Life envy. This is the residual emotion you are left with after two days spent in the company of Ms. Mimi Thorisson. To say that the 38-year-old author of the beautifully curated culinary blog, Manger, is an ambassador for French country living is, shall we say, a little undercooked. She lives and breathes French lifestyle and cuisine in a manner so beguiling that you start to pity being born in any other nation. During MR PORTER's trip to her home were treated to her surprisingly light yet comforting Calvados Apple Tart, which she shows us how to cook in the short film above. Enjoy.
After the eccentric concept restaurant Romera struck out in the subterranean space below the Dream Downtown Hotel and high-end Japanese eatery Cherry took its place, sommelier Chris Johnson knew he had to do something to wow wary diners. “I wanted to make the experience here different from every other Japanese restaurant in town,” he says. “I presented the idea of putting together a whiskey program, and luckily they trusted me.” Johnson’s idea to make Cherry the go-to spot for Japanese Whiskey in New York City was risky. [See & Read More]
Think the Kentucky Derby was your only excuse to visit Louisville this year? Think again. You'll likely be flying into the city to go fetch a bottle of Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece ($200 USD). This limited-edition release is available only at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY, roughly 30 minutes outside Falls City. As for the booze itself, it's a potent 100-proof, extra-aged in the optimal rack-house position as determined by Master Distiller Fred Noe, and then finished in PX sherry casks to give it a unique dynamic all its own. Smooth, rich, and full-bodied, it will arrive in its own wooden case that's sure to become a highlight of your liquor shelf.
Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask is one of the most expensive cognac. Now, following its success, Louis XIII reveals the spectacular Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, also discovered by the gifted Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet. There will be 738 decanters worldwide, each hand engraved with an individual number and it will cost an impressive $23,000 per bottle (same as Rare Cask). Also, it will be available by the glass in a couple of highly exclusive locations, such as The Arts Club and 45 Park Lane (Dorchester Collection), and can be purchased at fine wine & spirit boutiques such as Harrods or Hedonism Wines from September 2013. [See & Read More]
Master Mixologist and leading spirits authority James Moreland joined the Flipflop team when he learned that flipflop would be creating a rum that was both rich and affordable. Tasting some of the very first samples available, Moreland recognized early on that flipflop had created something unique."Flipflop Wines has become one of the fastest growing brands in the market for good reason. Flipflop has mastered a perfect pairing, making great products entirely accessible and enjoyable for all," said Moreland. "The Flipflop Silver and Spiced rums are no exception. Smooth and easy to drink, the Spiced Rum ends with a subtle but lingering finish of cinnamon and vanilla --making it both ideal on the rocks or as a base for great mixed drinks." Enjoy.
For the first time in five years, Rhum Clément—the world’s leading producer of Martinique’s rhum agricole (rum, primarily from the French West Indies, that has been distilled from fresh sugarcane juice rather than molasses)—has introduced a new aged rum. Rhum Clément 10 Year Old Grand Réserve Très Vieux ($70) is a blend of rums that have been aged in recharred bourbon barrels for a minimum of 10 years. Then, special barrels are selected by the cellar master and aged for an additional period of time to bring out even more of their distinctive cinnamon, dried-fruit, and vanilla flavors. [See & Read More]
It’s clear Grammy Award-winning producer Timbaland knows what it takes to make a hit record, having worked with a dizzying long list of chart-topping talent, from Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z and Beck. But can the 40-year-old translate that success to the spirit world? The music superstar has little doubt, and is entering the marketplace with his LeSutra Sparkling Liqueur, a ready-to-drink vodka-and-white-wine spritzer. Checkout an exclusive Q&A with Timbaland about the brand after the jump, plus photos and visuals from their Miami launch party. [See & Read More]
Want to experience the Jamaican Sunrise closer to home? The tequila sunrise cocktail shatters the myth that only lime goes well with tequila. Smirnoff makes it simple, with our 5 easy steps. So enjoy the taste of the island, right from home. To discover how to make more Smirnoff drinks, visit their website and tell them Sommo Vita sent you. Enjoy.
Premium vodka brand Three Olives has announced the launch of a new $20 million advertising campaign featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Clive Owen. Shot at various locations across London, the atmospheric images of Clive aims to reflect the brand's British origins and run internationally in newspapers, magazines, out of home and digital from this month. Enjoy.
Making the question of what your poison of choice is all the more fitting, plonk an artfully sculpted skull-shaped ice cube ($12 USD) for a surefire conversation-starter to a house party. Made of flexible non-toxic plastic, fill the molds with plain water (add food dye if this is an adult bash), stash it in the freezer and voila. Fancy faceted skull cubes that really look quite artistic and beautiful, in a Damien Hirst kind of way. A brilliant addition to your kitchen if you're a frequent party host. Available for purchase online at Gamogo.