The older you get, the wiser you become...
Growing older isn't always fun. The benefits of wisdom and experience are paired with new aches, pains and wrinkles that weren't there before. But some things do get better with age as we get older. So here is Punter Southall Aspire's take on the top 10 things that get better with age!
Whisky improves after decades stored in charred or toasted barrels, which impacts the colour, taste and texture. It's a tried and tested ageing method that's seldom been changed. Contrary to popular belief, the same shouldn't be said for wine - just 1% of the wines prduced in the world are meant to be left in the cellar to mature.
Fun Fact: One of the kings of old and expensive whiskies is The Macallan M. It last sold at an auction in Hong Kong for $628,205. Yes, the whiskey itself is a rarity and highly valuable. The vintages used range from about 25 to over 75 years old, and each was aged in Spanish oak. However, the decanter that houses The Macallan M is made of handcrafted crystal and was designed and created by a group of 17 expert crafters. It’s a 6 litre bottle that is not at all easy to find, and as the years go on it will only increase in value. The most expensive however is Isabella’s Islay – $6,200,000, but Isabella’s Islay’s value is all tied up in its decanter, which contains 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies, and exquisite white gold. Put water in the bottle, and it will still be worth over $6 million.
Although it can't be said for all varieties, many of us are powerless to resist an aged cheddar. Other cheeses that grow old gracefully include Swiss, Gouda, Emmental and Monterey Jack.
Fun Fact: Pule or Pule cheese is a Serbian cheese made from the milk of Balkan donkey's. A characteristic feature of Serbian cuisine, Pule is not only extremely rare but also the most expensive cheese in the world. Zasavica donkey reserve, a donkey farm inside Zasavica, about 80 kilometers from Belgrade produces the donkey cheese by hand-milking a herd of about 100 endangered Balkan donkeys. By selling the donkey cheese at 1,000 pounds per kilogram (app. $576 a pound).
If looked after properly, a cast iron skillet won't just last a lifetime, it'll start several. Without modern chemical coatings, oil bonds to the surface and the skillet infuses with flavour. So the longer you have one, the richer your food will taste and the better the skillet will perform. The best cast irons have been passed down among generations. If you don't already own one, start a family heirloom today.
Fun Fact: These won’t break the bank, but a Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet will set you back £315 on Amazon.
Vincent Van Gogh sold just one painting during his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, which made less than 400 Franc mere months before his death. It's currently valued at over £100 million. We're not saying the finger paintings your little ones bring home from nursery will fetch millions at Sotheby's, but their sentimental value will only increase as they grow up.
Fun Fact: Salvator Mundi is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World) by Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c.1500. The painting shows Jesus, in Renaissance dress, giving a benediction with his right hand raised and two fingers extended, while holding a transparent rock crystal orb in his left hand, signaling his role as savior of the world and master of the cosmos, and representing the 'crystalline sphere' of the heavens, as it was perceived during the Renaissance.Around 20 other versions of the work are known, by students and followers of Leonardo. Preparatory chalk and ink drawings of the drapery by Leonardo are held in the Royal Collection.
Long thought to be a copy of a lost original, veiled with overpainting, it was restored, rediscovered, and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12. Although several leading scholars consider it to be an original work by Leonardo da Vinci, this attribution has been disputed by other specialists.
It is one of fewer than 20 known works by Leonardo, and was the only one to remain in private hands. It was sold at auction by Christie's in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Farhan on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism on 15 November 2017, for $450.3 million, setting a new record for most expensive painting ever sold. The painting is to be on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
First edition books can be gold dust. Harrods have their own dedicated antiquarian book section, and auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s regularly hold sales dedicated to rare books. If you’ve got a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Winnie the Pooh in the attic, you could be sitting on thousands of pounds.
Fun Fact: Codex Leicester - $30.8 million - In this 72-page long journal, scientific writings by Leonardo Da Vinci document ancient findings such as where to locate fossils and why the moon is luminous. Written single-handedly by the mathematician himself, this volume was sold at Christie's auction house in 1994 and now belongs to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He scanned numerous pages and created digital copies that later became screen savers for the Windows 95.
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