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World’s most expensive beverages – part 2

Continuing last week’s post World’s most expensive beverages – part 1, we are going to explore the world of sublime and ultra-expensive drinks that the real of rich people has to offer. Most of these spirits are limited editions and very hard to obtain, which makes them all the more valuable as a liquor’s quality is not dependent only on its taste and texture, but rather attainability.

Dalmore 62 – $215,000

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With only 12 bottles having been produces, this exclusive liquor is truly a treat for the super-rich. Of course, the basis for the whiskey’s staggering price is its rarity, albeit the taste and quality of texture are still pretty impressive. Rightfully called “pure liquid gold”, the liquor is poured in a hand-blown crystal decanter with the iconic, 12-pointed platinum stag head. What’s even more – Dalmore is a “fantastic investment” since its value has risen tenfold to £100,000 from the time it was first released in 2002.

Diva Vodka – $1,000,000

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A fantastic experiment in creativity has produced this bold and one-of-a-kind vodka – triple filtered, through ice, Nordic birch charcoal, and finally through sand containing precious gems. And coming in contact with precious stones skyrockets the value of a beverage always. The bottle that holds the unique spirit is equally fascinating and decorated with real Swarovski crystals. It’s truly the world’s most extravagant and glamorous vodka with unique taste and qualities – the result of a meticulous distilling process.

Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – $2,000,000

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Cognac fit for nobility – this is the most fitting description for Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne. Aged for 100 years, the liquor comes in a bottle that has been dipped in 24-carat gold and sterling platinum and embellished with 6,500 diamonds.

Tequila Ley .925 – $3,500,000 (featured picture above)

The unique production process employs specific distilling techniques that make this tequila into a true nectar of the gods.  Produced by the same company behind Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne, it comes in its own fabulous bottle decorated with diamonds.

Legacy angostura

World’s most expensive beverages – part 1

Alcohol is a delight that marks the heyday of material splendour and, if the proper refined tastes and production techniques are used, can turn into a real treat for the senses. Naturally, the landscape of the modern alcohol industry has undergone some changes and a few beverages tower above the rest with quality, unparalleled texture and taste – a true indulgence reserved for the ultra-wealthy.

Vieille Bon Secours Ale – $1,200

The 10-yearold Belgian beer is produced by la Brasserie Caulier in a family-owned and operated brewery that safeguards religiously its traditions in ale-making. The hefty price tag is for 12 litres of the savoury beer that’s been aged for 10 years to accomplish that anise and toffee favour. The alcohol percentage is 8%, which is pretty strong for ale.

Vieille Bon Secours AleThe Winston Cocktail – $14,000

A single cocktail so spectacular it combines some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive blends of liquor for sublime taste and texture – Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Viellissement Exceptionellement Prolongé, and a hint of Angostura Bitters. It is elegant, refined and subtly delicious – a true drink for executives.

Winston CocktailLegacy by Angostura – $25,000

The rum mixture is so special mainly for its political significance – it was crafted specifically to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. Each rum comes in a case and crystal decanter, designed specifically by Asprey’s of London to complement the rich and delicate mixture of several rums all aged for at least 17 years.

Legacy by AngosturaChâteau d’Yquem – $130,000

With a history of over 300 years in wine production, the wine producer in the Bordeaux region of France has developed certain techniques that take wine-making one step beyond the stuff that dreams are made of. This incredibly rare vintage is often described as ‘drinking liquified crème brûlée’.

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World’s longest indoor ski slope in Dubai

Dubai is soon to witness the construction of the world’s longest indoor ski slope that will be situated inside a new complex. It will comprise the world’s tallest residential building, the largest dancing fountain and the aforementioned ski slope that will stretch for 1.2km. The first phase of the 40-million square foot complex is expected to be finished by 2020 and has an estimated cost of $6.8 billion.

Dubai indoor ski slope Other amenities will feature a 350-room luxurious hotel, a mall with 300 restaurants and a marina. The residential tower will stand at 2,333 feet and will be able to accommodate up to 78,000 residents. The multi-use destination is constructed with functionality and convenience in mind, housing everything under a single roof.
Getting there and enjoying the many amenities can be done in style and unparalleled comfort through the exclusive service of Etihad Airlines at the cost of $28,090.

Dubai indoor ski slopeTo prepare guests for the lavish flamboyance of the oil-rich capital, the airline’s fist-class ticket experience reaches new heights in luxury with private mini bars, 23-inch cinema screens, portioned suits and several course warm meals available on board. Opting for a flight on UAE’s other signature airline – Emirates – will cost you $30,000, but it’s worth mentioning this is the preferred choice of A-listers and VIP businessmen. The airline uses exclusively A380s, A340-500s and 777s that provide plenty of space for fully partitioned private suites that are equipped with mini bars, mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-board SPA and massage facilities.

Dubai indoor ski slopeAs part of the premium services of both airlines, flyers will be treated to an on-flight concierge team as well as private butlers. There is high-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped entertainment stations, live TV and broadband with internet mobile.

Dom Perignon 2005

Dom Pérignon’s 2005 vintage launch

The most recognizable luxury brand of champagne Dom Perignon has introduced its 2005 vintage range of exceptional quality and ‘never-before-seen maturity’ limited number of bottles. The wine comes after a good harvest and comes in two versions – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The company prides itself on maintaining the most rigorous standards of quality control to ensure the beverage stays as rich and dense in flavour as possible. To do this every single bottle is individually disgorged and hand-tested, guarantying that every batch receives the care and attention needed to maintain the brand’s reputation.

DOM PÉRIGNONWhat makes the 2005 vintage so unique is its aromatic intensity that is courtesy of a bouquet of savoury fruits and spices – it comprises mostly black fruit and notes of praline and coriander. The spicy flower finish complements beautifully the rich and dense palette of the wine. It retails for £130 a bottle compared to the 2004 Vintage, which sells for $169 and the 1998 P2, a bottle of which is $375.

The Chardonnay exhibits an unusually high percentage – 62% – but it offsets the intensity of the Pinot Noir. The 2005 vintage has been described as cross between two earlier ranges – the 2002 and 2003 as it combines their best features into one superb, deep and intense flavour. It is light and fresh with a rich and lasting intensity. The effect of extended less aging is noticeable and it is an interesting expression of the brand’s evolution.

Held at the historic private residence of Les Trois Etage, the first tasting of the 2005 vintage captivated the public with its unique qualities in improved flavour consistency. Having evolved into something special, the most captivating feature of the wine is the harmony that results from layers of added complexity without compromising the freshness and vitality of the beverage.

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Disa Allsopp Jewellery

Disa Allsopp Jewellery has gained increasing popularity in recent months thanks to its distinctive bohemian allure and rough organic designs. The core of the collection is a staggering variety of 18ct to 22ct gold rings, necklaces and earrings with statement designs and eye-catching texture.

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With a clear vintage feel, the jewellery resembles ornate ceremonial pieces from the Roman, Aztec and Incan cultures. Her oxidized silver selection is severe and dramatic, albeit with a subtle gothic feel. The signature silver, gold and garnet ring retails for £700 and goes beautifully with the golden disk necklace for £5,000 that is an absolute work-of-art. Her jewellery is surprisingly contemporary with a timeless edge and exotic appeal – an absolute must-have for the modern free-spirited woman.

disa allsoppThe delicate coiled rings retail for £700 each and are a delightful mixture of eclectic charm made of spiralled bashed gold spaghetti curls topped with vividly-coloured garnets. In the earring designs Disa sticks to a ‘less is more’ motto and produces eloquent and sophisticated shapes that are minimalistically enchanting. The £600- skewwhiff rounded earrings are rough, matte and imperfectly spherical and go well with the rest of the pieces. The signature ‘ruffled’ motif is subtly displayed throughout the collection, giving it a certain rough allure and vintage feel.

The hand-crafted pieces boats clear inspiration from ancient jewellery of the Etruscans, Egyptians, Greek & Roman civilisations. They incorporate a variety of precious and semi-precious stones in an exquisite blend with 18 and 22ct gold and silver. Her signature style has gained popularity thanks to the unique blend of materials and their clever use in intricate ‘spaghetti-like’ designs that make her rings different than the mainstream jewellery offered.

disa allsoppAs a whole, her range includes more affordable pieces as well as those fit for a special occasion that will definitely turn an eye at any event.

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Chopard’s new Fairmined-gold diffusion line

Chopard is a brand that doesn’t shy away from taking bold risks and it’s one of the many reasons women find their ethereal creations so captivating and enchantingly different. Their newest collection marks an ambitious step in the company’s history with gold taken to a new level with an exclusive process of manufacture.

The Fairmined collection is diffusion line of charming, easy-to-wear pieces suitable for casual as well as more refined events and occasions. What is truly unique about Chopard’s newest line of luxurious jewellery (sustainable luxury – ethical gold) is the care and high attention to detail that goes in the process of making – to ensure purity of their creations every machine is stopped and washed before and after Fairmined gold is used to prevent any other type of gold getting mixed. This leads to the creation of truly exclusive and spellbinding pieces that are a suiting way to mark Chopard’s 60th anniversary.

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The Palme Verte collection consists of an intricate ring (priced at £1,770), delicate pendant (priced at £2,690), statement earrings (priced at £4,110) and a feminine bracelet (priced at £7,000). The leaf motif of the Palme d’Or trophy is a leading element in all of the pieces, bringing a certain ethereal charm to the collection. Available in 18-carat yellow gold as well as Fairmined white gold and pavé diamonds – it is a fitting way to mark the 60th anniversary of Chopard’s timeless creations gracing the red carpet at the Cannes Films Festival.

Gold is taken to a new level and every piece stands out with one-of-a-kind finesse and class without sporting the usual big gems that attract attention. The collection is a wonderful celebration of the delicate side of the female nature, which doesn’t need much to shine on its own. Or in the words of Chopard’s creative director: “it is a superb marriage between the fair and the very gorgeous.”

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Fendi’s new travel collection

Fendi’s new travel collection reinvents and reimagines the classic glamour and beauty of old-school Hollywood. Inspired by iconic Italian film star Silvana Mangano – the collection is the epitome of feminine grace and timeless elegance with practical and eye-catching pieces.

Fendi Travel Collection

Born out of a close collaboration between the late actress’ daughter Veronica De Laurentis and Fendi’s current designer Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection comprises of luxurious pieces including a fox fur wrap coat, a double-F emblazoned roll aboard, and several versions of the brand’s signature satchel handbag. The leather Silvana Mangano Boston bag is the first item that captivates with clean, cut shapes and subtle luxury – trademark for the company and sells for £2,190. The travel suitcases have a wonderful vintage appeal to them with natural elegance and sophistication. Reminiscent of a past long gone – they fully capture the allure of distant travel at a time when it was a memorable occasion and fit surprisingly well in modern context (price starts from £2,650).

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The collection became available in April and can currently be purchased at any Fendi boutique as well as online at Net-a-porter.

Two items from the collection stand out with striking sense of beauty and style – the trench coat and gilet, priced at £1,960. With a generous fox fur lining enwrapping the neckline and figure-hugging shape, they are an absolute must-have in the wardrobe of the elegant, modern woman. Fendi is known for designing works-of-art that perfectly complement the delicate allure of the female nature and these fashionable pieces are a perfect continuation to their trademark tradition.

Wendi Travel Collection

Fashionistas will be pleased with the introduction of several new models of the beloved Boston bag in a variety of exotic skins and bold colours. The classic shape of the iconic piece has been retained with subtle, albeit eye-catching, variations in new fashion homage. Prices for the bags start at £2,250.

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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Exhibition

The partnership between the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Griffin Gallery has given way to a spectacular exhibition with stunning pieces most contemporary art enthusiasts will surely appreciate.

In total 13 pieces from scholars from the trust as well as 13 others from the gallery’s artists will be showcased for the general public to marvel at and bid on. Talented designer Scott Benefield has created exquisite fine-lined glass sculptures for the exclusive event that start from £1,250. His delicate work and meticulous forms complement beautifully Rachel Wickremer’s highly textured paintings and the clear, captivating linear nature of her shapes. Prices for her creations are available on request.

Another interesting suggestion is artist’s Trevor Cain meticulously restored vintage dollhouses, which are simply spellbinding with the attention to detail and intricate embellishments. Prices from £1,200 every model is uniquely tailored and features authentic fabrics and captivating old-fashioned aesthetics. A bit on the unorthodox side are Nicola Dale’s paper sculptures, which are as fragile and intriguing as they are valuable with prices available on request at the gallery.

Queen Elisabeth Scholarship Trust

Talented and respected artists Mia Sarosi’s ethereal porcelain creations are also featured with the depth of their subtle properties being her signature mark. Stating at £200 – there is no limit to the hand-made and printed ceramic pieces that she’s capable of designing with each one being of unique nature and form. Her notable reputation in the artistic guild is a testament to the unmatched quality of her ceramic creations.

Queen Elisabeth Scholarship Trust

All proceeds from the sales of the artistic pieces will go towards the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which has funded over 350 scholarships for people in 130 mediums since its launch back in 1990. This is a unique event that allows individuals with appreciation for art, quality and exclusivity to acquire unique and valuable pieces while contributing towards a worthwhile philanthropic cause.

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Womens jewellery from the 70s

This summer jewellery has a specific 1970s allure with the introduction of beautiful mash-up between conventional designs and modern inspiration. From Dior to Cartier we see feminine and lavish pieces adorning taking the aesthetic to a dynamic new level.

Inspired by 70s icons Patti Smith and David Bowie designer Hannah Martin introduces two new staggering lines – her Rock ’n’ Roll collection and the Aguila Dorada collection with the signature £13,700 Bid for Freedom bangle that is a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Her style boasts an exquisite blend of hippie style and old Hollywood glamour, which fits perfectly with the modern woman’s lifestyle. The Delirium Shadow Amulet pendant is another fabulous creation, sold for £1,395 that perfectly relays the signature style of the pre-punk years of a decade long gone. It’s an elegant medallion style on a long chain.

Another interesting suggestion comes from the well-known and respected Van Cleef & Arpels brand – a personal favourite of Elizabeth Taylor for its hedonistic glamour and unmatched quality. Their colossal medallion pendants in an array of rainbow gem colours are surging in popularity with the Alhambra necklace retailing for £3,700.

Alhambra necklace

Up and coming designers and brands are trying to live up to the changing trends and introducing eye-catching pieces that are particularly popular among younger clients. Brazilian designer Carla Amorim presented her staggering oval hoop drop earrings priced at £5,600 with a choice of sunny gold or matt openwork while British designer-jeweller Cassandra Goad attracted attention with decadent Brazilian-themed jewellery like the gold Ipanema cuff for £6,200, the Floresta earrings from £690 and the Beatriz Carnaval pendant for £13,950, which drew its inspiration from 1970s-style painting by Beatriz Milhazes.

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There is a wonderful revival of 1970s feminism that takes shape in the summer jewellery trend with renowned designers such as Elsa Peretti creating fascinating pieces that accentuate the female form through a subtle blend of sensuality, elegance and ferocity. The gold and jade Claw collar she exclusively designed for Tiffany & Co is sold for £9,775 and complements perfectly the lifestyle of the contemporary woman.

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Triumph motorcycles

A unique and valuable collection of the vintage evocative Triumph motorcycles has caught the attention of collectors. Dick Shepherd is the proud owner of more than 320 restored models of the golden brand that brought to the world legendary models such as the Thunderbird and the Speed Twin.
One of the more impressive models from his collection is a fully-functioning 350cc Tiger 90, valued at £100,000 – which was the most famous machine ever to compete in the International Six Days Trial. Having won five gold models, it remains a leader in the renowned challenge. Another TR6 machine featured in Shepherd’s possession is the Bonneville ridden by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III as well as the one Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Most were purchased at auctions for next to nothing.

triumph motorcycle Two Triumph Tiger Cub trials bike, valued at £15,000 were owned journalist Denis Jenkinson, who famously navigated for Stirling Moss during his record-breaking victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. All models have been restored and maintained to an exceptional standard with the owner having a strong eye for detail. All retain their original parts, which preserves the history of the marque.

triumph motorcycle The British company crafted a truly unique identify for its sportbikes, roadsters and cruisers, employing a mostly three-cylinder mechanism. More than a century after they came into production, the bikes retain their versatility and continue to make a statement thanks to the brand’s rich heritage. The modern classic line-up boasts some of their most recognizable 500-plus pound motorcycles with old school design and powerful torque.
The iconic classics are real beauties with an engine capacity of 2294cc and range in price from £6,999 to £14,599. In -line 3-cylinder provide enough torque and the swingram is twin-sided, made of cast aluminium alloy. Liquid-cooled or air-cooled – the powerful machines live up to their name and reputation.