Beautiful Bottle Design
The Acclaim stage and the whisky itself were just two of the three key elements of this outstanding collection. Hewett knew that in order to create something that will be remembered for a lifetime, the bottles would have to be just as beautiful as everything else. To do this, Hewett commissioned an expert glassware maker in Japan to create bespoke bottles based on the traditional men’s Kimono. He then applied his world class artwork to each bottle, before fitting them with handmade, lacquered stoppers that feature the Hewett family crest.
The crest derives from the Hewett Family of Normandy, France. The three owls represent intelligence and cunning and the chevron is a reference to military prowess. When Hewett decided to marry in Japan and was making his formal Kimono for the ceremony, he decided to make his own Japanese Kamon or ‘Japanese family crest’ by using elements of his family’s European crest. It is this that is displayed prominently on top of the stoppers.
The three circles represent the owls and Hewett, as a former United States Marine, decided to add one chevron and reverse it to bring balance and a sense of peace to offset the military meaning. Hewett has always believed that while strength and power are sometimes required, the best way to engage with the world is first through compassion and kindness. The bottles truly are a work of art in their own right, and the fact that they sit inside the Acclaim Whisky Stage, filled with legendary Karuizawa liquid, will make them treasured items now and for many years to come.