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What You Should Be Drinking for Christmas 2018

Christmas comes with a lot of excitement – carols, concerts, festivals, parties, lots of eating and – yeah, you’re right – drinking.

As the parties heat up, more and more people will turn to the bottle in need of having a good time but there will always be the question of what to drink, where and the right time.

While we don’t encourage you to over-indulge and go on a spree of binge drinking, we can always offer some helpful tips on what you should be drinking this Christmas.

Champagnes

The official drink of celebration, Champagnes are a must have this Christmas. A flute of champagne in hand brings sparkles into your holiday mood.

You can settle for the classic Veuve Clicquot Brut with its attractive yellow label sure to add excitement to your mood or go for the sweet tasting Moet & Chandon Nectar Rose Imperial.

If you are the one for vintage champagne, the Dom Perignon P2 2000 or Dom Perignon 2009 Brut is a classy choice. If you’re looking to party with it, the emerald-green light of the Dom Perignon Luminous is very much the cream of the crop.

 Sparkling Wines

If you don’t have the big budget that champagnes demand, you can always switch to a nice bottle of sparkling wine.

Luc Belaire Luxe has a premium taste and luxurious bottle that sends your mood lighting up the skies like Christmas fireworks. Then there is the darling Veuve Du Vernay Ice Rose that not only sweetens the palate but also beautifies your table with its unique white and pink bottle. Andre and Martini are also other great choices.

Cognac

If Champagnes brought a sparkling new meaning to wins, Cognacs have given a whole new identity to how we see brandy, thanks to the French.

Be it dinner, a party, a concert or a simple laid back sit-out with friends, cognac is a unique choice for all occasions. The classic Hennessy VS and Hennessy VSOP are always ready options and if you buy from Drinks.ng using VISA QR, you get FREE mixers, party cups and ice along with it. Martell Blue Swift is another cool choice especially since a bottle purchased from Drinks.ng gets you either a FREE Bluetooth speaker of a 24 Apparel Hat.

Whisk(e)y

All thanks to the Irish and the Scots for blessing us with whisky, now we can fight the cold evenings of Christmas with a good old scotch like Glenmorangie Original or the all-new Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years.

If you are in the mood to groove with friends while vibing to your favourite tunes, Jameson Irish Whiskey makes for a good companion or you can switch up with the Good Old Jack Daniel’s.

If you are in the need for a full-blown party, then take advantage of the Famous Grouse party pack promo available only on Drinks.ng

Beer

Beer is still one of Nigeria’s most loved alcoholic beverages and there are plenty of brands to choose from. However, among the numerous brands – lager & stout – there is the ‘king’ of them all – Budweiser. The American lager made its grand entrance into the Nigerian market this year, and irrespective of what your preferred beer brand might be, you’d be missing out if you’ve not tasted the light, crisp and smooth beer. If you are looking for validation, it is called the ‘King of Beers’, and Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a ‘King’

Cocktails

Eggnog, Hot Buttered Rum, Manhattan, Sex on the Beach and Daiquiri are some of the popular cocktails that can add extra spice to your Christmas holiday.

You can check out the recipe to some of these cocktails by clicking here.

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Diageo Launches Ciroc Summer Colada & Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years in Lagos

Diageo has launched two new varieties of its premium vodka and whisky brands – Ciroc and Johnnie Walker.

In a concert-styled launch that took place over the course of last week in Lagos, the giant drink company introduced the new premium varieties to its customers.

Afrobeat star and global Ciroc brand ambassador, Wizkid was the headline performer at the Ciroc Summer Colada Limited Edition official launch. The Starboy Music leading act performed alongside Smirnoff Vodka ambassador, DJ Spinall.

The event took place on Thursday, 13th December 2018 at the magnificent Circa Mall, Lekki.

CÎROC Summer Colada Limited Edition is an ultra-premium flavoured vodka infused with delicate natural pineapple flavours and coconut cream notes.

Distilled six times to ensure high quality and a smooth essence, it is best enjoyed with a splash of pineapple juice and a wedge of pineapple.

CÎROC is a brand of eau-de-vie vodka, manufactured by using grapes from the Charente-Maritime region of France.

CÎROC brand of vodka drink is produced and distributed by the British-based multinational alcoholic beverage maker Diageo.

Johnnie Walker 18 Years

Johnnie Walker 18 Years is simply the old Johnnie Walker Platinum without the ‘Platinum’ name attached to it and with a sizzling new label and bottle design.

The new Johnnie Walker 18 Years was unveiled in Lagos on Sunday, 16th December 2018 at a private venue.

Blended from whiskies that have matured for at least 18 years, it combines sophisticated and contemporary tastes with classic Johnnie Walker flavours.

It offers aromas of rich sweet fruit, toffee, caramel and vanilla with a hint of smoke. The palate expresses notes of dark fruits, cereal, vanilla, almonds, tangerines and a gentle smoke.

Johnnie Walker 18 Years comes in a newly-designed, gold-detailed sophisticated bottle.

Launched globally by Diageo last year, Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years finally made its entrance to Nigeria heralded by performances from afrobeat stars – Burnaboy and Kizz Daniel.

CÎROC brand of vodka and Johnnie Walker whiskies are officially owned by the British-based multinational alcoholic beverage maker Diageo.

Visit www.drinks.ng to order for more CÎROC vodka and Johnnie Walker whisky range!

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$1 Million Whisky Sets New World Record

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Think you would spend over $1 million on a bottle of whisky? If you won’t then you don’t love the brown distilled spirit well enough.

Over the weekend, two bottles of a rare 60-year-old Scottish Macallan whiskey were shown love when two separate buyers purchased each for a combined sum of $2.11 million.

According to High Snob Society, the whisky bottles were sold off at a Bonhams auction for fine and rare wines and whiskies. Both bottles are 75CL vintage bottles distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986 after maturation in a sherry hogshead cask. Only 12 of each Macallan was ever produced.

“These bottles are some of the oldest whiskies produced by Macallan in the 20th century,” Daniel Lam On-Tai, head of fine wine and whisky for Bonhams in Hong Kong, told South China Morning Post.

Both bottles were named after Italian artist Valerio Adami and British pop artist Peter Blake respectively. One bottle sold for HK $8.64 million to a bidder, while the other sold for HK $7.96 million to another anonymous buyer over the phone.

 

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Whisky & Aging: Everything You Should Know

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The maturation period of whiskey, which involves aging the liquor in wooden barrels, is one of the most interesting stages of the whiskey production process.

The process allows the whiskey to interact with the oak barrels to arrive at the desired state in line with the particular distillery. The type of barrel used for maturation is usually determined by the Master Blender who seeks to achieve a particular character and maintain the style of the whiskey that the house is known for.

What is aging?

Aging refers to the process of storing distilled spirits (or wines) in barrels for a specific period of time. The time may take up to 10 years, 20 years or even more. The aim is usually to extract harsh flavours from the raw alcohol while distinct characteristics are added to it from the barrel’s wood.

Why age whiskey in barrels?

For those who are whiskey aficionados, the answer to this is as familiar as their own names. However, for the spirit drinkers who are new to the world of whiskey, the question begs a comprehensive answer.

What to know about barrel aging for whiskey

Oak Barrels are used

This is about the first thing anyone should know about the maturation of whiskeys. Oak barrels are used because of their distinct physical and chemical nature. Because oak is pure wood, it is preferable to other types of woods like rubber or pine.

The oak adds taste and aroma to the spirit, while also extracting undesirable elements from it. It also interacts with the spirit, adding extractive wood elements as well as giving it the desired colour throughout the aging period.

There is a Toasting or Charring

When the barrels have been created, the whiskey is not just poured inside. Traditionally, the barrels are either toasted or charred when they are built, this creates a layer of charcoal that filters out unwanted flavours from the raw spirit. Bourbon casks are usually charred, while sherry casks are toasted.

Colour comes from the barrels

Whiskey would be a clear spirit just like gin and vodka if they were not aged in oak barrels. It is the barrels that give it colour. As the spirit interacts with the barrel, the colour of the wood is extracted and blends itself into it, giving it the amber or golden brown colour. The longer the spirit is aged, the darker the colour. Moonshine is the only clear whiskey because it is unaged.

The Barrel adds flavour too

More than just the colour, the barrel also adds flavour to the spirit too. How does this happen? The barrel actually mellows out any harsh notes found in the raw spirit through absorption. So when you see whiskey notes with ‘oakiness’ or ‘undertones of charred oak,’ then know that it is referring to the flavours gotten from the oak barrels. Depending on the species of oak used in the barrel, different flavours can be gotten.

Quercus Alba, “White Oak” (American Oak), Quercus Petraea, “Sessile Oak” (Europe) and Quercus Robur, “Pedunculate Oak” (Europe) are three most used species of oak.

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World Whiskies Awards 2018 – The Full List of Winners

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The Whisky Magazine Awards dinner held in London on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 and the final results of the World Whiskies Awards 2018 were released.

Major global whisky producers including Suntory, Nikka, Maker’s Mark, Glenfiddich were present at the event which held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. The award which is held annually aims to showcase the very best whiskies in each global category. Several stages of the competition, overseen by world-renowned, expert judges and tasters, are held before the final announcement.

According to Rob Allanson, editor of the Whisky Magazine and chairman of the World Whiskies Awards, the awards have seen an immense growth since its inception.

‘Over 1000 brands were entered this year, all blind tasted by more the 40 expert judges across the world. This year will be interesting,’ he said.

Japanese whisky again performed well in the major categories, while the US and Australia shone in categories no one expected them to.

See the full list of winners below:

  1. World’s Best Rye – 291 Colorado Rye Aspen Stave Finish
  2. World’s Best Grain – Bains Cape Mountain Whisky
  3. World’s Best Bourbon – 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  4. World’s Best Blended Malt – Taketsuru 17-Year-Old
  5. World’s Best Blended Limited Release – Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Limited Edition
  6. World’s Best Blended – Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve
  7. World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt – Sullivan’s Cove American Oak Single Cask
  8. World’s Best Single Malt – Hakushu 25-Year-Old

The night ended with Diageo’s Dr Nicholas Morgan and Kavalan founder, TT Lee and his son, being inducted into the Whiskey hall of fame.

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Grapes vs Grains: The difference between Cognac and Whisky

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Jamie and Deolu walked into the bar after a long Wednesday meeting, and the bald headed bartender cheerfully offered, “Cognac and Whisky.”

Both surprised, Deolu asked, “Why?” The bartender replied, “Because I know you both need a strong drink to numb the stress.”

“So why not offer us just one, rather than the two?” Jamie queried.

“There is beauty in variety, and I wanted to give you the option of choice,” said the bartender.

“What is the difference between Cognac and Whisky?” Deolu bellowed.

Then there was SILENCE as all three had no idea.

Noticing the awkward silence, the www.drinks.ng delivery man offered to help them out.

“Here is the difference between Cognac and Whisky,” he said…

The major difference between the two spirits is that while Cognac is made from grapes, Whisky is made from grains. However, both go through the process of fermentation which converts sugar to alcohol.

Again, both spirits are aged in casks which gives both drinks the required colour, and of course the taste.

Whisky are made from fine grains, mostly barley. The grains are then mixed with water and yeast, before distillation. The distilled spirit then is aged in oak barrels.

Cognac, on the other hand, is made from grapes which are then pressed to extract the juice.The juice is then fermented for about 5 days before distilling. Cognacs go through a double distillation process, before the eaux-de-vie is stocked in oak casks to age.

How long do both age?

Cognacs are usually aged for at least a period of 2 1/2 years, and can take up to 200 years for some. For whisky, no precise age is given for aging any particular whisky, but most of the high-end whisky have been stored for up to 18 years.

However, UK and EU law insist that Scotch Whisky should be at least three years old.

While cognac uses age terms like VOP, VS, VSOP or XO, Whiskey shows the exact age of its content: for example 3, 5, 10, 12 or 15 years.

Any difference in drinking Cognac and Whisky?

Cognac is seen more like a ‘digestif’ – that drink you take as dessert after having a sumptuous dinner, Whisky is not seen in such a cliche and conservative light.

While cognac maybe taken along with coffee, one may drink a whiskey with water. Many consider it inappropriate to splash a little water in cognac. The explanation being that because Cognac is made from fruits and Whisky from grains, the structure is different and one may not tolerate water as the other would.

Well, while water may not be good for cognac, no need to worry as it is fast (re)becoming a cocktail drink, having been a huge ingredient for cocktails in the past.

There is already a long list of cocktails that one can make with cognac, and bartenders are already playing around with it. Not saying cocktails cannot be made with whisky though.

One more thing – Whisky or Whiskey?

“How about the difference between Whiskey and Whisky?” Deolu was curious to know.

The difference in the spelling is tied to the location of distilling: Whisky comes from Scotland, Japan or Canada – and whiskey comes from Ireland and the United States. That simple right?

So back to Jamie, Deolu and the Bartender!

Both gentlemen did settle to enjoy their Cognac and Whisky, while the Bartender went ahead to alert his manager to order more bottles from www.drinks.ng

 

 

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Johnnie Walker Launches ‘Jane Walker’ Whisky To Celebrate Women’s Rights

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Diageo-owned whisky brand Johnnie Walker has launched a new limited edition whisky to coincide with Women’s History Month.

The label of the new Jane Walker bottles is designed in sync with Diageo’s hopes garner more female whisky drinkers, Johnnie Walker Vice President Stephanie Jacoby told Bloomberg.

“Scotch as a category is seen as particularly intimidating by women,” Jacoby said.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to invite women into the brand.”

Jane Walker is an extension of the brand’s campaign in 2016, “Keep Walking America” which was targeted towards groups like Latinos and veterans.  The new Jane Walker labels will appear on 250,000 bottles in the US starting in March.

In addition, Diageo has announced that for every bottle made, it will donate a dollar to organizations that promote women, including Monumental Women and She Should Run.

According to Bloomberg, the London-based company is also  “calling on advertising agencies to put forward one female director as part of any work pitch,” and is working to internally to boost its female representation.
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Does Alcohol Make You More Attractive to Others?

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Alcohol is capable of many things including the ability to make us immediately appear more attractive to others than normal.

Don’t get us wrong, there is absolutely nothing attractive about a man or woman staggering back home after a rough night. So to get the best out of this magical ability of alcohol, as in all other benefits, moderate drinking is encouraged.

As a matter of fact, it goes both ways – alcohol can affect the way we see and are seen, by people. This just proves that the beer goggles theory is as real as we can imagine.

There is scientific proof

Just in case you have more doubts lingering on your mind, several scientific studies have proven the ability of moderate drinking making you appear immediately attractive.

At the University of Bristol in the UK, 40 students were supplied with wine but were asked to take photos of each other sober before the drinking commenced. They also took a photo of each participant after one drink, then after a second.

The photos taken after just one drink has been consumed were judged as more attractive than the sober photos. However, the photos taken after students drank more than one glass, were rated as less attractive than when they were sober.

“It suggests that, if it’s true, people are rated as more attractive once they’ve consumed a small amount of alcohol,” said the study’s senior researcher, Marcus Munafò, a professor of biological psychology at the University. “But if they go on to consume more alcohol, they’re no longer rated as more attractive.”

The study suggested that a single alcoholic drink could make people seem more attractive because it caused facial muscles to relax, pupils to dilate and cheeks to flush.

“Rosiness is attractive because it characterizes good physical health characteristics,” said Professor Munafò.

This gives us a confidence boost to have a glass of wine or a tot of whiskey before walking up to your crush to drop that cool pick up line.

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5 Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

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Japanese Whisky is relatively young when compared to Scotch Whisky, but has already made so much impact in the whisky world.

Japanese distilleries use exactly the same techniques that Scottish distillers use. As a matter of fact, Japanese expertise was directly imported from Scotland in the early 20th century by MasatakaTaketsuru, founder of Nikka.

There is, therefore, no fundamental differences in the technical process of making Japanese whisky. However, there are a few things that make Japanese whisky different from Scotland.

Five Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

Less Peat

Japanese whiskies are less peated as compared to Scotch whisky. Many of the distilleries in Scotland are located on islands and coastal areas, where naturally peat is widely used for drying barley during the phase of malting. Japanese distillers also make use of peat but in a reduced quantity.

Prolific Distilleries

The Scots have more distilleries than the Japanese. The richness of Scotch Whiskies is obtained through the exchange of productions among many distilleries, each producing mainly one type of single malt.

For Japanese whiskies, the distilleries are few but can produce nearly as many different single malts that exist in Scotland. The Yamazaki distillery, for example, can produce over sixty single malts with distinct characteristics, and blended together it allows Suntory to produce a large number of whiskies.

More so, Japanese distilleries have stills of different shapes and sizes that help in the production of single malts with distinct characters. Stills in Scottish distilleries generally have the same shape and the same size.

Fermentation

Unlike Scottish distilleries, Japanese distilleries use a wide variety of yeasts with different characteristics during fermentation. Companies like Suntory have found a way to grow their own strains and even create their own strains. For example, Suntory owns a strain called suntoryeus lactobacillus.

Distillation

Japanese whiskies are distilled using low-pressure distillation techniques. This technique is induced naturally by high altitude, with a lower boiling point. Japan has three of the highest distilleries in the world; Karuizawa (now closed), Hakushu and Mars Shinshu located between 700 and 800 metres. The higher the altitude, the lower the pressure, and subsequently the lesser the boiling point. Low-pressure distillation helps keep a larger number of aromas and a thinner and lighter texture, which makes Japanese whisky taste different from Scotch.

 

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#InternationalScotchDay: 5 Things You Should Know About Scotch Whisky

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Scotch is a VIP member of the whisky family. It is considered as the most popular whisky style in the world.

The first International Scotch Day, designed to be a global celebration of Scotch whisky, held 10 February, 2017. February 8, 2018, the event will enter its second year as Scotch whisky aims to gain more global relevance.

The idea was launched by premium spirit giants, Diageo, to mark the birthday of Alexander Walker, the son of the legendary John ‘Johnnie’ Walker and the man who exported his father’s whisky across the world.

However, as you join other lovers of Scotch whisky to celebrate all things scotch, here are five things you should always keep in mind about the drink.

It is different from other whiskies

All Scotch is whisky, but not all whisky is Scotch – that is a standard fact. Scotch Whisky only refers to whisky that is made in Scotland. It is a legal term the Scots came up with to protect their style of whisky.

Water and Scotch

When water is added to Scotch, it brings out the more floral notes and some of the more citrus notes. That is what is meant by opening up the whisky – it dilutes the alcohol, pushing down the heavier alcohols and allowing the lighter alcohols to come to the surface.

And when you add ice?

Ice also has a chemical reaction when added to a glass of whisky. It cools down some of the fatty oils in the whisky, letting fly a nose that tends to be much sweeter, lingering on the lighter of vanilla. Just like water (which ice is made from), it works on the darker, fattier, heavier notes, allowing the light ones to rise.

Here is how to drink it

Being a whisky of value, Scotch should be taken with finesse. Don’t just gulp the drink, or pour it down your throat without respect to the drink. Sip it, slightly chew the whisky around your mouth – do not swirl like a mouthwash. Keep it in your mouth for a couple seconds, then swallow. Take a deep breath in and out of your mouth, that way, you to get the best out of the whisky as the sweetness and floral notes linger at the front of your mouth. At the back of the palate, the oakier tannins are expressed.

The right glass

Every drink should be drunk out of the right glass. For Scotch whisky, go for glasses that come up to collect the flavor at the top. The tulip-shaped glass Glencairn glass is best designed for Scotch whisky. It aerates the alcohol vapours up, concentrating them so that you can better savour them.

 

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