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!

 

New Arrivals to make it a #SweetNovember

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.

  • 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/1ryHEac 

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  • 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 ‘temptation’ for you. Savour till the last sip with our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14

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  • 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/1zjagpu

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  • 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/1S2K3lH

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  • 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 a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg

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  • 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 whiff of this contentment with our great collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0

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  • Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new collection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet refreshing promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that carry an incredible taste you just can’t stop relishing. Devour our latest collection: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

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Pairing Whisky with Food: 101

The cardinal rule for pairing Whisky with food is that you can’t mix and match as you please. Much like the broad spectrum of Wines that are paired with a wide variety of meats or cuisines, even Whisky can be paired with food based on how the flavours of the aforementioned complement each other.

This guide will take you beyond the Indian boundaries and flavours and into the old-school way of Whiskys paired around the world. This would give you a better idea of the range of flavours, thus making you a true connoisseur of Whisky. Right from the rich vanilla flavour found in American Bourbon Whiskey to the subtle smooth Irish Whisky to the not-so-subtle smokiness found in the finest Scotch, we give you a whiff of it all. This variation in flavours poses a challenge to pair food with Whiskey, especially due to the unlimited options. We have put together a list of some common foods that go with Whiskey and also recommend the kind of whiskies that go with it.

  • Meat

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One of the oldest tricks in the book is to drink an American Whiskey with barbecued foods or pulled meats such as beef or pork. This blends in with the intense aroma of such meats and the well-marinated flavours of barbecued meat. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey http://goo.gl/5uZrQJ and Jim Beam’s Bourbon http://goo.gl/V7gDDp make a good pairing with barbecued meat.

Lighter meats go best with Irish Whiskys such as Jameson Irish Whiskey http://goo.gl/EXbPts due to the similar vibrance they share. Irish Whiskey, typically offers a spicy freshness which makes up for the lack of strong flavouring of white meats that are grilled.

Richer Scotch blends like Johnnie Walker http://goo.gl/wdeYn0 are ideal for pairing with main dishes which are heavy on flavours like curries or steaks.

  1. Seafood

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The delicate and sweetish tinge that is found in seafood, make it a great pairing with Single Casks that carry similar traces of sweetness. Glenlivet Single Cask http://goo.gl/5qON9N  is a great combination with scallops or even crabs.

A very interesting supplement with Sushi is a Japanese Single Malt Whiskey called Yamazaki. This Whiskey carries an intense sweet aroma and washes down the soft and creamy texture of Sushi.

Lighter Whiskys are recommended with seafood as they complement the sweet undertone and enhance the flavors of each other.

  1. Cheese

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A  great accompaniment for cheese is Irish Whisky, the spicy flavour of the Whisky goes well with the pungency of cheese and balances out the sharp taste.

Even Single-Malt varieties like Johnnie Walker Black Label http://goo.gl/koVLWe  has a smoky yet intense aroma to it and is perfect with well-aged cheddar cheese.

  1.    Chocolate and dessert

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The Peated Malt has an amazing smoky flavour which is an acquired taste and let us warn you, it’s not meant for everyone. However, the upside of drinking this Whiskey is that it makes for a perfect match with dark chocolates.

Even lighter Scotch blends like J&B http://goo.gl/ZHnyX2 can be drank with a fruity dessert as they carry complex flavours with a pleasant and smooth aftertaste.

Bourbon Whiskeys provide just the right amount of sweet hints to go with a pecan pie or cheesecakes.

Desserts with meringues or a citrusy tinge go perfectly with Grained Whiskeys that augment the sweetness of the flavours.

It is quite an art to pair food with Whisky and if done right, you could establish that you know your Whiskies as well as you know your food. So stick to these very simple basics of Whisky pairing with food and also have a look at our collection of Whiskies and Single-malts before you get cracking on this guide: http://goo.gl/fCgQV4 http://goo.gl/bo0a4m

When liquor meets chocolate

Some of the finer things in life belong together; liquor and chocolate is one such match made in heaven which is always an exciting combination to look forward to. Though, it’s no secret what magic is created when liquor meets chocolate, this absolutely amazing combination requires a special mention. Here we have a list of our favourite recipes for liquor chocolate that are easy to make and use very few ingredients.

  • Whiskey Bar

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams cooking chocolate
  • 200 grams cream
  • 4-5 tablespoons Jack Daniel’s Whiskey (or any Single Malt)
  • 250 grams dark chocolate for coating

Recipe

  • Melt cream in a pan on low flame till tiny bubbles start to form. Then take the cream off the heat and pour in the liquor. Don’t stir the mix too much.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and mix with the cream-liquor mixture. Cool this for around an hour.
  • Once cooled, make small bars of the creamy chocolate mixture and put them in the fridge for an hour.
  • Dip the frozen bars in dark chocolate and garnish with sprinkles.

Have a look at our choice of Single Malt Whiskeys and get cooking! http://goo.gl/dkmv9W

  • Rum ‘n’ Raisin Balls

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons dark Rum
  • 50 gram raisins
  • 250 grams cream

Recipe

  • Soak raisins in Rum overnight.
  • Take cream and heat on low flame (don’t boil).
  • Now pour the cream on chopped chocolate and stir till cream and chocolate blend well and form a creamy texture. The proportion of cream and chocolate should be 1:2 so that balls can be formed easily from the mixture.
  • Add the Rum and raisins into the cream and chocolate mix and combine them well
  • Chill the final mixture in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Once the mixture is set, roll it into tiny balls and take it out of the fridge.

Immerse your raisins in some good dark Rum. Take a sneak peek at our top-notch Rum collection here:  http://goo.gl/timMBq

  • Vodka Surprise

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Ingredients

  • 100 grams raw Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka
  • Liquor chocolate moulds

Recipe

  • Line the chocolate moulds with tempered chocolate, tap and keep in the fridge for about two hours to set.
  • When set, demould the hollow chocolates and keep aside. Then mix two tablespoons of chocolate and one tablespoon of Vodka and make a paste.
  • Set this mixture and fill the chocolate moulds with the Vodka infused chocolate paste.
  • Store the chocolates in a cool place for an hour, before serving.

Don’t let your chocolates get lonely. Browse through our finest selection of Vodka here: http://goo.gl/xb93W8

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!

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Jack Daniel’s Black – The best of Tennessee Whiskey

When you say or hear the words Jack Daniel’s, the first thing that comes to mind is sophistication and class. You hear elegance, master-class, perfection and so much more than just the word Whiskey. And when you hear the name Jack Daniel’s Black you know it has to be something more special.

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This classic wonder is also called ‘Old No.7’ and is one of the bestselling spirits in the world. It is made in the Tennessee sour mash style, with an additional step where the fresh spirit is dipped in a vat of sugar maple charcoal to mellow the Whiskey before it goes into the barrel. As a result of this, the spirit is smooth and versatile and at the same time stays true to its country roots.

This spirit has gentle aromas of caramel vanilla and butterscotch. It has a quick, sweet finish with oak notes and hints of spices, which give way to the flavours of white pepper and walnuts.

There’s no better combination than the classic Jack and Coke.

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Use:

1 part Jack Daniel’s Black Old No. 7
3 parts Coke

Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This simple cocktail is the best way to enjoy this fantastic Whiskey with a tangy twist. Only after you taste this masterpiece will you realise why this is one of the top selling Whiskies in the world.

On your next international trip via Kempegowda International Airport, visit Bengaluru Duty Free and pick up a bottle of this classic at a fabulous discount.