Father’s Day 2017: Gift ideas

Father’s Day falls every year on the third Sunday in June. This year make no excuses for not getting your Dad the ideal gift to show your love.

Chances are you are returning from a summer holiday or work trip this week and we assure you that Bengaluru Duty Free is one of the finest places to shop for your father. And after he hears how much you saved by shopping at our duty free store, he is going to be doubly proud.

Spirits

If your dad is a connoisseur of fine spirits, then you will be spoilt for choice as we have hundreds of options to choose from. The finest Whiskies, the choicest Wines, the best Vodkas and Gins. There’s something for every type of Dad. Ask for our June specials and offers.

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Perfumes

Look no further for the latest range of perfumes from the world’s top designer brands. We have the good, old fragrances that everyone knows and loves and we also have the latest scents of summer 2017 that are bold, fresh and in fashion. We have good deals on summer scents, ongoing now. Save big.

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Chocolates

It is not true that only women have an affinity for the sweet things in life. Dads too know and love their chocolate. We have classics from the famed Swiss brands and lots of other options in dark, milk and white to choose from. We always have offers in store, so do not forget to swipe a good deal on chocolate.

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And do not forget, you can pre order on our website.

Have a Happy Father’s Day with your Dad.

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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!

 

How to uncork a champagne bottle

Believe it or not, it has been reported that champagne corks kill nearly 24 people each year.

You wouldn’t want your wedding turning into a funeral.

Learn the simple and right way to uncork a bottle of bubbly.

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The bottle of champagne should be properly chilled to around 7-8 degrees Celsius. If it isn’t cold enough, the pressure inside the bottle will cause the cork to release very quickly. And that is when it becomes a safety hazard.

To quickly cool down your champagne bottle (and to keep cold bottles cold), use a mixture of 50% ice and 50% water. This liquid mixture ensures more of the surface area of the bottle is being cooled.

Although all champagnes have a tab to help open the bottle, most of the time the tab fails to make its way around the bottle leaving an ugly mess of excess foil. Cut the foil to create an even, clean line around the bottle so that once the foil is removed, the cork and cage are exposed.

When you remove the bottle from the ice bath, wipe it dry so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

Fold a kitchen towel lengthwise and put it over the cage and the cork to create a safety measure that can help prevent the cork from flying off.

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Untwist the cage anti clockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely.

Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Untwist six times and then loosen the cage all the way around the bottle.

Twist the bottle not the cork once the cage is loosened. If you twist the cork, it can break inside the bottle.

Once the bottle starts to loosen from the cork and is able to spin freely, begin to slowly pull the cork away from the bottle.

Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally. Once you feel the cork begin to move on its own, push against the cork gentle to keep it from releasing too quickly.

Listen for a quiet hissing sound. The slower the cork separates itself from the bottle, the gentler the hiss.

Now that the pressure of the bottle is driving the cork out, you can control how quickly the cork separates itself from the bottle.

Once the cork is removed, give the lip of the bottle a quick wipe and serve.

Cheers!

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!

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    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.

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    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!

Christmas is better with Bengaluru Duty Free

The anticipation of Christmas always goes hand in hand with choosing gifts for your loved ones. Christmas gifts are a favourite tradition of many families and they don’t just create a holiday mood, but also help in expressing your gratitude and love to people that are important to you. We at Bengaluru Duty Free pursue the Christmas spirit earnestly and certainly believe and support the concept of gifting. Here a few stocking stuffing ideas.

 

  1.   Johnnie Walker Black Label

Everyone loves a bottle of one of the finest Scotch blends there is – Johnnie Walker Black Label. Whether it’s the smooth texture or the fact that it is created using Whiskies from all four corners of Scotland, it is a splendid gifting option for winter. What better time than Christmas to present your dad or uncle with the fabulous Black Label? Get it here: http://goo.gl/xx2JSQ

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  1.   Chivas Regal Extra

As the name suggests, this Single Malt by Chivas Regal is extra special, mainly because of the higher proportion of Sherry cask-matured with a phenomenal blend of dark fruits, rich chocolate and a hint of spice. The result is brilliant to say the least and makes it an extra remarkable gift this Christmas for your favourite man! Order beforehand: http://bit.ly/1igO8qh

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  1.  Baileys Irish Cream

A mind-blowing fusion of the finest premium Irish Whiskey with cream-based liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream is beyond delicious. Let your loved ones indulge in the flavourful delight of this liqueur after a good festive meal. Get this awesome Christmas gift at our store. Buy here: http://bit.ly/1XO5qOU

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  1.   Lindt Assorted Pralines

When you combine the silky sensation of pralines with the richness of chocolate you get what is probably the best present this Christmas. Whether it’s for kids or adults this is the ultimate gifting choice for any age group. Pre order: http://goo.gl/BXaKtA

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  1.   Swiss Dream 3 Nuts

This chocolate stands out due to the different varieties of nuts in it. Milk chocolates embedded with flakes and whole nuts make this a great gift to sweeten Christmas celebrations. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/3kjiT8

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  1. Al Nassma Chocolates

Why not make this Christmas different with the scrumptiousness of these exotic Camel milk chocolates. We are sure you will not be forgotten for introducing your friends to a new chocolate eating experience. Pre order now:  http://bit.ly/1Q9UxCC

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  1.  Issey Miyake Nuit D’issey

This rare composition of a woody, spicy scent with a leather backbone, perfectly rounded off with a hint of sweetness, is the ideal gift for men of all ages. It makes an exceptional present for Christmas. Get it now:  http://goo.gl/htx5fk

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  1. Calvin Klein One

This clean and contemporary fragrance by Calvin Klein is a sensual scent that is best suited for both men and women. There isn’t an overpowering floral or fruity aroma rather refreshing green tea notes which is reminiscent of Summer even during the Winter. This will please your loved ones this Christmas. Buy now: http://bit.ly/1TFriX6

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  1. My Burberry

A delightful scent that is an epitome of supreme craftsmanship, lingering with fresh notes, this one is one for keeps. It also makes an excellent Christmas present for the women in your lives. Order first: http://bit.ly/1Tv0ZSG

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Check out our website www.bengalurudutyfree.in for a wide selection of gifting options that suit your budget. Have a Merry Christmas!