Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gucci’s First Make-Up Line Comes In September

Finally, Gucci is launching its first cosmetics line. The products are due to hit shelves around September and Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and a long-standing Gucci muse will be the face of the collection. According to Gucci, the campaign starring Casiraghi will be “highly sensuous and feminine.” The print campaign and accompanying video will “capture Casiraghi in a series of stolen moments which bring the spirit of the Gucci Cosmetics collection to life via Casiraghi’s mesmerizing beauty and modern allure.”

“I have really enjoyed my relationship with Frida over these last four years, and I am now excited to work with her again on this signature product,” Casiraghi said.
The new collection will include eye, lip, nail and face make-up as well as brushes and skin preparation products, and will be produced with the consumer goods company Procter & Gamble.

Highland Park Valhalla Collection

Highland Park distillery will release four limited edition single malt whiskies. Each of the whiskies included in the Valhalla Collection is named and inspired by Norse legends and gods.  The Orkney islands, where Highland Park is distilled, has a rich Norse history.

The first release in The Valhalla Collection is the Highland Park Thor, named after the Norse god of thunder – famous for his mighty hammer, Mjollnir.  Highland Park Thor has a natural strength like its namesake, drawing influence from the environment unique to Orkney, to create a truly elemental spirit. Distilled where sea turns to ocean, this 16 year-old single malt is a meeting point of nature’s forces, exuding a dynamic and bold character on the surface, but with an unexpected softer side at its heart.
Bottled at a robust 52.1% abv this limited edition whisky comes housed in a unique wooden frame, which echoes the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship.

Nose: Concentrated and forceful, with an explosion of aromatic smoke, pungent fresh ginger, antique copper, stewed plums, and golden syrup. With water, earthy notes emerge, like a garden after a heavy rain shower.

Palate: Thor’s high strength grabs the palate and refuses to let go. Initially dry, with fiery gingerbread then vanilla, blackberries, fresh mango, peach and hints of cinnamon. As its big flavours swirl around the mouth, some softer, sweeter notes develop, giving Thor and unexpected layer of complexity and depth.

Finish:The finish thunders on, leaving behind lingering notes of sweet vanilla and an intense spiciness.

The makeup of Loki was conceived around the same time as last year’s Thor and acts as a companion for its stablemate, matching Thor’s straight out boisterousness with something a little more subtle and, potentially, insidious.
One of the most complex characters in Norse mythology, Loki constantly challenges the gods, questioning their order and hierarchy within Asgard. Yet with every treacherous situation he engineers, his actions ultimately create heroes amongst the other gods.
Like its namesake, this whisky is unpredictable and impulsive, echoing the formidable weather of the Orkney Islands. It is a single malt which is both dynamic and energetic, with constantly evolving flavours and a fiendish inner complexity.

Nose: A spirited lift of dried bitter orange, which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.

Palate: The true shape‐shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn't appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.

Finish: As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.

For the third release in the acclaimed Valhalla Collection, Highland Park has turned its attention to the mesmerising Norse Goddess of Love, Freya.
Continuing the tradition of reflecting the character and qualities of the Norse Gods in the whisky itself, Freya’s intriguing allure and feisty personality has inspired a full, rich and complex single malt with a lingering beguiling finish.

Nose: Almond and Madagascan vanilla. White chocolate followed by candied cherries makes way for a vibrant wave of mango and melon, riding upon a cloud of cream soda.

Palate: Orange peel, butterscotch and rose petals provide the sweetness along with orange blossom and ginger. Lively popping candy, lemongrass and tropical fruits are lightly shrouded in peat smoke.

Finish: Complex and beautiful, the finish gives lingering spice and soft peat smoke intertwined with soft orchard fruits, toasted coconut and a light char, providing a rounded depth and allowing this whisky to soar.

Macallan Linley Whiskey Cabinet Is Pure Luxury

A one-of-a-kind bespoke cabinet designed by David Linley, containing six rare bottles of vintage single malt whisky from The Macallan, is on offer at Harrods in London for $90,000.
The famed Speyside distillery commissioned the royal cabinetmaker to produce this exquisite piece that will be sold exclusively at Harrods. The fine craftsmanship is ultra luxurious and unique in every way. The six vintage bottles are Macallan’s prized 1937, 1940, 1948, 1955, 1966 and 1970 editions. Handcrafted in Linley’s workshop from solid English Burr Oak with mirrored interior panels, the cabinet also includes six bespoke Linley-designed crystal whisky tumblers as well as a cigar humidor in the fold-out side compartments.

Tatoosh Bourbon Whiskey Awarded with Gold Medal At The 2014 SIP International Consumer Awards

Tatoosh Distillery & Spirits is a small batch, hand crafted spirits company located in Seattle, Washington focusing on the making of top shelf brown spirits. They’re proud to announce their recent awards at the 2014 SIP International Consumer Awards held at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel, located in Dana Point, California. Tatoosh Whiskey was awarded a GOLD medal deeming to have the highest grade of nose, taste and finish quality, as compared with other products in its respective category.

Tatoosh Bourbon repeated by winning the Platinum Medal for Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Tatoosh Bourbon was also awarded the 2014 Consumers’ Choice Award. The Consumers’ Choice Award is presented to brands that demonstrate the ultimate in quality to consumers year after year. This honor is reserved for brands that place (bronze or better) two consecutive years in a row. This follows the Platinum awarded at the 2013 SIP Awards.
As per previous years, spirits were critiqued in a consumer blind tasting, with a focus on taste, aroma and finish.

Nearly a century ago, Troy Turner’s ancestors were bootlegging spirits during Prohibition – his maternal grandparents distilled whiskey in the Deep South while his paternal grandparents transported and sold it. “Hiding a still in the woods was simple compared the challenges of transporting your wares to town,” says Turner. “Federal agents would hide out along backcountry roads and wait for the chance to arrest a moonshine runner. The mountains are full of stories of men like my grandfather, who ran liquor to the rest of the country.” In 2009, Turner decided to continue the family tradition and opened the doors to Tatoosh Distillery & Spirits, situated in Seattle, Washington.

Tatoosh Bourbon Whiskey is made using a century-old recipe that has been passed down in the Turner family for generations. The recipe calls for a mash of 70% corn, 15% rye and 15% malted barley, all of which are sourced from local farms. “When we say local,” Turner adds, “we mean it. The barley we use to create Tatoosh Bourbon can be seen in the field right across from the distillery.” Once the grains are harvested, they are milled and mashed before being fermented using the traditional sour mash method (sour mash refers to the art of using a small amount of spent mash from an older batch of whiskey in order to catalyze fermentation in a new batch of whiskey).
Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through a 500-gallon, hybrid copper-pot and column still. The still is equipped with an unusually tall neck that allows only the lighter vapors to pass through the still, ultimately resulting in a more refined bourbon. Once the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in new, 47-gallon American oak casks with a #3 char for a minimum of three years. During this maturation process, the barrels are rotated every three or four weeks in order to expose as much of the bourbon as possible to the oak.

Once the bourbon has aged for a minimum of three years, it is brought to proof with water sourced from the Cascade Mountains. “Our water in the Pacific Northwest is crystal clear and incredibly pure, and adds a unique mouthfeel to the bourbon,” says Turner. After the bourbon has been brought to proof, it is filtered through a mesh (no chill-filtration or artificial agents of any kind are used) before each batch is bottled by hand.
Tatoosh Bourbon Whiskey has an aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, apricots and barley. The aroma gives way to notes of woody spices, papaya, mangos, tropical fruits and citrus that are well-balanced by a subtle vanilla undertone. The finish, which is long and slightly drying, lingers just enough.
“We make a damn great bourbon,” says Turner. Pick up a bottle today!

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