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Who sells most shells in the spirit world?

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You might have tasted all the glamorous drinks in the world by now. Lucky guys, Rum is sitting here all green with envy, biting fingernails in frustration. But tell me. Have you ever held a bottle of the best selling spirit in the world? No! See this, I still have got one on you. The best selling spirit in the world is not rum, brandy, whisky, gin or vodka. It is a soju, a clear spirit flowing all the way … Continue reading

A Single Glass of Brandy

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Alchemists were people with a little boy’s fantasies. As children would like to see wheels under everything stationary so that they could trundle it around, alchemists long back took to a fancy of burning or boiling down everything around them. They thought something would one day turn into either gold or the magical medicine for immortality. So when they got wine, the fermented essence of grapes, the alchemists didn’t think twice. They made the concentrate. Hmm…bitter, but they liked the … Continue reading

One Hundred Years of Hibernation

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He could’ve bungled in Kingfisher airlines. But when Vijay Mallya sent his private jet to New Zealand to bring three bottles of whiskey to the distillery of Whyte and Mackay in Scotland which he owns, few in the industry raised their eyebrows questioning his sanity. He knew the potential of the spirit waiting for him. Once the bottles reached Scotland he asked the master blender, Peterson to sit over the drink, analyze it in detail, to unlock the mysteries behind … Continue reading

Summer of unguessed wonders

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Mr. Rum comes across a highly evocative account about a particular wine in a novel. Well…he is stuck there. Wine is bottled poetry, said R.L Stevenson. But when does it become bottled summer? Take a swig of this wine in one cold January morning. The wine, distilled from thousands of golden yellow flower petals, bloomed in a summer must be savoured in a cold season if you want to know her well. “Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the … Continue reading