The Craft Irish Whiskey Co has set a new world record for the world’s most expensive whiskey collectors set, following the global unveiling of the “The Emerald Isle Collection,” created in partnership with Fabergé.
The inaugural launch of these highly limited boxes from the Dublin and London-based brand has set a world record for the world’s most expensive whiskey collectors’ set at $2 million USD. The final bid and private sale of the first Emerald Isle box to be released was secured jointly on St. Patrick’s Day by Houston-based Fabergé collectors, James and Korrine Whipkey, and a second group of private investors led by Scott H. Weissman. As part of this sale, all proceeds will go to the Correa Family Foundation, a charity supporting children affected by cancer. The remaining six Emerald Isle experiences boxes will be released at auctions and events in key cities throughout 2021.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have set a world record, for the second time in three months, with the launch of ‘The Emerald Isle Collection,’ said Jay Bradley, Founder, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. “At The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. we share the same brand vision as Fabergé – to strive to create timeless beauty and a lasting legacy, faithful to heritage, which also embraces new methods. Collaborating with Fabergé has been a tremendous experience and together we have created an extraordinary bespoke set that truly celebrates Ireland, its craftmanship and unique heritage.
“I am also delighted and proud to be able to donate the full proceeds of this sale to the Correa Family Foundation, a cause which is very close to my heart as my own daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form cancer, when she was just five-months old. Thanks to the charities like the Correa Family Foundation, she is now a healthy 19-year-old and I am honoured to be able to support the foundation through this contribution.”
Ian Duignan, Managing Director, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. commented, “The sale marks another milestone on our journey to become the world’s leading ultra-luxury whiskey. The pioneering partnership with Fabergé has allowed us to commission the first Celtic Fabergé Egg the world has ever seen, paying homage to the Isle of Ireland.”
The donation to the Correa Family Foundation will support underserved childhood cancer patients. The charity helps cover daily expenses including food, transportation and rent for over 15,000 children with cancer. It also continues to sponsor over 1,000 patients and their siblings with financial support and gifts during Holidays and Christmas.
“I’m very thankful to The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. and Jay Bradley to be generous enough to donate the first release of The Emerald Isle to our foundation,” said Carlos Correa, Major League Baseball star and founder of the Correa Family Foundation. “This is a huge contribution to the Correa Family Foundation and will change thousands of lives. Seeing a sick child battle cancer and what it does to their families in normal times is heart-breaking, and something that Jay and his family have experienced first-hand but going through it during a global pandemic is truly unimaginable.
“As a big whiskey fan myself, I would usually drink Macallan, but after the tasting with The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. for The Devils Keep and The Emerald Isle, I am a total convert. 100% the best tasting I’ve ever experienced.”
The Emerald Isle Collection is The Craft Irish Whiskey Co.’s second release, following the launch of The Devil’s Keep – a triple-distilled, 29-year-old single malt Whiskey – which also set a world record for most expensive inaugural release when it sold at auction in November 2020 for $60,000 USD (approximately £46,000/€51,000 Euros). ‘The Emerald Isle Collection’ now takes the crown as the oldest triple-distilled Irish Whiskey in the world, comprising a seven-piece custom-made whiskey set which celebrates the ‘Seven Wonders of Ireland’.