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THE ARRAN MALT 14 YO ISLE OF ARRAN, SCOTLAND

THE ARRAN MALT 14 YO, ISLE OF ARRAN, SCOTLAND

The Arran 14YOIt is a perfectly balanced marriage of both first fill Sherry and Bourbon casks and is a highly rewarding Single Malt with depth of character and zest. It has aromas of dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front.

With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits indicating a depth of flavour to come. The palate has sweetness, spice, bitter orange, charred oak, honey, apple and pears.

SPRINGBANK 18 YO, CAMBELTOWN, SCOTLAND

SPRINGBANK 18 YO,  CAMBELTOWN, SCOTLAND

Springbank 18 Years Old

A rusty copper colour with a delicious nose of vanilla, ripe fruits, marzipan followed by hints of sherbet, almonds and strawberries.

The palate is thick and oily, fruity and mellow and gives way to a sweet liquorice and aniseed flavour as it opens up. The finish is sweet and chocolatey with some coconut, the finish is long and consistent with a pleasant smokey tingle.

KILCHOMAN ISLAY (MACHIR BAY) SCOTLAND

KILCHOMAN,  ISLAY (MACHIR BAY) SCOTLAND

Kilchoman 100% Islay Machir Bay

All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery – from barley to bottle; grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled, making for a unique character.

Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish.

THE GLENDRONACH PARLIAMENT – 21 YO HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND

THE GLENDRONACH PARLIAMENT – 21 YO, HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND

Glendronach 'The Parliament' 21 Years OldThe 21YO is matured in a combination of the finest Olorossoa and Pedro Ximinez sherry casks. Non chill filtered and of natural coloiur . The whisky has a delicate nose of ripe fruite – blackerries and plums and on the palate the malt is full bodied with spicy notes, chocolate sauce, all spice and nutmeg with a long finish.

SPEYBURN 10 YO SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND

SPEYBURN 10 YO, SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND

Speyburn 10 Years OldBold flavours and a long, smooth finish. Speyburn 10 YO Single Malt is matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

Pale gold with amber highlights, fresh and clean with a hint of lemon on the nose this malt is medium bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch and a long, sweet finish

Wine tasting at Hafele Design Centre, Pune

Luna Argenta Prosecco DOC Brut NV, Veneto, Italy: This harmonious and seductive sparkling wine is pale straw yellow in colour and combines soft body with floral notes.

Allan Scott Single Vineyard Moorlands Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: Aromatic with lemon citrus and perfumed notes with hints of passion fruit and freshly crushed herbs. The palate is elegant with citrus, passion fruit and dried herbs; the oak influence is delicate and perfectly balanced with the clean refreshing acidity giving this wine a deliciously appealing finish.

Niel Joubert Chardonnay 2015, Paarl, South Africa: Pale with bright yellow reflections. Nose leads with ripe tropical fruit where citrus, melon and pineapple mingle. Hints of vanilla and some floral notes. Lively mouth where the tropical ripe fruit flavours give an impression of sweetness but great acidity gives fine balance. Some stone fruit flavours appear with time in the glass and add complexity. Lively, fruit filled finish.

Blackstone Merlot 2010, California, USA: The wine shows ripe black cherry, plum jam, dark chocolate, and raspberry flavors with hints of vanilla and toasty oak.

Château de Parenchère Bordeaux Superieur 2011, Bordeaux, France: This traditional Parenchere blend is generally very fleshy, very deeply coloured robe. Characterized by a good balance between fruit and tannin, it displays distinct red fruit aromas with a long, sustained finish.

Ricossa Antica Casa Barolo DOCG 2012, Piedmont, Italy: This is a garnet red wine with traditional orange hues. The bouquet is typical of the nebbiolo grape presenting spices, licorice, red fruits, as well as savory notes of toasted caramel. The body is well balanced with an interesting meaty texture from well-orchestrated tannins.

 

Wine, Sake and Whisky Tasting for Alvarez & Marsal at Aer, Four Seasons Hotel

WINES FOR THE EVENING

Pascal Jolivet ‘Attitude’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Loire Valley, France: “Attitude” has a beautiful freshness in mouth, a frank attack, delicate green and lemon flavours, citrus fruits, green apple and kiwi aromas. The minerality gives a long finish to the wine, a smoothness and elegance.

De Bortoli Harvest Dairy Semillon Chardonnay 2014, Victoria, Australia: Pale straw with lively green hues colour. Citrus and tropical notes are prominent complement with a hint of oak. This fresh zesty wine is balanced by a creamy mid palate whilst exhibiting up front citrus lemon, stone and tropical fruit flavour.

Saint Clair Premium Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: Dark garnet in color with aromas of sun warmed dark berry fruit especially boysenberry and freshly picked blackberries, interlaced with toasted wood notes and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate has flavours of dark berries, blackberry conserve, blueberries and fresh boysenberries combine with freshly ground coffee beans and dark chocolate. A hint of cinnamon spice leads into a savoury finish.

Bodegas Mauro Tempranillo 2013, Castilla y Leon, Spain: Fragrance, discretion and aromatic complexity in a well-delineated wine with a firm structure, suave tannins, and above all, great balance; with crispy and fresh fruit that invites you to enjoy it.

Tenuta San Guido ‘Guidalberto’ IGT Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012, Tuscany, Italy: With an intense ruby-red color, the wine has profound aromas of red and black fruits. On the palate, the wine’s dense structure is balanced and elegant, with a silky presence, relatively low alcohol and noble tannins. In the mouth, this wine is long and persistent.

 Guigal ‘Châteauneuf du Pape’ 2011, Southern Rhône, France: Deep dark red in color with spices and mature red fruits on the nose. The palate shows round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Very rich wine full of harmony and balance.

SAKE FOR THE EVENING

Ayakiku Junmai Ginjo: The Ayakiku Brewery takes great effort and care to bring out the full flavor of the best sake brewing rice available. Its fresh and elegant taste leaves an impression which will be long remembered. this sake is best enjoyed slightly chilled.

Junmai Koikawa: Soft but deep tasting Junmai. Made with Tsuyahime rice, which provides a very balanced flavor. Winner of the Slow Food Japan gold medal in 2014, with special mention for the unusual versatility: this sake can be served at any temperature and for each one it acquires different notes and characteristics. Even with its slightly higher than usual alcohol content, it remains very easy to drink.

WHISKIES FOR THE EVENING

Kilchoman Machir Bay, Isle of Islay, Scotland: The Machir Bay starts with a nose of soft cooked fruits with strong peaty aromas which in turn leads to a palate of mixed fruits and vanilla with an intense sweetness before a long lingering finish.

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky, Yilan County, Taiwan: Clean & fresh tropical fruitiness with pleasant vanilla, coconut and spices. Soft, well-balanced natural sweetness, vanilla and oak spices, round and complex with silky smoothness.

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Pennsylvania, USA: Floral and spicy on the nose with a well-balanced mouth feel and flavor — up-front and back-end spice, cinnamon on the mid-palate. Underlying notes of dried fruit and black cherry with hints of tobacco, vanilla and oak.

Pharrell Williams- Louis XIII 100 years – A track that won’t be heard for a century

Pharrell Williams- Louis XIII 100 years – A track that won’t be heard for a century

On November 13th 2017, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years”- The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – a unique musical composition created by Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117.

LOUIS XIII partnered with Pharrell on this innovative project due to a shared dedication to environmental issues. The original song is a creative expression of the delicate relationship between nature and time, and the effect humans have on their environment.

Each decanter of LOUIS XIII represents the life achievement of generations of cellar masters, so LOUIS XIII must always think a century ahead. Pharrell’s exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed by Fichet-Bauche that is only destructible when submerged in water. If sea levels continue to rise due to climate change, scientists project that in 100 years, a portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The only way to guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again in 2117, one century from now, is if we address the consequences of global warming – if we do not change our way of living, future generations will never be able to hear this song.

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“100 Years” by Pharrell Williams will be out in 2117, but only if we care. “I love the fact that LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead”, said Pharrell Williams. “We should all do the same for the planet. We have a common interest in preserving nature for the future. Pharrell has long been passionate about preserving our environment and how important human action is to addressing climate change. “100 Years” premiered during a private listening party in Shanghai, where Pharrell presented the song one time only. The one hundred lucky guests in attendance were not allowed to record the once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the song remains a secret for the next century. LOUIS XIII and Pharrell aimed to inspire these guests and the rest of the world to take action.

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Wine tasting for Cisco at Trident, Gurgaon

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin, 2015 Marlborough New Zealand

This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavours dominated by gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavour profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity.

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier, 2014 South Australia 

This wine is corn silk in colour with green hues. It expresses aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine, with poached quinces and apricot. The palate includes grapefruit, lemongrass and stone fruit, and the texture adds layers of fruit persistence. The added aging on lees and wild fermentation deliver a rich and silky mid-palate, whilst maintaining its freshness, making it a pleasure to drink. Pairs perfectly with harissa chicken or crispy rice pancakes with potato and chickpeas.

Dr. Loosen Reisling, 2014 Mosel Germany

This estate-grown Riesling showcases the mineral-driven style of the steep, blue slate vineyards in the middle Mosel. It comes from parcels owned by Dr. Loosen in the villages of Bernkastel, Graach and Wehlen. It is bright and vibrant with the classic white peach fruit and floral, flinty minerality that is so typical of this terroir. This wine makes an elegant aperitif and is an excellent match for seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.

Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis Toscana IGT, 2013 Tuscany Italy

A delightful wine that combines elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced and approachable in its youth with considerable aging potential of 5 to 8 years.

Montes Alpha Merlot, 2013 Colchagua Valley Chile

Handsome ruby-red color. Outstanding nose of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, with hints of tobacco. These elements come through on the palate, revealing a full-bodied wine. Mid-palate is round and velvety, with an added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish.

 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Columbia Valley USA

The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices, with the Syrah blended in (11%) showing itself. The blue and black fruit flavours are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouth feel and a sustained sense of balance. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees. Fresh and expressive, deftly balanced and juicy, with raspberry and cherry flavours supported by hints of cinnamon and pepper. The finish persists against nubby tannins.