This Week in Luxury: Whisky Auctioneer puts up world’s oldest Scotch whisky, Origin Made launches Experimental Editions and more

By Robb Report Singapore 2 October, 2023

In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: BURDIFILEK ventures into yachts, five renowned chefs collaborate at Shishi-Iwa House, and Le Labo reinvents lavender

Two of the bottles found. Photo by Whisky Auctioneer

The oldest known Scotch whisky for auction

A 200-year-old Scotch whisky, believed to have been sipped by Queen Victoria, was discovered in a hidden cellar in a 750-year-old Scottish castle. Around 40 bottles, distilled in 1833 and rebottled in 1932, were found. 24 individual lots will be sold through Whisky Auctioneer from 24 November to 4 December. The find was authenticated through cellar inventories and carbon dating by the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, confirming its early 19th-century origin. The Blair Castle archives revealed historical references to whisky production in the early 1800s.

Whisky Auctioneer

Experimental Editions. Photo by Origin Made

Origin Made launches new initiative

Porto-based Singaporean-founded brand Origin Made’s latest Experimental Editions stemmed from a broken wooden cup in their showroom. A visitor saw value in the imperfect piece, inspiring the brand to explore the beauty in imperfection. The Experimental Editions collection showcases one-off exploratory pieces, celebrating irregularities in production, such as off-production prototypes or material imperfections. This curated format highlights the craftsmanship journey, providing a unique and genuine perspective on design. The project also addresses the challenges of small-scale artisanal production, emphasizing relationships and adapting to artisans’ schedules and preferences.

Origin Made

Shore Tender. Photo by Everrati

Everrati turns Land Rover Defender into a sustainable electric

In collaboration with Bannenberg & Rowell and Edmiston, the leading retro-electrification and EV brand unveils the Shore Tender—a bespoke electric vehicle designed for eco-conscious travel in the yachting industry. Based on the classic Land Rover platform, it offers zero-emission mobility with luxurious features, seamless integration with yachts, and customization options. The hand-built Shore Tender combines sustainability, style, and performance for yacht owners seeking a unique and eco-friendly adventure experience.


Entourage. Photo by BURDIFILEK

BURDIFILEK sets sail

Celebrated Toronto-based interior design firm BURDIFILEK ventures into yacht design with the 63m Entourage. Designed by Diego Burdi, the yacht seamlessly integrates with nature, offering understated luxury. The main deck blends sky and sea through expansive windows, fumed-oak finishes, and gentle curves. The master bedroom plays with diverse textures and transparency. The cocktail bar, with deep blue hues, reveals a hidden narrative. Outdoor spaces feature custom-designed furniture for an inviting ambiance. BURDIFILEK’s commitment to perfect execution is evident throughout, offering a unique luxury experience.


The retreat in Karuizawa. Photo by Shishi-Iwa-House

Shishi-Iwa House hosts its first private culinary retreat

The Karuizawa Japanese retreat designed by Pritzker Prize laureates Shigeru Ban and Ryue Nishizawa is set to explore collaborative creativity over four days. Across 22 to 25 October, five renowned chefs including Ricardo Chaneton and Jordy Navarra, come together to blend nature, architecture, and gastronomy. The event aims to provide a pause and inspiration for chefs under pressure, emphasizing seasonal ingredients and groundbreaking culinary approaches, aligning with Shishi-Iwa House’s commitment to sustainability, architecture, and human emotions.

Shishi-Iwa House

LAVANDE 31. Photo by Le Labo

Le Labo introduces a unique lavender scent

A departure from traditional lavender scents, LAVANDE 31 redefines expectations with bergamot and neroli oils, elevating lavender’s purity. Distilled solely from flower buds, it combines Le Labo’s signature amber, dirty, and musky notes with tonka for a classic yet distinctive perfume—clean, dirty, and uniquely recognisable. Coming in three sizes (15ml, 50ml and 100ml), LAVANDE 31 can be purchased at both the Takashimaya and Marina Bay Sands labs, with an exclusive 500ml only available at the latter.

Le Labo

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