Cigar Aficionado

Gin and Gems—Bombay Sapphire's Dramatic Decanter

It shone with the glory of God and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire… Revelation 21

And so, like a vision from the apocalyptic Holy City itself comes the Revelation gin decanter, a gemological showpiece that was a collaboration of Bombay Sapphire, Baccarat crystalier and Garrard jewelers. Only five were made, each uniquely forged, fashioned and placed into one of five airport duty-free boutiques—New York, London, Singapore, Dubai and Sydney.


The concept is simple: a world traveler who happens upon one of these decanters in between flights becomes so entranced by the sparkling exhibit that the $200,000 price tag ceases to have any meaning. Sultans and pharaohs aside, it might just entice the average window shopper to walk out with a tax-free liter of Bombay Sapphire gin instead. But this decanter could end up being more than a just a high-priced impulse buy. Consider the artistry and skill required to form what is essentially a 40-pound, 10-faceted gem with a brilliant blue gin vessel blown into the center. It gives the majestic appearance of a suspended sapphire, or a jewel pregnant with another jewel, which of course is the point.


The particular shade of blue happened to be a frustrating infusion for Baccarat. The color had never occurred in Baccarat's palette before, and it took many failed (and costly) prototypes before perfection. In the end, the internal chamber wound up being an almost perfect chromatic rendition of Bombay Sapphire's signature blue hue, elegantly complemented by the sapphire-encrusted stopper care of Garrard, London's oldest gem smithy and Her Majesty's appointed jeweler since 1843.


Should the pragmatist in you choose to actually use this bottle, it holds 375 milliliters of Bombay Sapphire gin, and the company says it will adequately lock in the bouquet of all 10 of the spirit's defining botanicals. With this purchase comes a one-year supply of the London dry gin (amounting to one case per quarter) and the reassurance that it wasn't a completely hedonistic buy, as profits from Revelation will go to Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft surgery for children in need.


To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life… Revelation 21:6


If you are not inspired to splurge on a Revelation as if the apocalypse is nigh, or have ominous reservations about stealing one, there is a third option: drink it. A new Martini variation of the same name was created by Bombay Sapphire brand ambassador and mixologist Merlin Griffiths for this release.


Bombay Sapphire Revelation Cocktail

1.5 parts Bombay Sapphire

0.5 part St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

2 drops rose water

1 part chilled mineral water

Rose petal garnish is optional

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes until sufficiently chilled. Strain into chilled glass, sip gingerly and pray that when all five decanters are purchased, the world does not come to an end.