Replicating the sample bottles sent from stock held at the Distilleries – Douglas Laing's wee 20cl bottles appear to have been hand written by one of the team pulling the sample (full marks for legibility!). These bottles allow you to taste a small amount before investing in the larger bottle.
Fifty or so artists with a different sensibility and a common determination: to be free of the bourgeois morality and its obsolete traditions. To break with the classicism of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on its decline. The Vienna Secession, founded in 1897, would shape a distinctive form of art in Vienna and all over the world. Gustav Klimt paints his own dreams; poet Hugo Hofmannsthal pens librettos for composer Richard Strauss; Otto Wagner and Josef Hoffman invent design; compatriot Sigmund Freud studies the interpretation of dreams; the young Egon Schiele studies painting and drawing. It’s from this atmosphere of artistic, intellectual, and political effervescence that a world is born, notably through the search of a global art which evokes more particularly this wander through the Vienna of 1900.
Actress Natalie Portman is selling her apartment in Manhattan’s West Village for $6,550,000. According to New York Post, Portman’s two-bedroom unit in the Richard Meier-designed, glass tower at 165 Charles Street in the West Village features a dining room that can be converted into a third bedroom, three full baths and views in three directions.
Graff's Lesotho Promise necklace was designed from the 603 carat Lesotho Promise diamond stone found in the Letsenf diamond mine in the African country of Lesotho. The necklace contains every single diamond made from the Lesotho Promise diamond stone totaling 223.35 carats and the diamonds are set in white gold
Samsung Electronics and Giorgio Armani are set to launch the 46 - and 52-inch full HD TV Armani / PAVV TV in Korea. The Armani/PAVV TV supports DNIePro (Digital Natural Image engine +) chipset, WiseLink, InfoLink and 120Hz Auto Plus Motion technologies.
The luxury LCD TV will come in 46 inch for 6,990,000 Korean won ($7,000) and 52 inch for 8,690,000 Korean won ($8,750).
Veuve Cliquot's Icebox is made of yellow polycarbonate and has space for a bottle and two champagne flutes. Inside the Icebox are two chemicals that react together when you snap the seal and form an ice like substance which can quickly chill champagne. The set is available wine stores worldwide for £99 ($180).
Grand Marnier® has teamed up with international pastry stars François Payard and Nicolas Boussin to release the first luxury Grand Marnier® Cocktail Macaroons, inspired by four signature Grand Marnier® cocktails: the Grand Cosmo, the Grand Margarita, the Grand Mojito and the Orange Crush. As of mid-September, 2008, the Cocktail Macaroons will be available for purchase exclusively at Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro in New York and for national holiday gift shipment at www.payard.com.
With each box of macaroons, Grand Marnier® will provide the consumer with the drink recipes which inspired the Cocktail Macaroons. The macaroons come in four flavors - the Grand Cosmo, the Grand Margarita, the Grand Mojito and the Orange Crush - and can be purchased at Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro in New York or in a gift box featuring all four types for $18.00. The pastry recipes were created by François Payard and Grand Marnier® Epicurean Ambassador Nicolas Boussin (Meilleur Ouvrier de France, France's highest honor for craftspeople), who worked with Grand Marnier® Mixologists. The luxury gift box was specially designed in France, and includes custom inserts to protect each individual macaroon from breakage in shipment.
Juan-Domingo “Dobel” Beckmann, has announced Maestro Dobel, the first-ever diamond tequila. Unlike any other aged tequila, Maestro Dobel is a diamond-clear spirit – a result of a proprietary blending and filtration technique.
Standing alone in the category, Maestro Dobel is a luxurious silver tequila with the complexity of an aged spirit. This exceptional blend of three tequilas can be judged, like a diamond, by four C’s:
Clarity: The proprietary filtering system used by Maestro Dobel gently expels congeners and colors from the tequila, producing the “Diamond Clarity” without having an affect on aroma, flavor or complexity.
Complexity: The incredible complexity of Maestro Dobel stems from the incredible array of differently aged tequilas in the blend: Reposado (rested 15 months), Anejo (rested 24 months), and Extra-Anejo (rested for 36 months).
Crispness: The agave selected for Maestro Dobel grows in the volcanic lowlands of the Jalisco region, producing a tequila with lighter herbal and citrus aromas. This hand-selected agave, combined with the tequila’s double distillation in post stills creates an exceptionally crisp tequila.
Craftsmanship: Juan Dobel has entrusted the Tequila Maestros – Marco Anguiano and Luis Yerenas – to create the special blend for Dobel. Every step of the process is crafted by hand – from the harvesting of the agave to the blending of the tequilas.
Maestro Dobel will be available in August 2008 at the finest evening establishments in Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta as well as online where legal. Dobel is 40% Alc./Vol. and has a suggested retail price of $74.99.
The Maple wooden phone, is a fully functional handset made from African Blackwood. The Maple edition measures 4.5 x 10.4 x 9.8 cm and comes equipped with a MP3 player, digital camera ,calling and texting services.
designed by Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee.