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So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange.

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But the American firm draws the line at emulating one South African security company which fitted a flame-thrower to a top-of-the-range BMW. At the push of a dashboard button, it shoots up a wall of fire outside the drivers car door in order to incinerate any would-be car-jacker. Demand for armoured cars is also on the increase on this side of the Atlantic. In Britain they are popular with Eastern European oligarchs. Luxury car-makers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz already have their own in-house security arms which build in armouring from scratch. Mr Forston acknowledges their high level of expertise, but says his company which takes apart existing cars and customises them with armour and gadgets before re-assembling them can do almost as high a specification but at a fraction of the cost. Among the car makes they tackle are Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Maserati, Volvo and even the more humble Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Ford. The most expensive car Mr Forston has sold to date is a customised and armoured 500,000 ($800,000) stretch Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon for an unnamed client. When he was Prime Minister, Tony Blair took delivery of a fully armoured BMW 7-series dubbed the Blair Panzer after the German word for armour. Ironically, on delivery in London, police found that illegal immigrants had stowed away in the container lorry transporting it to Britain. David Cameron has, as his official car, an armoured, top-of-the-range Jaguar XJ. But trumping them all is U.S. President Barack Obama with his gargantuan armoured Cadillac-style limousine, dubbed The Beast, which follows him around the globe on official visits. Security expert Robert Siciliano, in New York, says that for the super-rich earning millions, the cost of an armoured vehicle is a drop in the ocean and a sensible investment. Whats your life worth? he says.

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

Photo / Norrie Mobtgomery Kiwi singing sensation Lorde has been called out by influential celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for “dissing” Selena Gomez’s music. Hilton, who writes celebrity gossip on his website and boasts more than six million Twitter followers, posted an excerpt from a Rolling Stone interview the Takapuna teen did before her current US tour. Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, told the magazine she was a feminist and disagreed with the way women were portrayed in some songs. “I love pop music on a sonic level. But I’m a feminist and the theme of her song [Come & Get It] is, ‘When you’re ready come and get it from me.’ “I’m sick of women being portrayed this way,” the excerpt said. Hilton described the comment as “Round 1 of the Selena Gomez vs. Lorde feud”. Selena Gomez. Photo / AP And he warned Lorde to “watch out for Selenita’s [Gomez’s nickname] diehard fans”. The remark has been quickly making its way around the internet, with many fans protecting former Disney star Gomez, 21, whose Come & Get It single became her first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released in April. In an interview with Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill that aired on Saturday, Lorde, who turns 17 in November, elaborated on her feminist beliefs. “I think a lot of pop music and how females are portrayed in pop music is not a super healthy thing and I try and stay away from it,” she said. “A song came out recently by a big pop star and the lyrical thing is ‘when you’re ready come and get it, I’ll be sitting right here just waiting’ and I just find that so pathetic and I don’t think girls should be listening to that kind of thing and I don’t think that is normal or healthy.” Lorde recently bore the ire of Miley Cyrus fans after her song Royals overtook Cyrus on the iTunes Charts. Royals is at No3 on the Billboard chart, and her album Pure Heroine, released in Australasia on Friday and due to hit the United States today, has received rave reviews.

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Barths) is a popular vacation spot for music moguls, supermodels and movie stars, among others. Jetsetters are sometimes spotted (and photographed) on the island’s white-sand beaches, hanging out on extravagant yachts, shopping in designer boutiques, dining in gourmet eateries and lounging at fancy resorts. The island’s claim to fame includes as a location for segments of The Real Housewives of New York City. Celebrity will include the island on three cruises the line said were created with “upscale travelers” in mind. Two nine-day cruises, Nov. 29 and Dec. 14, 2014, are round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and also include calls at Royal Caribbean’s private beach resort at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan; St. Croix; and St. Maarten. An eight-day cruise embarking Jan. 16, 2015, will visit all but St. Maarten. Fares are from $899 per person, double occupancy. The 11-year-old Celebrity Constellation was the first of Celebrity Cruises’ four older Millennium Class ships to undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul to make it more like the line’s newer Solstice Class ships, a process the line called “Solsticizing.” What’s new on the vessel? USA TODAY’s Gene Sloan offers a photo tour. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Originally unveiled on May 12, 2002, the 91,000-ton, 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation was in dry dock for 15 days in 2010 to receive its “Solsticizing” makeover.