21 Ultimate Gifts: Flying the Dream

The GIFT A Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” VIP jumbo jet with a custom interior design and exterior paint scheme. Starting at about $260 million Edése Doret and his associates have created some three dozen jet interiors over the past 15 years, but the New York–based designer is best known for his work on the world’s largest […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Travel Chime

The GIFT A one-of-a-kind version of Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour Minute Repeater. A three-night stay in Switzerland for two people, with accommodations in Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds. An exclusive tour of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds and a visit to the company’s newest complication specialty shop in Geneva, La Fabrique du Temps. A […]

Mind, Body & Soleil

If God lives in Italy, then he vacations in the south of France—or so the Provençals say. Such superlatives, however, pass almost without notice in this land of blue skies, lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards, all of which—after disembarking from an 11-hour transatlantic flight—I have watched roll by during a two-hour taxi ride from […]

Agave Artist

Germán González, the longtime master distiller of the cult-favorite Chinaco tequila, has branched out to launch his own tequila brand. Called Tequila Uno (t1), it debuted in North America in November, and for now, features a reposado (aged in wood for six months) and three blanco tequilas. All the varieties are made from mature agave […]

Port Ellen Releases Another Rare Edition

Without a doubt, Port Ellen is the rarest of Islay malts. Now referred to as a “ghost distillery,” after closing in 1983, the Port Ellen name is kept alive through annual limited releases from its ever-dwindling stock, now owned by Diageo. This November, the spirits giant released the Port Ellen 30-Year-Old Rare Edition ($370). Bottled […]

Majestic Malt

Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve ($210) will soon arrive on American shores, an event eagerly anticipated by ardent Scotch whisky lovers who are based here. The single malt originally gained favor with the British Royal Family about 150 years ago, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert—shortly after purchasing Balmoral Castle—visited the nearby Lochnagar Distillery. Her Majesty […]