• By j sams

Whisky & Love - They Aren't Much Different!

The true lovers of the lovely liquor would agree here. Yes, Whisky & Love - They Aren't Much Different! Confused? Well, it’s true! Let’s figure out why and how!

  1. Much like love, the barreled whisky gives you the biggest joy in the world and you will never have enough of it as Mark Twain rightly puts it, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough.”
  2. Much like love, whisky makes you live and enjoy life the way you want with no inhibitions whatsoever. Whether it’s the Scottish Whisky or the Irish whiskey, the ‘lovely liquid on fire’ ignites the love for life even while you begin to believe in the various pleasures and joys of life and enjoy them as well.
  3. Much like love, it doesn’t come in the lives of all. Only a few select and lucky people get a chance to taste the true bliss, called whisky or whiskey. For those not in the know, there’s a fine difference between the two. While the former, i.e., whisky, comes from Scotland; the latter, i.e., whiskey, comes from Ireland and the US. As per the true lovers of the heavenly drink, the Scottish Whisky tastes much better and it stings the palate like no other drink, but more of that later.      
  4. Much like love, when the ‘fire in a glass’ comes within your reach, you seem to have ‘finally’ arrived on the BIG scene and moved ahead of those who are still at the lower rungs of the social and economic development.
  5. Much like love, whisky is tested the best when neat with no adulterations. Yes, contrary to what many of the so-called connoisseurs would like you to believe, the so-called delicious cocktails--such as Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, Julep, and the Irish Royales, or for that matter, any other you may get a chance to enjoy--can never ever taste like the neat, pure whisky! The base, aged 250–calorie drink--made with barley, corn, or any other grain and matured in oak casks--tastes heavenly. No cocktail prepared by anyone in the world can rival it.
  6. Much like love, whisky is enjoyed the best when your hands are full (pun intended!). Ask any true and hot-blooded Punjabi. Their love affair with the multipurpose drink is too well known. No Punjabi weddings are considered complete if the guests aren’t offered—yes, a Patiala Peg that includes roughly four 'smalls' or two 'large' drinks! After all, what’s the use of having the heavenly and satisfying drink when you can’t treat your sensory organs completely and in truly LARGE measures, right?
  7. Much like love, sometimes, it could be damn costly for you. For instance, Glenfiddich — 1937 Rare Collection costs Rs 90 lakh INR. Yes, priced at Rs 90 lakh, this perfect bottle of whiskey scotch is the costliest whiskey in the world. But, of course, like love, it’s worth every penny spent on it and no one seems to be complaining—definitely not me!
  • By j sams

Top 5 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Vodka!

Many people may not appreciate the true value of Vodka. But the number of such people is far less than those who just love the exciting Russian drink. For them, Vodka is the supreme king of alcohol.

They are right because the colorless, odorless drink isn’t any other drink; it’s special and comes with more benefits than you can count. No wonder--as stated before--the majority of the drinkers love Vodka.

However, for the sake of brevity, here we are mentioning just 5 of the most important reasons.

Check them out!  

Top 5 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Vodka

  1. You won’t get a better party drink: Yeah! You will never see many people call for shots of beer, or for that matter, even whiskey when they wish to get super drunk and have a great time. But Vodka—well, that’s a different story altogether! Something about it at once yells party.
  2. It’s extremely low-priced: The drink can be made with the most inexpensive ingredients, is the simplest/easiest variety of alcohol to distill, even as it needs neither aging nor blending. No wonder, it’s amazingly cheap.
  3. It’s rather healthy: Maybe, you are thinking about how something as strong and intoxicating as Vodka could still be healthy, right? But it’s! Vodka is a marvelous drink. It helps with cardiovascular health, stress decrease, toothache help, and even your skin--you name a health condition and Vodka will help.
  4. It’s a perfect cure for many health maladies--It’s a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. You can use it to treat toothaches, clean wounds, and clean your house. You'll be perhaps amazed to know the number of your home cleaning and hygiene items that have alcohol in their ingredients.
  5. It keeps the heart healthy--It can boost blood flow and circulation in your body and this may stop clots, strokes, and other lethal heart diseases. The beverage can also help cut down your cholesterol levels. It's also lower-calorie alcohol. So need to worry about gaining weight.  
  6. You can use it as a skincare item--It acts as a natural toner or astringent, and due to its disinfectant qualities, it may even deep-clean your skin pores. It'll also tighten the skin on your face and control acne breakouts due to its detoxifying and drying qualities. However, it could have a dehydrating impact, and so if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, use it with caution.
  7. It comes in numerous flavours: Vodka has several more flavours than you may even think of. From citrus to chocolate to coffee to vanilla to raspberry…you can enjoy many flavours with this blissful drink. With Vodka, possibilities could, indeed, be countless.
  8. It’s a blank slate: It molds itself to different flavours in a way no other liquor may. And so despite the fact that you could have the kick of liquor, you’ll still get to relish the different interesting flavours of your cocktail without it dominating them.

Summing-up, perfect party drink, cheap, and healthy…these are just three of the 5 key reasons why most drink lovers love the ultimate drink called Vodka.

  • By j sams

Champagne Can Make Someone Fall in Love with You

'Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it'.

Champagne--the name at once conjures up the image of a bubbly drink that’s poured from a chilled bottle into thin-necked luminous & beautiful glasses, on special occasions, to celebrate something really BIG, or to mark the presence of someone very special in your life.

What makes the beverage so special and why it’s sometimes said that it can make someone fall in love with you?

Well, it’s not difficult to figure out!

To begin with, it conveys sheer class and sophistication in a far more spectacular manner, vis-à-vis any other drinks that you will find on the market today.

Besides, Champagne--having its origin from the romantic nation of France--is associated with seduction, passion, and love. Think of any gorgeous, passion-filled moment with any lovely women, such as Marilyn Monroe, for example, or for that matter, any beauty from any of the James Bond movie! And, the chances are high that you will find a champagne connection to it. For instance, whenever the suave British agent orders a bottle of Bollinger, his ladies fall passionately for the 007 agent who eventually seduces them.

From ‘the rugged & arguably the best Bond ever’, i.e., Sean Connery, to the ‘most debonair and stylish Bond’, i.e., Pierce Brosnan, almost every British intelligence agent has wooed and seduced their women with—yes, you guessed it right--champagne.    

That the iconic and legendary beauty Marilyn Monroe bathed in Champagne to--allegedly--keep her skin silky smooth and young, further makes the heavenly drink a symbol of pure love and high beauty. No wonder, it’s said that the intoxicating sensation of succulent bubbles has the power to make any woman you desire fall head over heels in love with you.

Interestingly, the bubbly drink goes well with raw oysters even as it can really power up your passion further.

Adding to the appeal of the amazing drink further is that it’s mostly made from red grapes even as we get to know numerous stories of how red wine is damn good for the heart--of course--if you enjoy it with self-control! The antioxidants that are found in red grapes may help bring your blood pressure down and stop many serious heart issues from gripping you.

So, it’s hardly a matter of surprise that it’s often said that Champagne and love go together, and it’s the perfect tonic and passage to the heart of that special woman whom you may have always wanted to date--and bed.

Be the suave James Bond of her life! Uncork the bubbly, pour her a drink, and make her incredibly special! Make her fall in love with you again and again! Your girl--bubbling with vigor so furious that it spills over into every facet of life--will love champagne and will do everything for you, for making her feel so special and desired.

Yes, champagne will do the trick for you, all the time--you bet!

  • By j sams

3 Vital Features to Reflect on While Buying Your Whisky

Whisky (or Whiskey) is something that’s loved (rightfully so) by many and they don’t miss any occasion—whether big or small--to get their hands on their favorite bottle, to celebrate and enjoy with gay abandon.

Now the important question that surfaces is: what makes a really good whisky? What to look for in your bottle to be sure that it’s the one that you need to buy and enjoy.

Here, we will not talk about any specific make or brand but focus ONLY on the 3 most important traits that usually make whisky really good.

3 Important Features to Mull Over While Buying Your Whisky

1. Fine Taste & Maturity

When we talk about whisky, we usually think of a beverage that’s ‘Dark, full-bodied, old'. Yes, high-quality Whisky usually has these specific attributes even as maturity is incredibly crucial!

So ensure that the Whisky that you purchase is well or ’harmonically’ matured. The new make spirit gets rid of its 'bad characteristics', like a pungent or metallic taste, when it’s subjected to the subtractive maturation in the barrels. These traits get eliminated by oxidation in the breathing barrels. Only post a period of six to eight years, this subtractive maturation gets mainly concluded.

Simultaneously, the so-called additive maturation occurs. Fine aromas from the barrel get taken up by the Whisky, or 'added' to it. Even though this additive maturation occurs swiftly, at first the aromas that the whisky may take up from the barrel, become lesser with time (age of the barrel).

2. Age

Age matters! As mentioned earlier, the older your bottle of your favourite drink is the better it’s. So, look for the age declaration on the bottle’s label. At times, you may not see age such declaration. It will mean the beverage is anywhere from 3 to 9 years old.

You may find several excellent young whiskies with no age statement on the bottle (these are known as No Age Statement or NAS whiskies).  At the same time, you will also find many NAS bottles that are still not outstanding and/or very expensive. Until and unless you are pretty sure that the bottle of young whisky before you is really good, go for a bottle that’s 10 years or older.

3. Alcohol Strength

Also, look for the alcohol strength of your bottle. If the whisky has the strength of 40-50% alcohol by volume (ABV) it denotes that water was added prior to the bottling of the whisky. 51%+ usually signifies that the whisky is ‘cask strength’, and it was bottled minus adding additional water.

Several older cask strength whiskies (25 years+) could still be cask strength even in case the ABV dips under 50%.  Many brands offer excellent whisky bottled at 40% ABV.

Having said this, even though higher alcohol strength may not be an indicator of high quality, whisky with a barrel strength of 50% or above tends to be constantly good. However, add water to your glass to offset the strong alcohol content.

Happy drinking! Get a bottle of your favourite drink today!  

  • By j sams

3 Handpicked Romantic Champagne Hotspots You Shouldn’t Miss in Your Lifetime

Champagne, the name has almost become synonymous with love, romance, passion--and yes, France! So, what better way to have a romantic holiday with the woman of your dreams at one of these 3 lovely places from France that have a deep champagne connection?  

Take a look!      

3 Finest Romantic Champagne Hotspots

Paris: The stunningly beautiful capital of France sits right at the top of the list of the champagne hotspots of the world. A visit to the ‘City of Love’ won’t be complete if you don’t explore its many enticing wine regions. No other place in the world makes real champagne, and no other great wine region has the kind of easy access that Paris provides.

From this strategically located and well-connected place, you may make a trip o nearly every famed champagne house of the nation--with no trouble and minus a car. For long, the place appeared more focused on making top-notch wines, vis-à-vis first-rate hospitality. It has changed though over the past couple of years, with better accommodation, and better food landscape, countless wine bars, and several new places of tourist interests for travelers--from better champagne house trips to new museums.

In addition, more wine than you may even think of, here you will find as many as 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, very old castles, art, crafts, and every type of outdoor activity such as cycling, hiking, and horseback riding.

Reims: The ‘unofficial’ capital of the champagne-making region of France, Reims is a lovely town and is placed at a just 40-minute distance from east Paris. It’s not difficult to fall in love with this small but beautiful town.

A lively university city, Reims is the typical busy regional capital, with a magnificent old town and a glorious cathedral that dates back to the 13th century, and one of the finest gothic buildings in the northern part of the country.

Reims is actually a bigger city in France’s northeastern Grand East region, with 180K-plus inhabitants. However, since not many visitors really know much about this somewhat rural destination; leisurely walking around the cobblestone streets, and making a trip to the brasseries, dated 100s of years back, is a soothing, incredible experience for most of them.

Epernay: The town of Epernay is located on the chalky hills southwest of Reims. Here, you may get pleasure from tastings at the home of many champagne producers, such as Moet & Chandon and Perrier-Jouet. The town is completely surrounded by vines. Stroll down the Avenue de Champagne--with its impressive mansion façades and lavish middle-class homes occupied by well-known Champagne Houses—even as you and your partner will learn why the place is called the ‘Capital of Champagne’.

Wrapping up, Paris, Reims, and Epernay--all from France--are the three wonderful romantic champagne tourist hotspots that you should visit with someone special. A trip to these will turn out to be the one that you and your beloved would remember all life--you can bet!

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