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GLENFIDDICH 50 Year Old – Not your average dram

Whiskey is the quintessential gentleman’s drink and no whiskeys are more prized than those from the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland itself. Although Japanese whiskeys have recently been gaining ground in the global battle for whiskey supremacy, one company still reigns supreme. Glenfiddich.

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50 years ago locally sourced malt was soaked in spring water 60 hours and carefully crafted into a single malt whiskey beyond compare which only a select few people will ever get the chance to enjoy. The Glenfiddich 50-year-old is limited to a mere 50 bottles per year guaranteeing its place as one of the most exclusive and sought-after drinks in the world.

A taste that combines hints of marmalade and toffee, a hint of peat and a smooth smoky oak finish, the Glenfiddich 50-year-old is surpassed in taste only by its elegant presentation. Each bottle is made of hand-blown glass by master craftsmen and finished with Scottish silver by a sixth generation silversmith, before being individually wax numbered and carefully wrapped in handwoven silk. Lastly the bottles are encased in leather of the highest quality for their lucky new owners to have the pleasure of unwrapping.

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With so few bottles being released on sale each year, the price tag is understandably high to match the demand. Although Glenfiddich themselves don’t advertise the price (if you have to ask, you can’t afford it) occasionally a bottle will appear online at around US$4000-US$5000. Whiskey like this certainly isn’t to be mixed with Coca-Cola and will be sure to leave a lasting impression on any dinner guests with whom you share it. That is, if you choose to share it at all!

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Noma Pop up at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

You can now enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the World’s #1 restaurant according to San Pellegrino, a pop up of the famous danish restaurant Noma in Tokyo.

It all started in 2008 for René Redzepi, the Danish chef and owner of Noma. “I went to Kyoto for the first time at the invitation of chef Yoshihiro Murata – who is the equivalent of Bocuse in Japan – because he had been to Noma a few times and probably realised that I hadn’t a clue about Japanese food,” Redzepi recounts, “so he wanted to introduce me to it.” Redzepi worked for a week in Murata’s restaurant and at Nakamura and Hyotei, two other Michelin three-star restaurants in Kyoto.

Redzepi was captivated by Japanese cuisine, especially the formal, multicourse kaiseki meal, the origins of which lie in the tea ceremony and its strong links to Zen Buddhism. “The idea was to ensure that the bourgeoisie had full bellies before drinking pretty sturdy cups of tea,” he notes. “It’s a unique dining experience in a private home, which looks nondescript on the outside, then you go through to a perfectly tended Japanese garden.

According to the Mandarin Oriental management, the Noma pop up restaurant in Tokyo will be extended for two more weeks due to overwhelming demand. If you are in Tokyo or plan to travel there during January and February, the world’s #1 restaurant will be open from 9 January to 14 February 2015 except for Sundays.

You can now book the “Noma package”, an opportunity to enjoy a luxurious hotel in Tokyo and to boast that you visited Noma’s pop up in Japan.

Source: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo/hotel-offers/noma/

Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million at Geneva auction

Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million at Geneva auction

The world’s largest flawless vivid blue diamond sold for $24 million at a Christie’s sale in Geneva on May 14 – setting a new world auction record for the price per carat for a blue diamond.

Just a day after Sotheby’s sold a 100-carat flawless yellow diamond for $16.3 million, came the sale of the 13.22 carat rock known simply as “The Blue“.
The US jeweller Harry Winston bought the blue diamond, and immediately after the sale, it was renamed into ‘The Winston Blue’.

Christie’s next Magnificent Jewels sale will be held in Hong Kong on May 27. Headlining it is a rare Golconda diamond pendent necklace named The Eye of Golconda, whose centrepiece is the largest Golconda-mined diamond ever to be auctioned in Asia.