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!

 

The Dos and Don’ts of cooking with Alcohol

After a hard week, a favorite leisure time activity that a lot of people see as a great form of relaxation is firing up the grill in their backyard with an ice cold beer or a glass of wine in hand. Whether you partake in drinking alcohol or not, all of us do however, like a bit of spirit tossed into some of our favourite meals. It’s not surprising at all that alcohol is a very commonly used ingredient in a lot of kitchens. It has various uses which make it a versatile ingredient.

In order to get started, one must have a basic understanding of pairing food and alcohol as part of the finished meal. The rule to cooking with alcohol is based on keeping it simple. Cooking with alcohol is also very similar to food pairings with alcohol. Which goes to say darker spirits work with darker meats, sauces and dishes that are heavy on proteins. On the other hand, light coloured spirits belong with lighter and white meats, sauces and low-protein food.

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Another imperative rule of cooking with alcohol is also a safety tip of sorts – avoid the flambé technique if you’re not an expert. Flambé is a style of cooking where a generous amount of any spirit is poured on food and is set ablaze as alcohol has highly flammable properties. This is a big no-no to avoid any kind of home accidents.

Here are some of our favourite recipes, made using different kinds of spirits that you can easily experiment with at home.

Penne A ‘la Vodka

This dish is hearty and quite filling — not to mention the fact that it makes for great leftovers.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 30 min

Total: 40 min

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Ingredients

  • 500 gms dried penne pasta
  • 500 gms Italian sausage
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 500 gms button mushrooms, sliced
  • 30 gms chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. vodka
  • 4 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until cooked through; remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Melt butter in the same skillet; add onions and salt, and sauté until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, red pepper, and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, cream, vodka, and return the sausage to the pot. Allow the mixture to come to a slow simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Prior to serving, fold in the pasta, followed by the spinach, and toss until spinach is wilted and incorporated. Serve with grated cheese.

Beer Can Chicken

Often tried, but rarely perfected, this is one of those techniques which marks the real marriage of cooking and alcohol. The beer lends extra flavour and moisture to the chicken throughout the cooking process. To get the best results, use a gas grill over indirect heat. You can go old school and just invert the chicken up on the can.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 60 – 75 minutes

Total: 1 hour 10 min – 25 min

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 kgs young chicken, washed and rinsed clean
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 can beer, open and with a couple sips taken
  • Beer can chicken stainless stand
  • Butcher’s twine

Instructions

  1. Prepare a charcoal smoker or gas grill for indirect heating/smoking over medium heat, about 130-150 degree celsius.
  2. Meanwhile, coat chicken in oil, and evenly rub the Creole seasoning into the chicken, including the cavity. Stuff cavity with garlic and lemon, and place the chicken on top of the beer on the stand. Secure by tying the legs together with butcher’s twine.
  3. Smoke the chicken, rotating on occasion, until the internal temperature reaches 75 degrees celsius.
  4. Tent with foil and allow the bird to rest for 20 minutes prior to cutting and serving.

Blueberry and Peach Bourbon Granola Crisp

This is a simplified version of a classic cobbler, full of fresh peaches and blueberries. You can use this same fruit mixture for traditional cobblers or pies, the crispy granola crunch on top is what it’s all about though (apart from the Bourbon of course) – and is also much easier to prepare.

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 40 min

Total: 55 min

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

Fruit Mixture

  • 3 ripe peaches — pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, washed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping

  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celcius.
  2. Toss the fruit mixture together into a greased cooking pan until evenly combined.
  3. Next, add the topping ingredients in a mixing bowl, cutting the butter into the dry ingredients until you get a coarse crumble.
  4. Spread the topping over the top of the fruit mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  5. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Any kind of alcohol can be used for cooking as long as you have a recipe in place. Browse through our vast collection of different spirits that can be used as an ingredient in any of your meals: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

A Royal Affair

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Royal Salute is a prestigious luxury Scotch Whisky brand manufactured by Chivas Brothers under the ownership of the French company Pernod Ricard. This rich blend is produced at the Strathisla distillery at Keith in Speyside, Scotland.

he first bottles of Royal Salute were produced on June 2, 1953, as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation. Since then, the Whisky has represented itself in three different glazes, each denoting the precious stones of the Imperial State Crown – rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Considering the history that Royal Salute shares with the Queen, it was no surprise that Chivas decided to launch ‘The Diamond Tribute’ by Royal Salute on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s 62-round royal gun salute for the 60th anniversary of her coronation ceremony.  The Diamond Tribute was introduced at the Tower of London on June 4, 2013, and served at the reception in Her Majesty’s palace.

Marking the coronation anniversary of the Queen with the Diamond Tribute seemed to do justice, as this blend represents royalty in all its glory. Made by blending the most precious of aged Whiskies, this Chivas creation truly captures the rareness and exquisiteness that a diamond represents, making it the perfect royal affair. The whiskies in this blend come from a locked vault in the Royal Salute Strathisla distillery, where they are stored in guarded casks for a minimum period of 21 years.

Colin Scott, the master blender for Royal Salute, describes this Whisky as having “immeasurable depth, with rich aromas of peaches and sweet poached pears, complemented by a sensation of sherry, and a wonderful spicy liquorice tang. It has a long, sweet and luscious warmth to finish”.

The Royal Salute Diamond Tribute, according to Chivas CEO Christian Porta, is a luxury Whisky that is blended using a “combination of age and craftsmanship that gives it finesse and a rich complexity”.

If you are serious about your Whisky and love a touch of the royal life, then the Royal Salute Diamond Tribute awaits you.

The Diamond Tribute is available at the Bengaluru Duty Free store as well as its online store, at http://goo.gl/V7zqbq. Enjoy the exclusive offer of a free trolley bag with the purchase of a 70cls Royal Salute Diamond Tribute, only at Bengaluru Duty Free.

Watch this brilliant video dedicated to this regal drink here:

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Add red to your life with Johnnie Walker Red Label

Johnnie Walker is a name recognized instantly and revered by Whisky connoisseurs across continents and cultures. Who can forget evenings shared with friends over many glasses of Johnnie Walker? Preferences vary in terms of the edition, but the Red Label has stood the test of time for the last 105 years to emerge as an iconic drink, quaffed by both partying hipsters and society club elites alike.

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So what sets Red Label apart? Well, apart from the fact that it was Winston Churchill’s favourite Whisky, the Red Label is distinguished by its terrific combination of 35 grain and Malt Whiskies from Scotland’s East and West coasts to produce and extraordinary flavour that lights up your palate in a way no ordinary Whisky can. Also adding to its pedigree is the fact that John Walker chose the Red Label as the brand’s first Whisky to reach far beyond Scotland’s borders, and the country’s intrepid merchants and engineers took the drink with them wherever they set sail, soon setting its precedent as one of the best Whiskies across the globe.

The Red Label has a flavour so distinctive that it can be best summed up in the words of Whisky expert Dave Broom, ‘This is outdoors, this is setting off on your bike along the coast with the wind blowing in your face, the surf is up, the wind is whipping the grass, there is salt in the air, spring is turning to summer.’ Truly, the qualities of this elegant Whisky cannot be summed up better.

Johnnie Walker Red Label symbolizes the lifestyle of the ultimate achiever who’s equally at ease in the fast lane and in high society. Watch this ad starring Formula One star Jenson Button to discover what makes you a part of the Johnnie Walker club.

Enjoy this classic spirit any way you like – neat, on the rocks or with your favourite mixer. Are you itching to get a bottle of this masterpiece right away?

When at Bengaluru Duty Free at the Kempegowda International Airport get 2 100cls bottles at a sweet discount of $4*. Cheers!

*Limited period offer

Cutty Sark – A Whisky like no other

Cutty Sark is the epitome of adventure and created especially for individuals who dare to discover. It was created in 1923 by a group of adventurous friends who dared to break the whisky tradition. It was the first Scotch made to be mixed. Yes you read it right, made to be mixed!

Cutty Sark is an iconic light coloured Whisky that was launched in the height of the cocktail culture and has remained a favourite among Scotch Whisky drinkers who love to mix this wonderful spirit and experiment. This is a top quality blended whisky with more range, depth, complexity and balance than single malt. It is matured in American oak casks which give out fewer colours to the drink and impart more subtle and complex flavours.

Having graced the world’s best bars for over 90 years, Cutty Sark’s popularity can now be brought home and experimented on by a Whisky connoisseur like you. This spirit has also gained popularity because of its mention in the movie ‘Goodfellas’, in the ‘Sopranos’.

And, a trip to space! Don’t believe us? In 1963 Gordon Cooper, the youngest of the USA’s first astronauts, actually smuggled a bottle of Cutty on the Mercury 9 mission.

Here are some easy and taste bud friendly cocktails that can make you a Cutty Sark fan in no time.

Cutty Sark and Soda

Simple and easy. All you need is:

35 ml Cutty Sark Blend
Soda to top
Lemon twist
Lemon wedge to garnish

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Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour the Cutty Sark and Soda over the ice and squeeze the twist of Lemon over the top of the glass, releasing the citrus oils from peel. Garnish with the lemon wedge and serve.

Victory is Mine

Try this brilliant mix to convert a traditional Whisky drinker. All you need is:

60 ml Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
25 ml Apricot Liquer
25 ml Fresh Lime Juice
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
1 egg white

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Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, without ice, and shake vigorously to froth the egg whites. Add ice and shake a second time. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and enjoy.

These are just a few ways in which you can turn Cutty Sark into an incredible cocktail and liven up any party with just a sip. Though Cutty Sark is not very popular among traditional Whisky drinkers, its flexibility to turn into a glamorous cocktail is surely astounding and has won it many fans all over the world.

Get a bottle of this classic Whisky today and surprise all your friends with a cocktail or two. You can grab this tantalising blend at the Bengaluru Duty Free store located at the Kempegowda International Airport. Benefit from the store’s special August offers on various Cutty Sark editions, and get guaranteed value for money.

Whisky that can last you a lifetime… literally!!

Ever seen a Whisky bottle so big it can last your whole life? The world is a big, weird place and we often hear about astonishing records being broken, but this definitely takes gold. We bet you won’t want to share this larger than life size bottle of ‘The Famous Grouse’ touted as the world’s largest bottle of Whisky by the Guinness Book of World Records so that you can spend your whole life treasuring its contents. 228 litres of blended Whisky standing at five feet five inches tall, an equivalent of 9,120 drams of Whisky, this is BIG!

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Come gawk at the bottle, currently set up at our store at Kempegowda International Airport.

Take a selfie or two, perhaps!

 

Glenfarclas: The true spirit of Scotland

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Legacy is what defines this 175-year-old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand. Glenfarclas is one of the rarest Scotch Whisky brands in the world that have been unitedly produced by an independent family firm. The spirit of independence signifies Glenfarclas’ commitment to produce the finest Highland Malt. Famous for its traditional full bodied and well-cherished style, this Whisky is perfect as a coveted gift or for a special occasion.

The secret of the unique character of Glenfarclas is its traditional distillation method, combined with the unique size and shape of the copper pot stills in which the spirit is fermented, the selected oak casks in which it is stored and the style and location of the distillery’s warehouse. Glenfarclas produces fine Whiskies with different flavors, notes and levels of maturity. From a fresh and mouthwatering 10-year-old to the indulgent 40-year-old Whisky and the class apart limited edition 105 Cask Strength, all are part of Glenfarclas’ portfolio. This veteran Whisky brand recently launched its 18-year-old Whisky for travel retail. As per our commitment to stock the most renowned brands in the world, we will soon have Glenfarclas 18 Year Old Whisky in our store. Here is a short introduction to this popular Whisky.

Glanfarclas 18 Year Old

As is the traditional distillery style of Glenfarclas, this Whisky is heavily sherried and bottled at its natural colour.

The nose presents a lovely freshness, revealing a slightly fermented soft fruit, honey, white pepper, lemon and a hint of vanilla. A little underlying maltiness releases with a touch of water.

The flavour is fuller and more powerful than hinted at by the colour and aroma. The drinker experiences a lovely mixture of creamy fudge, dried fruits, almonds and apples on the palate. The ending is a little bitter, though long lasting, smooth and satisfying as it slips down the throat.

The next time you pass through the Kempegowda International Airport, be sure to visit Bengaluru Duty Free and bring home this spirited Highland Malt from Scotland.