Tasting Notes

Timeless Craft

Founded in 2005 by four passionate and enthusiastic watch collectors, JS Watch Company Reykjavik is their dream come true. The first and only Icelandic watch manufacturer, JS Watch Company is a small, family-operated businesses that creates top-quality time pieces. FOUR finds out more about the premium horologists and their latest collector’s item, the Frisland God Watch.

In the modern world, where mass-production is the norm, opening a boutique business specializing in handmade, special edition products may seem more fantasy than business savvy. But, armed with an arsenal of time-honored designs and expertly crafted mechanical timepieces, JS Watch Co. Reykjavík's founders took a leap of faith and opened the now thriving business. Iceland may not be the traditional region associated with quality...

December 18, 2019

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History & Heritage | Disfrutar

Having forged their friendship and careers at the world-famous elBulli restaurant, Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch are the trio of multi-talented chefs that form the culinary force behind 2 Michelin-starred Disfrutar in Barcelona and Compartir in Cadaqués.

Nearly two decades on, it was in 2003 that Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch met in the kitchens of the infamous restaurant elBulli, under the tutelage of Ferran Adrià. Having all been inspired by their families to cook from an early age, elBulli was the perfect opportunity for these Spanish/Catalan chefs to forge their early careers on their native soil and with the guidance of a world-famous chef of Molecular...

December 17, 2019

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Agustin Balbi hosts Christian Bau at HAKU this January

HAKU will kick off the New Year by welcoming renowned German Chef Christian Bau of 3-Michelin-Starred Victor’s Fine Dining for a special collaboration together with Executive Chef Agustin Balbi from 6-8 January 2020.

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Moselle vineyards in Schloss Berg, Victor’s Fine Dining was lauded with the top honor of  3 Michelin Stars in 2005, and has retained this rank ever since thanks to chef de cuisine and head host since 1998, Christian Bau. The youngest German chef to achieve the three-star accolade at the time, Christian has always, and continues to, enchant diners with highly innovative European gastronomy...

December 12, 2019

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Dutch Courage, Indonesian Spirit

Bobby’s Dry Gin is a Dutch Gin with Indonesian roots. Using a harmonious blend of botanicals, sixth-generation master distiller Dick Jansen and Bobby’s Dry Gin founder Sebastiaan van Bokkel create a spicy and fragrant spirit that delights the palate with distinct herbaceous notes and bursts of citrus, rounded off with a delicate hum of pepper.

Founded in 2014 by Sebastiaan van Bokkel in honor of  his grandfather, Jacobus (Bobby) Alfons, Bobby's Dry Gin focuses on the creation of a dry gin with eight distinct botanicals of Asian and European descent, namely coriander seed, pepper, juniper, lemongrass, fennel, rose hip, cinnamon and cloves - as inspired by his grandfather's recipe. Derived from Jacobus' Moluccan heritage, where spirits were commonly infused with herbs for...

December 11, 2019

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