Bowmore® and Aston Martin unveil first collaboration

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Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation; Black Bowmore DB5 1964. A striking concept which brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; showcasing great innovation and invention. A beautifully inspiring masterpiece; this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional single malt, Black Bowmore. Inspired by the past, but truly breath-taking in today’s world.  The significance of 1964 is paramount. This represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964. On its debut the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation.

Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own”. It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to be complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box; itself a work of art. Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue colour and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.

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The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive. Drink Smart® messaging will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with an RSP of GBP£50,000. Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston Martin and Bowmore.

 

 

 

 

Moët & Chandon Imperial celebrated this year its 150th anniversary

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Moët & Chandon organized several festivities, including a wonderful evening on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, to celebrate an important milestone in the history of its most iconic and best-selling champagne in the world and specially designed a logo for the occasion visible on Limited Editions.

For the end of year celebrations and in order to finish the year 2019, Moët & Chandon offers limited editions and several activities in Switzerland.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Moët Impérial, born in 1869, Moët & Chandon unveiled its new bottle with a redesigned logo. The ‘I’ of Imperial pays homage to the 150 years of history of this champagne and becomes the new symbol of Moët Impérial at the end of the year.

 

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Indeed, the Maison has maintained close ties with Napoleon Bonaparte, who became a close friend of the champagne house, and it is in his tribute that Moët & Chandon created Moët Impérial with the intention of assembling a champagne that is up to of this link ‘Imperial’.

To crown the 150 years of history of this exceptional champagne, the ‘I’ represents this historic link that must be celebrated according to the style that is the hallmark of the French Maison. Come into the world of Moët & Chandon.

 

 

 

 

Partners in Motion: Hennessy and Pelipe Pantone

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Nothing can stop Felipe Pantone, this phenomenon of the contemporary art world. Arrived in Spain at the age of 10, this budding rebel native of Buenos Aires went from his first graffiti to a style at the crossroads of vintage typography, optical art and kinetic art. Today, Felipe Pantone is a world-renowned art pioneer. His visual language develops into an explosion of mesmerizing colors, bold graphics and 3D illusions, while his style evokes a vision of history that is constantly transformed by a technology focused on the future.

My work is inspired by the past, but it is totally contemporary. I like to transcend time through an unexpected experience that can only be achieved through art. I always try to jump on the next wave, to innovate.

Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone has achieved star status without ever revealing his face to the public, making him an exception on the contemporary art scene. Indeed, his art speaks for him, which gives the artist the ultimate freedom: the whole world has become his canvas.

The artist crosses time zones and mediums with the utmost ease, leaving his mark on the most popular artistic destinations and seemingly randomly chosen and unexpected places. We can find the signature of Felipe Pantone, a mix of vibrant colors and dynamic lines, in museum exhibitions and buildings in New York, Madrid, Paris, Bangkok, Shanghai or Tokyo, find her in forgotten corners of the cityscapes, or discover it in the form of embellishments of subway stations or race cars.

 

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Founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, Maison Hennessy is a reference on the subject of cognac. Today Hennessy releases the 9th edition of the Hennessy V.S artist series in collaboration with international urban artist Felipe Pantone. Both Hennessy and Pantone share a passion for blending tradition and innovation to express a dynamically unique, limited edition that remixes the present. The limited-edition Hennessy V.S 750ml bottle & gift box designed by artist Felipe Pantone in his signature aesthetic is the perfect bottle to add to your collection.

The Hennessy V.S Pantone Limited Edition is available now at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Hennessy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrón Taquila in Lalique Serie 2

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Many lovers of liqueurs and exotic drinks have had the pleasure of trying one of the most luxurious and delicious tequilas and are still looking for a better quality, flavor, and presentation of this drink. For these people of high standards and many more people Maison Lalique presented the second edition of Tequila Patrón. A new exclusive presentation of the Patrón in Lalique: Series 2.

Previously, in 2015, these large and exclusive companies came together to present Tequila El Patrón for the first time in a luxurious bottle. For this second edition, The French Maison has been in charge of developing a glass bottle with a very exclusive design that makes it look very elegant. The design of the bottle is inspired by Art Deco and has always been responsible for meeting the highest standards. Likewise, the distillers of Tequila El Patrón are lovers of Art Deco and thanks to it have been able to produce a product without equal.

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Today marks two years of having made that first edition and these lovers of tequila and elegance have greatly improved the first edition of the exclusive drink. Both companies have been dedicated to developing a better quality of the Employer with great commitment for the craftsmanship and luxury.

Lalique has only produced 299 bottles of Pattern: Series 2. These are handmade and individually numbered in the Lalique glass factory located in the south of France. Although the design is quite exclusive, it is done in the traditional way trying to maintain and create the product as perfect as possible, modern techniques help a lot with the elaboration of the bottles, each of them is blown, pressed, cut, is recorded, polished and handsigned.

The straight lines and an elegant contrast between the transparent and matte finishes make this bottle represent in the best way the luxurious designs of Lalique. The design of the bottle was inspired by an Agave from the Tequila Patrón distiller plant in Mexico. The bottle cap has a rounded amber color that perfectly matches the tequila’s hue inside the bottle. It also represents the use of the patterned bee, engraved in pure gold. The presentation also includes a luxurious wooden cylinder where comes the bottle which has engraved the name Patrón and Lalique in a golden color that on comes out of any other tequila.

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However, the bottle is not just the appeal of this product. The great distiller of Patrón, Francisco Alcaraz, and his great team was in charge of making an exceptional mixture of old aged tequila aged in oak barrels for more than seven years. The product is completely hand-carved for and aged in three different types of barrels; American oak, French oak, and Spanish sherry. A pattern in Lalique has a great aroma, bright crystalline color and a sweet flavor that comes from a mixture of apple, banana, pear, vanilla, pale agave, raisins, and walnuts. At the end, you will feel a pleasant taste with notes of oak, agave, fruit, and caramel.

Tequila Patrón in Lalique comes in its unique 750 ml bottle presentation and is priced at $7,500. It can be found in fine liquor stores and exclusive duty-free shops around the world.

 

 

 

 

Pink chocolate is a Fact!

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We have tasted it in brown and white color, now it is available in pink as well and is going to seduce us! 80 years after the launch of white chocolat as the third  type after Dark and Milk, Barry Callebout, the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality chocolat and cacoa products, reveals the fourth type in chocolat ‘Ruby’ which is made from the Ruby cocoa bean. Ruby chocolat has an intense taste and characteristic reddish pink color.

The Ruby bean is unique because the fresh berry-fruitiness and color precursors are naturally present. The cacoa beans are sourced from different regions of the world, like Ecuador, Brazil and the Ivory Coast. The bean has a specific set of attributes, which Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebout managed to unlock through an innovative process that took many years to develop.

The Callebout team ‘discovered’ the grains of pink cocoa about a decade ago and ever since they are in the process of refining the ideal recipe. The invention of Ruby chocolate is the work of global R&D centers of Barry Callebout, based in France and Belgium – part of a global network of 28 R&D centers-, the Jacob University, and over 175 years of expertise in sourcing and manufacturing.

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The fourth type of chocolate offers a totally new taste experience, which is not bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension between berry-fruitness and luscious smoothness. To create Ruby chocolat, no berries or berry flavor, or any any artificial flavors, nor color, is added.

Barry Callebout has established itself as a pioneer and innovator in chocolat and cocoa globaly. We are looking forward to working with our partners on introducing this innovative breakthrough to the market and making the new Ruby chocolat category available to chocolate manufactures and consumers around the world as the fourth reference next to Dark, Milk and White chocolate.

Peter Boone, Barry Callebout’s Chief Innovation & Quality Officer

According to quantitative research performed by independent international market and consumer agency Haystack, Ruby chocolat meets a consumer need no chocolat ever did before. It’s expected that Ruby, like Dark, Milk and White chocolates will be introduced in different product categories.

Surveys conducted on consumer habits in the US, the UK, China and Japan revealed a positive impact on the arrival of the new chocolate, as it meets the needs of the millennials, who are willing to try the pink version at any price.

 

 

 

 

 

Camus receive prestigious French Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label

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French Maison Camus has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label in recognition of itssavoir-faire, advanced technical skills and commitment to crafting quality products.

Created in 2005 by the French State to promote its industrial and craft heritage, the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label rewards outstanding economic and cultural talent across the country. Selected companies undergo a rigorous and lengthy examination process by an official body comprising independent and governmental entities.

Camus has been recognized as one of the select few Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant labeled brands to contribute to France’s economic standing, which include Baccarat, Boucheron, Chanel, Hermés, and Chateau Laubade.

Cyril Camus, President of Camus, representing the fifth generation of the founding family, said: “It is a privilege for Camus to receive the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label, which testifies to the devotion and savoir-faire passed on from each generation of my family to the next, as well as to the ongoing support from all those who have worked alongside us over the years. This success is also theirs”.

Maison Camus spans more than 150 years. With 180 hectares in the Borderies cru, the smallest and rarest district in the Cognac appellation, the Camus family has always been deeply involved in making and distilling Cognac.

Come into the beautiful world of Camus.

 

 

 

 

Summer is coming so it’s time for Moët Ice imperial

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Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial, the first and only champagne created to be enjoyed over ice it is perfect for Summer!

A new champagne experience combining fun, fresh and free sensations while remaining true to Moët & Chandon style.

A style distinguished by its bright fruitness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity.
Moët Ice Imperial has an intense, fruity bouquet thanks to the powerful aroma of tropical fruits (mango and guava), nectarine and note of raspberry.

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Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial is best served with 3 ice cubes in a large cabernet-style glass, mixed with ingredients that heighten its freshness aromatic intensity such as mint leaves, lime, grapefruit zest, cucumber peel or red fruits. Enjoy!

Come into the beautiful world of Moët & Chandon.

 

 

 

 

New York restaurant offers Icecream Sundae with Mauboussin ring

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If you have been thinking of going down on your knees, restaurant Bagatelle in New York City is probably where you should ask the question.

Bagatelle is a popular restaurant where, among others, the sisters Kardashian, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are regularly spotted. the restaurant also has offices in St Tropez, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, St Barths and Sao Paolo.

Bagatelle’s piece de resistance is humbly called the Mauboussin Mega Sundae, named for the venerable and nearly two century old French jeweler, Mauboussin, who provides the black steel, white gold and diamond ring each diner takes home upon finishing dessert – apparently in the world of four figure sweets, jewelry is part for the dessert course. Even the ring has a name, ‘Moi non plus/Toi non plus’.

The sundae icecream itself is the work of Bagatelle Executive Chef Sebastien Chamaret, who combines scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream and Don Pérignon Rosé Champagne sorbet with gold leaves, topped with homemade French macaroons, chocolat truffels, dark chocolat brownies gilded in edible 24ct gold with a dash of whipped cream covered in chocolat vodka sauce, all served in an oversized glass.

The restaurant will offer Mauboussin Mega Sundae costing a staggering $1000. Warning, if you are a sweet tooth, don’t go near this. Bankruptcy over ice cream sundaes is not good!

Bon Appetite

 

 

 

 

Martell Cordon Bleu Centenary Ultimate Jewel edition

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In 1715, Jean Martell, a young merchant originally from Jersey, created his own trading business at Gatebourse in Cognac, on the banks of the Charente, and thus founded one of the very first cognac houses. Martell used grapes from the vineyards in the Borderie subregion, and used Tronçais oak for its casks, this made a combination that resulted in an exceptionally smooth cognac. After his death in 1753, his widow and then his two sons and grandson continued this tradition and developed the export business to make Martell the number one in England in 1814.

In 1831, Martell created his first ‘VSOP’ (Very Superior Old Pale) cognac and continued its international expansion. Its fame spread throughout the world, with the first exports to Japan and other Asian markets, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.

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In the 2000s, Martell created new cognacs: ‘Martell XO’ in 2005, ‘Martell Création Grand Extra’ in 2007, in a bottle designed by the artist and glass designer Serge Mansau. In 2009, Martell cognac launched its signature cognac, ‘L’Or de Jean Martell’. In 2011, Martell expanded its ‘Ultra-Prestige’ range with an exceptional cognac, ‘Martell Chanteloup Perspective’, a tribute to the know-how of the cellar masters and to the Domaine de Chanteloup. But Cordon Bleu, created in 1912 by Edouard Martell, is certainly the company’s most famous product.

To commemorate the centenary of the creation of Martell’s beloved Cordon Bleu, the French Maison has teamed up with Parisian fine jewelry house Boucheron, to create the most exquisite tribute yet: a one-off, bejeweled edition of the iconic blue bottle. The Ultimate Jewel is the loving result of combining both Maison’s passions – fine spirit and high jewelry – into a sumptuous work of art.  for transforming the finest and rarest of raw materials into either exquisite blends or timeless jewellery.

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Made of the finest of crystal, diamond, gold and lapis-lazuli, the bottle artfully highlights Martell’s house motifs in a poetic way. Every detail, from the bottle’s neck to the travelling case, was designed with infinite attention, making this a true collector’s item. The Martell swallow, for instance, is wrought in gold with a diamond eye, and is seen holding up the centenary’s symbol, the infinity sign, in its beak, like a fine satin ribbon.

The bottle is testimony to both Martell and Boucheron, with the symbol of a swallow and the name Martell linking gracefully to the infinity sign (representing 100 years of Cordon Bleu), along with Boucheron’s key codes of the color blue, a cabochon and gold sculpture work through the godron. The bottle is presented in a specially designed hand-crafted box in the blue colours of two Maisons and lined with an ivory veal leather skin interior.

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On the 22nd March 2012, this one off, collector piece, which was launched by Edouard Martell in 1912 at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, celebrated its 100th birthday in the same place, in front of guests such as H.S.H Prince Albert, H.S.H. Princess Charlène and H.R.H. Caroline de Hanover at the Cordon Bleu Centenary celebrations.

The Ultimate Jewel will be auctioned in China at the end of the year to mark the culmination of Martell Cordon Bleu’s centenary celebration. Head over to Martell’s dedicated site to learn more about the cognac house.

Come into the beautiful world of Martell’s.