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Whisky Week: Reading the Label

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“So what are the odds, Prakash?” I asked. “Manu, we have a Scotch and something called dry martini. I don’t know what the hell the second one is. Should I go for Scotch?” The name dry martini gave me a jolt. I knew his uncle. The old man, ignorant on the pedigree of drinks but still greedy and reluctant to part with the best would not give it up even for his life if somebody gives him the exciting facts … Continue reading

Whisky week: Single Malt vs Blended

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Have you ever heard of Aston Martin One -77? No. It is the top line, the cherry-on-the-cream luxurious car. “Forget it sir, you won’t be able to buy it,” the salesman at the showroom brushes you away with a shrug amidst that blanket of politeness he pulls over his eyes. Shove the car into …. Sorry, we are here for whisky. Tell me. What are the Aston Martins in the world of whiskies? I mean, the top ones. What? Can’t … Continue reading

Whisky week: A Single peg of Whisky

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You have got a peg of whisky on the table. Before you ladle water and destroy the delicate universe in your glass, have you ever stopped and wondered what goes into this amber liquid – what history, what topography, what people, what serendipities, what diligent studies, what vision, what science, what music, what drama, what rough climate, what soggy earth, what grain, what peat, what yeast, what long meditations in dingy and dark warehouses, what oceans and continents this single … Continue reading

10 Best Rum Stories of the Year

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RRR celebrates its first birthday in style. Read the best 10 of its Rum stories. Here’s the cream at the top. 1)    Batting Against Red: This was a huge hit. The story of Bacardi’s fight against the communist government of Cuba is no secret to many. The story here goes into the exciting background of the enmity. “But the communist regime made one mistake. Their marines went to the wrong building, the wrong city – Havana.”That was all that Bacardi … Continue reading