Our favourite Indian Whiskeys

Of all the things a Whisky lover would do, one can never be as bold as to claim just a few favourites and assert them champions over the rest – it would be like picking your favourite child so to speak. At Bengaluru Duty Free, we understand that this could be quite tricky. Thus, we hope to help you assemble your own collection of the best Indian Whiskies in the world. These should definitely make it into your liquor cabinet for when you’re in the mood for some of that ‘desi daaru’.

We also proud to showcase two of the finest, award-winning Indian Single Malt Whiskies that are now renowned all over the world for their smooth and unrivalled taste.

Amrut

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The founders of the Amrut distillery aptly named it “Amrut” after the Elixir of Life as per Indian Mythology.

Single Malt Whisky by Amrut is a product of years of research that ensure that this Whisky matches world standards. Made from selected Indian barley, grown at the feet of the Himalayas, nurtured by the waters flowing there and cultivated using age old agricultural practices. It is distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aroma and matured in oak barrels in a unique tropical condition. It is hands down the best Whisky India has ever produced.

Paul John
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The many personalities of Goa are captured in each of Paul John’s creations. The warm temperatures certainly help mature the Whiskies faster, giving them their own, signature taste and flavour.

 

Paul John Single Malt or Brilliance is a Single Malt Whisky made in Goa which goes through the traditional whisky making process. Paul John Whiskies are considered delectable with a lot of character and intensity on the tasting notes. One of world’s most celebrated Whiskies, this one goes best with the traditional Goan dessert Bebinca.

 

McDowell’s No 1
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One of the top selling brands in India is the Mc Dowell’s No 1 Whisky. The brand was launched in 1968 by the United Spirits Limited and comes in variants like Reserve, Diet Mate and Platinum.

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A brand by Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), known as “OC” by the common man in India, is the second most selling Whisky brand in India, which is made by blending the best of Indian neutral spirits with Malt Spirits.

Bagpiper
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This Whisky brand by Diageo-USL is the next on the list of the most selling Whiskies in India. This is also one of the top 100 brands in the world and is a sought after drink for most avid Whisky fans.

Royal Stag
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Seagram’s Royal Stag was released in the Indian market in 1995. The brand is owned by the second largest liquor company in the world – Pernod Ricard. It blends Indian grain based spirits with imported Scotch Malts. It is now available in the Barrel Select expression as well.

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This brand is owned by John Distilleries. This is another well known brand in the country and is one among the top 20 best selling Whiskies in the world.

Old Tavern
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Another popular choice among Whiskey brands in India is Old Tavern, which holds a considerable market share in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Hayward’s Fine
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Hayward’s Fine is another brand owned by Diageo-USL, which has earned a place on this list. It is an economically priced brand, which is gaining increasing popularity not only in India, but also in the Middle East and Africa.

Imperial Blue
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Also known as Seagram’s Imperial Blue, this brand gives a fine blend of Scotch Malts with Indian grain spirits. The brand was launched by Seagrams in 1997. This is one of the favourite Whisky brands among the middle class. The “men will be men” campaign has really taken this brand to a different dimension and placed the brand well in the Indian alcohol market.

If Indian Whisky is not your first choice, then you’d love to explore our vast collection of imported Whiskies, here: http://goo.gl/bo0a4m

 

The Best Wines of 2015

Kick-starting 2016, with a list of extraordinary wines reminds us that there are a few diligent Winemakers that we need to be grateful to.

Wine, like all fine things in life, has good days and bad days and seems like these 10 Wines were caught on a pretty good day:

  1. Yangarra Estate High Sands Grenache 2010

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Crafted from a single, lonesome plot of old vine Grenache dating back to 1946, the Wine exhibits a sour cherry over dried herbs on the nose. This Australian Wine has a rather captivating taste is like silk but only much more complex. This versatile Wine can be served at a big dinner party and is ideal before and during dinner too.

  1. Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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For those who like their Wines fuller, a little more voluptuous, this classic option hailing from Montalcino, Italy, also in its prime is quite a serious choice to opt for. If you give it a tender swirl you may be able to get a whiff of the dancing fruits in its midst. This Wine goes great with some seafood like prawns, shrimps or even crab.

  1. Marques de Riscal Rioja Baron de Chirel Reserva 2010

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One place to watch out for ultra-premium Wines is Rioja, Spain and this wine is proof of that fact. Composed of a satiny texture, the decadent spice on the nose adds to the texture with much grace. The subliminal notes include dried cherry, tobacco, forest and dark chocolate. This elegant Wine can be served with roasted red meats like lamb or pork.

  1. Aia Vecchia “Lagone” Toscana IGT 2012

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Another classic, a perfect blend of Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon and Cabernet franc from Bolgheri in Tuscany, Italy is a delightful Wine. Packed with abundant black cherry, dried herbs and spice over vanilla this is the kind of Wine you can drink with any kind of meal. We recommend that you must pop it open and pour it at the earliest and raise a toast to be able to drink this delicious masterpiece.

 

  1. Cowhorn Vineyard Spiral 36 Southern Oregon 2014

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This blend of viognier, roussanne, and marsanne yields a ripe and succulent wine with notes of hazelnuts and lemon cream. With tropical fruits on the palate, good acidity keeps things interesting. Made from Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic vineyards, it ages spectacularly too.

  1. Suavia Le Rive Bianco Veronese IGT 2011  

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This white wine is abundant with peach notes, cardamom, exotic fruits and mineral threads and offers a juicy treat. Made from over-ripe 100% Garganega grapes, the wine has some residual sugar, but it’s not obvious or oversweet because of the good natural acidity. This wine is perfect with pepperoni pizza.

  1. Don Melchor Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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Wines from Chile may not have come across your way as often but we can vouch for them completely. The wine is named after the founder of Concha y Toro winery, Don Melchor, and is much like a French Bordeaux, only more intense and flavourful with notes of black cherry and mocha. The tannins hit the spot with the way they have been sculpted and can easily age for another decade or so.

  1. Buty Rediviva of the Stones, Rockgarden Estate 2012

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Buty happens to be one of the first wineries in the Washington state that started with the intriguing blend combinations of syrah and cabernet sauvignon. This wine is cultivated from certified organic grapes in Walla Walla and displays lacy notes of lavender folded into rich earth and dark cherry notes. It’s pure sophistication in the glass with a supple feel and richness.

  1. Fasi Crest Syrah, Private Reserve 2010

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The uniqueness of this Wine lies in the fact that it is made out of 100% organic grapes and hail from a comparatively unknown region in California called Madera. The San Joaquin River offers cooling influence on the vineyards, keeping the ripe blackberry fruit fresh and elegant. It comprises notes from anise and tobacco and are composite with a nice freshness and long finish.

  1. Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1994

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The 1994 vintage has been proclaimed by growers and producers as one of the finest of the last century. It is a very preciously aged Wine from Portugal and carries this amazing finesse with its moderately sweet but full-bodied feel. In a word, it’s brilliant!

If all this talk about Wine has made you yearn for a bottle, browse through our collection of Wines and we are sure you’ll be surprised to find a few winners on our shelves. Pre book a bottle here: bit.ly/17A3P6X

 

Audiophiles 101: A journey into the world of headphones

Whether you are craving high energy tunes to juice up your workout, or private listening at home or at work, an adrenaline-pumping gaming experience or are just looking for an amazing sound system or accessory to express your personal style, we have something for everyone. The first aspect you must narrow down to when searching for a pair of headphones is deciding which form factor you want. This decision should be based on not only where you will be using them but rather what type of music you are listening to. You may choose full size headphones or in-earbuds, wired or wireless, that’s up to you. But this guide will help familiarize you with the features that you need to look at for before you buy a pair of headphones.

We understand that the size, type and technology of the headphones are all crucial to your decision but it’s extremely important to demystify the features and get accustomed to the headphone-vocabulary. Here we have a list of the key features you need to consider when finding the perfect pair of headphones.

  • Bass: Even at its very best, headphone bass is never the sort of heavy hitting experience you literally feel from massive speakers or subwoofers, but many manufacturers do custom tune their “signature sound” to emphasize the lower frequencies, however at the cost of instrument separation and natural delivery. Earbuds are tiny and portable, but except for a couple of high-end models they can’t compete with full-size, over-the-ear headphones for deep bass response or visceral dynamic range.

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  • Comfort and weight: Assessing sound quality is always a subjective exercise, but the only way to judge comfort is to put them on and listen for at least 10 minutes. Do the earpads exert too much pressure on your ears? Headphones that enclose or cover your ears can get uncomfortably hot, but you’ll have to wear them for a while to find out. Some of the bigger sealed models with cushy leather pads are the worst offenders. Pro-style headphones are comparatively beefier and can feel uncomfortably heavy after hours of use. Lighter headband-style headphones are almost always more comfortable than heavier ones. Even if they’re not, they’re at least less of a hassle to carry around.

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  • Durability: There’s no reason a headphone should be treated as disposable technology. Unlike almost everything else in the realm of consumer electronics, this year’s headphones won’t be obsolete six months or a year from now. In fact, there’s no reason a good pair of headphones can’t last for the better part of a decade. Be sure to assess the build quality of your prospective headphones. Some earbuds and portable devices are relatively fragile, for instance. If the headphones fold up for easy storage, are the hinges robust, or will they fall apart in a month or two? Don’t forget to examine that the earpads and earbuds will get extensive wear and tear over the life of the headphones.

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  • Cable dressing and length: Most stereo headphones have just one cable, usually attached to the left earpiece (sometimes called single-sided cabling). Some models and all earbuds use a Y-cable that connects to both earpieces (double-sided). The actual cable plug, meanwhile, is usually one of two designs: a straight I-plug or an angled L-plug; the latter may be useful if your portable player has a side- or bottom-mounted headphone jack.

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If you are an audio-freak who is looking to buy a decent pair of headphones, do keep all these aspects in mind and don’t forget to log on to our website at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/Index.aspx and find yourselves a pair of headphones that will certainly fit into your requirements and cover all these aspects.

February’s Finest

We love brands because we feel attached and loyal to them. Sometimes, we even put them on a pedestal and worship them because that’s how devoted we feel to them. Not going by the usual textbook explanation, there is an underlying, mystical spirit that only good brands have in common. So what do all the good brands share in common that sets them apart?

Like strong resemblances between family members, good brands also share many qualities that define them and draw us towards them. When we search for the essence of all good brands, that elucidates what it means to be a good brand, we can’t find it because in reality there is no basic essence to which all good brands can be abridged. We can surely distinguish them with high quality standards, their long-lasting endurance and of course the hole in the pocket that they drill. To be honest, brands are much more than that. They fill the void between who you are and who you desire to be. A good brands compels you to be better than yourself because let’s face it you can always have scope for improvement. Now that you know what we love about brands. Here are some of the finest brands that we stock and why we love them. 

  1. Jack Daniel’s

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If there is something that Jack Daniel’s is known for, it’s for the premium brand that it has come to be recognised as over time. They have maintained their high standards of quality through the years and have a highly devoted fan base hence Jack Daniel’s makes it on our list. Get it now: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

 

  1.   Johnnie Walker

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It’s no secret as to how wonderfully smooth all drinks by Johnnie Walker are. As a brand, Johnnie Walker has many ardent customers and it’s no wonder because they have always had consistency in their drinks and they have in fact just headed towards a more refined path with time. Johnnie Walker is a name that resonates with drinkers worldwide and that’s why it is on our list. Shop now: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

 

  1.   Chivas Regal

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Chivas Regal epitomizes extravagant quality and has a very strong standing in the alcohol market. They are known to create not just their drinks but also try their hand at endorsing travel related commodities. Why Chivas Regal is so popular with their fans is a melange of facts from various innovations up their sleeves to the fact that they have very smooth drinks and all these reasons make Chivas Regal an entrant on the list. Buy now: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

 

  1.   Paco Rabanne

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Known for his great sense of panache and breakthrough style mantras, Paco Rabanne’s brand is a true reflection of what he stands for and that is clearly seen in his brand. Paco Rabanne has a niche audience that they cater to because that’s how they are tailored! Their standard of quality is remarkable and that’s why they are part of our list. Get here: http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.        Davidoff

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Talking about premier brands, Davidoff is one such brand that is known for selling lavish fashion accessories and perfumes. They have established their place in the fashion industry as the epitome of style and have quite a few fans who are loyal to them and can be seen adorning Davidoff collections. It’s the quality and luxury status of this fashion brand that puts Davidoff on our list. Buy here: http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.   Calvin Klein

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Whether it’s the ability of Calvin Klein to hire the most gorgeous models or the brand appeal that offers haute couture products at a somewhat affordable price, Calvin Klein is surely one of the most prominent names in the fashion sector and has a wide range of apparel and accessories to vouch for its incredibility. The brand connects with a lot of people and hence we have Calvin Klein making it to our list. Shop now: http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.  Hugo Boss

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One of the most notable brands, Hugo Boss has redefined fashion to include more recents fashion trends. It’s almost impossible to ignore the giant footprint that Hugo Boss has left on the fashion industry. With a staunch fan base and users that Hugo Boss has under its wing, it’s no wonder it has been propelled to fly and also one of the few reasons that Hugo Boss makes it on our list. Get it here: http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.  Issey Miyake

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Well-known for the technology-driven clothing designs, abstract art exhibitions and fragrances, Issey Miyake offers more than just innovative and intriguing apparel. Issey Miyake serves as a gateway into the contemporary modes of expression with a distinctive style that impresses many. Unwavering fans makes Issey Miyake an elusive yet delightful experience to immerse in. Issey Miyake is on our list for good reason! Shop now: http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

If you love brands as much as we do and can live, eat, breathe brands then log on to our website at www.bengalurudutyfree.in and splurge on some of the best brands under the sun over a wide range of products.