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!

 

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!

 

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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    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!

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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.

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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.

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.

New Arrivals in Bengaluru Duty Free

At Bengaluru Duty Free, we value you – our customers so much so that we take every need and requirement of yours into consideration while stocking up our shelves. We know how exhilarating it is to see new additions into our already existing wide range of products. For our dearest customers, we have an array of exclusive new arrivals that will most certainly brighten up your mood.

  1. Single Malt – Various blends with an assortment of the finest spices and interesting flavours that go down smoothly, we bring to you a brand new selection of Single Malts. We have reformed our Single Malt cabinet to accommodate some of your most preferred brands. Bask in our new and improved collection: http://bit.ly/1ryHEacThe-Singleton-of-Glen-Ord-Liberte-100cls_big201472111462276
  2. Rum  – The sugar cane spirit has been resuscitated with our distinctive array of Rums ranging from Spiced Rums to 12 year old blends. In addition to our old collection, we have introduced some of the biggest names associated with top-quality Rum that will redefine the word ‘temptation’ for you. Savour our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14 image01_big2015113175536949
  3. Vodka – We present to you, an improved selection of Vodkas, that augment your drinking affair. With unique and rare fruity flavoured Vodka, we can assure you that you will be impressed with our choice of Vodka, which is carefully picked and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this exceptional collection: http://bit.ly/1zjagpuBeluga-Gold-Line_BIG2015115152518125
  4. Gin – With a long history of evolution, Gin has come quite far and represents various origins styles, and flavour profiles some of which reflect in our latest collection of Gins. Our aim is to provide you with an extraordinary experience to drink this splendid selection of Gin. Take pleasure in every sip of our collection: http://bit.ly/1S2K3lHGin Mare_BIG2015102718400758
  5. Tequila – The most vibrant drink out of our entire spirit collection, the Tequila is a winner with all of you who like to have not just a good time but rather a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas from all around the world. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg Camino-Tequila-Gold-40-75cls_big20141231281244
  6. Cognac – Most certainly a true connoisseur’s ultimate preference, Cognac always hits the spot with its magical flavour. That smoothness you feel as you take a gulp of one of the finest labels of Cognac, is a feeling of grand contentment. Get a taste of this contentment with our fine collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0Leopold, XO Cognac_BIG20151027183714320
  7. Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new selection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet delicious promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that also carry an incredible taste you just wouldn’t want to stop relishing. Devour our latest collection of scrumptious goodies: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcmLindt_Dark_Pralines_Box_145g-Big2014525215424100

Bengaluru Duty Free’s most exclusive Single Malts

Bengaluru Duty Free has some of the most coveted Single Malts from renowned makers like Balvenie, Dalmore, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes, Buichladdich, Macallan and Talisker. Each of these Single Malts deserves pride of place in a true connoisseur’s collection and would be perfect to raise a toast to life’s most glorious events.

Let us take a look at some of the finest Single Malts stocked at Bengaluru Duty Free.

The Dalmore Ceti 30 Year Old

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After 23 long years maturing in hand-selected American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, this exquisite spirit continues its journey in 30-year-old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts sourced from the world renowned bodega Gonzalez Byass. Only after a further seven years of storage is the Whisky ready to be released from its aromatic cask, creating a 30-year-old Malt of unrivalled quality.

This excellent Single Malt is available at the guaranteed best price of $1,658 at Bengaluru Duty Free. Pre-order it today at http://goo.gl/2tEtPk.

The Balvenie 30 Year Old

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The Balvenie 30 Year Old was a gold medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition, with good reason. This rare and fine Single Malt has been crafted from specially selected barrels by Malt Master David Stewart, resulting in a rich, silky smooth honeyed Scotch Whisky. The Whisky has a nose of mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel, giving a taste of great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear.

This heady Scotch is available for purchase at Bengaluru Duty Free at the guaranteed best price of $780. Pre-order it at http://goo.gl/vl4O5H.

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old Rare Oak

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Matured in European Sherry butts and American Bourbon barrels for a rich, sophisticated character and remarkable depth of flavour, the Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 Year Old is married together in small batches to create a truly luxurious and velvety smooth Single Malt. Over two and a half decades of careful maturation results in a complex and intriguing Whisky that’s a real treat for the discerning palate. This prestigious Single Malt exudes flavours of vanilla with just a hint of spice.

Experience the perfect Scotch at Bengaluru Duty Free at the unbeatable price of $435. Pre-order it at http://goo.gl/fgU0Xc.

The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve

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The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve is the oldest of four multi-vintage expressions distilled in different years. It has a sweet, oaky aroma with hints of lime, marmalade and luscious dried fruits. This rich Whisky is creamy, velvety smooth and slightly spicy.

Get the Glenrothes Oldest Reserve at Bengaluru Duty Free at the extraordinarily competitive price of $325. Pre-order it at http://goo.gl/9eLXv3.

Bruichladdich Black Art 4

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Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, the Bruichladdich Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich. The marriage of the spirit from casks known only to the blender has created a sensational texture, both sleek and suggestive. Lose yourself in the sweet, fruity, mellow oakiness of this bewitching spirit.

Try the Bruichladdich Black Art 4 at Bengaluru Duty Free at the attractive price of $316. Pre-order today at http://goo.gl/iAGHRC.

The Macallan Estate Reserve

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This stunning edition from Macallan, from its 1824 collection, is made in special sherry-seasoned hoggies and bottled at 80 UK proof. The Whisky has a magnitude of flavor and great depth, though its fragrance alludes to something softer and sweeter with fruits, ginger, vanilla and citrus playing large roles. The palate is consumed with citrus and wood in a rich texture.

Savour the Macallan Estate Reserve at Bengaluru Duty Free at the value-for-money price of $249. Pre-order it today at http://goo.gl/sSK08E.

Talisker 18 Year Old

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The Talisker 18 Year Old is a masterpiece from one of Scotland’s greatest distilleries, and was named ‘Best Single Malt Whisky in the World’ at the World Whiskies Awards in 2007. It has a stunning balance of peat, spice and sweetness. Its flavours and aromas build up in the glass to reveal the true beauty and character of malts from the Isle of Skye.

Sip this excellent Scotch today and relish the taste of a truly great Single Malt. Pre-order it at http://goo.gl/UqsJJx at the best price of $220.