattern used on ceramic kitchen/housewares. The pattern was popular in 18th century England, e.g. porcelain designed by Thomas Minton around 1790 and has been in use for over 200 years. The design was inspired by the china England imported from China during the late 18th century. Other references give alternative origins, such as Thomas Turner of Caughley porcelain, with a design date of 1780. Willow refers to the pattern, a specific treatment, either applied transfer, or stamp, known as transfer ware. Background colour is always white, while foreground colour depends on the maker; blue the most common, followed by pink, green, and brown. Assortment, shape and dates of production vary.


Johnnie Walker Black Label Selfridges

May 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of two of the UK’s most iconic brands, Johnnie Walker Black Label and Selfridges. To celebrate Johnnie Walker produced a limited edition bottle of its flagship Black Label, exclusively for Selfridges stores.

Only 100 bottles were produced, and sold at Selfridges stores for $100 pounds per bottle. Today these fetch upwards of $2000 pounds and rarely come up for sale.

Bottles were numbered from 00 to 100 making this edition 101 bottles actually , Bottle 00 was sold at auction for charity.