World's Most Expensive Gin Arrives in Birmingham

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The understated £2,000 bottle of Watenshi 'The Japanese Angel’ gin, is one of but 36 bottles that are produced globally each year and is now on display at Selfridges' Foodhall.

And for your hard earned pounds (£71 of them for a shot to be precise), expect a spirit with a unique distillation technique. Using air pressure less than half that found at the summit of Everest and a temperature colder than the South Pole, only the finest one per cent of each distillation is retained. And that's one percent of The Cambridge Distillery’s Japanese Gin, which was itself crowned Gin of the Year 2015 by the China & Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Awards.

To create the bottle for Watenshi, The Cambridge Distillery collaborated with Swiss designers Loris & Livia and jeweller Antoine Sandoz, whose previous clients include Tom Ford, Chanel and De Beers.

Each bottle is hand blown in Cambridgeshire, the stoppers turned in Switzerland, and the silver features which adorn each bottle were designed, cast, polished, engraved and plated in London. The final touch comes from hand-brushed Japanese characters painted by a Master Calligrapher. Like we said, understated.

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