• Classic Cognac Trail

    Classic Cognac Trail

    A quick run down on Cognac
    A  type of brandy made in the Cognac region of France & made from white wine, using only very specific types of grapes grown in one of the six crus surrounding the town of Cognac in the Charente and Charente-Maritime regions of France
    The white wine used to make cognac must be made from at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche or Colombard grapes. The final 10% may be made from Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François, Sélect, Montils or Sémillon grapes.
    It is aged in one of two types of French oak, Limousin or Tronçais at least two years before it can be called ‘Cognac’
    The official quality grades of cognac are:
    VS: Very Special – Aged for at least two years in cask
    VSOP: Very Superior Old Pale: Aged for at least four years in cask
    XO: Xtra Old : Aged for at least six years in cask
    Hors d’age : Beyond age
    So here with J Denis Boutrier Cognac a VS grade, I have my Cognac Trail Cocktail going
    Hope you love it.

    J Denis Boutrier Cognac – 60 ml
    Amrut Single Malt Whiskey – 10 ml
    Big Banyan Shiraz Red Wine – 10 ml
    Sprite – to top
    Ice cubes
    Preparation Method

    Fill your glass with ice cubes & pour in the Cognac. Top it up with Sprite. Release the Single malt over the top & then libate it with red wine. There you have the Classic Cognac Trail.

  • Gin & Tonic

    Gin & Tonic

    Today’s choice of Gin for my G&T is Stranger & Sons. Distilled in Goa, Stranger & Sons is made using locally sourced botanicals mainly black pepper, coriander, nutmeg and mace from a number of spice farms that are located around their distillery. A straight sip and aromas & flavours explode of this artistic gin
    Though, it’s rainy days in Goa, but it’s also high in humidity & G&T seems to be a good choice of cocktail in the tropical weather
    Today, my adjunct is the Carom leaves the seed of which is known as Ajwain. The aromatic seeds are used in adding flavour to a number of drinks & leaves used in flavouring vegetable fritters and Indian flat breads

    Gin – 60 ml @strangerandsons
    Tonic water – @schweppes
    Bitters – @peychaudsaperitivo
    Lime wedges
    Pepper corn
    Fresh Carom leaves

    Preparation Method Pour gin over ice. Add lemon rings. Top it up with tonic water. Scrape the carom leave gently & drop it in. A light stir & sprinkle a dash of bitters. Garnish with pepper & clove. Enjoy this aromatic sip as the raindrops

  • Glencairn Whisk(e)y Glass

    ‘The Glencairn glass’ – It is a style of glass developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd, Scotland for drinking whisky. The glass design was concluded by five  master blenders from the largest whisky companies in Scotland.

    Though, the Whisky tumblers, snifters, nosing tulips or copitas or the dock are other types of glasses that are commonly used for drinking whisky, however, Glencairn glass is the most robust &
    preferred glass by connoisseurs who consider the aroma especially important to the experience of a whisky.

    It has a solid base  to swirl the whisky to open up the aromas for full appreciation & capture the congeners & push them to the nose.

    For a spirit Educator it’s of immense importance to use the right drinking glass to derive and understand the fine nuances of a spirit or a wine.

    Well my pair of twin set has arrived & there’s nothing better than to inaugurate it with Glenlivet 12 years Single Malt from Moray, Scotland & check the tasting notes.

    Five golden rules: Check the appearance, See the viscosity or the mouthfeel by swirling, Shake the glass by keeping your hand over the glass, Bring the glass to the nose & take quick short sniffs while keeping the mouth open & finally Sip & taste it.

    Tasting Notes:
    Appearance: Vivid & Shining gold,
    Nose & Aroma: Fruity, rich Vanilla, ripe apples, Spice (cinnamon)
    Palate : Fruity favour, taste creamy cake, ripe banana, apple.
    Finish: Long & pleasant with subtle spices notes

    “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is never enough” – Mark Twain –

    Glencairn whisky tasting glass


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