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24 hour layover at Bangalore? Don’t be a tourist. Here’s 6 unique things to do!

You just landed in Bangalore or you will in the near future. There are thousands of tourist sites you can check out when in Bangalore but if you wish to truly experience the city in a day, here’s our recommended list of things to help achieve that.

  1. Experience Art at NGMA
    It will take you an hour to enter the heart of the city and as you do, it will get louder. We recommend your first stop be the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru. While there are bigger, more mainstream galleries in Bangalore, NGMA gives you curated art in a scenic, green location, efficiently filtering out the noise of the city, and a delicious choice of quick meals with fresh drinks. Recuperate from your long flight surrounded with art, under the thick canopy of trees.

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  2. Meditate at Mahabodhi Society
    Three kilometres drive from NGMA to Gandhinagar will bring you to the Mahabodhi Society. The monastic training and meditation centre welcomes everyone to experience the calm, happiness and joy of your present moment.

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  3. Shop at Commercial Street
    If you are looking to pick up something ethnic, local and artisan, Commercial Street should be your next destination. A crowded maze of lanes with infinite options for all ages, Commercial Street will be your best choice for silks, shoes, apparels and accessories.

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  1. Eat local delicacies at Thindhi Beedi
    As evening sets in, make your way to Thindi Beedi (Food Street) in Vishweshwarapura. This street is considered to be paradise for street food lovers. There are over 15 outlets serving a variety of local dishes. Enjoy and indulge!

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  2. Browse at Blossoms Book House
    The oldest book store of Bangalore, three floors of closely and tightly stacked used and new books will await you. From every genre in fiction and non-fiction, Blossoms is a mini-Narnia tucked away in Church Street where you can the most unlikely literary treasures. Be prepared to spend hours browsing.

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  1. Relax at UB City
    If you were able to restrict yourself to just a snack or two at Thindi Beedi or if the shopping at Commercial Street drained you out, end your perfect day in the Garden City relaxing in the open air terraces at UB City. From an amphitheatre that hosts live music, a rooftop lounge, the best dining options, dessert bars and even a spa, UB City is the best way to wind down and get ready for your trip back to the airport.

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Back at the Airport

The fun doesn’t end just yet. Want to make your day trip a memorable one? Stop by Bengaluru Duty Free to treat yourself to the best offers on leading international brands. Guaranteed cheapest #dutyfree prices!Product categories include chocolates, cosmetics, wines, liquors, and more.

Make your stop at Bengaluru feel like a mini vacation! Bon Voyage!

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Gift yourself the Magic of Savings!

This October, Bangalore Duty Free has a host of amazing gift options to ensure you’re spoiled for choice! From beverages to chocolates and perfumes, these offers that are just too magical to pass on!

  1. Johnnie Walkerjohnnie-walker_bdf_oct_poster
    If you buy Johnnie Walker worth $70 and more, Bangalore Duty Free is giving you the chance to win an additional discount of up to 15%.

    Our magical savings don’t stop there! You automatically save 10% when you buy any two Johnnie Walker labels. Stock up by pre ordering, here:  http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo.

  2. Davidoff Fragrancesdavidoff_fragrances_for_her_01

    Splendid gifts for the special women in your life. We have exciting offers on the entire range of Davidoff perfumes just for her.

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    But wait! Bangalore Duty Free has also extended this offer to include a flat 30% off men’s Davidoff fragrances, too. So, shop away to your heart’s content. Stock up for upcoming birthdays and festivals!

    Did we mention you could pre order these, too? Simply click here http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK to avail this fantastic offer.

  3. Lindt Chocolates

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Nothing spells love, appreciation and thanks more than chocolates. Bangalore Duty Free boasts of a large variety of Swiss chocolates – arguably some of the best in the world.

Choose a smorgasbord of delicious chocolate flavours to share with friends and family by purchasing Lindt for a fraction of the cost. Because when it comes to chocolates, no one can eat just one. To help you save more, we’re offering a 40% discount on the purchase of 5 Lindt boxes.

Visit our online store to pre book your chocolates so that they don’t run out of stock: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

Our dhamakedar deals don’t end here! If you’re flying through Bangalore this month make sure to look up our other weekly offers on http://bit.ly/2cRhkq6. It’s simply a matter of ordering your items online and picking them up when you are at the airport.

How to Rock a Classic Cocktail

That old Gold, that warm elixir, that which is called Whisky, Whiskey, Scotch, Rye or Bourbon, which usually is served up straight, on the rocks or slightly diluted, can also be a popular cocktail drink. Whisky drinkers will know that the spirit does lend itself nicely to fruity as well as drier mixes.

We are not talking about the common cola that some like to fizz up their drink with. Rather, the finer mixes and flavours that make for enduring taste and lingering memories. Bring on the world of Whisky cocktails, the world that is not just for the folk who like their Scotch but also for those who like their flavours.

Some cocktails that whet your appetite are the Classic Manhattan, Whisky Sour, Whisky Smash and the Blood and Sand, to mention just a few. For the joy of trying it at home, we have decided to give you three recipes we thought might tickle your taste buds.

The Manhattan is an old favourite and almost always tops a cocktail menu’s Whisky section. Originally made from Rye Whisky, later drinkers used Bourbon more frequently. Today, however, it lends itself to the taste of the drinker and you are generally welcome to use any Whisky you prefer. Here, for your drinking pleasure, is the recipe:

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Ingredients:

2 ounces of your choice of Whisky

½ ounce sweet Vermouth

2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

 Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

Some variations on this cocktail include playing with the Vermouth ratios. Depending on how dry you like your Manhattan, you could use a drier or sweet Vermouth. And if you don’t have a cherry to garnish your drink with, then a sliver of orange peel will do just as well.

Be sure to use a classic cocktail glass for this very special drink, to get the look and feel just right!

And just so you can get a feel for the kind of cocktails possible with Whisky, and because we are not listing every single one here (it is still a growing list by the way), here is another cocktail recipe, one that was meant to be a classic.

Inspired by the 1941 movie Blood and Sand, the cocktail of the same name is probably just as inspired by the remake in 1989 starring Sharon Stone.

The cocktail itself is a delightful one with a touch of sweet and citrus. A suggestion, if you cannot find Cherry Brandy is to use Cherry Heering which has a more natural cherry flavour. Additionally, we advise you to use freshly squeezed orange juice as opposed to the canned or tinned variety. And for your further edification, here is the recipe!

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Ingredients:

¾ ounce Scotch Whisky

¾ ounce Cherry Brandy

¾ ounce sweet Vermouth

¾ ounce orange juice

Orange slice for garnish

 Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Preparation:

  1.  Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice.

In 2010, this beloved cocktail was vastly improved by a top mixologist at Edinburgh’s premier cocktail bar, the Bramble Bar. Using Chivas Regal blended Scotch Whisky, passion fruit puree, Lillet Rouge and Cherry Heering, this reinterpretation is possibly even better than the original – try it!

Ingredients:

1 ounce Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky

1 ounce passion fruit puree

1 ounce Cherry Heering

1 ounce Lillet Rouge

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing glass, add all ingredients.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Enjoy!

We, at Bengaluru Duty Free really hope you enjoy your Whisky and, more importantly today, your Whisky-based cocktails! Do try these and let us know what you think and what you like! Happy to help you out at our store anytime – do drop by, and, who knows – you may be able to create a perfect cocktail all your own!

A Scintillating Scent-ember to Remember

Like they say, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And, trust us, the way you smell plays a large part in that experience!

This September, Bengaluru Duty Free has some very special specials in the Perfume section of our store. As always, our prices are extremely competitive, so we would recommend that you shop with us and pick the perfect perfume. You can always book ahead of your flight with our pre order facility, so that it will be waiting for you as you step off the tarmac.

Davidoff Cool Water EDT 125 ml. for Men

david_off_for_men_sent-ember_01_An old favourite, one that has been around for a long time now – since the late 1980s, is Davidoff Cool Water, Eau De Toilette. If you’re a perfume connoisseur you’ll know that this one is a classic. Cool Water for Men is well known for its fresh scent, reminiscent of the ocean and the spray of the surf as you walk along a beach on a warm summer’s day. The clean, uncomplicated fragrance of ocean air, fresh, minty, summery and immortal: that is the essence of this evergreen EDT for men.

Davidoff Cool Water EDT 100 ml. for Women

david_off_for_woman_sent-ember_01_Cool Water for Women has fond memories for many who knew it to be their first experience with perfumes. Again a classic, this one speaks volumes about a woman’s ethereal nature. A fragrance that bespeaks a sensual, natural beauty, like water glistening on skin, it is imbued with a fruity and floral freshness that gives it everlasting vibrancy.

Calvin Klein One EDT 200 ml.

calvin_klein_one-_sent-ember_01_The One is possibly the first of its kind to be a unisex EDT from a big name in the perfume industry. Known as the original “shared” fragrance, it inspires you with the confidence and courage to be yourself. Cool, clean and refreshing, this is a universally likable and desirable scent.

Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT 100 ml. for Men

paco_rabanne_invictus_sent-ember_01_The word Invictus means invincible, something that has dynamic energy. This for the men who are that way and/or want to feel that way. “The Scent of Victory, the essence of heroes” is what this sensation is all about. Warm masculinity mingled with a clean freshness makes this one “ecstatically addictive”.

Any one of these specials is bound to make you feel good in a number of ways. Whether you use it yourself or gift it to a loved one, the benefits are nearly tangible. Surround yourself with the fragrances that make living so good; wake yourself up on a gloomy day with a whiff of a favourite scent; indulge yourself in a bouquet of perfume when you step out for a night on the town. It’s good to know that you cannot go wrong with any one of these EDTs.

At Bengaluru Duty Free we take pleasure in making you feel special. Take a look at our Best Deals on our website and see what you would like best. Shop online and have your scintillating purchase waiting for you when you arrive at the Bengaluru International Airport. Or drop by if you have some time waiting for a flight, and try some samples and then decide what makes you feel the way you want to feel.

Looking forward to welcoming you at our store!

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