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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..