Jul 24

The Story Of Scotch Whiskey

The country of Scotland is famous for a lot of things; however nothing is as famous as the Scotch Whiskey. Lot of people tried to create an alternative beverage in different parts of world but its only in Scotland you can find the perfect environment and ingredients for making perfect whiskey. If you understand how the whiskey is made and its qualities, it only adds to the enjoyment of drinking the king of all drinks.

History of Scotch Whiskey: The first Scotch whiskey was created by Friar Jon Cor. It was made by King’s order and was called “aqua vitae”. As the whiskey became gradually popular the Scottish government enforced many unreasonable taxes on its production which resulted in many illegal transactions. However the Scottish parliament looking at the popularity of the whiskey and the out of control illegal production, made the Excise Act in the year of 1823 thereby making the production more profitable and the era of modern Scotch whisky industry began.

Scotch Whiskey, the modern production: The distillation process used for the making of the whiskey hasnt changed in last hundreds of years however the method has. The new distilleries are advanced technologically for maintaining the unique qualities of Scotch whiskey and keep up the popular demand.

In the beginning the barley is malted in water for three days. All ingredients of the malt and water must be top quality. The barley germinates and secrets enzymes necessary for distillation. Barley in then dried on smoldering peat. The barley now is mashed to flour that is called “grist” and then added to hot water which causes the starch in flour to be converted into sugar creating a liquid called wort. Now the yeast is added and the fermentation process starts in a massive vessel called “washback”.

Sugar and yeast react to

Jul 24

8 Unusual Beer Ingredients That’ll Completely Boggle Your Mind

Brewers across the world are experimenting with a number of unusual and odd ingredients, to give varying flavors and aromas to the different types of beer. With growing competition in the market, it seems brewers are trying to offer something unique to the consumers, which has led to the production of various new and exciting ale with exotic ingredients.

Such experimental or craft beer have witnessed a surge in their popularity in the recent times, and this has further encouraged the brewers to try different ingredients and recipes. So, let’s have a look at some weird ingredients that have found their way into your favorite brew, as a result of the worldwide craft beer and brewing renaissance.

Oysters, the bivalves, are one of the key ingredients in beer brewing process, which give an aromatic flavor and extra sweetness to the beer. Despite their long association with stout, oysters were not included in the brewing process earlier. The usual practice was to slurp the oysters while sipping beer. But today fresh oysters are being used in the brewing process itself. While some brewers use only the shells, others add the entire critter to make their stout.

Two most famous products that contain this unusual ingredient are, Porterhouse Oyster Stout and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout of Flying Dog Brewery. You will be surprised to know, that the Porterhouse Oyster Stout won a gold medal in Belfast in 1997.

Ghost Pepper
Grown in the Indian states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur, ghost pepper was the hottest chili pepper in the world. However, in 2011 it has been replaced by the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the hottest chili pepper in the world. You will be amazed to know, that ghost pepper, which is mainly used as a spice, has also made its way to your beer mug.


Jul 22

Important facts which you should know about Bourbon

Bourbon is referred to as American Whiskey. It is produced and distilled in America, as per the regulations of the U.S. Government. A lot of people consider Bourbon and Whiskey as a same thing. It is not that Bourbon is not considered as whiskey, but there are a lot of whiskies, which are not considered as Bourbon. Anyhow, the following are the facts which you should know about Bourbon:

1.Is all whiskey Bourbon? The answer to this question is a big NO. It is right to say that all bourbons are whiskey, but all whiskies are not bourbon. There are 5 types of whiskies: bourbon, scotch, Irish, Tennessee, and Canadian Whiskeys. And clearly, bourbon is one of it.

2.Are all bourbon made in Kentucky? A lot of bourbon whiskies are made in this region of America. But it would be wrong to say that all bourbon is made in Kentucky, as it is not a requirement that bourbon is made in Kentucky.

3.What is single barrel bourbon? Like the name suggests, single barrel bourbon is aged and bottled in a single barrel, which gives every bottle a unique and distinctive taste.

4.Is Rye whiskey considered as Bourbon? As per the U.S. Government guidelines for making bourbon, at least, 51 percent of mash utilized should be corn. But that is not the case with Rye whiskey, so it is not considered as Bourbon.

5.Does bourbon get more taste and smoothness as it is aged in unopened bottle? No, that is not the case as bourbon stops aging, once it is removed from the barrel. But, bourbon will not even get worse with time. It would neither improve, not get worse with time. Its taste will remain the same.

6.Is bourbon just for cooking purpose? This is the view of only those

Jul 21

Night Life in London

When the sun sets over the horizon and the night dawns, the folk of London move to the streets in search of excitement and fun. Home to a culture for the night, London is one of the favored nightlife spots in the world.

Being honest with ourselves for a moment, we can visit only so many museums, art galleries or exhibitions, or take the dog for so many leisurely walks around Richmond Park before we become very thirsty. As luck would have it, the quality and variety of London after dark is comparable to its more refined daytime cultural offerings.

The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square is mere walking distance from the clubbing three storey Mecca at Heaven, and so there are sights and spots for persons of all entertainment persuasions, lurking around every corner, as it were.

Themes or Club Nights are popular in London Clubs, and descriptions can be found online, on the U.K. Clubbing Directory for the hundreds of different themes available in the city on a given night. A good example of a club night is the Notting Hill Arts Club whose club nights include Beachclub, billed as “A Smorgasbord of London Creativity & drunken Scandinavian snow urchins” with cheap beer, mulled wine, pretty ladies, great bands, DJs, art, and meatballs every second Monday of the Month. Other club nights include Disco Death, and Craft Night.

A distinguished and elegant bed and breakfast, the Lincoln House Hotel is perfectly situated close to popular attractions and within walking distance of gay and lesbian night life, it offers surprisingly low rates and, of course, features the ubiquitous wireless internet access so necessary to modern life. Rooms are equipped with a mini fridge and unlimited coffee and tea, ensuring perfect comfort for couples looking for a romantic getaway in the heart of

Jul 21

Gavi di Gavi an excellent wine made from 100% Cortese grape

The Gavi di Gavi is a white wine typical of the Italian region of Piedmont. The word Gavi comes from the name of a town in the province of Alessandria, developed on the bank of the river Lemma, famous for the Cortese autochthonous grape. On its surrounding hills, characterized by a calcareous soil and bedrock, this grape has grown since ancient Romans times. Its existence is documented as early as the 17th century, while the style of the current production dates back to 1876. A short distance away you will find the towns of Asti, Alba and Barolo, known for excellent and robust red wines. Still, the Gavi di Gavi has nothing to envy to its neighbors: its value is certified by the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG), the best recognition that an italian wine can get.

Gavi di Gavi is produced from 100% Cortese grape vines, which means that the only grape used is exactly Cortese grape. If harvested before full ripeness, the Cortese grapes will give a sour wine, with a light structure. Conversely, you will have a wine of great complexity, with tertiary aromas and minerals of great elegance. Even the ripening period affects the organoleptic characteristics of the wine, consumed usually after a period of 1 to 5 years of aging. The color ranges go from intense straw to bright yellow, with an unique clarity. The smell is pleasant and delicate, while the fresh taste refers to a bouquet of flowers and fruit, with peaks of anise and vanilla. The ideal serving temperature is around 10-12 C.

Regarding the pairings, Gavi di Gavi fits well with seafood appetizers, delicate meat, vegetables and fresh or seasoned salami, cold pork meat. In particular the typicality of this wine makes it perfect to accompany some traditional

Jul 21

Custom Wine Racks – When In Order To Them Built For Your Home Wine Cellar.

So you’re building a wine cellar for your home. You want to make it nice, but don’t want to get too overboard with the price, because you’d like to spend it on wine instead of wood! The question comes down to whether you should or should not use pre-built wine racks, on the other hand have them custom built for your room. Because of the cost-benefit analysis, this can be a big hangup for many individuals. Custom racks will obviously charge more than the premade systems, but the touch with luxury and uniqueness might be what you want. We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages with getting Custom Wine Racks in your wine cellar.

Good of Custom Wine Racks
Custom built wine racks have a few noteworthy differences through their pre-made counterparts. First of all, the system is built to fit exactly in your wine cellar. You will not have to piecing and placing pre-constructed systems together to look good in your cellar. Custom wine racks are obviously designed, constructed and finished specifically for and in your cellar. A custom rack system may add more value to your cellar, and in turn your home, because people love the details and uniqueness with customization. The racks will also look exactly exactly how you want them to be able to look. If your wine cellar has a unique design style, layout, or specific size constraints, a custom wine rack system may be the only way to go to get an amazing product in the end.

Disadvantages of Custom Wine Racks
The biggest disadvantage of getting custom racks towards your home wine cellar could be the costs associated. The systems usually come with a high price tag because they are custom designed and built towards your cellar. This fact

Jul 21

Add Some Class To Frivolity With Wine Tasting

Every party needs a touch of class to make it truly special. While frivolity is easy to ensure and needs limited means, adding a touch of class can very well act as a challenge. There are only a few elements of a party which can pass out as fun, engaging and classy. Wine tasting is one such act. Not only is it a classy affair, but also provides a mean for like-minded party goers to communicate and engage- something modern parties lack in real terms. In metropolitans like London, where sophistication is very much a part of life, wine tasting forms an integral part of the party culture.

In today’s world seemingly every activity has consultants providing their input. Similarly, wine tasting party ideas are provided by party planners who offer indigenous ways to host and enjoy a wine tasting party. The party can be infused with the subtleties of wine and can very well prove to be a thoroughly enjoyable event. One can never go wrong when it comes to pairing a party with good quality wines as it is ensured that people will have a good time indeed. There are times when it can be the very best way to add some zest to a sombre party.

Like all the good things in life, wine also follows the rule of diminishing returns. So, over indulgence in wine can very well rob it of its allure. There are wine events which are organized in the UK at different parts of the year. The members of the wine clubs choose only the best of the wine events to attend to. Not only are these events infused with the very best of wines from across the globe, but also provides for a mean to enjoy some savour worthy wine.

It is

Jul 20

Best Beer Festivals Around the World

Beer has been brewed and consumed for about 7000 years now. Arguably, it is called the third most popular drink after water and tea. In fact, beer is so popular that there are numerous festivals commemorating exceptional brewers, bringing together beer lovers from around the world. If you are someone who wants to taste different varieties of beer in the company of thousands of people, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the beer festivals that are hosted around the world.

Beer festivals promote certain special or locally brewed beers, and visitors get the opportunity of sampling some of the finest beers from around the world. Beer festivals are also well known for the mix of delicacies that is spread out for the visitors. To make it more interesting, these festivals often host live bands, DJ, comic performances, and beer drinking competitions, giving the whole festival a ‘party like’ atmosphere. So, without further ado, let’s proceed to find out the world’s biggest beer parties!

Famous Beer Festivals

1. Oktoberfest
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Month(s): September, October
Duration: 16 Days

Oktoberfest was first hosted in Munich in 1810, to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen. Initially, the festival was held in October, but it was later decided to hold the festival in September, owing to better weather conditions.

It is reported that an estimated 6 million people attend Oktoberfest every year, consuming 1.5 million gallons of beer in the 16 days of the festival.

Initially, beer was not a part of Oktoberfest, instead, a horse race in the presence of the Royal family was the concluding event. An agricultural show, along with carnival booths, was added to the event later. Beer became a part of Oktoberfest only in 1880. While horse races have ceased to be a part of the festival

Jul 14

What Are The Benefits Of Buying Contemporary Wine Storage

The wine is one of most important part of every function these days. No matter what kind of occasion or party you might have but if there is not a wine then it will definitely give a look of its absence. These days people are giving higher preference to the wine integration in their parties because it gives the classic as well as modern appearance to your event or party. This is quite true that the addition of wine in any event or party makes it complete and highly appreciative as well.

But when we add the wine in our parties then the major issue that we face is the mismanagement of bottles and then you would also need to chill them so that they could taste silky as well. The chilling and storing is most important problem that everyone faces when adding wine to their party or event is storing and chilling the bottles so that wine can be served exactly the way it should be served. And for this purpose the custom metal wine racks will play really very assistive role.

The wine cellars are used for this purpose which used to be complete rooms of the wine collection but these days it is not possible for everyone to give the entire room for the wine storage purpose but that does not decrease the importance and need of the wine storage facility. And for this purpose, the contemporary wine storage fulfills the wine storing needs easily and there is no need to spare entire room for the wine collection as well.

If you have less space in your home or kitchen and you still want to have a wine collection then the wine racking will give you a proper assistance which will allow you to keep

Jul 11

Private Wine Country Tours To Napa Valley

What could be the best way to get all your wine queries answered? Well if you think it can be done by reading a few articles on the internet, then you are making a grave mistake. Queries related to wine cannot be answered until you really experience the sheer beauty of making a wine. And be assured that once you visit these wine yards and wineries then you will not have any doubt regarding wine tasting. This is one of the reasons why in Napa Valley, private wine tours are organized by wine lovers and wine companies.
You may say this may be a good way of promotion. To an extent you are right as in this way few brands have promoted themselves well. Once you meet these wine lovers and wine makers, you will realize that promotion is only a secondary activity for them. These people love the wine they make so much and want everyone to experience the exquisiteness of their wine making process. Napa Valley wine country tours have given some exceptional testimonials from tourists around the world. They people who guide you in the tour are not only tourist guides but also lovers of wine. They love the very work they do and are extremely passionate and fanatical when it comes to making the best wine and serving the best to the customers. This is why the fun of the trip quadruples as you have such great, talented and experienced people guiding you throughout.
Napa Valley Wine tours have created a niche segment within this segment by organizing what is known as private tours. Private wine tours in Napa Valley has become something that is discussed in various lifestyle and travel magazines. Private tours are bit expensive but at the same time they guide you with

Older posts «