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Ballantine’s – Tasting notes

Ballantine’s Finest

Subtle, Sweet and with Vanilla Finish.

The First: Ballantine’s Finest is the oldest recipe in the current range, created in 1910 by the Ballantine’s family.  There are more than 40 malts and grains in this blend. These are carefully selected from 4 different iconic Scottish regions.

Ballantine Finest

Colour – A light gold.

Nose – Soft, elegant, heather honey aromas with a hint of spice.

Taste – Well balanced subtle flavours with tones of milk chocolate, red apple and vanilla.

Finish – The sophisticated after-taste gives a fresh, floral and rounded glow.

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Ballantine’s Brasil

Lime, Vanilla and Balance

A delicate combination of stimulating citrus complemented perfectly with a smooth touch of Vanilla, the taste is both smooth and consistent, with the sweet and creamy flavours of scotch perfectly balancing the refreshing lime.

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Colour – Bright sunny gold

Nose – A delicate combination of stimulating citrus complemented perfectly with a smooth touch of vanilla, the taste is both smooth and consistent, with the sweet and creamy flavours of Scotch perfectly balancing the refreshing lime.

Taste – Soft and sweet, with a perfect balance of refreshing lime and smooth vanilla. Complementing this perfectly are the delicate sweet and creamy signature flavours of Scotch.

Finish – Refreshing lime tang with a soft dry finish.

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Ballantine’s Aged12 years

Honeyed, Well Balanced and Creamy

Rich, smooth and creamy blend comparing to finest which is more floral and delicate. Ballantine’s12 is characterized by more honey, toffee and creamy notes.

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Colour – Bright honey gold.

Nose – Honey sweetness with a complex balance of oak and vanilla aromas.

Taste – Complex honey and floral flavours with a creamy oak sweetness in perfect balance.

Finish – Refreshing, long and sweet

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Ballantine’s Aged 17 years

Fruity, Harmonious and Subtle Oak.

The longer maturation of Ballantine’s 17yo gives an extra depth of flavour and character to the blend. Characterised by a subtle sensation of smokiness. It has a fruitiness and velvety texture which comes from fresh fruits.

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Colour – Clear, golden amber.

Nose – Deep, balanced, elegant and smooth with hints of sweet vanilla, oak and a sensation of smoke.

Taste – Full and complex, vibrant honey sweetness and creamy vanilla flavours with hints of oak and spicy liquorice.

Finish – Long, sweet and smooth with a hint of spice.

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Ballantine’s Aged 21 years

Rich, Intense With Concentrated Ripe Fruits and Cinnamon Spice

Ballantine’s 21yo is creamy and has got a nutty influence coming from the oak cask. Sweeter on the palate with a more intense spiciness.

Ballantine 21 yo

Colour – Sparkling red/gold

Nose – Rich, honey-sweet with hints of apple and floral aromas.

Taste – Smooth, rich liquorice and aromatic spice flavours with traces of heather and smoke.

Finish – Long and mellow with hints of dried fruits.

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Ballantine’s Aged 30 years

Powerful, Opulent with Concentrated Fruits.

Bursting with juicy pear flavour and concentrated fruits like peach. Ballantine’s 30yo is deeper, more complex and less spicy. Ballantine’s 30yo is the ultimate balance between distillery character and cask influence.

Ballantine 30yo

Colour – Deep old gold.

Nose – Deep, soft fruity aromas and an elegant subtle sweetness with a luscious vanilla oakiness.

Taste – A full, rich complex balance of honey, floral and fruity flavours, with mellow notes of vanilla.

Finish  – Long-lasting and elegant.

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Ballantine’s Aged 40 years

Incredible Depth, Complex and Extremely Fruity

Each whisky in Ballantine’s 40 is at least forty years old, drawn from enviable stocks of priceless whiskies built up over many generations.A true reflection of the dedicated craftsmanship that epitomises George Ballantine. A perfectly balanced blend of high aged whiskies, Ballantine’s 40 will appeal to whisky connoisseurs as the most aspirational Scotch whisky in the world.

Ballantine 40 yo

Colour – Deep and intense.

Nose – Bursting with rich flavours of ripe pears in syrup and fruitcake, with a background of cinnamon and root ginger.

Taste – Incredible depth. Multi-layers of rich toffee and sweet soft red apple.

Finish – A delightful finish that lasts for a blissfully long time.

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Ballantine’s Limited Edition

Creamy Soft and Smooth

Limited is a very special blend of Ballantine’s rarest & most valuable malt & grain whiskies. A very rare & exclusive whisky of the highest quality. Creamy soft & smooth, characterised by ripe pear & peach, combined with rich vanilla flavours, this is a whisky which honours the continued traditions established by George Ballantine.

Ballantine Limited Edition

Colour – Rich Amber Gold

Nose – An initial gentle rich sweetness & softness that develops into effervescence that brings out autumnal flavours. Sweet fruity pear and orange flavours intertwine with smooth, creamy toffee, together with hints of liquorice and cloves.

Taste – The opening burst of flavour evolves into the complexity of luscious tastes that is the Ballantine’s hallmark – ripe pears, peaches and vanilla.

Finish – Long and mouth-watering.

THE BOTANIST ISLAY DRY GIN

THE BOTANIST ISLAY DRY GIN

The botanist is a gin of layered complexity. A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the isle of Islay. Nine classic gin botanicals are augmented by 22 local herbs and flowers, foraged responsibly by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of this fertile hebridean island. The result is a gin as much for the mind as the palate; a thinking person’s gin. A roller coaster botanical odyssey in a glass.

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COLOUR – Quicksilver

BODY – The spirit is satin smooth gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. A totally seductive experience.

NOSE – The aromas explode like an olfactory Aurora Borealis, filling the senses with meteorites of smell sensations as they explode from the glass. Sweet delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of summer flowers on the Machir, honey from thistle, coconut from gorse, wild mint and summer meadows. It’s a magical melody of Islay’s natural bounty from the Atlantic washed beaches to the summit of heather covered hills. Inhale and you’re there on the queen of the Hebrides!

PALATE – The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate you can feel the warmth and absolute purity of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin; its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the taste buds allowing you to experience a star-burst of flavours as they explode across the palate.

FINISH – All this from a beaten up old pot still, operated by beaten up distillers on the coast of heaven.

THE FAMOUS GROUSE TASTING NOTES

THE FAMOUS GROUSE

Blending premium whisky isn’t just something we do, it has been the foundation of our craft since 1800. We bring together the finest ingredients to create a natural spirit before the passing of time imparts the wonderful flavour from our handcrafted casks. Add to this the fusion of skilled craftsmen and a tenacious obsession with quality and you arrive at our Famous, rich, sweet, well-rounded whisky.

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Appearance – Full, Golden, clear and bright

Aroma – Well balanced oak, Sherry with a hint of citrus

 Taste – Medium full flavour, Mature, Speyside frutiness

Finish – Good length, Clean, Medium dry

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THE FAMOUS GROUSE SMOKY BLACK

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black (previously The Black Grouse) blends more peated malt whiskies, including a rare version of Glenturret, with exceptional grain whiskies to produce a richer, lightly smoky and smooth flavour. Explore a smokier side to our Famous whisky.

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Appearance – Dark, Russet golden, Clear and bright

Aroma – Smoky, Soft and Musky,Rich and full

Taste – Full flavour, Spice and dried fruits, Smoke through the oak

Finish – Long, Smoky, Aromatic

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THE BLACK GROUSE ALPHA EDITION

The Alpha Edition is a richer, smokier expression of our award winning Scotch Whisky.  This beautifully mature and complex blend has a higher, older malt content delivering much more depth to this richly sweet and smoky blend. On the nose the Alpha Edition is sherbet sweet. Deeper exploration provides warmth and richness, before a lingering, velvety, smouldering, smoke-filled finish.

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Appearance – Dark burnished gold, Clear and bright

 Aroma – Toasted orange peel, cinnamon sticks, Dark chocolate

Taste – Sweet vanilla, Dry smokiness

 Finish – Sherbet sweet, Warmth and richness, Smoke-filled finish

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THE NAKED GROUSE

The Naked Grouse enriches the flavours of Scotland’s favourite whisky by maturing in sun dried sherry oak casks. The influence of our quality first-fill sherry casks develops a deep russet appearance and an aroma that melds black cherries, cocoa and oak. The taste experience is sublimely smooth with famous trade-mark dried fruits yielding to cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. The sweet finale is rich in dark chocolate with a spicy, orange finish. A fine example of the blender’s art, it is best enjoyed neat or as a classic “Old Fashioned”.

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Appearance – Deep amber Glow

Aroma – Black Cherries, cocoa powder and oak wood

Taste – Sweet winey notes, plums and a hint of cinnamon

Finish – Dark Chocolate, lingering spiciness and medium sweet

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THE FAMOUS GROUSE MELLOW GOLD

The Famous Mellow Gold blends whiskies from rare, handcrafted Spanish sherry casks and charred American oak bourbon casks to arrive at a distinctly smooth, mellow character and rich depth of flavour. Explore a sweeter side to our Famous whisky.

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Appearance – Rich, honey golden, Clear and bright

Aroma – Orange peel, vanilla, perfumed with a hint of lychee

Taste – Spicy, crème brulee, orange bitters and cedar

Finish – Lemon peel with lingering spiciness

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THE FAMOUS GROUSE 40 YEAR OLD

The Famous Grouse 40 years old is our award-winning luxurious blended malt whisky. It is the oldest expression ever released by The Famous Grouse and is limited to an exclusive 276 decanters. Each whisky in this rare blend was carefully selected for its unique character, combining in perfect harmony to create a very special blend. It has been maturing slowly for 40 years in the very best and most expensive casks in the world.The elegant decanter was created in partnership with Scottish designers Timorous Beasties and is befitting of its precious contents. Hand-engraved with a bespoke design of the brand’s icon, the red grouse, nestled amongst beautifully detailed foliage, the decanter is completed with a Scottish silver stopper and cased in a luxury wooden gift box.

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Appearance – Smooth, Rich, Clear and bright

Aroma – Ripe Mango, Crushed Coriander, Cardamom Pod and Dill

Taste – Sweet Fruity Citrus and banana, Gingerbread, Light Peat Smoke

Finish –  Very Smooth, Sweetly Complex

Ardbeg – Tasting notes

Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance. Named World Whisky of the Year in 2008.

Non chill-filtered with a strength of 46% ABV.

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Colour: Light Gold

Aroma: A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice.

Add water and an oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.

Taste: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. Then comes a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.

Finish: The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.

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ARDBEG UIGEADAIL

In 2009, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible named Ardbeg Uigeadail‘World Whisky of the Year’ – in praise of its “utter silky brilliance” and “complexity on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching.”

Pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’, it’s a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg.

Non chill-filtered at 54.2% ABV

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Colour: Deepest Gold

Aroma: Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics. At full strength, the initial aroma is a beguiling mix of warm Christmas cake, walnut oil and parma violets fused with fresh ocean spice, cedar and pine needles falling from the Christmas tree. A smouldering coal fire and the scent of well-oiled leather brings warmth. The sweetness of treacle toffees and chocolate-coated raisins emerge through the smoke. With water, the deep smokiness increases in intensity, reminiscent of a fired Christmas pudding. Rich flowering currants and warm baked banana and walnut bread are served with simmering mocha espresso.

Taste: Full flavoured and rich with a deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. The flavour is initially sweet. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky-spicy explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle. Waves of deep smoky tones and rich aromas build up on the palate like a fine Montecristo cigar.

Finish: Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish.

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Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted! Awarded The World’s Best Single Malt in 2010 by the World Whiskies Awards.

Non chill-filtered at 57.1% ABV

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Colour: Rich Amber

Aroma: Heady, intense and powerful. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into the torrents of tarry ropes, creosote and linseed oil rising from deep within the vortex. A collision of waxy dark chocolate, warm blackcurrants and muscovado sugar pulls you under its spell with a burst of plump cherries and earthy pine needles leaping from its depths. From salty seasoning comes a briny character with tangy crisp seaweed and smoky bacon swirling on the surface with hints of sweet vanilla, spicy cloves and blueberries. Surrender to its dangerous depths with the heady force of menthol, treacle and chilli sauce.

Taste: Plunge into the whirlpool and torrents of taste well up on the palate; deep, peppery and chewy, bombarding the tongue. The first plunge brings forth chewy peppered steak soaked in pepper sauce with the tang of crispy seaweed. As you descend deeper, encounter a mouthful of black tarry espresso coffee that coats the palate with rich melted dark fruits (blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries) and bitter almonds. As the taste soaks in deeper, star anise and hickory dry out the palate before a surprise of chalky effervescent violets fizz to the surface.

Finish: Long, deep and remaining powerful into the finish with black tarry coffee, chocolate coated cherries and hot pepper sauce, the lingering memories of your mysterious and daring journey into Corryvreckan.

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Dark Cove Limited edition

Take this whisky and hide it well. For its heart has been matured in DARK SHERRY CASKS, imparting waves of treacle toffee, coal tar, squid ink, noodles and toasted coffee grounds.

Inspired by our turbulent past, this whisky is a clandestine meeting of Ardbeg matured in ex-bourbon casks and a heart matured in dark sherry casks. The darkest Ardbeg ever.

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Nose: At first meaty, earthy and spicy. Bold notes of dark chocolate emerge against orange, rich treacle toffee, coffee and oak. Wafts of a distant, smoky bonfire in the background, along with a mysterious floral note, like flowering blackcurrant bushes. And lashings of linseed oil.

Palate: The mouthfeel is almost tart, or zesty lime. Raisins, dates, ginger and pepper spice surge forward, then retreat. Waves of smouldering charcoal, wood polish and huge, tarry creosote notes follow. Finally a more savoury note escapes; cured smoked ham and squid ink noodles.

Finish: Long, spicy and rich with lingering notes of toffee, coffee and tar.

Crown Royal – Tasting notes

CROWN ROYAL DELUXE: Crown Royal Deluxe is the standard of excellence for Canadian whisky. It is an extraordinary blend of 50 full-bodied Canadian whiskies, matured to perfection.

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NOSE – Rich and robust, with slight hints of vanilla and fruit.

PALATE – Delicately smooth and creamy with hints of oak and the sweet flavor of vanilla.

FINISH – Long and lingering.

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CROWN ROYAL NORTHERN HARVEST RYE: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the distinctive flavor of Canadian rye grain with the unmistakable smoothness of Crown Royal for a truly exceptional Canadian whisky.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the first Canadian Whisky to earn World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible 2016.

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NOSE – Baking spices, cereal, light wood spices

PALATE – Gentle oak note, rich butterscotch, spiced vanilla, develops into soft peppery notes

FINISH – Smooth and creamy

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CROWN ROYAL BLACK: Crown Royal Black is a rich and flavorful blend of Canadian whisky. All the signature smoothness of Crown Royal, matured in charred oak barrels and blended at a higher proof for a richer texture and bold finish.

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NOSE  – Deeper oak background with sweet maple notes.

PALATE – Creamy, ‘velvety’, dried fruit notes, mainly fig.

FINISH – Deeper bourbon notes and smooth at a higher proof.

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CROWN ROYAL WINE BARREL FINISHED: Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finished, the second expression in the Crown Royal Noble Collection showcases our Crown Royal Fine De Luxe Whiskey, the standard of excellence for Canadian Whiskey, finished in Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels. The result is an intriguing new character that is still unmistakably Crown Royal.

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NOSE – Heavy fruit and butterscotch: black currant, cove, with dried blueberry.

PALATE – Caramel and butterscotch with red grapes and fermented grape leaves.

FINISH – Wood tannins- spice with anise and clove.

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CROWN ROYAL RESERVE: Our Master Whisky Blenders have hand selected the whiskies with the body and taste that were necessary for achieving the exceptional depth of Crown Royal Reserve. The end result is their gift to Crown Royal enthusiasts: a creamy, rich, reserve-grade blend, flush with sharp clove, and cinnamon top points of rye.

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NOSE – Rich and complex with a slight apple flavor and floral tones.

PALATE – Velvety, smooth and mellow, with defined oak tones, rich, spicy flavors of cinnamon and vanilla.

FINISH – Expansive and long-lasting.

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CROWN ROYAL XO: Crown Royal XO furthers the signature blend from 50 of our finest whiskies, and then finishes them in cognac casks. Resulting in both an extraordinarily complex and smooth expression, Crown Royal XO is an elegant whisky that is deliciously balanced with hints of vanilla, spice and rich dry fruit.

CROWN ROYAL XO

NOSE – Muted and mild, with notes of vanilla, caramel and light oak.

PALATE – Balanced with hints of vanilla, spice and rich dried fruit.

FINISH -Medium length with light vanilla, subtle spice and smooth finish.

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CROWN ROYAL XR:  Taste the rarest in our extra rare whisky series, handcrafted with a unique blend that includes one of the final batches of whiskies from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Experience its sophisticated blend of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with spicy notes of Canadian rye, finishing in a lovely, round taste of raisins, cocoa and brown sugar.

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NOSE – Light but rich and complex.

PALATE – Lightly sweet with spicy notes of Canadian rye.

FINISH – Long, peppery and warm.

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CROWN ROYAL VANILLA: To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are carefully selected by our master whisky blenders and infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is a uniquely sophisticated whisky, bursting with the bold flavor of vanilla and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.

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NOSE – Rich vanilla bean with delicate hints of oak.

PALATE – Creamy vanilla with a smooth, light whisky finish.

FINISH – Viscous and warming with a Crème Brulee aftertaste.

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CROWN ROYAL REGAL APPLE: To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are hand-selected by our master whisky blenders and infused with Regal Gala Apples and apple flavors. The result is a delicious Canadian whisky balanced with notes of crisp apple flavor.

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NOSE – A blend of bright apple balanced with signature Crown Royal blended whisky with hints of spice.

PALATE – Opening up with a slightly tart, crisp, apple flavor balanced with signature Crown Royal blended whisky composed of notes of caramel & light spice.

FINISH – Crisp apple note with balanced sweetness, culminating in a full-bodied smooth finish.

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CROWN ROYAL MAPLE: Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky is an exceptional blend that combines maple flavor with the distinctive smoothness and character of Crown Royal blended whiskies. The blend is then finished in maple-toasted oak to deliver a uniquely smooth experience.

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NOSE – Light, fresh maple combined with the signature caramel and vanilla nose of Crown Royal.

PALATE – An exceptionally smooth blend with an authentic light maple taste.

FINISH – Warm, woody caramelized note.

Caol Ila – Tasting notes

Caol Ila: Caol Ila is pronounced “Cull Eela”. It’s the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846. However you say it, the fine, smoky whisky produced by generations of islanders is worth exploring.

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Caol Ila Moch

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Appearance – Pale gold.

Nose – Like wet, salty sand after the tide has receded, with antiseptic notes. Some smoke behind, as from an old bonfire.

Palate – Unreduced, sweet and salty with a balancing acidity, Caol Ila’s trademark smoky-antiseptic character is here.

Finish – Quite short, drying and warming with a little bitterness. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

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Caol Ila 12 Years Old

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Appearance – Pale straw.

Nose – Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist’s mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke.

Palate – Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish.

Finish – Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.

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Caol Ila Distillers Edition

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Appearance – Clear gold.

Nose – Wonderfully concentrated and clean, peaty, medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant.

Palate – Sweet maltiness strike first, then overwhelmed by peat smoke, intense, crisp flavours, and cinnamon spice.

Finish -Long, rounded, robust and multi-layered.

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Caol Ila 18 Years Old

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Appearance – Golden.

Nose – Smoky bonfires, then soapy water and wet wool, with a smouldering beach bonfire in the distance. Hints of mineral oil, then wax.

Palate – Smooth and mildly sweet start with good acidity and sea salt.

Finish – A lingering, charred, slightly sour finish.

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Caol Ila Cask Strength

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Appearance – A pure amber tone.

Nose – Carbolic, with a beach-bonfire smokiness behind. Then medicinal, lightly floral.

Palate – Reduced, smooth and mildly sweet; light acidity and salty. Mild, compared to the flavour at natural strength.

Finish – Pleasant, lightly charred. Lingering

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Caol Ila 25 Years Old

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Nose – Unreduced, sweet-spicy, fresh sea-air notes. Hints of preserved fruit, perhaps. Adding a little water brings up subtle, fragrant polished wood.

Palate – Unreduced, immediately sweet and fruity with a balancing bitterness. As befits its age, Caol Ila’s trademark smoky-medicinal character is controlled rather than exuberant. A good mouthfeel complemented by a complex flavour.

Finish – Quite long, sweetly drying, with more smoke coming through. Pleasant aftertaste.

Dalmore

THE 12 – ANDREW MACKENZIE’S MASTERPIECE

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The Dalmore 12 year old, with its intricate aromas and flavours, is recognised as a whisky with character far beyond its age. This was Andrew Mackenzie’s original masterpiece and stood apart from the norm of the day. At a time when it was standard practise to mature whisky for no more than 6 years, Andrew Mackenzie demonstrated his pioneering character by doubling the maturation period. His boldness truly paid off, The Dalmore 12 year old still stands apart as an exceptional whisky today, as it did then.

Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then divided for its final flourish. One half remains in the bourbon barrels, while the other is transferred to exclusive 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts before they are reunited to create this phenomenal whisky.

AROMA – Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices.

PALATE –  Citrus, oloroso sherry, vanilla pod.

FINISH  – Roasted coffee and chocolate.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso.

THE 15

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The Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style.

This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The character of The Dalmore 15 is achieved by then splitting the whisky equally between three different sherry woods; Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso for a further three years. The spirit is finally married together in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to infuse.

AROMA –  Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg.

PALATE – Mandarin, vanilla, ginger.

FINISH  – Christmas spice and oak.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Amoroso sherry, Apostoles sherry, Matusalem oloroso

THE 18 – ABOVE AND BEYOND

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An evolution of The Dalmore house style, this 18 year old expression harnesses bolder notes. A robust and formidable whisky, The Dalmore 18 year old showcases the result of extended maturation and the influence of the wood.

Matured initially for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for a further four years. These sherry butts from the world-renowned sherry house Gonzalez Byass are selected exclusively for The Dalmore.

AROMA –  Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange.

PALATE – Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee.

FINISH – Citrus fruit, oak.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso

THE 25 – AS EXCEPTIONAL AS IT IS UNIQUE

The-25The Dalmore uses a completely unique cask finish to create their revered 25 year old. Matured initially in American white oak, the whisky is carefully divided into rare hand-sourced 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry butts and 1980 first fill bourbon casks.

These exceptional whiskies are then expertly married together in bourbon barrels before being transferred, for the final time into Tawny Port pipes from Portugal, for a totally unrivalled finish.

The 25 showcases the dedication and creativity of Richard Paterson in his pursuit to find incredible casks for The Dalmore.

AROMA – Exotic fruits, marzipan, treacle toffee.

PALATE – Orange peel, chocolate truffles, liquorice.

FINISH  -Demerara sugar, bitter chocolate.

WOOD FINISH – First fill bourbon cask,American white oak ex-bourbon, 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry, Tawny Port pipes

CIGAR MALT RESERVE – ONE OF A KIND WHISKY FOR CIGAR LOVERS

Cigar-malt-reserveThis specially crafted whisky has been expertly made to be the perfect accompaniment to the finest of cigars.

Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, it is then finessed in premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.

AROMA – Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits.

PALATE – Tropical fruits, banana toffee and vanilla ice cream.

FINISH  – Orange zest, bergamot.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso, Premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon

KING ALEXANDER III – THE EMBODIMENT OF BRAVERY

King-Alexander-IIIIn 1263, Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, took a bold decision to stand up and be counted, and felled a charging stag which attacked King Alexander III of Scotland. In return for saving his life, the grateful King gifted the 12-pointed Royal Stag emblem to the Mackenzie Clan as a reward.

When descendants of the Mackenzie Clan took over the ownership of The Dalmore distillery in 1867, they continued to honour this brave act and proudly put the 12-pointed Royal Stag on the bottle. To this day, the Stag still adorns each and every bottle of The Dalmore.

To celebrate the pioneering and innovative values of the Mackenzie Clan, our Master Distiller has painstakingly created the only single malt in the world to unite a unique six cask finish for one outstanding achievement. Spirits matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are combined in perfect harmony to create a uniquely complex, yet smooth single malt. This is the embodiment of brave creativity and a lifetime’s experience.

AROMA – Red berry fruits, fresh flowers, passion fruit.

PALATE – Citrus zest, vanilla pod, creme caramel.

FINISH  – Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg.

WOOD FINISH – Matusalem oloroso,Port pipes, Marsala, Madeira, Cabernet Sauvignon barriques, American white oak ex-bourbon.

Ardmore

The Distillery: The Ardmore distillery sits at the highest point of the Northern railway line, 600 feet above sea level. Close to the small village of Kennethmont, this railway line was used to transport materials from Glasgow to the remote corner of Aberdeenshire, helping the distillery flourish.

The water is still drawn from the naturally rising springs that sit on the 1,500 foot tall Knockandy Hill.

Those who live on the rugged fringes of the Highlands embrace the freedom of the great outdoors and The Ardmore brings together the power of nature in every drop that travels from our distillery.

TASTING NOTES AND DETAILS ON VARIANTS:

Ardmore Legacy

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The Ardmore Legacy celebrates the distillery’s unique location on the fringes of the Highlands, offering a lightly peated liquid that is sweet and uplifting. The gentle flavour fully captures the essence of this spirit’s stunning Highland home. The Ardmore® Legacy will appeal to experienced peated malt drinkers and newcomers, alike.

Colour – Light golden.

Nose – Heather Honey with hints of cinnamon and toffee bonbon. Very subtle hints of peat smoke.

Palate – Creamy vanilla spice gives way to more overt smoky charcoal notes, especially with the addition of water. Smoke doesn’t dominate and is balanced by the sweet honey and spice flavours.

Finish – Full bodied, silky mouth feel with a dry, tangy and lingering aftertaste, coupled with delicious spice notes.

ABV – 40%

Ardmore Tradition

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A Travel Retail exclusive, The Ardmore Tradition is a taste of history itself, journeying back to a time when most Highland distilleries dried their barley with the sweet smoke of local Highland peat. Double matured in oak barrels then smaller Quarter Casks, The Ardmore® Tradition is a full and rich liquid, with unique Highland peat smoke flavours.

Colour – Burnished Gold

Nose – At bottle strength (46%), the influence of both maturations compliment each other producing a full bodied smooth aroma. The maturity comes from the American barrels and the spicy, creamy nose from the old style smaller casks.

Palate – The full rich flavours burst and fill the mouth with a creamy peat tang and a touch of vanilla’s soft gentleness.

If a touch of water is added, then the flavours increase with the addition of a sweet ripe fruit start followed by a tang of peat.

Finish – Full, succulent and quite long.

ABV – 46%

Ardmore Port Wood Finish

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A unique and premium expression of The Ardmore. Double cask matured in American white oak bourbon barrels and European half port pipes, resulting in a liquid that is light and sweet with a balance of fruity, smoky notes.

Non-chill filtered and aged for 12 years, this ruby gold single malt has been made using the same traditional distilling methods for 100 years.

Colour – Ruby gold.

Nose – Initial nose of strawberries and summer fruits with a hint of pepper. Notes of burnt orange and cinnamon spice underlie. With water, the rich fruit aromas of red apple and cranberry intensify, accompanied by sweet honey and subtle spiced wood notes.

Palate – Sweet red apple and honey with the subtlest hint of charcoal smoke.

Finish – Initially smooth with a long, lingering finish culminating in the trademark Ardmore dryness.

ABV – 46%

Ardmore Triple Wood

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The Ardmore Triple Wood is a complex and rewarding travel retail exclusive Highland malt. Triple matured in American Oak barrels, quarter casks and puncheons, this non-chill filtered expression is rich in traditional Highland peat smoke notes.

Colour – Golden straw, natural honey.

Nose – Biscuity cereal notes and the scent of banana underlie the initial nose of ginger, burnt sugar, cherries and honey. A drop of water intensifies the ginger snap biscuit notes with a hint of cinnamon, and soft highland peat smoke.

Palate – Light caramelised sugar, toasted barley, and warming, light peat smoke are followed by sweet vanilla custard. Water releases notes of pink peppercorn, and dried fruit flavours (raisin and candid orange peel).

Finish – Light with soft peat smoke, lingering pepper and toasted almonds with a well-balanced dry mouth feel.

ABV – 46%

Paul John

Paul John Brilliance – All the brilliance of Goa is bottled up in this Single Malt. Its sparkling hues are reminiscent of sun-kissed beaches. The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight.

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Colour – Sparkling copper.

Nose – The Demerara sugars give off a whiff of sweet fragrances, with a hint of cinnamon, dash of honey and faint spices.

Palate – Sweet and spice and all things nice, make this Single Malt. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.

Finish – Brilliance has a smooth and beautifully relaxed finish, with a hint of mild spices and deep intense vanilla.

Pairing – With its rich accents of vanilla and subtle hints of spice, this Single Malt is the ideal accompaniment to luscious fruit pies and Indian grilled meat dishes.

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Paul John Edited – Edited is for the extraordinary. We poured forth all our mastery into crafting this Single Malt. The hint of peat has been skilfully created from discreetly chosen cask profiles. All to delight the true whisky connoisseur.

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Colour – Amber gold.

Nose – Honey and cocoa are laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso. A deeper whiff reveals fruity fragrances.

Palate – The grassy flavours of barley show up first, but gently make way for subtle peat notes. They slowly dissolve and pave the way for a rush of mint and mocha.

Finish – The finish is long and drawn out. You can sense a hint of spice and chocolate mint as it ends on gentle peat notes.

Pairing – The hints of peat and chocolate mint in this Single Malt are perfect with a mildly spiced lamb stew, or even dark chocolate.

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Paul John Classic Select Cask – Explore tropical Goa in every sip of the Select Cask Classic. The lush freshness of this Single Malt envelops you from the very beginning. To give you this experience, we’ve matured it in selectively chosen cask profiles and bottled it without chill filtration, at cask strength.

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Colour – Rich amber.

Nose – Fruity, malty aromas are intertwined with honey. A hint of bourbon teases your senses.

Palate – With the very first sip, flavours of malted barley greet you. A heady mix of bourbon and manuka honey-liquorice makes for an attractive spine. And while you relish this experience, the unexpected flavour of toasted honeycomb takes you by surprise.

Finish – This Single Malt has an absolutely elegant finish, with juicy Demerara tones ensuring a soft, friendly finish.

Pairing -The spices from the oak and the mellowness of this elegant Indian classic are a perfect match for smoked salmon, ham or a sinful chocolate soufflé.

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Paul John Peated Select Cask – One never tires of Goa. From exploring its various personalities, its past, its present, its sheer decadence or perky cheer. For the true explorer, Goa always has a surprise tucked up its sleeve. Much like the Paul John Select Cask Peated. This Single Malt astonishes even a seasoned whisky aficionado. Unexpected flavours balance each other, offering the perfect tipple.

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Colour – Golden mahogany.

Nose – The smoky, sweet and earthy fragrances have mellow resonances of spice.

Palate – As the crisp Muscovado and Demerara sugars create layered nuances, the smokiness of the Single Malt sets in, creating a perfect balance. A hint of spice radiates from the hickory and Dominican-style cocoa.

Finish – The delicate finish of this Single Malt has notes of Dominican cocoa laced with the tart edge of marmalade.

Pairing – This extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Paul John Single Cask Unpeated – Intensely passionate – like Goa, its people, its beaches, and its very essence – the Single Cask Unpeated sweeps you up in a swirl of emotions. The interplay of fragrances and flavours paints a vivid picture of the bustling spirit of Goa.

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Colour – Rich Vibrant amber

Nose – This Single Malt takes you to that comfortable, favourite corner in an oaky den.

Palate – The wholesome taste of malt takes centre stage, while oaky flavours mixed with tart butterscotch sweetness drift in. A succession of delicate sugary tones, stirred with lovely spices, flutter in next. The underplay of malt resonates with a crisp, biscuity bite, while the intense barley never lets go of the oakiness, radiating richness far and wide.

Finish – The intense notes of barley and soft oaky spices radiate far and wide, giving it a rich finish.

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Paul John Single Cask Peated –  The starlit skies, the crackling bonfires and barbecues sizzling on the sandy beaches go hand-in-hand with the warm and relaxed spirit of Goa. To toast the mellow mood of the place, we crafted this Indian Single Malt. Its distinctly young flavours are highly nuanced, making it a perfect drink for an evening by the beach.

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Colour – A gleaming, rich mahogany.

Nose – The tantalising aromas of rich smoky bacon mingle with intense peaty aromas. A surprising hint of eucalypts gives it a distinct and reverential signature. As the scents and hints of assorted spices tingle your senses, the rich Demerara undercurrent draws out a fine balance.

Palate – A subtle sweetness embraces your taste buds, inviting you to explore the rare peaty, malty, smoky depths, rounded by the slightest hint of fresh barley. And just when you sink into the flavours, an oaky taste of vanilla and toasted fudge tickles your palate.

Finish – The finish is surprisingly complex for a whisky this young.

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Paul John Bold – Bold is a journey that leads you down the unexplored, unchartered terrains of Goa. It offers you a slice of its best-kept secrets, unravelling the mysteries, bit by little bit. This expression of ours invites you to leave the trail, tread the path less taken and plunge headlong into the delicious depths of Goa.

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Colour – Liquid gold

Nose – After the slightest whiff of smoke, a dizzying array of Manuka honey, prickly spice and red liquorice takes over.

Palate – This melt-in-the-mouth malt has the most profound flavours crashing in like waves. At first, the delivery feels sublimely silky and studded with oak-like honey. And just when you think you’ve savoured it all, you are surprised by a hefty second wave of spice. This is followed by a cloudy, smoky feel that coats the roof of the mouth and leaves a tidal wave of dry molasses, peaty soot and a degree of copper in its wake.

Finish – Bold has a light finish with a tinge of copper slowly making its presence known. You can also sense a gorgeous smoked mocha shaped by delicate and intricate spices.

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Limited edition Paul John Oloroso – A limited edition of the Indian single malt from the sunny Goan coasts, Oloroso presents an aromatic tapestry of complex yet gorgeously weighted fragrances, from toasted honeycomb to figs and a touch of dry raisin. Matured for 3 years in American bourbon barrels and finished in sherry casks for 4 years, its creamy flavours offer a delectable blend of barley with grape. The intense sherry richness towards the end, gives this rare whisky its name. The finish is long and luxuriously spiced, with a cocoa tinged vanilla.

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ColourDark Amber.

NoseComplex and gorgeously weighted, toasted honeycomb, dry resin, Dates, figs and apricot, its almost an aromatic tapestry.

PalateMagnificent mix of barley and grape, sweet and creamy, intense richness of sherry in the end.

FinishLong and luxurious, with pulsing vanilla-cocoa mix and a build-up of spices.

PairingThis extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine – Asian Age

Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine

The first do when drinking wine is that you don’t need to worry about saying the right thing or perceiving the aromas and flavours as anyone else does.  Wine is wonderfully subjective and your appreciation of it depends on the time of day, how much wine you drink, what you usually eat or drink, your mood and of course most importantly your own preferences. Do trust your own instincts and form your own opinions.

The wine world comes across intimidating at times but it really isn’t and once you get into it you will find that it is not that complicated either.

A couple of things you should do. Ensure your wine is at the right temperature. Too cold and you will not be able to taste or smell all the aromas and flavours, if too warm the wine will come across flabby and flat. Ideally wine should be drunk at 11 degrees Celsius for whites, 6 degrees Celsius for sparkling and sweet wines and 16 to 18 Degrees Celsius for reds.

Do drink your wines in the right glassware. The shape, size and thickness of the glass all matter and also of course the cleanliness of the glass. If you’re going to pursue discovering wine, I would recommend spending a little money on good glassware. Incorrect glassware can destroy even the best of wines. If in your trip on discovery road you intend building a collection at home it would be wise to buy a wine fridge to store your wines at the right temperature. Do not keep your wines at the back of your cupboard where they can be subjected to 40-degree heat.

Do allow some reds wines to breathe. Open the bottle and keep it open for some time depending on the wine you are about to have or pour the bottle into a decanter to speedup the process. You could also simply rotate the wine in your glass to enhance its offerings to you. Wine opens up as it comes into contact with air and releases otherwise hidden aromas.

Please do experiment with our local cuisines and cuisines from all over the world with wine. We have some of the greatest culinary traditions on the planet and not drinking wine with our food is a shame.

Do experiment, get a bunch of people together and constantly try new wines. The world of wine is very large with many countries, regions and grape varieties producing a plethora of styles for you to discover.

We even have a wine-growing region in our very own backyard  – Nasik/Akluj/Nandi Hills to name a few and you will find that there is great quality being produced here itself.

Do not put ice in your wine, do not fill it all the way to the top and please do hold the wine by the stem of the glass and of course don’t be disappointed if the wine you have bought is not to your liking. Move on and do try the next.

Written by -Nikhil Agarwal

Sommelier & CEO, All Things Nice