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Whisky For Everyone: De-Ciphering The Glenlivet Code

The Glenlivet, the famous Speyside distillery, have announced a new limited edition single malt for this Summer but it is one with more than the usual hint of intrigue. The Glenlivet Cipher has been released with virtually no information attached, except the legally required alcohol strength of 48% ABV.

No tasting notes, no details of cask types or maturation (other than it is a unique combination never used for The Glenlivet before), no age statement and no indication of colour or style due to the striking black opaque bottle. The bottle and packaging give clues of flavour and aroma but little else.

The Glenlivet distillery has always been innovative since it was founded in 1824 by George Smith. It was the first distillery in the Speyside region to be granted a distilling license under the new Parliamentary Excise Act of 1823 and this approach has led to The Glenlivet becoming the world’s best selling single malt brand when it overtook long-standing leader Glenfiddich in mid-2015.

Now The Glenlivet Cipher continues the brand’s innovation. Like Alpha, Cipher’s predecessor from a couple of years ago, the whisky challenges common perceptions by removing obvious stimuli. This time the mystery and challenge is increased by a user-friendly and interactive digital element.

By visiting cipher.theglenlivet.com you can create your own aroma and flavour profiles for Cipher and also pit your wits against Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller of The Glenlivet. It is plenty of fun and really gets you to analyse the whisky both on the nose and palate. Do not worry as Alan is on hand to assist you with some useful tips.

Once you have chosen your six aroma and flavour characteristics, the results are collated into a graphic cipher and your selections compared to those of Alan to reveal how close you are. You can then share across various social media platforms using #TheGlenlivetCipher and @TheGlenlivet. As you can see above, my score was terrible (48%) so I think Alan’s job as Master Distiller is safe for a while longer …

“I am laying down the ultimate test and am pleased to invite people to join us on a journey of flavour discovery. I will be checking social media throughout the campaign to see who manages to crack the code and unlock the tasting notes of this new enigmatic single malt. So get tasting, share your comments online and stayed tuned.”
Alan Winchester – Master Distiller at The Glenlivet.

The Glenlivet Cipher is available now from selected specialist retailers across 25 world markets including Canada, Taiwan and the UK. The recommended retail price is £85 or $US120. The full details of Cipher will be revealed to The Glenlivet Guardians by Alan Winchester later in the year. In the meantime, why not join in and create your own aroma and flavour profile at cipher.theglenlivet.com?

Mars Iwai Tradition Blended Whisky

Mars Iwai Tradition Blended Whisky 720ml 40% is a Japanese blended Whiskey. The blend comes from both malt and grain, and it is distilled at Japan’s highest distillery, located in a mountain range of Nagano, at 798 meters.The Mars distillery was originally founded in Kagoshima before it moved to Nagano.

This blend is named after Kiichiro Iwai. He is a mentor of Masataka Taketsuru. As a 14 year senior graduated from the same technical school, Iwai brought Taketsuru into the same brewery, then became his mentor in the company. Along with others in management, Iwai sent Taketsuru to Scotland to learn the art of whisky-making. As the first Japanese to learn the art, Taketsuru returned to Japan and presented a whisky-making report- the Taketsuru Notes- to Iwai. Taketsuru later went on to found Nikka Whisky, and then created Suntory Whisky. Years after that Iwai founded Mars Shinshu distillery with Taketsuru’s notes. As the mentor of The Father of Japanese Whisky, Iwai is referred to by some as The Silent Pioneer of Japanese Whisky.

Colour: Dark caramel

Nose: Very strong scent of grape. Very similar to Brandy or Tawny port.

Taste: Very high in viscosity. You can tell its richness that comes from its oily characteristic when you chew it in your mouth. It is very sweet indeed. Again, initially one can find strong similarities in it with grape-based spirits. However, things can become quite different upon second tasting.

Finish: Upon finish, the aroma that comes back to the nostrils resoundingly similar to Bourbon whiskey. Then on that second tasting, the taste of Bourbon overtakes the initial fruity characteristic of Iwai.

Verdict: The blend is very easy to go down. It is very fruity, and has many layers to its taste. While it is very pleasant I am just not sure if I can say I enjoy a whisky that turns into grape-based spirit like Brandy or Port when it enters my mouth. It is just too unwhisky for me.

Single Malt Whisky Specialties

New-comers in malt whisky retail are usually from re-opened distilleries, or working distilleries which never before bottled their whisky as Single Malt. Many famous whisky brands play marketing on high-level and put limited editions on sale. However, new ideas also emerge. Such new ideas in the past decades were the introduction of Cask Strength Malts, Vintage Editions and Wood Finish variants, all of them show the creativity and innovation in the Scotch whisky industry. Cask Strength Malts are whiskies bottled straight from the ageing barrels, so their abv is usually between 43 vol% and 60vol%. These are sometimes not even chill-filtered carefully, so can include much more aroma ingredients. Vintage Editions are bottled mainly by independent bottles (eg. Gordon & MacPhail) and identified by the year of bottling, instead of the period of ageing. The Wood Finish range is an invention by the Glenmorangie distillery, which came out with Port Wood Finish, Sherry Wood Finish and Madeira Wood Finish couple of years ago, followed by Cote D’or Burgundy Wood Finish recently. These are Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch whiskies matured in American oak wood casks for 10 years, then transferred into Port, Sherry, etc. casks for a further period of maturation. The nature and history of the casks greatly influence the flavour and character of the whisky. The Glenmorangie Wood Finish range is an exceptional range of malt whiskies which can be served confidently at any time, but is best served after dinner.

A kereskedelemben ujonnan megjeleno single malt whiskyk vagy nemregiben ujranyitott leparlo uzemek parlatai, vagy olyan leparlok termekei, amelyek eddig meg sosem ertekesitettek whiskyjuket palackozva. A hires whisky markak kihasznaljak a marketing trukkoket es idoszakonkent “limited edition” sorozatokat dobnak piacra. Mindemellett uj, eredeti otletek is napvilagot latnak. Ilyen, a skot whisky iparag kreativitasat es innovativ hozzaallasat jelzo otletek voltak az elmult nehany evtizedben a ‘Cask Strength Malts’, a ‘Vintage Editions’ es a ‘Wood Finish’ variaciok elkeszitese. A ‘Cask Strength Malts’ olyan skot single malt whiskyt takar, amelyet az erleles befejeztevel, vizzel valo higitas nelkul, egyenesen a hordokbol palackoznak, igy ezek alkoholfoka rendszerint 43% es 60% koze esik. Ezen whiskyknel a hutve-szures gyakran nem tokeletes, igy sokkal tobb aroma-anyagot tartalmaznak. Tobbsegeben fuggetlen skot whisky palackozo es forgalmazo cegek (mint pl. a Gordon & MacPhail) keszitik a ‘Vintage Editions’ kategoriaba tartozo evjarat szerint palackozott whiskyket, amelyeknel a leglenyegesebb azonosito nem az erleles idotartama, hanem a palackozas “evjarata”. A ‘Wood Finish’ variaciok a Glenmorangie distillery ujdonsaga, amely tobb evvel ezelott keszitette el a portoi, sherrys, illetve madeira boros hordoban erlelt kulonleges sorozatat, amelyet nemregiben kiegeszitett a Cote D’Or Burgundy boros hordoban erlelt malata whiskyjevel. Ezek valojaban az amerikai bourbon whiskys hordoban 10 evig erlelt Glenmorangie single malt whisky nehany evig kulonleges hordoban (portoi boros, sherrys, stb.) tovabberlelt valtozatai. Am a kulonbozo hordok eltero multja es tulajdonsagai nagyban meghatarozzak a benne erlelt whisky izvilagat es karakteret. A Glenmorangie ‘Wood Finish’ variaciok egy kulonleges sorozata a skot single malt whiskyknek, amelyek batran fogyaszthatok barmikor, am legjobb este egy finom vacsora utan.

Right here are the most effective towns to go to in France.

Arranging a holiday break to France? Study our expert help guide the very best metropolitan areas, such as guidance on Milan, Turin, Bologna, Genoa, Palermo, and Naples, like the Amalfi Coastline and Sorrento. Additionally, you will find a list of visit operators offering city splits. Rome, Florence and Venice are about three of the world’s best metropolitan areas. The only issue is understanding learning to make the best of a pay a visit to: with this, our on the web professional spot instructions provide all of the key information and referrals you will want.

But it could be completely wrong to ignore Italy’s many other key towns, which provide abundant traditions and background, outstanding architecture, and great dishes. If Rome, Florence and Venice are world-class, then ¬Milan and Naples are certainly not considerably right behind: nearly as abundant culturally, and simply as luring with regards to consuming, ingesting and as springboards for other Italian locations. Nonetheless, Milan can come as being a delight to individuals informed about Rome and Florence and wanting a lot of identical, for this really is a a lot more north European town in feel and look. Seems aside, even so, Milan has superlative buying, having and social destinations, notably the Duomo, the Scala opera property along with the Pinacoteca di Brera art work gallery. There is also Leonardo’s Last Supper, but be careful that it must be so faded you may well are in agreement with Aldous Huxley, who in 1925 described it as being, “the saddest artwork in the world”. Milan is yet another significant transport center – Lake Como, as an example, the prettiest of the Italian Ponds, is simply more than 30 minutes away by coach.

Although less popular than Milan or Naples, Turin, near to the boundary with France, and Bologna, inside the north Emilia-Romagna location, are places in which some other country could be proud, and need to be frequented more. Turin is an unforeseen treasure, using a beautiful baroque cardiovascular system packed with cobbled streets, dishonest arcades and chic ancient cafés. As being the capital of Piedmont, a gastronomic place par quality (truffles from Alba, the wines of Barolo), it is additionally a great spot to eat and drink, while offering three first-position social points of interest. Bologna, as well, can be a fine gastronomic center, with a pleasing and limited-knit medieval middle of brick arcades, towers, chapels, palaces and interesting museums.

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Most expensive whisky is fake

A dram from the unopened bottle of “Macallan 1878” sold for the four-figure sum at a Swiss hotel in July – making it the priciest glass of single malt ever flogged. But whisky experts smelled a rat after news of the sale broke and Sandro Bernasconi, of The Waldhaus Hotel in St Moritz, called in investigators to examine the £230,000 bottle. The high-end grog was sent off to be tested by boffins at Oxford University – with shocking results. Carbon dating showed the booze to be a near-worthless blended Scotch dated no earlier than 1970 – a hundred years younger than it was claimed. The label was also riddled with mistakes, while the cork looked too new and the bottle was made of modern glass. The unsuspecting victim of the scam was Chinese tourist Zhang Wei, 36, who has now had his cash refunded. Bernasconi flew to China to apologise and personally pay back the dosh. The hotelier said: “When it comes to selling our customers some of the world’s rarest and oldest whiskies, we felt it was our duty to ensure that our stock is 100 per cent authentic and the real deal. “That’s why we called in the investigators RW101. “The result has been a big shock to the system and we are delighted to have repaid our customer in full as a gesture of goodwill.” The bottle was bought around 25 years ago by Bernasconi’s father when he was manager of the hotel. It is not yet known where the hotel got the bottle from or who was responsible for the fraud. The eye-watering price paid for the seemingly rare vintage caused a stir among experts who questioned its authenticity. The label on the dark-coloured glass bottle said the whisky was distilled in 1878 and matured for 27 years. It claimed to be “guaranteed absolutely pure by Roderick Kemp, proprietor, Macallan and Talisker Distilleries Ltd”. But experts said the glass used for the bottle was similar to ones made in 2002 and “Kemp” apparently didn’t own Macallan and Talisker at the same time. And there was no trace of a company called “Macallan and Talisker Distilleries Ltd” in the whisky industry records. Bernasconi called in Fife-based Rare Whisky 101 (RW101), one of the world’s leading authorities on rare whisky. Results from Oxford Uni’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and The History of Art suggested a 95 per cent probability the liquid was made between 1970 and 1972. Other lab tests by Tatlock and Thomson showed the spirit was most likely a blended Scotch made of 60 per cent malt and 40 per cent grain. Ken Grier from Macallan brand owner, Edrington, said: “We take this very seriously. “We praise the work that our partners, RW101, are doing to bring awareness of any fraud to light. “We would urge consumers to buy from reputable sources at all times.”

Taste Luxury At Tuscany Villas

Villas in Tuscany are the most luxurious and beautiful. So, if somebody wants to taste the true luxuriousness of Italian style then Tuscany villas are definitely keep your promises. The Tuscany villas are surrounded by beautiful landscapes, olive grooves, and beautiful gardens.

Tuscany villas would be delighted to suggest and plan an itinerary to help you in discovering Tuscany. The Tuscan villa affords a swimming pool with views of the hills blanketed with forests and vines growing strong below the hill. The gazebos in the garden provides guest with a shield from the sun and relaxing setting. The Tuscan villa also features a kitchen, dining room and living room and a double bedroom with its bathroom equipped with a shower on the ground floor. The gardens feature a multitude of trees and striking colored indigenous flowers.

The private swimming pool is the perfect location to enjoy perfect scenery. An area frozen in time, and a pleasure to explore, it is something that gives you long lasting experience. The vine clad hills around Florence are dotted with farmhouses and villas and turrets of baronial castles create a picturesque setting fit for fairytale.

The rooms inside these Tuscan villas have high ceilings, large windows, and beautiful scenery. You can find the marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi, hand shower and several other luxurious bathing facilities. The Tuscany luxury seaside villas in chic coastal resorts for those who would prefer to rub shoulders with the International jet set after a hard day’s sunbathing. The city centre apartment in Tuscany’s art cities are for those who fancy a spot of culture or even designer shopping. A Tuscany villa rental is the ideal way to experience the region as it provides a comfortable base from which to explore while also providing the perfect place to rejoice and share after a day of adventures.

If you want to taste the Italian food and wine, then your selection of Tuscany villa will be the right place to dine in, because they provide you chefs who make classic Italian food in plenty. If you want to learn the making of Italian food then you can surely take help of chefs, they will teach you the best method of cooking Italian food.

Enjoy the beauty of Tuscany, they will offer the best ever holidays, good food, and enchanting and delicious taste of wine. No matter which part you want to stay out the area, all of which offer convenient access and proximity to the local area as well as a host of facilities to ensure that your stay in your villa is perfect. You can get villas offering varying degrees and levels of luxury depending on your needs and budgets, such as private pools and even staff services.

There are many beautiful and fascinating areas in Tuscany, some of which include Siena, Pisa, and Florence, as well as the Chianti wine region, Maremma, and others. You can enjoy a choice of villas in and around these areas, putting you within easy reach of the attractions and sites and enabling you to enjoy affordable luxury in convenient and beautiful surroundings.

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The Glossary of Wine Tasting – Part 1

Wine has a culture around it that is intimidating. Whether attending a wine-tasting event, or popping a cork for a snazzy evening with your date, you want to be able to talk about wine without sounding like an uncultured oaf. Here is a handy clip-n-save guide to all the fancy terms we use to describe a wine’s flavor. Now you can sound like the snootiest wine snob on the block!

Note that flavor and smell go together. So some terms mean more about the odor (bouquet or aroma) of a wine than its flavor.

Acidity – The sharp or sour flavor; compare the taste of sharp cheddar cheese. All wines should have some acidity, but not too much. A wine with too much acidity is sour and may be oxidized, producing vinegar. Too little acid and the wine will be flabby and dull.

Balance – A wine is balanced if it isn’t too much of any particular characteristic. You want the three components of fruit, tannin, and acid to be in harmony. Be the Zen master!

Body – This describes how concentrated the wine feels in your mouth. A full-bodied wine will have heavy flavor and feel denser, a light wine will taste and feel more like a fruit juice.

Broadness – A wine is said to be broad if it has a full spectrum of tastes and aromas. The more broad, the more complex. The less broad, the more simple. Intellectual types like a wine that is broad and fascinating, so they can play wine professor and bore everyone with half an hour of wine jargon.

Buttery – A taste that is creamy and rich. It also has to be not too acidic. Only certain wines have buttery as a taste goal – notably Chardonnays. Like Marmite, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

Cedar – A taste specific to Bordeaux wines, a cedar taste will be the faint aroma of a cedar chest and an herb-like flavor. Smack your lips and act surprised.

Clean – A simple wine without any taints or traces of quirky flavors. Your average bottle on the shelf at a supermarket is factory-produced and therefore very clean. May also be derogatory, to say that a wine is boring or uninteresting.

Extract – The solid matter left over from the skin and pulp of the grapes, and hence only present in red wines. A wine with heavy extract will have a full body; a wine with even more extract will be jammy.

Finish – The aftertaste. A wine that leaves a strong, lingering aftertaste is said to have a satisfying finish. The finish may be any one of the characteristics of flavor; what’s important is how long it lasts.

Flabby – Boring, flat, dull, uninteresting. This is an insult to the wine; reserve it for the most buttery or fruity wines, or ones that are truly dull. Boxed wine from Walmart.

Flinty – Another characteristic that’s used to describe one specific wine. Flinty, as the name suggests, has a taint of flint stone, and is only found in Chablis wine, especially when it’s young. Cock an eyebrow and act intrigued.

Fruity – Obviously, this is the taste of fruit. Most wines have some taste of fruit, since grapes are themselves a fruit. But fruit shouldn’t always be the dominant taste characteristic of the finished wine. Wines that taste too fruity may be flat, dull, flabby, or too young.

Ian Love runs a great Australian Wine Club and is the owner of Online Wine specialist West Valley Wine.

A Scottish spring wedding at Winton House

An interview with the bride’s parents
Eileen and David Black held a Scottish wedding for their daughter Kirsten and her fiancée Scott Kavanagh at Winton House in late March 2010. It turned out to be a beautiful early spring day with the daffodils in full bloom after a hard winter, a perfect day for a romantic wedding at this venue in Scotland.

David and Eileen explained why they chose Winton House for their daughter’s wedding and told us how the day went.
1. Why did you choose Winton House for your daughter’s wedding?
“David knew Winton House having used the meeting venue in Edinburgh before for a corporate team-building day. Our daughter, Kirsten, wanted somewhere which had a large country house or castle feel to it and Winton was ideal.
“We chose Winton because they allowed us to do what we wanted. Unlike other venues, they weren’t prescriptive about the band, the menus and other important elements of the wedding. We felt comfortable and at ease there, and it has a lovely warm ambience.
“Winton also restricts the number of weddings it hosts which meant that only one or two guests had been there before.”

2. Who were the guests at the wedding? Where did they travel from?
“The guests were primarily family and friends from the Edinburgh and Fife area, seventy-eight in total. Kirsten’s cousin from Portland in Oregon, USA, travelled the furthest.”

3. What was the format on the day?
“It was very traditional. The chief bridesmaid stayed with us on the eve of the wedding. Kirsten and her entourage used the facilities at the romantic wedding venue in Scotland on the Saturday morning to get ready and guests arrived early in the afternoon.
“Most of the male guests wore traditional highland dress and the ladies all looked fabulous in their colourful frocks.
“There was a civil ceremony in the beautiful drawing room with sun streaming in through its south-facing windows. That was followed by photographs and a drinks reception, then we were piped in by a lady piper for a fantastic meal in the dining room.
“We had smoked salmon to start with followed by roast beef then sticky toffee pudding, all prepared from fresh local produce by Elizabeth, Winton’s award-winning chef.
“The evening’s entertainment was a combination of ceilidh band and popular covers performed by the band. “My daughter and son-in-law, now Mr and Mrs Scott Kavanagh, stayed at Winton House overnight in one of its eight bedrooms.”

4. What was the feedback from guests?
“Everyone we have spoken to was tremendously complimentary about the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, the format and the food. It was an incredibly memorable day.
“It felt like your own private party. The Romantic Wedding Venues Scotland was spectacular and the food was excellent. Guests also enjoyed going for walks in the gardens before and after dinner.”

5. What comments do you have on the quality of Winton’s hospitality?
“We were very well looked after from the moment we were shown around.
“On the day itself we couldn’t fault a thing. Everyone was very welcoming and caring. Harry even spent time pushing my grandson’s pushchair around the house.”

6. Is there anything unique that makes Winton stand out?
“The fact that the house itself is actually someone’s home and feels just like someone’s home. The atmosphere in the house is exceptional.”
Thanks are due to Graham Carnie for allowing Winton to use some of the wedding photographs he took on the day. For more information please visit http://www.grahamcarniephotography.co.uk

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Coffee Cake – Traditional, Cultural And Fashionable Dish For Parties

Cake is the important part of most of countries’ food culture. This has been centuries old traditional serving on all of the special occasions and functions but the craze for it is still intact. When we plan to host a party, our very first concern is cake. When we go through the available options, coffee cake emerges as the best option because of its many specialties.

Coffee cake can be stored for the months in frozen condition. It is liked by the one and all because it contains no harmful ingredients. If you get it from prestigious bakeries after placing special order, you may get it without any preservative or color too. However, cakes are available in such a wide range that selection of the best is really a tough task.

Traditional Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake is a yummy way to create unique image of sensible host. Its brown shade with golden yellow traces makes it special looking. The major ingredients are eggs, sour cream, pure Bourbon Vanilla, cinnamon streusel and whole walnuts. If you are expecting large gathering, place the order for large size otherwise regular size of 28 oz is sufficient for 10 – 12 people. It can be stored up to four months.

Cinnamon Streusel Butter and Sour Cream Cake is another good options for any occasion. It is made with real butter, sour cream, quality walnuts, high end cinnamon and sugar. 48 oz size pack is enough to be served for 12-16 people. Cinnamon Streusel Butter and Sour Cream Cake is free from artificial flavoring, trans fats, preservatives or artificial coloring. It needs slight chilling before slicing otherwise there are chances of crumbling. Slight warming and butter toping creates a yummy gourmet serving collects all around appreciation for you. There are many more options; you just need to do some surfing over the reputed cake suppliers’ offerings.

If the cakes are served with real strong coffee in designer coffee cups, the fun in celebration goes to new heights. If you are going on tour, don’t forget to have pair of coffee cup along with cake. Nice branded cup in your hands creates image apart from others present at picnic sites. Insulated cups keep your coffee hot for hours without spilling a drop out. The long curved handle is designed to make the user’s grip firm. The choice of colors is entirely yours, entire rainbow colors are the options for coffee cake enthusiasts.

James J. Steve is writing the articles for coffeecakes. It offers gourmet gifts that include our best selling gourmet coffee cakes, coffee cake, whiskey fruit cake, fruit cake, coffee cup, stollen cakes and much more.

Tasting Chocolate as a Kind of Drug?

It can be a little shocking news for you that most of our loved and traditional food is not actually good for your health. Chocolate is a point of case. With about 12 pounds of chocolate consumed annually by US consumers, you can see how unhealthy this caffein-added chocolate bring to you and millions of others.


History of Chocolate

Let’s start with a little history lesson to better inform you on how there could actually be some benefits of dark chocolate. Chocolate has a long history, dating back to around 600 AD when the Mayan Indians established cocoa plantations in the Yucatan region of Mexico. The Mayans and later the Aztecs created a chocolate drink called ‘xocoatl’ or ‘chocoatl’ which originated from cocoa beans taken from cocoa trees. This ‘chocoatl’ drink consisted of chocolate flavored with vanilla and spices and had the consistency of honey. Chocolate was only consumed in liquid form at this time.


The Dutching Process

When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate it was still in its purest form. This changed in the early 1800s when a Dutchman by the name of Coenrad Jahannes van Houten discovered that if you added alkali-potash to the beans before they were roasted it would neutralize the acid or bitter taste of the natural cocoa.


While there were some obvious benefits of the “dutching” process, the biggest problem was that because of that process the most important benefits of dark chocolate were being removed.


Chocolate in the Raw

One of the most important nutrients being eliminated during the “dutching” process was flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in raw fruits and vegetables that help to slow down the oxidation or aging process in our bodies. Therefore, the most healthy chocolate is raw or unalkalized.


What About the Fat?

Cocoa butter, like its name suggests, is the natural fat of the cocoa bean. For years it was believed that cocoa butter was a harmful ingredient found in commercial chocolate products. New research now shows that cocoa butter is actually a “neutral” fat, meaning that it does not increase blood-cholesterol levels.


Worried About Caffeine

Would you believe that natural chocolate has little or no caffeine. However, more and more manufactures are adding caffeine to their products, so check the label before buying.


Bitter is Best

To receive the benefits of dark chocolate, you must find it in its purest form. The typical processing of the cocoa bean kills at least half of the antioxidants found in the pure cocoa bean. Try to consume products that contain at least 70% pure cocoa powder.


Drink of the Gods

The Aztec Indians placed great importance on chocolate, believing that chocolate was consumed by the Gods in paradise and that the cocoa seed was brought to earth as a special blessing for the people by the God of the Air. The last Aztec emperor, Montezuma, reportedly drank only ‘chocoatl’. He was supposed to have drunk up to 50 goblets of chocolate a day.


Fact or Fiction

More and more research is being done on the health benefits of raw unprocessed cocoa. Thousands of medical studies can be found by going to www.googlescholar.com and searching for dark chocolate studies. The science is there ready to be discovered and what a great discovery it is. Doctors will soon be prescribing chocolate for all our ailments.


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Take A Break In The Scottish Borders

The Scottish borders are a beautiful area full of picturesque towns and villages, historic sites and rolling green hills, the perfect place for a short break in Scotland. If you are looking for relaxing countryside with a mixture of popular attractions, friendly people and interesting places then the Scottish borders could be just the place for you.

This is an extremely historical part of Scotland and all the settlements in the Scottish borders have great claims in the history of our country. Kelso is no different with the town originating from Kelso Abbey – a magnificent building. King David I agreed to allow monks to construct the abbey near to his castle at Roxburgh in 1128 and although the abbey remains the castle does not apart from a few ruins. Buried deep in the realms of history this amazing castle was to be the death of King James II when a large cannon exploded and killed him in 1460.

Apart from historical buildings there are lots of attractions and activities in and around the beautiful town of Kelso. The beautiful Floors Castle, more of a stately home, is the largest inhabited house in Scotland and has magnificent gardens well worth spending an afternoon in. The very substantial town square in Kelso is full of interesting shops and places to eat, and wandering around Kelso is an enjoyable day in itself. Kelso is also a good base to explore the surrounding area and other towns and attractions in the Scottish borders.

No short break in the borders of Scotland would be complete without a visit to Jedburgh. Jedburgh is a small and beautiful town in the Scottish borders and also boasts a truly magnificent and historical abbey, built in 1138. The very position of Jedburgh, a matter of 9 miles from the English border, made it a hotbed for conflict between Scotland and England. Known for its beautiful gardens and scenic riverfront walks, Jedburgh is very popular with all tourists who visit the area.

For Rugby fans the name Melrose will mean everything, as it is the home of Rugby Sevens, and indeed a fine ambassador for the game in Scotland. Another famous abbey is located in Melrose and this abbey is probably one of the most photographed churches in the whole of Scotland. Although most of the abbey dates from the 14th century, the abbey was originally constructed in 1136 and destroyed by Richard II in 1385. Melrose has a lot to offer the tourist and is a must see location in the Scottish borders.

For accommodation options in the area including many hotels in The Scottish Borders to choose from, as well as hundreds of hotels across Scotland, visit Hotels in Scotland.

Consider Wine Tasting Events Abroad

Many customers like to go on wine tasting events because they get to taste some of the newest wines on the market. If you are looking for a wine tasting event, why not mix it in with short break to one of Europe’s leading wine tasting destinations. There are many cities in Europe host wine tasting events where a large number of wine producing companies attend to showcase their newest wines.

For these wine companies, it is a great way of getting in front of a new target audience and try to entice customers to try their products. For customers, it is a great way of getting a nice break and trying some of the finest wine the continent has to offer. You do not need to travel a million miles to get to one either as there are some great wine tasting events in Southern Europe including Spain, Italy and Germany.

As a visitor to one of these wine tasting events, all you need is to pay is the entrance fee and you can taste as many of the wines on offer as you would like to. You will find a great mix of red, white and rose wines from around the globe all with their very own distinctive taste. Representatives from the wine companies will be at the stands to give you all the information you need as well as being able to talk you through the tasting notes and give you advice on the best ways to enjoy the wine.

As sensible drinking is something that is always being promoted, snacks and nibbles are made available to make sure your alcohol levels are not too high. These snacks are also designed to enhance the tastes and flavours of the wines so take the tasting notes and using them is a good idea. Visitors can take a notepad with them to make note of the wines they like because when they get back home they can start looking for them online or in the local shops. Many of these wines are new to the market so are not widely available; this is why these wine companies spend the money on appearing at these events.

Wine companies use these wine tasting events to showcase their wines that have just or are about to hit the market. These events are designed to promote their new products and customers who attend these events can be amongst the first to taste these new wines.

You can find some fantastic wines of South Africa, New Zealand and a host of other new world wines. Whether you want a full bodied red wine or a crisp white wine, you can find it there.

The Health Benefits of Actual Sarsaparilla Root

Anybody who is a fan of old westerns knows the stereotype of the old timer in the salon asking for a sarsaparilla. Aside from whiskey and beer, this old fashioned cousin of root beer was a favorite drink in the old west. Made from a combination of sassafras and sarsaparilla, it was especially tasty and refreshing drink in the hot dry day and was thought to help purify the body by inducing sweating. This saloon drink went on to become a popular soft drink flavor, and can still be found in specialty stores today, although most are now made with artificial ingredients.

Before is became synonymous with the old west, sarsaparilla’s detoxifying benefits were utilized for a number of ailments including liver disease and syphilis. Native to the Western Hemisphere and favoring the hot and dry climates of Latin and South America, Sarsaparilla was first introduced to Europe during the late fifteenth century. From the 16th Century up until the middle Eighteen Hundreds, Europeans and their American Descendants put the thorny wooden vine to use as a blood purifier, tonic diuretic and sweat inducer.

During the latter half of the Nineteenth Century until the early Twentieth, Sarsaparilla was widely used as an additive to many patent medicines, including many who which were the Victorian Age equivalents to body building and men supplements. This was due to the notion that the root actually contained testosterone. This one time belief that the herb actually contained male hormones may help explain why it was also so popular with the old timers in the saloons (many of which doubled as brothels).

While modern research has disproved the idea of actual male hormones in the plant, they did find steroidal saponins which are believed to mimic hormones, indicating that the cowboys and snake oil peddlers might have been on to something after all.

Today, sarsaparilla is prescribed by homeopathic practitioners as a treatment inflammation and to help cleanse the liver. With slight anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can also be used as a treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Dried sarsaparilla root can be found in many health food stores and if you look hard enough, you just might be able to find old timey sarsaparilla soda also.

Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books Aloe – Your Miracle Doctor and Pharmacy in Vegetables. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry’s new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic to be released soon.

Remodeling Yu Yu Wine Wine Culture Recycling Culture – Henan Wine Culture, Wine – Food Industry

China Spirit Six of the world famous distilled Wine One (the other five are brandy, whiskey, rum, vodka and gin). The birthplace of Chinese liquor in Henan, China wine ancestors in Henan, Henan wine wine wine ancestral cultural status of the whole country were universally acknowledged. In 9000 years ago, the Central Plains were to begin in the City of alcoholic drinks Jiahu. Yi Di Dukang wine making began in Henan, Song river to teach culture, Yangshao, Yan Douwen of, river culture, the Ying Chinese culture and wine making are all related to Po Fung, bow, shops on credit, Wong ditch, spring, etc. Henan name Fuping wines have a long historical and cultural origins. It can be said: Henan cultural history of wine, represents the long history of Chinese liquor culture history.

Henan liquor culture is an important part of the Central Plains culture. Central Plains Central Plains wine is accompanied by a long cultural symbiosis of the Central Plains wine is also influenced by the ever-developing Central Plains culture, history and culture in Central China for thousands of years in wine “bubble” with; Henan long history of wine is a unique, scarce resources and authority of the brand, is our ancestors left us Henan precious cultural wealth and spiritual wealth, we need to handle inheritance and carried forward.

, However, is not only a long history of wine culture and its allusions and legends, wine culture and the era of history and culture should also be a combination of culture; while culture is not the same as wine wine culture. Culture of wine should be the product culture, corporate culture and even Marketing Culture collection of consumer culture.

Present, Henan wine on two extremes of cultural values deserve attention and should be corrected.
One is called yu wine to get rid of historical and cultural constraints of the “cultural shadow theory” or “cultural baggage on.” In fact, many companies are not the Yu Yu wine wine play a more dominant culture flourish. As everyone knows, Henan liquor cultural heritage first, it is necessary to be innovative. Can not only inheritance but not innovation, not innovation forgetting about inheritance.

One is the so-called “consumers do not drink wine drinking culture” “culture, whether virtual,” or “culture is useless.” Wine is a product of culture is the carrier of culture. Wine of the times, especially in culture, we not only can not despise culture, nor can one speak wine culture, wine culture and should be elevated to a high state of culture, wine to culture, to drive brand.

Reflect on the history of Henan liquor, wine Henan status review, I think: In the province of Henan culture, tourism legislation against the background of the province, Henan is the core of the wine renaissance revival and revitalization of culture, cultural heritage and innovation, is Yu Yu wine culture to the culture of wine distillation and beyond. Henan liquor products not only in culture but also in the cultural industries and even in the cultural industry chain development aspect. In the context of diverse social values, each of Henan liquor companies should identify the core cultural values of their brand and strengthen its core point of construction of cultural superiority, by the light of history and the era of convergence and market integration resonate with consumers.

Remodeling Yu wine culture, wine Henan recycling culture is an important wine industry Henan New mission and direction of development.

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Biography of Scottish Entrepreneur Willie Haughey

The Early Years

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, Scot entrepreneur Willie Haughey succeeded in building the biggest privately-owned facilities management company in Europe with a turnover of £400 million.

From a fledgling operation with just four employees in 1985, to a global giant employing 11,000 people, Glasgow-based entrepreneur Willie Haughey grew from a working-class Gorbals boy to the largest private employer in Scotland.

Delivering milk kept him in pocket money before the young Willie finally landing an apprenticeship with local firm Turner Refrigeration. After developing his engineering skills at Springburn College, Willie spent two and half years in Abu Dhabi, working on of lucrative air conditioning contracts for UTS Carrier (USA), in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

But Willie didn’t stop there – using his spare time to plan and establish contacts he laid the foundations for his own empire back home in Scotland.

With £70,000 of start-up capital and Willie’s life savings, City Refrigeration was born in 1985. The big idea – start a refrigeration company that specialised in installing and servicing cooling systems for the drinks industry.

Willie’s determination and an self-belief, finally led to a breakthrough contract with major brewers Tennent Caledonian and the beginning of the success story. Before long every major brewer in Scotland were onboard, and propelled City Refrigeration into the fast lane as one of the fastest-growing private companies in Europe.

City Refrigeration Expands

In 1996 William Haughey had a stroke of genius that transformed City from being a moderately successful refrigeration business into a hugely successful facilities management company, with clients worldwide.

Following successful maintenance contracts for supermarket giant Asda in Scotland and the North of England, City Refrigeration’s stellar performance resulted in it’s contract being rolled out to every store in the UK.

Hot on their heels, several other major British companies such as House of Fraser, Waterstones and Ladbrokes now also appoint City, and with promising new opportunities opening up in the Middle East and Australia, plus longer-term plans to break into the US market, Willie confidently predicts that turnover will more than double over the next few years.

The considerable success of City Refrigeration has not been achieved with speculative ventures however. A careful approach combined with well cultivated, long-term partnerships with people and companies has been critical to City’s expansion plans.

But despite being a highly successful tycoon, Willie Haughey has always kept his feet on the ground. City Refrigeration’s brand new £23 million headquarters, which was opened by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009, is located right in the heart of the old Gorbals district, on a site where Willie’s childhood home once stood.

Willie himself still marvels at the amazing co-incidence and chuckles at the thought that a streetwise kid from the Gorbals is now running his worldwide empire from his old backyard!

The recipient of a raft of awards and accolades, including honours from his native city Glasgow, an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonian University and even been decorated by the Queen. The Sunday Times Rich List Dr Haughey OBE estimates his personal fortune at £50 million but, as you would expect, Willie never comments on speculation about his net worth.

And if you’d like to find out more about Willie Haughey’s inspirational life story, I’d like to invite you to visit: http://www.williehaughey.com/willie-haughey.aspx

Scottish holiday cottages: No Comparison at All

The best Scottish holiday cottages are those comfortable, inviting structures that you wish for when you are seeking for some respite and leisure. If you seek rest and relaxation in the United Kingdom, then there is none other than Scotland that can meet your needs. With its age old appeal and rustic sense of warmth, it is the perfect place to give your mind, body and soul the much required vacation. If you prefer more humid weather and a type of weather that is rainier, then you are good to go.

The Tweed Valley offers a number of options when it comes to enjoying your breaks in Scotland. There is something for everyone here. If you have come for some activities and adventures, then we have world class mountain bike trails at Glentress and Innerleithen (part of the 7Stanes), great walking, fishing, golf and riding for you.

The Scottish holiday cottages offer magnificent views from the hills of Peebles and Selkirk to the beautiful parkland of West Linton, and the riverside challenges of both Cardona and Innerleithen. The Scottish landscape is dotted with ancient monuments, Roman remains and medieval castles. There are Scottish holiday cottages that are perfect for delving deeper into the areas fascinating history. And because these are in fabulous locations, there are beautiful walks, horse-riding, fishing and other activities nearby, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy while on vacation

. There are also a number of other hotels, guesthouses, and self catering options for travellers for those with different budgets. Whatever the case may be, the town will take your breath away and will make you not want to leave. Once you enter such a picturesque environment, it can be hard to pull yourself back to the hustle and bustle of the city.Tweed valley in particular has some of the most luxurious Scottish holiday cottages that are bound to make your visit not just memorable, but will have you coming back for more. Visit Tweed Valley deals in a number of accommodation options in the region of Scotland, and has options available for everyone- no matter what their budgetary constraint may be. For an affordable, hygienic, and safe Scottish holiday cottages, look no further.

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Learn Wine Tasting with Liquor Delivery Store

Tasting wine is an art that requires you to pay attention to your senses. Initially, you may find it a difficult task. However, with time and experience, you would learn to distinguish the flavors in a short time and savor the taste.

We offer you a step-to-step guidance that will help you to relish the wine tasting experience. If you require more guidance, get in touch with any established liquor delivery store.

1) Look- The first step will teach you to identify colors of the wine.

Ask a famous alcohol delivery Calgary store to deliver wine bottles at your home. Once you receive your order, pour the wine in a glass. Slightly move the glass away from you and check color of the wine.
Most red wines assume colors, such as maroon, brick, or even brown. If you are drinking white wine, it should possess colors, such as golden, pale yellow, or light green.

2) Smell- Sense of smell is important for evaluating quality of the wine. To acquire an in-depth understanding of aroma of the wine, swirl the glass for few seconds. This will vaporize alcohol content of the wine, releasing its natural aromas.

If you want to acquire quick impression of the wine, whiff it.
To acquire solid understanding of aromas of your favorite wine, move your nose down into the wine glass. You might smell of flowers, oak, or citrus. Remember that wine’s aroma is the best indicator of its quality and special features.
Now, swirl the glass again and smell. This will mix up the aromas and provide you with a unique taste!

3) Taste- The next step is to taste the wine. Take a small sip and savor the taste. Ideally, one should taste wine in three different stages.

 Attack phase- Attack phase refers to the first impression that the wine creates on your palette. Four factors determine this initial impression. These include acidity, alcohol content, tannin, and residual sugar.

In ideal cases, these four factors work with each other to determine the complexity, sweetness or lightness of the wine. Consider the fact that these four factors do not create a particular flavor, such as spicy or fruit.

 Evolution Phase- This phase encourages you to distinguish the varied flavors of wine. For example, if you drink red wine, you can smell fruity or spicy flavors. In case of white wines, you can enjoy the smell of earthy or flowery flavors.

 Finish Phase- This is the final stage. The wine’s finish refers to its after effect. To understand the wine’s finish, ask yourself the following questions.

Did the taste last for few or several seconds?
Was it light-bodied, full-bodied or medium-bodied?
What flavor did you taste last-butter, oak or fruit?

Answering these questions will help you to understand the wine’s finish.

After you have completed these stages, noting down your experience can be a great idea. This will help

you to select the right wine next time you call up Calgary dial a bottle.

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Taste Indian Cuisine in Parsippany

Traditional Indian cuisine has been loved by food connoisseurs for ages, and highly celebrated restaurants have escalated its popularity by serving rare selections. Today, there are numerous outlets that provide authentic Indian food all over the globe.

A typical and authentic Indian cuisine menu gives you a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections to choose from. You can get a different variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food that would be more probably suiting each and every different kind of community people, since some of the preparation or naturally done, say they are being prepared with grounded powder from all the ingredients available as the natural portions that is yielded from the grounds and they are fresh for preparation of food items. So this kind of making up of blends will form into a real rich aroma, by no cause of being adding a essence or any other agents for the richness. So everything is formed up very naturally in order to achieve a cooking part and the richness in it.

All you need to do is browse through the Internet to look for the Indian takeaway or Indian restaurant that suits you, place an order and fetch yummy and instant Indian starters, curries, breads, and sweet meats, on your way to any place.

The most popular dishes come from Northern part of India which has captured the hearts of people across the globe. North Indian food is more robust, more kabob, more meats, more barbecue; while Southern is more vegetables, more rice, more lentils and more curry. Curry to us those of Indian descent, means sauce. “Curry to an American, for example, usually means spice…This is a fusion-cuisine and all Indian food is fresh.

Spice Grill – The best Indian restaurant in New Jersey is here to serve the best and please you in all the possible manner of food.

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Liquor Pourers for Quick and Efficient Shots

Hard drinks are distinguished from beer, wine and other beverages because of the high alcohol content that they possess. Examples of these hard drinks can include vodka, whiskey, tequila, gin, rum and brandy. These types of alcoholic beverages when drank are usually taken in small shots. You cannot easily down a mug of them as you would when you are consuming beer or wine.

Because hard drinks are meant to be consumed in small portions, their dispensing methods become rather complicated when served during huge parties at home. If you don’t have hired people to do the bar tending duties for you, the delivery of hard drink shots for your guests will be greatly affected. To help you provide quick and efficient shots for your guests, it is highly recommended that you get some liquor pourers.

Liquor pourers, by the name itself, help you in pouring your liquor drinks. These things are usually small devices that are attached to the mouths of the liquor bottles. You can use them separately and get them affixed to every bottle that you are serving during your party. Or perhaps, you may find them permanently attached to liquor dispensing units in an inline and carousel form.

The liquor pourers can either be measured or free-flowing types. It is the measured pourers that will come of great assistance for you because they are designed to pour pre-quantified drinks every time. A precise amount of 1 ounce or 1 1/2 ounce of liquor can be dispensed from them. Once the liquor is ejected out, they get into a locking action so that no further liquid from the bottle drips down. This is very helpful because you can certainly avoid doing over pours every time you dispense the drink. Being a party host, you will find yourself busy talking with your guests while you are pouring their next shots. It’s very easy to become distracted and dish out more than what you are supposed to dispense. To avoid wastage of precious liquor, the use of these measured pourers comes highly beneficial.

Free-flowing pourers aren’t without benefits either. They offer you the advantage to dispense the desired amount that you want. It can be sometimes annoying to go back and forth to your bar area for another ounce-shot when you simply want to stay and linger in your outside patio. To save you from doing frequent trips to and fro, the free-flowing pourers can give you a large quantity that you need. This same principle applies to your small parties at home. There may be guests of yours who simply prefer one hard drink on the rocks and they would want to get the desired amount that they need.

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