These Fabergé Whiskey Sets Will Set You Back $2 Million Each
Fabergé eggs are often jokingly referenced as the epitome of unnecessary extravagance—and yes, decorative eggs are nothing if not decorative. But what if Fabergé threw in some whiskey, as well? That's extravagance and alcohol—and suddenly that sky-high price tag at least comes with something to take the edge off.
The famous jewelry brand has teamed up with the Craft Irish Whiskey Company to release "The Emerald Isle Collection," a series of seven custom-made whiskey sets intended to celebrate the "Seven Wonders of Ireland." And yes, of course, each one comes with an egg.
"Presented in a dark walnut experience box, each set features two bottles of ultra-rare, 30-year-old, triple distilled Irish whiskey, accompanied by two unique and exclusive creations from Fabergé—the first-of-its-kind Celtic Egg objet and a bespoke Altruist timepiece," the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. explains. "Each collection also includes a humidor with two ultra-rare Cohiba Siglo VI Grand Reserva cigars, a gold-plated cigar cutter, gold-plated water pipette, pure obsidian whiskey stones, a hip flask with a sample of the Emerald Isle whiskey—which is the rarest Irish whiskey in existence—and a carafe filled with Irish spring water from the same region as where the whiskey was made."
According to Robb Report, all seven sets will be auctioned off over the course of the year with a starting price of $2 million. The first was slated to be put up for sale last week during a private auction in Houston, Texas. As Fabergé stated, "100 percent of the proceeds [will be] going to charity—50 percent to the Correa Family Foundation supporting children affected by serious illness, and the remaining 50 percent to the buyer's charity of choice."
"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," Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, global sales and business development director at Fabergé, stated. "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 dynamic twist on age-old traditions."
The whiskey was apparently matured in first-fill American oak casks before being finished in a rare Pedro Ximénez sherry barrel. Meanwhile, the egg was said to be handcrafted by fourth-generation Fabergé enamel workmaster Marcus Mohr from 18 karat yellow gold and "features Fabergé's legendary guilloche enamel in a pastel green" creating a mix of green and white intended to symbolize the Irish flag, with "a rough, uncut Zambian emerald" hidden inside.