Wednesday, December 7, 2011

10 Most Expensive Whiskies

Grain, water, a wooden barrel and a little time. Whisky is a colorful character with an ever-changing spirit. The subject of literature, culture and folklore throughout the world, finicky booze-hounds have long paid a pretty penny for bottles of the most coveted casks. Pour a finger or two and hit the jump to drink in 10 bottles of whisky that truly break the bank.

10: Ladybank Single Malt: $4,700

Rounding out the top of the list is the Ladybank Distillery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Only 300 bottles of the rare Single Malt Scotch are bottled each year, and to obtain one — you have to become a member of the club. The price of admission? — about $4,700 a year.

9: The Macallan 1947 Fine and Rare Collection: $6,800

This sherry cask Speyside scotch was bottled for Italy in 1962 before it was repackaged for Macallan’s Fine and Rare line of whiskies. The distillery used peat in its kilns because of the scarcity and high price of coal during WWII, the 1947 bottle, so this 15 year old has an earthy quality not present in modern Macallans.

8: Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50 year old: $10,000

A swill special enough to be packaged for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Chivas Regal Royal Salute is a 50 year old Scotch with smoky anise and raisin flavors. Only 255 bottles were made, 10 of which were destined for America, where collectors eagerly poured out $10,000 each.

7: The Macallan 1939 40 year old Fine and Rare Collection: $10,125

“Peaty and powerful,” with overtones of sweet toffee and dried fruits, Macallan’s 1939 is a 40 year old first bottled in 1979. In 2002, it was added to the distillery’s Fine and Rare line and re-bottled. It can be found today for around $10,125.

6: Glenfarclas 1955 50 year old: $10,878

Wealthy tasters are warned to overlook this richly scented 50 year old Speyside at their own “peril.” Spicy and silky with a sweet start, this is the oldest batch ever bottled by the Glenfarclas distillery.

5: Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter: $11,000

Only 60 crystal-cut bottles of this Highland single malt were produced. Filled in 1978, this dark sherry-aged Dalmore has a reputation for being intense and deeply flavored and is considered by many aficionados among the best 50 year olds in the world.

4: Macallan 55 Year old Lalique Crystal Decanter: $12,500

The eye-catching crystal bottle of Macallan’s 55 year old Lalique was based on a 1910 perfume bottle designed by Rene Lalique . Exotic, with hints of peat smoke, the taste is smooth with lingering citrus overtones.

3: Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection: $20,000

Rare doesn’t describe it. Only one bottle of Glenfiddich’s 1937 Rare Collection was ever produced, and it just might be the oldest bottle of whisky in the world. It was snatched up at a 2006 auction for a bargain $20,000.

2: Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch: $58,000

Only a dozen bottles of Dalmore 62 single malt were corked in 1942. One night in 2005, a man bought a bottle for $58,000, and downed it with five of his buddies.

1: The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare: $75,000

“Dry and concentrated” — what else would you expect from one of the most expensive whiskies in the world? Help yourself to a little licorice aftertaste. In 2005, a South Korean businessman paid $70,000 for a bottle of Macallan’s 1926, the finest and rarest of the Fine and Rare.

Romy - A Dog that gave birth to 15 puppies...

Red setter day! Romy gives birth to huge litter of 15 puppies after eight hour labour...

When Romy the Irish setter went into labour, her excited owners expected to have their hands full with eight or nine puppies. Then a tenth arrived. And an 11th, and a 12th, and a 13th, and a 14th... After an exhausting ten hours, the litter stood at a staggering 15...

So overwhelming is the boisterous brood that owners Natasha White and Alicia Copping, both 28, are working on a 24-hour shift pattern to help three-year-old Romy feed the ten girls and five boys.

Miss White, a qualified vet and dog breeder, said: There is a particular greedy one. She wakes up in between feeds screaming for more milk. We did a scan when Romy was just four weeks pregnant and we thought we saw eight or nine. So you can imagine our shock when she carried on giving birth to more. The average litter size for the breed is nine. The puppies father, six-year-old Ruben, is also owned by the housemates, from Allesley, Coventry, and they plan to keep one from the litter, which arrived 12 days ago.

The record in Britain is 24 pups which was set in 2004 in Cambridgeshire beating the previous record of 13. The squealing newborns, a healthy 10 girls and five boys, weighed between 275 and 339 grams. Within just a week they have doubled in size. Despite not being able to open their eyes they have been gulping milk every two hours of the day.

'She was very tired by the end of it. We gave her a walk round the garden after her 10th one. Then after two hours the others came out. The last one to be born was the biggest. It took Romy more effort to get him out than the others.'

7 Foods that Burn Fat

Body fat is an ugly truth of life for most of the people. Our lifestyle is such that it becomes almost impossible to avoid it. Just sweating out in the gym day and night is not enough to reach your goal of losing your body fat. Along with a healthy workout, food also plays a crucial role in reducing body fat. Here are 7 foods that help in burning fat.

1. Eggs

Eggs are known to be high in protein which burns fat faster than other fatty foods. It also contains Vitamin B12, 8 minerals, iron, calcium and other macro-nutrients, which aid the body in metabolizing fat.

2. Fish

Instead of reaching for your chicken curry next time, try opting for fish. Like eggs, fish is also a protein-rich food that burns more fat while being digested instead of carbohydrates or fats. They also contain Omega 3s which prevent the build-up of stress chemicals that induce fat abs especially tuna, salmon, mackerel, swordfish and flounder.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is almost like a magical drink that has the power to keep most health problems at bay. It keeps those extra inches away by preventing fats from getting absorbed by the body.Drinking a cup of green tea everyday goes a long way in helping you achieve a healthy life.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal not only helps in cutting down the fat content but its rich fiber content helps in the reduction of cholesterol. It also stays for a longer period in the stomach which takes care of your hunger pangs. However, its better to opt for a natural sweetener like honey instead of sugar.

5. Dairy Products

Dairy products are rich in calcium which is very effective in burning fat and even preventing its formation in the body. The amount of calcium in a person's body indicates how easily one gains fat. The more calcium present in your body, the easier it is to burn all the excess fat.

6. Berries

Berries, as we all know, are fiber-rich fruits. Raspberries are said to contain 8 grams of fiber in a cup. Strawberries have lower sugar content than other fruits while also being rich in in Vitamin C, which boosts metabolism in the body. Berries also have another component called pectin which force the fats to release their fat cells.

7. Green Vegetables

Green Vegetables have been tried and tested in their various health benefits. You should stop trying to shrink away from adding them into your diet as they have the power to reduce your waist size. Amongst the green vegetables, give special attention to spinach, cabbage and beans.Including a lot of salads into your everyday meal plan means getting closer to reducing the body's fat absorption.

11 Funny Airline Cabin Crew Announcements...

All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in flight 'safety lecture' a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples of funny airline cabin crew announcements:

1. On a Southwest flight 245 (SW has no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, 'People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!'

2. On a Continental Flight with a very 'senior' flight attendant crew, the pilot said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.'

3. On landing, the stewardess said, 'Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have.

4. 'There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane'

5. 'Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.'

6. As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: 'Whoa, big fella. WHOA!'

7. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight a announced, 'Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.'

8. From a Southwest Airlines employee: 'Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 245 to Tampa. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised.'

9. 'In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite.'

10. 'Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines.'

11. 'Your seat-cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take those with our compliments.'

25 Beautiful and Warming Fireplaces for Home Decoration

Sometimes functional items are designed so beautifully that they blur the line between architecture and art. In addition to providing warmth, fireplaces these days have become a fashion statement. The emphasize is not merely on functionality but more on form and expression. Whether you have a double height living room that enhances the acoustic fire crackling or a small and cozy bedroom with an inviting romantic fireplace, you know the importance of these dancing flame will bring to you. Here are some 25 most beautiful and warming fireplace designs that will add an attractive effect this Christmas...