BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Spirits: Monkey 47

In spite of its name, Monkey 47 (, $45 per 375 mL) should be taken seriously. Although this is a German gin, it took its inspiration from the late Montgomery “Monty” Collins, a wing commander of the Royal Air Force, who produced a rudimentary gin while working with a local distiller in Germany’s Black Forest […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 International White Wines: Fritz Haag 2011 Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Brauneberger Juffer

The Haag family, which practices its craft in Germany’s Middle Mosel region, enjoys a reputation for producing white wines of the highest quality with astonishing consistency. Their dependability, however, is explained in part by the fact that they have worked this land for more than four centuries. The Fritz Haag 2011 Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel […]

Lürssen Delivers Azzam, the World’s Largest Megayacht

The German megayacht builder Lürssen delivered Azzam, the largest privately owned yacht in the world, to its owner last month. At 590 feet in length, Azzam surpasses the previous record holder, Roman Abramovich’s Blohm & Voss–built Eclipse, by nearly 60 feet. Beyond its massive size, Azzam is also impressive for its quick build time—the entire […]

Blohm + Voss Launches the Ultimate Party Boat

Graceful, the latest yacht from the Hamburg shipyard Blohm + Voss, will arrive at the end of the year, boasting an indoor pool that measures nearly 50 feet by 10 feet and can be converted to a dance floor by raising the pool floor. The 269-foot yacht—which can reach a maximum speed 17.6 knots—was designed […]

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