Whisky and the Worldly Woman

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Men have always, largely, been the focus of Whisky advertising and marketing. Probably because they are the largest consumers. But we would be remiss to discount the growing numbers of the fairer sex who enjoy a peg or two.

The world has largely categorised women who drink (alcohol) as wine or cocktail drinkers. At restaurants, you don’t blink or look again when you glimpse a woman sipping from a delicate wine glass. Wine has been known to please the feminine palate and has been given its due.  But little has been said about a lady and her Scotch.

Women have a more refined sense of smell than men and can better appreciate the finer notes of different Whiskies. It has been said that women who drink Whisky are connoisseurs, have specific tastes, know what they want, and enjoy comfort and deep conversations.

Did you know that in the West, it is not a new phenomenon for women to drink Whisky? In fact in the movie Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo’s opening words were “Gimme a Whisky… And don’t be stingy”! However, with stiff competition from Vodka and its easily mixable nature, Scotch took a backseat for a while. Most people stopped associating it as a drink you mixed with anything and because it was more of a “neat” kind, it lost points for low versatility.

Today a quarter of the world’s Whisky drinkers are women, and the UK boasts a third. The rise in the popularity in Whisky amongst women drinkers has been attributed to several factors. One is the resurgence of Whisky based cocktails such as the ‘Old Fashioned’, ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Whisky Sour’ which became favourites with women more open to experimenting.

A larger variety of available Whisky brands is also a reason, one that goes hand-in-hand with a rise in women with disposable incomes and more sophisticated tastes. The word-travelled woman of today is more confident, more aware, and certainly more discerning. Pop culture has taken a liking to her and showcased her in TV shows like Mad Men that have been hugely instrumental in giving Whisky the centre stage again.

In fact Christina Hendricks, a lead in Mad Men, was in 2012 named brand ambassador for the popular Whisky brand Johnnie Walker, giving female Whisky drinkers outright respect and recognition from their male counterparts. Other famous female Whisky drinkers include Lady Gaga and Hillary Clinton.

What sets Whisky apart from other liquor is that it demands attention for itself. As Emma Barnett, (self-confessed Whisky lover) of The Telegraph puts it, “(Whisky) doesn’t blend into the background of an experience… It is the experience.”

The Bengaluru Duty Free range of Scotch Whiskies is sure to tantalise any palate, male or female. Today, we extend a warm welcome to our lady patrons and we promise that your taste in Whisky will only serve to educate our business further and help us serve you better. Visit www.bengalurudutyfree.in 

 

Celebrating the Famous Five

At Bengaluru Duty Free we stock over a 100 different kinds of Single Malt Whiskies. A wide range of only the best for you to choose from so you don’t have to shop anywhere else.

This month we showcase five of our top brands of Single Malt Whiskies, to celebrate the connoisseur in you, our discerning traveller.

The Singleton

The Singleton Single Malt is distilled using water of exceptional quality, drawn from the same well since 1896. Characterised by exceptional smoothness, this Whisky is aged for 12 to 15 years in casks that are a combination of American and European Oak. The Singleton of Glen Ord is a product of the White Burn’s water and the Black Isle’s barley and tantalises the palate with the vibrancy of dark berries, cherries and blackcurrants. This ‘hidden gem’ is rich, complex and confident with hints of melon and citrus fruit blended with crystallised ginger coated in chocolate creaminess. A winner of several recent awards, it also boasts The Scotch Whisky Master’s Gold (2014).

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The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky is the biggest selling brand of Single Malt in the United States and the second biggest globally. Founded in 1824 in the parish of Glenlivet in the Scottish Highlands, this Whisky is described in packaging and advertising as “the Single Malt that started in all”. With a history as hair-raising as any modern day thriller, the journey of the Glenlivet name began in the illegal realms of Whisky distilling, shooting to fame once it became legally licensed and coveted by connoisseurs from the locals to the aristocracy. With its distinctive flavours and pure notes, The Glenlivet has its sights set on being the World No. 1 Single Malt Whisky. It has several awards and medals (over 12 so far) to its name and The Glenlivet’s 18 year old Single Malt is its most highly decorated product so far.

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Glenmorangie

This beautiful Single Malt is produced through the marriage of the spirit distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills with American white oak casks. Glenmorangie was amongst the earliest distillers (1960s) to age their Whisky in ex-bourbon rather than sherry casks. The 10 year old Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky is matured for a decade in these casks from Missouri, resulting in a perfect balance of sweetness and complexity and a mature, soft, mellow and creamy spirit. To the nose the aromas of citrus and peaches is gently blended with that of vanilla; the palate senses the vanilla first which then bursts into flowery fruitiness.

Winner of several accolades, it is considered the “original expression of the Glenmorangie collection” and is winner of the most ‘Gold Best in Class’ Awards between 2006 and 2011 than any other Single Malt Whisky.

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Glen Deveron

This fine Malt Whisky is crafted at a distillery on the rugged coast of North East Scotland. Although relatively young (begun in 1962), Glen Deveron still employs the traditional manner in crafting its Single Malts, using copper pots, fine malted barley and pure spring water. The youngest of the Malts is 16 years old, aged in sherry-oak casks to produce a fuller, fruitier taste. The extended maturation period they receive in the casks ensures a smooth and exceptionally mellow finish. A double award winning collection, this Single Malt is set to take over the Traveller Retail world.

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The Balvenie

A winner of over 10 awards, The Balvenie is a fine range of Single Malts, claimed to be unique in its combination of natural alchemy and centuries-old craftsmanship. The distillery has its own home-grown barley and a traditional malting floor, one of the last of its kind. The Single Malts of Balvenie are “rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by a distinctive honeyed character.” The Balvenie PortWood aged 21 years is a marriage of the rare Balvenie spirit with port casks or pipes that once held fine port wine.

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Come, discover the world of Scottish Highland and coastal distilleries right here, with us, at Bengaluru Duty Free. We would be delighted to show you our handpicked selection of Single Malt Whiskies and so much more.

Top Perfumes from our ‘I Love Sale’ Season!

If you’re the kind who swears by the joys of retail therapy, we’ve got some big news for you. This month, Bengaluru Duty Free is slashing down the prices on items from some of its most coveted perfumes by up to 60%. Here’s a list of our top perfumes participating in July’s I Love Sale.

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Visit our website to shop now, or just visit our stores at the Kempegowda International Airport; Arrival and Departure Halls.

Hurry, you do not want to miss these fantastic offers!

Royal Salute – Beginning Where Others End.

The proper drinking of Scotch Whisky is much, much more than sheer indulgence. According to David Daiches, renowned Scottish literary historian and scholar, it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed.

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The brand, an imprint under Chivas Regal, does produce other even more sophisticated and prestigious Whiskies today but Royal Salute 21 Year Old is how it all began. If you were to ask them how they created the most prestigious Whisky in the world, they’d give you a short answer: “We begin where others end.

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Since that momentous day in 1953, when the young Queen Elizabeth II made her regal entrance upon the world stage in what was the first internationally televised event- London has transformed itself from the seat of a disappearing 19th Century Empire into the most pulsating, creatively diverse city in the world. Her appearance, seen by a global audience of nearly 300 million, heralded the coming of the modern mass-mediated world that we live in today. Nowhere has that change been more apparent than in Elizabeth’s capital. That coronation proved to be a turning point and, 500 miles from London, a man called Charles Julian commemorated it in suitably historic style.

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Charles was Master Blender at Chivas Brothers, the owners of the remote Strathisla Distillery, the oldest working Distillery in the Highlands. It also had an impressive legacy: for decades its owners had been putting down casks of whiskies of great distinction and, in so doing, building perhaps the finest collection in Scotland. To mark the Coronation, Charles Julian had a bold vision: “What if we begin where other whiskies end… what if we create a Whisky that comprises only those that are a minimum of 21 years of age?

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Charles called upon his genius as a Master Blender to craft a blend that would itself become not just an aristocrat amongst Whiskies but also the ultimate tribute to the young Queen in both the Whisky and the name chosen. For it was to be known as Royal Salute 21 Years Old, after the 21-gun salute of friendship and respect that has been fired to honour dignitaries, sovereigns and nations since medieval times.

Since Coronation Day, 1953, only three men have succeeded Charles Julian as Master Blender. And each has used his expertise and experience to recreate Royal Salute 21 Years Old to Charles’s exacting standards. But, rather than simply upholding this illustrious tradition, they’ve taken Charles’s challenge and set about creating their own masterpieces for further generations of Whisky lovers.

This, coupled with unique, high-end packaging has enabled Royal Salute to become a jewel in the crown of Scotch Whisky.

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The 21-year-old masterfully crafted liquid is housed in a flagon made at leading British ceramics firm Wade. Each flagon actually began its journey back in the Jurassic period. It is Cornish clay from that epoch that is hand-crafted, air dried and then burnished in one of three colours – Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire – to represent the jewels on Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation crown. The bottle is then hand cut with a diamond-tipped tool so that both the clear glass and tantalising glimpses of the golden Whisky might be revealed through the blue crystal. More than forty hours of work, care and attention to detail goes into each bottle. Add to this the sheer quality of the liquid inside and the result is a package that comes as close to perfection as anything else ever can. It is quite simply one of the world’s best Whiskies.

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The Royal Salute, is truly a rare example of a brand joining a long established party and fitting in straight, never feeling any way out of place. No gaudy new money here. This is sheer class, a Whisky that has earned its place at the top of the established order.

This month, Bengaluru Duty Free has a surprise for all those who love to treat themselves like royalty from time to time. Introducing our fabulous mega promotion on the rarest gem amongst Whiskies, the Royal Salute!

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Become an Exclusive Royal Salute Patron by getting your bottle personalised with your very own name engraved on a royal badge.

As part of this irresistible promotion, we also let you take home some exclusive Royal Salute photo memorabilia. Photograph yourself against a backdrop that exudes sheer vintage royalty – complete with a sleek, vintage car, bespoke luggage and a majestic designer accent chair, reminiscent of the ancient maharajas of yore, travelling in luxurious style.

And since Attention comes hand in hand with Royalty, it is only a given that you will be at it’s very centre once we share your picture with the world!

Also, you can now enjoy 10% off on a bottle of Royal Salute! Hurry though – this offer is only valid for the months of July and August!  Visit our website today to shop online!

 

 

 

Glenmorangie – Unnecessarily Well Made

No one carries the magic of the Single Malt quite like Glenmorangie. Sheer romance in vanilla and citrusy fruitiness and the top of the line in both smoothness and complexity, this Whisky fascinates the world all over yet, can always traced back to the foggy glens of Scotland.

Here’s raising a glass to one of the best that the world of Whisky has known – Glenmorangie.

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Glenmorangie Distillery has been known for producing the finest Single Highland malt Scotch Whisky since 1843. But how exactly does Glenmorangie manage to keep it’s promise of quality, year after year?

Firstly, they employ a very high-quality, low-production process that ensures that the Whisky is as good as it can possibly be. It starts with a rigid specification for malted barley. Being the only distillery in Scotland to have hard mineral water, they also very jealously guard their water supply.

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Glenmorangie’s painstaking Whisky-making process involves a series of steps right from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation, all eventually culminating in a dram of this wonderful single malt.  Furthermore, their stills are the tallest in Scotland. Their long copper necks stand at 5.14 metres (16ft 10 1/4 inches), the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe. This means that only the very lightest and purest vapours thereby giving the Whisky great delicacy and finesse. A tall still acts like a filter, and its pear shape makes the spirit seem almost perfumed. However, the fact that the Whisky is so delicate means that it will ruthlessly expose even the oddest of flavours, hence the entire process of distillation has to carried out very carefully and with extreme precision.

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Copper stills, inside the Glenmorangie Distillery (Image Source: http://goo.gl/v0bcui)

 

While perfectly good Whisky can be made using standard ex-bourbon barrels, Glenmorangie insists on barrels that are according to their own unique specifications. They are the only distillery that takes so long – roughly eight to 10 years from the tree first being cut down to the first filling of spirit at Glenmorangie.

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They also hand-select the wood – tight-grained oak, with a small growth pattern, since this particular  type of wood has a more porous structure. Normally, when the tree is cut down, it is sent to the sawmill and then dried. It usually takes eight weeks from the tree being felled to the first filling of American bourbon Whisky. According to Dr. William Lumsden, the director of distilling and Whisky creation at the Glenmorangie Distillery, Scotland, this is a very short time, and he would actually prefer having his wood cut at the sawmill and then have the wood season in the open air for a minimum of two years, often three.

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Barrels are then filled with American Whisky for four years to take the final bit of woodiness out. Only then does it finally come to Glenmorangie for eight to nine years.

But that’s not all. They then only use each one twice for Original (whilst many others use theirs up to five or six times), ensuring that the maximum amount of flavour is always extracted during maturation thus delivering a rounder, smoother taste.

Having pioneered extra maturation over 20 years ago, their Whisky creators continue to travel the world in their search for exceptional casks, simply because it is the casks that will provide additional, intriguing layers of flavours to the original character of Glenmorangie.

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Over 170 years of producing Whisky on the same plot of land in the rolling highlands just outside Tain. Twenty-six craftsmen using water from the nearby Tarlogie Springs, the finest barley grown in the area, and the tallest stills in all of Scotland. Ten full years of maturation in first-and-second-fill white oak casks.

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Creating Scotland’s best selling Whisky is, more than anything, about the timing and the location. It’s all about taking things slow and steady, and doing them right, with pride. That’s how one achieves that truly unmatched balance and depth. That’s how one develops a taste so smooth and rich. That’s how one makes a single malt worthy of its name, its heritage and one’s glass.

Spoil yourself with a bottle from www.bengalurudutyfree.in – and don’t forget our June monthly mega offer! Buying $90 worth of this wonderful single malt can just win you the ride of your dreams, a majestic Royal Enfield Classic 350!

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Our June Monthly Mega Offer

 

Now that’s what we like to call a real high!

6 Beer Apps for Beer-Lovers!

From sound advice on what beer would go best with a meal, to locating a craft brewery serving that special wheat barley ale you’ve wanted to try, to a review of which establishments have the best cheese burgers and wings to go with those beers to helping plan a beer-sampling road trip –  this helpful round up of apps never fail to up the enjoyment level of your beer-drinking experience.

1. Untappd

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: Untappd LLC
Price: Free

Often termed as the ‘Facebook’ of the beer-drinking world, this free social media app allows you to add friends and log and rate the beers you drink. Add a Wish List for those beers you’re eager to try. And once you start logging your drinks, Untappd will provide suggestions of new brews to provide some diversity in your beer drinking.

You can even earn badges and awards for drinking and add friends, toast and comment on their drinks, and take pictures of your brew to share with others.

Once you start building a backlog of beers you’ve enjoyed, you can start using it as a reference for later. When you walk into your local bar or bottling shop, you can quickly scan how you’ve graded past beers or even take a glance at your Wish List for those beers you’ve been wanting to try.

The only con? It doesn’t offer bottle barcode scanning, which makes the process of manual entering a bit of a pain.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

2. Brewery Passport

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: BakBurner Digital, LLC © 2016 BakBurner Digital, LLC
Price: Free

Brewery Passport is a fantastic way to find local craft beer in unfamiliar areas or to plan and chart out brewery visits when touring a new city. It’s “Find Breweries Nearby” feature brings up a list of breweries within a 50 mile radius of your current location. You can also search on a map or by specific location. Not only does this app allow you to keep track of your visits, take notes on the beers drank, and rate the brewery,  it also keeps all of this information in your personal brewery passport that you can revisit at a later date or share with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

3. Next Glass

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: Next Glass, Inc. © Next Glass, Inc.
Price: Free

The story goes that a bad wine recommendation led to the creation of Next Glass, an app that predicts whether that next wine or beer you buy will taste good to you.

The free app, learns your taste profile as you rate wines and beers, a feature which comes in extremely handy when you shop – for you can use the app to scan new bottles that you might want to buy. Next Glass displays ratings for you and friends who use the app, and you also get a calorie count.

After you download the app, you rate some wines or beers that you like and dislike. The app will use that to compare to its “Genomic Cellar,” a growing database of more than 23,000 bottles of wine and beer. Each one is analyzed at the molecular level to create a taste DNA. When you use the app to scan a wine or beer label, the app predicts your compatibility within 96% accuracy!

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

4. TapHunter 

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: TapHunter, Inc © 2009-2016 TapHunter, Inc
Price: Free

TapHunter is two things: it’s an industry tool for bar and restaurant owners & a consumer-facing mobile app for beer, spirit and cocktail lovers!

For the beverage industry, TapHunter provides on-and off-premise accounts with time- and money-saving tools that automatically updates beverage inventory on social media channels, websites, print menus and digital displays. This exposure empowers users by helping transform beer, spirits, and cocktail menus into valuable revenue producers.

Tap Hunter allows users to find local bars that serve craft beers, and tells users exactly what they will find on tap when they get there. Users can also search by beer and find out where it is being served near them.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

5. Elixr

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: ELIXR LLC Copyright © Elixr 2015
Price: Free

Elixr is the Instagram of drinks. By listing drinks instead of bars and restaurants, this app delivers a slew of photos into one’s feed, organizing everything into clean listings that are easy to scroll through.

The whole app revolves around specific drinks, allowing users to check in with their individual beverage. Simply put, instead of checking in at a certain bar, you’ll check in with the specific beer you’re drinking. The app even has a geolocation map of nearby bars, which can help users find the beer bar that has the type of brew they like. Even though this one isn’t strictly all about finding the best beer or wine around, you can definitely still use it to

Elixr doesn’t deal exclusively with beer, as it offers such info on all sorts of drinks, but its beer community is quite dedicated.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

6.Brewery Map

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: SteadyServ Technologies © 2011 – 2015 SteadyServ Technologies
Price: 3.99$

This app is basically an interactive beer-tinerary for the best road trip of your life. It costs $3.99, but passionate beer lovers may find it worth the money. Enjoy 100% of your beery journey with a customized brewery road-trip itinerary. Plug in your location and your destination, and this nifty software uses crowdsourced map data to help you hit every brewery between here and there. Users can search based on three categories: location, road trip and brewery, and the app will serve up relevant info.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

We’re sure all this talk about beer has definitely sparked off a raging alcohol craving in you already! So while you’re getting down to downloading your favourite beer app – why not quickly visit our fabulous range of the world’s best liquor only at www.bengalurudutyfree.in? You know what they say – “Keep Calm and Drink Up!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Eat this Month!

With the mercury levels rising to new highs every day, we thought you might want a little advice on how to eat your fill, without feeling all bloated and blah. Make way for vibrant salads, fruity desserts and creamy froyos, best eaten al fresco!

Fruit it up!

Gorge on the beautiful fresh seasonal fruits and pump up on your vitamins and fibre! Try out recipes using fresh fruits that will keep you full while also satiating your craving for different flavours!

What you can make:

1. Fruit induced popsicles – A joy for kids and adults!

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2. Fresh fruit salads – Amp these up with exciting combinations!

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3. Tropical fruit frozen tart – Because they taste just as good as they look!

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4. Grilled fruit sandwiches- Relish these delish treats!

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Veggies for the win!

Summers are the best season to relish veggies and leafy greens that make for some sumptuous salads and starters to your meals, as well as super satisfying mains! Vegetables give you the vitamins that your body needs as well as keeps your energy levels high while making you feel full but light!

What you can make:

1. Salads of your choice – drizzle over your favourite dressings to make them taste even yummier!

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2. One-Pot dinners – Whip up finger- licking stews, soups and one- pot meals with the vegetables of your choice!

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3. Roast Dinners – These never go out of fashion, and summers are a good time to give your dinners a light roast!

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Dare to Diary!

People wonder whether it’s a good time to be lavish with diary products, but some of the things you must absolutely have during these scorching months are diary products! You’ll keep your calcium levels high and feel light and cool!

What you can make:

1. Bakes veggies and cheese – Your kids would not mind veggies when they come with a delicious dribble of cheese all over them!

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2. Cottage cheese salads or sandwiches – A two minute delicious snack for those small pangs of hunger!

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3. Frozen yogurt pops – Make a yogurt version of ice cream with fruit infusions of your choice! Or you could even melt your favourite brand of chocolate (we bet you can find it in the ‘chocolates’ section on our website!) and blend it in for some extra indulgence! YUM!

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So now that you’re all caught up, get going and attack your kitchen to get your plate full with some of these yummilicious delights.

For those of you who missed out last blog post – we did an article on some fabulous summer drinks to make that can help you beat the heat. If you’re traveling, don’t forget to visit Bengaluru Duty Free – we have a wide range of liquor at some great discounts that could help whip up some signature summer cocktails! Or you could even pre-order through our website!

Happy Summer!