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Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

7: TV personality Joy Behar is 71. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 68. Country singer Kieran Kane of The OKanes is 64. Musician John Mellencamp is 62. Guitarist Ricky Phillips of Styx is 62. Actress Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird) is 61. Actress Christopher Norris (Trapper John, M.D.) is 60. Drummer Tico Torres of Bon Jovi is 60. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 56. X Factor judge Simon Cowell is 54. Guitarist Charlie Marinkovich of Iron Butterfly is 54.

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Cyrus also graces the cover of Fashion magazine’s November issue, in which she tells the magazine her breakup song “Drive” is about wanting to leave “someone” months before actually doing so. Apropos of breakups, Richard Gere and his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell , are reportedly going their separate ways. Moving on. The Emmy awards injected much necessary glitz and glam this week, with stars waltzing down the red carpet in gorgeous dresses (hi there, Anna Gunn ! Hello, Sofia Vergara ). We also got some serious news when Michael Douglas won the award for Lead Actor in A Miniseries or Movie (for “Behind the Candelabra”) and decided to call out the U.S. prison system , in which his son is incarcerated. “Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see [his son, Cameron] for two years. Its been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.” Lamar Odom was back in the spotlight after his father, Joe, spoke to RadarOnline and smeared the Kardashian’s good name. Joe Odom said his son oughta divorce Khloe , but the next day Odom took to Twitter to say the Kardashians have been his only family . Meanwhile, Khloe dropped “Odom” from her last name on both Twitter and Instagram. Also this week, Michael J. Fox opened up to Howard Stern about using alcohol to cope after his Parkinson’s diagnosis over 20 years ago; Gwyneth Paltrow opened up to Refinery29 about infidelity, saying sex addiction is not a dealbreaker for her; Daryl Hannah opened up to People magazine about living with autism in Hollywood; and Mindy Kaling opened up to Parade magazine about losing her mother right as her show, “The Mindy Project,” got greenlit for TV, and what it means to her to be a woman of color others look up to.

A Pataxo Indian takes part in the first day of  the National Indigenous Mobilization protest in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The protest is against a proposed constitutional amendment known as PEC 215, which amends the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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. But its not as thick on the tongue: Theres a kind of clarity to the Scotchs sweetness like a dessert wine, but one thats smartly devoid of anything syrupy or cloying. The Dalmore spokesman Chris Watt says thats probably not by accident, since the Boulud Scotch comes from whiskies aged in barrels that were previously used with dessert wines (specifically, Muscatel, Madeira and port). In all, a solid, though pricey sip.