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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour®

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It’s time to take care of yourself with legendary, head – to – toe Eight Hour miracle moisture tools. Introducing the new Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream All-Over Miracle Oil,a new oil formulation for use on the face, body and hair. Providing luxurious, head-to-toe conditioning benefits to the body, face and hair and clinically proven to moisturize for 8-12 hours. Tsubaki Oil is native to Jeju Island off the coast of Korea and is derived from the Camellia flower. It contains a high concentration of Omegas 6 and 9 to help nourish, soothe and protect the skin. In addition, it helps to boost skin’s natural collagen to smooth skin and improve its overall texture.

Further natural key ingredients that enhance the formulation include:

  • Grape Seed Oil – Abundant with Omega-6 fatty acids, this oil intensely moisturizes and conditions the skin.
  • Ginger Root Extract – Helps to improve the skin’s texture and tone.
  • Boswellia Resin – Helps to improve the skin’s firmness; helps to soothe and calm red or irritated skin.
  • Vitamin E – Helps to condition the skin and protect against free radical damage.
  • Olive, Avocado & Sunflower Seed Oils and Rosemary Extract – Impart skin with moisturizing, skin conditioning benefits and antioxidant protection.

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Introducing #ArdenAlwaysRed #AlwaysRed

A new fragrance that celebrates the New York state of mind – boldly living out loud, making your own rules. All in. All the time. Made for the leader of the in crowd, Elizabeth Arden ALWAYS RED was inspired by the strikingly confident woman who radiates as she lights up the town.

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A luxurious floriental, Elizabeth Arden ALWAYS RED opens with an irresistible blend of vibrant blood orange, luscious red plum and passion fruit. As the composition evolves, a textured heart of jasmine sambac, pink freesia and velvet rose petals evoke intense femininity and passion. The fragrance dries down to a rich, ambery base. Deep and inviting accents of praline, mahogany woods and red amber symbolize the sensuality and tantalizing confidence synonymous with the color red and the Elizabeth Arden ALWAYS RED woman.

Get it now at JR/Duty Free Australia or New Zealand!

 

#Penfolds Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve is arguably the most contemporary & creative expression of Penfolds winemaking.

These wines reflect the ever-changing landscape of viticulture, vinification and wine styles and allow winemakers the opportunity to experiment with boutique-sized batches and old/new winemaking techniques.  In essence, a very personal and artisan approach to the craft.

“Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are derived from a continuum of innovation, delivering expressions which are bravely individual…”   Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker 

Available now at JR/Duty Free stores nationally http://jrdutyfree.com.au/brand/PENFOLDS 

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Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

JACK DANIEL’S ANNOUNCES SINATRA CENTURY IN CELEBRATION OF FRANK SINATRA’S 100th BIRTHDAY

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century

The Newest Premium Limited Edition Expression is a Salute to a Century of Sinatra.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century is the brand’s latest collaboration with the Sinatra Family to celebrate the day that Frank would’ve turned 100 years old. As a limited edition marque, only 100 barrels of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century were created and captured in individually numbered bottles, making each as unique as the man to which it’s attributed.

Frank’s love of Jack Daniel’s was legendary. With a devil-may-care grin and two fingers of Old No. 7 held high, he’d start each performance with a toast to the ‘nectar of the gods’. It was on stage with him every night and before long, a glass of Jack Daniel’s was as much a part of him as his tuxedo, his fedora and his golden voice. Frank loved Jack so much, he was even laid to rest with a bottle of it.

Savour the great whiskey in the company of an original American Idol.

Savour the great whiskey in the company of an original American Idol.

To craft Sinatra Century, Master Distiller Jeff Arnett worked very closely with the Sinatra Family to decide what particular blend was the closest to the heart and soul of Frank. Arnett tasted each of the working blends with the family individually before deciding which one would be bottled and shelved.

“At the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, we worked very hard to achieve a special blend and aroma for Sinatra Century in order to give Frank a proper 100th birthday gift,” says Arnett. “This meant working with the people who knew him the most, his family, and honoring the legacy that he has shaped with our brand. We have created a product that we know the public will love just as much as Frank did.”

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

Like all of Jack Daniel’s expressions, Sinatra Century is crafted using the same cave spring water from the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, proprietary yeast and charcoal-mellowing process that’s been used in the distillery’s nearly 150-year-old Tennessee Whiskey recipe. From there, the liquid enters specially selected “Sinatra” barrels hand-picked out by master distiller Jeff Arnett. In the barrels, the liquid is exposed to extra layers of perfectly toasted oak through a carving process only done at the Jack Daniel’s Cooperage. This allows the ultra-premium whiskey to achieve a pleasantly smoky and rich oak aroma that Sinatra was known to adore.

To celebrate his life and music, a unique and previously unreleased recording of Sinatra playing live at the Sands Hotel in 1966 comes with every bottle.

To celebrate his life and music, a unique and previously unreleased recording of Sinatra playing live at the Sands Hotel in 1966 comes with every bottle.

Commenting on Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century, Frank Sinatra Jr. explains, “Sinatra Century is a fitting tribute to Dad and the perfect way to mark his centenary in December. Jack Daniel’s was Dad’s drink of choice, whether entertaining friends, or making new acquaintances. Therefore, it only seems right that we raise a toast of Sinatra Century to the musical legend as we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday this year.”

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century is the rarest limited edition Jack Daniel’s whiskey ever produced.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century is the rarest limited edition Jack Daniel’s whiskey ever produced.

 

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century luxury gift package is available in-store at JR/Duty Free for a limited time.

Project Botanicals – 30th June 2015

The distinctly different pop-up bar will pair expertly crafted gin cocktails, mixed by some of Melbourne’s best bartenders, with tapas-style dishes created by MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan.’ – This is what we were promised when we went along to Bombay Sapphire’s ‘Project Botanicals‘, which returned to Melbourne after a sell-out 2014 event. Boy, did it deliver. With 10 courses, each served with a cocktail inspired by one of Bombay Sapphire’s unique, hand-selected botanicals, this was truly an experience not to be missed.

Bombay Sapphire. The 10 unique and exotic botanicals inspired the menu and some very inventive cocktails. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The North Melbourne venue looked amazing, decked out in sapphire blue.  The tables were softly lit with candles and tealights inside Bombay Sapphire bottles, and decorated with a very cool botanical theme.

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The venue, awash with sapphire blue light.

Upon entering, we were treated to a fantastic aperitif – ‘The Smooth Star and Tonic’, made with Bombay Sapphire’s new super-premium gin expression, the ‘Star of Bombay’.

 

THE SMOOTH STAR AND TONIC

A blend of Fever-Tree tonic water and Star of Bombay served with fresh zested orange peel and ice. The stand-out was the Star of Bombay, which contains the 10 botanicals that make up the Classic Bombay Sapphire gin with the addition of bergamot orange peel and aromatic ambrette seed.

The twist of orange peel set off the bergamot orange and elevated this gin and tonic to something really special! Some of us in attendance were not previously big gin drinkers, but the general consensus was that this cocktail was fresh, citrusy and one we’d order again.

VERDICT: I’ll have another!

The Star and Tonic, made with the Star of Bombay gin.

The Smooth Star and Tonic, made with the Star of Bombay gin.

 

BOTANICAL No. 1: JUNIPER 

First course started very strongly. The dish was an incredibly tasty blue swimmer crab toast with pistachio nut dukkah, lime, and avocado cubes. The crab was soft, sweet and expertly cooked, pairing perfectly with the crunch of the toasts. The subtle flavours of the nuts and avocado complemented the crab and gave the dish a creamy, rich texture, while the acidity of the lime added a bit of tang to offset the richness.

The Juniper pairing of a Juniper Sublime G&T and Blue Swimmer Crab Toasts. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The Juniper pairing of a Juniper Sublime G&T and Blue Swimmer Crab Toasts. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The dish was paired with the Juniper Sublime G&T, made with Bombay Sapphire gin and Fever-Tree tonic water, served over cubed ice and with a fresh lime wedge. A fragrant and refreshing cocktail, this was the perfect palate cleanser for the creaminess of the dish.

Bombay Sapphire uses juniper from Tuscany, and the berries are harvested by hand to ensure the highest quality. This dedication to quality really shone through in this cocktail, with the taste of the gin itself at the forefront.

The Juniper Sublime G&T.

The Juniper Sublime G&T.

Overall first course was a very clever and moreish pairing that we wanted more of.

VERDICT: Would go back for seconds!

 

BOTANICAL No. 2: LEMON PEEL

After one taste of the second course, we knew this would be the one to beat.

The dish was one that raised a few eyebrows at first – crisp tostaditas with gin-cured king fish, flame roasted pablanos, sour cream and charred corn salsa. No one had tried gin-cured fish, so we wondered what we might be in for.

What we got was a beautifully fresh, extremely flavoursome and utterly delicious dish that was all too easy to eat. The fish was delicate and melted in your mouth, while the Mexican flavours of the sweet corn, spicy pablano and crunchy tostadita blended wonderfully with the sour cream.

The Lemon Peel pairing of a Lemon Collins and Crisp Tostaditas with Gin-Cured King Fish. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The Lemon Peel pairing of a Lemon Collins and Crisp Tostaditas with Gin-Cured King Fish. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The Lemon Collins cocktail was so good, it had gin-drinkers and non gin-drinkers alike agreeing it was one of the nicest cocktails we’d had in recent memory. A blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lemon juice, 1883 sugar syrup, Fever-Tree soda water and crushed ice, served with a dehydrated lemon wheel, it was like drinking freshly made lemonade with the added soft floral flavours of the gin.

Bombay Sapphire uses hand-picked lemons from Murcia, Spain’s largest lemon exporter. The lemon peel helps to ‘lift’ the other botanicals, which was never more evident than in this cocktail. In a word, sublime.

The Lemon Collins Cocktail.

The Lemon Collins Cocktail.

This course was so delicious, we wanted the recipes.

VERDICT: Gone in 60 seconds.

 

BOTANICAL No. 3: ANGELICA

Our first two courses had exceeded expectations and the third followed suit. The dish was excellent – a tartine of pickled and exotic mushrooms, garlic and parmesan custard, and parsnip crunch. The texture was as enjoyable as the taste – a truly decadent mix of crunchy crumbs, rich, smooth custard and silky mushrooms. The flavours were earthy yet mild, a cleverly constructed dish with a flawless balance of flavours.

The Angelica pairing of an Angelica Negroni and Tartine of Pickled and Exotic Mushrooms. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

; The Angelica pairing of an Angelica Negroni and Tartine of Pickled and Exotic Mushrooms. Image courtesy of projectbotanicals.com.au

The Angelica Negroni cocktail was the punchiest drink yet. With Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Cocchi Torino. Antica formula, Cocchi Amaro and gentiane, served over Hoshizaki ice and with a dehydrated orange wheel, this cocktail was a fantastic mix of sweet, sour and a little bitter.

The root of the angelica plant used in Bombay Sapphire is harvested from the woodlands of Dresden. With an almost herbal flavour, it balances the the other botanicals with an earthy tone.

Angelica was the perfect botanical inspiration for this Negroni cocktail, and the pairing with the mushroom dish worked wonderfully.

VERDICT: For those who like a drink with a kick and a dish with every element!

 

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals is running until the 11th of July 2015, so be sure to get your tickets now! Learn more at www.projectbotanicals.com.au and don’t forget to pick up your bottle of Bombay Sapphire or Star of Bombay at www.jrdutyfree.com.au (Australia) or www.jrdutyfree.co.nz (New Zealand).