The best Duty Free shopping tips

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Do you often wonder if airport duty free shops abroad are cheaper than our very own store at Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore?

Here is how you can figure it out for yourself.

1. Check prices of duty free products online before you buy them. Why buy in Singapore or Dubai when you can save $5 or so if you buy in Bangalore?

Visit our website to see our catalogue of products and all our many, wonderful monthly offers.

2. Pre-order to save time and money. After you have browsed the website and identified the lowest price, act immediately. Did you know that you can get 10% off on duty free products by pre-ordering them online from our store and pick them up on your arrival at the airport. You only pay when you pick your purchases – it is that simple.

Visit our website and after you select a product, click on the Pre-Order option.

3. Before you happily start pre-ordering to your heart’s content, check for the duty free allowances. There are limits that the government imposes on the products that you buy. Check this page on our website for details.

4. Our store is always abuzz with monthly in-store offers. So you are advised to keep your eyes open for these offers and make the most of them.

We hope these tips will make airport shopping a fun and inexpensive shopping experience for you.

Happy Shopping!

How your glass of Whisky could be in danger.

whiskey-2171646_960_720Last week, April 22 was a red letter day called Earth Day. There were numerous articles educating and reminding us about the impact of climate change on various aspects of the world that we live in – our quality of food, water, and life. Little do we know the impact of climate change on Whisky.

What goes into making Whisky and how can it be impacted?

Water: A key requirement in a distillery as it is needed to mix the yeast with the barley in the fermented liquid which eventually becomes the spirit. Distilleries in Scotland and the world over usually use river or spring water in this process. It is important to note that if we do not care for our water sources and water bodies and end up polluting them then it will only be a matter of time when this affects the quality of the final product or the price as more money might need to spent on water purification techniques.

Barley: The base product from which Whisky is made, this is usually imported from far away fields adding to the carbon footprint . It might be a smarter idea for distilleries to grow their own barley on site to control volumes and reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting barley from other locations.

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Wood: The casks made from wood is eventually responsible for giving Whisky the colour, complexity, and aroma. Distilleries must ensure that they are not contributing to deforestation and should consider buying a plot of forest land to closely monitor the supply chain from planting, harvesting, use, and protection of natural resources that go into the making of Whisky.

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The right way to drink Whisky

Across the world, people have been consuming Whisky for hundreds of years in about 2-3 different ways –  with ice, water or neat. There have been endless debates about the right way to consume Scotch. Over the years several Whisky based cocktails were also invented all claiming to be the right way to enjoy this sought after spirit. We are not sure that is the best way to savour such a fine spirit that is such a massive labour of love.

There is only one right way to drink Scotch. Neat.

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This is the right way to bring out the flavours for which you have spent a great deal of money to enjoy. Diluting and mixing only take away from the true essence of this liquid gold.

If however, this unadulterated way is not your favourite way to consume Whisky then we can suggest a splash of water.

On the rocks, a popular phrase usually used when ordering a drink of Whisky is not the most ideal way to consume Single Malts because adding ice will lead to the dulling of the flavour.

In recent times, it has been concluded that the addition of a little water to your Whisky is not a bad thing. Apparently, a chemical reaction occurs between the water and the tightly-wound chains of amino acids in the Whisky. They literally unravel, releasing new flavor compounds and esters (volatile compounds that smell like flowers and fruits).

How much water? We would recommend just a small splash.

Cheers!

 

History of the Cocktail

Every time you’re at a party, sipping a cool / colourful cocktail do you ever wonder about the first cocktail ever made?

Here’s one theory about the first cocktail.

In 1586, a fleet of English ships commanded by Sir Francis Drake was stranded near Havana. The ships were full of plundered gold but the crew were too sick to sail or fight.

According to the legend, Drake took local medicines such as mint (good for stomachs) lime (to treat scurvy), bark from the chuchuhuasi tree soaked in rum (a cure for dysentery), and cane sugar (to make it all taste OK), and mixed it all together. The resulting drink, dubbed El Draque, cured his sailors.

The word ‘cocktail’ comes into it because Drake’s crew allegedly drank this concoction from a long spoon with cock tail handle. Believe that? Well, it is just a theory. There is however a striking resemblance between the El Draque and the drink now known as the Mojito.

The other theory about the first cocktail came from the Americans.

America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, was created in New Orleans in 1838, by Antoine Peychaud. He created the drink in a French Quarter bar and named it after his favourite French Brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils. In 1873, the drink was changed when American Rye Whiskey was substituted for Cognac, and a dash of Absinthe was added by bartender Leon Lamothe, and today he is regarded as the Father of the Sazerac. In 1912, Absinthe was banned, so Peychaud substituted his special bitters in its place.

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Sazerac Recipe:

  • 1 cube sugar
  • 1½ ounces (35ml) Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • ¼ ounce Herbsaint
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon peel

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud’s Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube. Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon to the second glass containing the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint. Empty the Whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.

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Christmas Cocktail Recipes 2016

Christmas is around the corner! Chances are, you will be spending the day with friends and/or family. Here are a few classic, must-know-recipes of delicious cocktails for your Christmas celebrations!

Classic Eggnog

The perfect blend of beaten egg yolks, sugar, cream,  , Rum, and Cognac. Refrigerate up to a day. Pour the egg-yolk mixture over fluffy egg whites and stir until blended. Serve immediately, while the whites are fluffiest. Add nutmeg to finish it off.

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Citrus-Irish Whisky Punch        

Combine  , tea, clementine juice, lemon juice, Oleo-Saccharum, Angostura bitters, and 1½ tsp. nutmeg in a large bowl or pitcher; cover and chill 3–8 hours. Strain into a punch bowl and add several lemon and orange wheels and 4 cups ice. Serve punch in cups over ice garnished with nutmeg.

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Classic Martini

Pour a little dry Vermouth in a chilled Martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Dispose of excess Vermouth. Gently swirl or stir the   before straining into glass. Garnish with olives, lemon twist or cocktail onion and add rocks if you like.

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Cranberry Cocktail

Pour cranberry juice and Gin over ice in a tall glass. Top off with tonic water, and then add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a few fresh cranberries.

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Christmas Punch

Mix pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, Vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple sugar syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

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Kir Royales

Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour into 5 to 9 parts dry Champagne (depending on taste), being careful not to let it foam up too much.

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Pina Colada

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes. Add Rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Puree and serve garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry, if desired.

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Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Crème de Cassis into 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add three tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

 

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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!