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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 27, 2018

    Published: November 27, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: ANC-X Presents Rev 2018 Place: Santolan Town Plaza, San Juan City Date & Ti...

     

    Event Name: ANC-X Presents Rev 2018

    Place: Santolan Town Plaza, San Juan City

    Date & Time: November 27, 2018, 5:30-10:00pm

    Featured Products: Clos du Bois American Wines, Oldenburg Chardonnay, Milbrandt Vineyards Estate Merlot, Windspiel Premium Dry, Scapegrace Premium Dry Gins, Dubliner Honeycomb Liqueur, Celtic Honey Liqueur, Molly's Irish Cream, Davidoff Cognac VSOP, William Lawson's Scotch Whisky,  Westcork Single Malt 12 years Rum Cask, Teeling Irish Whiskeys and Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequilas

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 24-25, 2018

    Published: November 24-25, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: 34th Before I Do 2018 Place: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall Date & Time: Nove...

     

    Event Name: 34th Before I Do 2018

    Place: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

    Date & Time: November 24-25, 2018, 10:30am-8:30pm

    Featured Products: Marques De Toledo Spanish Wine, Sandogal Spanish Wine, Cava La Crusset Brut Nature Reserve, D'vine South African Wines, Blowfish Australian Wine, Terra Noble Chilean Wine,  Molly's Irish Cream, Maloney's Irish Country Cream, Teeling Small Batch and Dubliner Whiskey and Honeycomb 

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 20, 2018

    Published: November 20, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Ayala Land’s Wine and Cheese Event 2018 Place: One Roxas Triangle, Makati City ...

     

    Event Name: Ayala Land’s Wine and Cheese Event 2018

    Place: One Roxas Triangle, Makati City

    Date & Time: November 20, 2018, 6:00-10:00pm

    Featured Products: Milbrandt (Chardonnay,  Merlot, Cab Sauv), Oldenburg Chardonnay, Finca Rio Negro Gewurztraminer,  Terra Noble Cab Sauv , Casa Noble Tequila Ultra Premium Tequilas, Windspiel Premium Dry Gins, Scapegrace Premium Drys, Davidoff Cognac VSOP, Molly's Irish Cream, Celtic Honey Irish Honey Liqueur,  William Lawson's Blended Scotch, West Cork Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yrs Rum Cask, Dubliner Whiskey & Honeycomb Irish Whiskey, Teeling Small Batch, Teeling Single Grain, Teeling Single Malt, Teeling Single Malt Brabazon Bottling.

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 17, 2018

    Published: November 17, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: A Special Wine Event 2018 Place: Moonstar Cantonese Restaurant, McArthur Highway, Pamp...

     

    Event Name: A Special Wine Event 2018

    Place: Moonstar Cantonese Restaurant, McArthur Highway, Pampanga

    Date & Time: November 17, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm

    Featured Products: Blowfish Cabernet Merlot Australian Wine, Blowfish Shiraz Australian Wine, Atilius Nobilis Chianti DOCG, Atilius Prestigio Chianti Riserva DOCG, Atilius Ribelle Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT, Bodegas Licinia,  Chateau Palais Cardinal La Fuie, Chateau Palais Cardinal

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 16, 2018

    Published: November 16, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: 18th Grand Wine Experience: Diversity Place: The Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel Manila ...

     

    Event Name: 18th Grand Wine Experience: Diversity 

    Place: The Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel Manila

    Date & Time: November 16, 2018, 5:00-12:00nn

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey, Davidoff Cognac, Scapegrace Premium Dry Gin, Taisteal Scotch Whisky, William Lawson’s Scotch Whisky and Molly’s Irish Cream

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 14, 2018

    Published: November 14, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Annual Kellogg Northwestern Alumni Association Thanksgiving 2018 Place: Marquis Events...

     

    Event Name: Annual Kellogg Northwestern Alumni Association Thanksgiving 2018

    Place: Marquis Events Place, BGC

    Date & Time: November 14, 2018, 6:30-12:00mn

    Featured Products: Teeling Revival Vol III 14 years ,Teeling Single Grain, Casa Noble Tequila Reposado, Scapegrace Premium Dry Gin Classic, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Hine Cognac VSOP and  Molly's Irish Cream

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 9-10, 2018

    Published: November 9-10, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Whisky Live Manila 2018 Place: Ballroom A,B, & C of Shangri-La Fort, BGC Date &...

     

    Event Name: Whisky Live Manila 2018

    Place: Ballroom A,B, & C of Shangri-La Fort, BGC 

    Date & Time: November 9-10, 2018, 5pm-12am

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila, Teeling Irish Whiskey, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Scapegrace Premium Dry Gin, Molly’s Irish Cream, Celtic Honey Irish Liqueur, William Lawson’s Scotch Whisky, West Cork Irish Whiskey, The Pogues Irish Whiskey, Egan’s  Irish Whiskey & Dubliner Irish Whiskey

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: October 25, 2018

    Published: October 25, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Manila Uncorked 2018 Place: Bayanihan Center Capitolyo, Pasig City Date & T...

     

    Event Name: Manila Uncorked 2018

    Place: Bayanihan Center Capitolyo, Pasig City

    Date & Time: Ocotber 25, 2018, 4:00-9:00pm

    Featured Products: Sandogal Spanish Wines, Olifantsberg  Spanish Wines, Finca Rio Negro, Bodegas Aessir , EDC Spanish Wine, Cava La Crusset, Terra Noble,  D’vine Naturally Sweet Wine, Clos du Bois and  Pillitteri

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: October 18-21, 2018

    Published: October 18-21, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Philippine Harvest Place: Central Square, BGC Date & Time: October 18-21 2...

     

    Event Name: Philippine Harvest

    Place: Central Square, BGC

    Date & Time: October 18-21 2018, 11am-11pm

    Featured Products: Cava La Crusset Brut Nature Reserve NV, Bodegas Licina, EDC Vulcanus Alpha, Sandogal No. 1 Organic Airen & Verdejo , Sandogal No. 2 Organic Tempranillo , Sandogal No. 3 Tempranillo Y Petit Verdot, Sandogal No. 4 Tempranillo Crianza, Marques De Toledo Tempranillo Crianza, Marques De Toledo Verdejo, Marques De Toledo Reserva, Marques De Toledo Gran Reserva, Bodegas Aessir Bobal Tinto, Bodegas Aessir Bobal Rosado, Bodegas Aessir Odiseo 750ml, Finca Rio Negro Red, Finca Rio Negro Blanco Gewurztraminer, Finca Rio Negro 992  and D'vine Naturally Sweet Wine

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: August 6-7, 2018

    Published: August 6-7, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: A Special Dinner with Terra Noble by Wine Century Brothers Place: Golden China Kitchen Res...

     

    Event Name: A Special Dinner with Terra Noble by Wine Century Brothers

    Place: Golden China Kitchen Restaurant, Sea Scape Village Zoilo Hilario St cor Atang Dela Rama St CCP Complex Pasay

    Date & Time: August 6-7, 2018, 7:00pm onwards

    Featured Products: Terra Noble Pinot Noir Gran Reserva, Terra Noble Cab. Sauv. Gran Reserva, Terra Noble CA1, Terra Noble CA2, Terra Noble Kaykun Pinot Noir, Terra Noble Lahuen Azul, Terra Noble Lahuen Rojo & Cava La Crusset

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: August 1-4, 2018

    Published: August 1-4, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Word Food Expo Place: SMX Convention Center Date & Time: August 1-4 2018, ...

     

    Event Name: Word Food Expo

    Place: SMX Convention Center

    Date & Time: August 1-4 2018, 10am-7pm

    Featured Products: Cava La Crusset Brut Nature Reserve NV, D'vine Naturally Sweet Wine, Bodegas Aessir Bobal Tinto 750ml, Bodegas Aessir Odiseo 750ml, Molly's Irish Cream 750ml, Maloney's Irish Cream 700ml, Teeling Single Grain, Teeling Small Batch, Dubliner Honeycomb and Monnet VS Cognac

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: July 28 - 29, 2018

    Published: July 28 - 29, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Weddings and Debut Expo July 2018 Place: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall Date & Time...

     

    Event Name: Weddings and Debut Expo July 2018

    Place: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

    Date & Time: July 28-29, 2018; 10:30am-8:30pm

    Featured Products: D'vine (Naturally Sweet Wine &Cabernet Merlot), Blowfish Australian Wines (Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot), Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch, Molly’s Irish Cream, Maloney's Irish Cream, Terra Noble Chardonnay, Marques De Toledo (Reserva  & Gran Reserva), Sandogal No. 3 & No. 4), Rioja Bordon Blanco and Cava La Crusset Brut Nature Reserve

     
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: July 4, 2018

    Published: July 4, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: The City Club Wines & Spirits Festival Place: The City Club, Makati City Da...

     

    Event Name: The City Club Wines & Spirits Festival

    Place: The City Club, Makati City

    Date & Time: July 4, 2018, Wednesday

    Featured Products: Teeling Small Batch, Bodegas Licinia, Windspiel Premium Dry GIn & Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila Anejo

     

     

     

     

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  • MILESTONE BEVERAGES AIMS TO ’BRING SEXINESS BACK TO CHIANTI’

    Published: June 19, 2018
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    Joe Milner, managing director of Hong Kong-based wine and spirits company Milestone Beverages, is hoping to “bring sexiness ...

     

     

    Joe Milner, managing director of Hong Kong-based wine and spirits company Milestone Beverages, is hoping to “bring sexiness back to Chianti”, with the launch of its latest Chianti wine range called ‘Atilius’ that has now become available in five key markets across Asia.
     
    Consisting of a Chianti DOCG ‘Nobilis’, a Chianti Reserva DOCG ‘Prestigo’, a Chianti IGT Chardonnay and a Prosecco Superiore, the range was described by Milner as “unmistakably Italian” targeting younger, urban middle class drinkers in Asia.
     
    “Previously working with Ruffino at Constellation Brands, I fell in love with the Chianti category, Tuscan wines and the general Italian way of life. However, I felt some of the Italian wine brands relied too much on heritage and place of origin, which comes across in much of the category’s packaging,” said the executive, who previously worked with Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Constellation Brands before setting up his own company Milestone Beverages.
     
    “With Atilius wines, we wanted to bring the sexiness back into the Chianti category. Unmistakably Italian, we strive to bring a bit of personality to Chianti through clever and insightful marketing. With a minimalist, intricate label design and charming wine, we wanted to bring the Asian consumer authentic but stylish Italian way of life,” he added.
     
    The Atilius collection is unabashedly focused on Chianti, a wine region that Milner decided to highlight for its long wine history and established reputation among Asian wine drinkers.
     
    “At Milestone Beverages, our value proposition is we look to create brands in scalable categories.  The reality is that Chianti is the biggest Italian wine region in Asia and is synonymous to Italy for most Asian consumers,” he said.
     
    The Chianti ‘Nobilis’ is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, aged in stainless steel tank, while the more premium Reserva ‘Prestigo’ using the same blend is aged a minimum of 12 months in French oak barrels, and another 6-8 months in oak casks in addition to 12 months in bottle before release.
     
    Aside from the two reds, the range included a Chardonnay and a Prosecco Superiore. “We contemplated Prosecco DOC but did not want to play in this hyper competitive space. This decision has really paid off as the consumer is starting to differentiate between the different tiers of Prosecco.” he commented.
     
    Launched in mid 2017, the wines are available in five markets across Asia via Global Noble in the Philippines, MMS in Indonesia, The Wine People in China, Jiu Zhi Fu in Taiwan and its base in Hong Kong.
     
     
     
    Wang, N. (2018, June 15). Milestone Beverages Aims to "Bring Sexiness Back to Chianti'.  The Drinks Business. Retrieved from https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/06/milestone-beverages-aims-to-bring-sexiness-back-to-chianti/
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: June 8, 2018

    Published: June 8, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Monnet Premium Cognac Masterclass Date & Time: June 8, 2018, Friday Feature...

     

    Event Name: Monnet Premium Cognac Masterclass

    Date & Time: June 8, 2018, Friday

    Featured Products: Monnet (VS, VSOP & XO)

     

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: June 6, 2018

    Published: June 6, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Davidoff Premium Cognac Tasting Event Place: Phase II, Century Seafood Restaurant, Malate ...

     

    Event Name: Davidoff Premium Cognac Tasting Event

    Place: Phase II, Century Seafood Restaurant, Malate

    Date & Time: June 6, 2018, Wednesday 7-10pm

    Featured Products: Davidoff (VSOP & XO)

     

     

     

     

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  • Irish Whiskey Shortage Ahead, Says Industry Veteran

    Published: June 7, 2018
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    Irish whiskey has become so popular, we might not be able to drink it in a few years. Such is the warning from whiskey magnate, Jo...

     

     

    Irish whiskey has become so popular, we might not be able to drink it in a few years. Such is the warning from whiskey magnate, John Teeling, who says a shortage of Irish whiskey may be on the horizon due to rising global demand.
     
    “Soon there will be a shortage of Irish whiskey,” Teeling, a whiskey hall-of-famer widely regarded as the father of the Irish whiskey renaissance, told the Irish Times.
     
    Irish whiskey sales have been growing at a rate of more than 10 percent a year in more than 75 countries. Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports, the Irish Whiskey Association aims to double global sales of Irish whiskey from six million to 12 million cases by 2020, and then again to 24 million by 2030.
     
    “We are the fastest-growing spirit category in the world and are ahead of our 2020 target,” an Irish Whiskey Association spokesman said. “We look forward to maintaining double-digit growth and to diversifying into new markets, something which is increasingly important given the introduction of trade barriers.”
     
    Producers like Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson, the world’s best-selling whiskey, are trying to keep up by investing in increased production capacity. But something’s got to give.
     
    Irish whiskey’s problem is akin to that of Japanese whisky, which is already experiencing a shortage due to surging demand for brands like Hibiki and Yamazaki. Teeling told the Irish Times that Japanese alcohol giant, Suntory has started withdrawing sales of its Hakushu 12-year and Hibiki 17-year single-malt whiskies this month “because they have no whiskey left.”
     
    It’s a confounding problem. Shall we drink less whiskey from Ireland and Japan so we have more in the future? Or do traditional distillers need to adapt to increasing demand with higher prices, quicker methods or “younger” brands?
     
    For now, we’ve got plenty of Tennessee whiskey and Kentucky bourbon to sip on.
     
     
     
     
    Wolinski, C. (2018, June 5). Irish Whiskey Shortage Ahead, Says Industry Veteran.  vinepair.com. Retrieved from https://vinepair.com/booze-news/irish-whiskey-shortage/ 
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: May 7, 2018

    Published: May 7, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: 2nd Annual Philippine Sommelier Competition 2018 Place: Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Avenue,...

     

    Event Name: 2nd Annual Philippine Sommelier Competition 2018

    Place: Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill BGC, Taguig

    Date & Time: May 7, 2018; 12:00-10:00pm

    Featured Products: Lolea Sangria Red & White, Licinia Spanish Wine, Finca Rio Negro Red and 992 and Oldenburg Chardonnay

     

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Philippine Sommelier Competition 2018!!!

    Professional Category:
    1st Place - Englebert Guina
    2nd Place - Gerald Damasco
    3rd Place - Ian Santos

    Junior Category:
    1st Place - Juan Antonio Rios
    2nd Place - Maria Carina Gonzales

     
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: May 5-6, 2018

    Published: May 5-6, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Wedding and Debut 2018 Expo Place: Booth # B122, Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall Date &...

     

    Event Name: Wedding and Debut 2018 Expo

    Place: Booth # B122, Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall 

    Date & Time: May 5-6, 2018

    Featured Products: Marques De Toledo (Verdejo, Reserva & Gran Reserva), Sandogal No. 2 Organic Tempranillo, D'vine (Naturally Sweet Wine & Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot), Terra Noble Chardonnay, Molly's Irish Cream and Teeling Small Batch 

     

     
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  • Teeling Takes Over at World Whiskies Awards 2018

    Published: March 27, 2018
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    It was another distinctly successful year for Teeling Whiskey at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2018, with Teeling taking home the ...

     

    It was another distinctly successful year for Teeling Whiskey at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2018, with Teeling taking home the top prize in 4 categories. Teeling Whiskey’s boundary pushing innovation has established them as category leaders within the Irish and broader world whiskey industry. On Thursday Night this was recognised by the World Whiskies Awards, with the Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask winning the award for Best Irish Blended Limited Release, Brabazon 2 taking the prize for the NAS Irish Single Malt, Teeling’s 24 Year Old Single Malt winning the prize for best 21+ Year Old Irish Single Malt, and Teeling’s Single Grain taking the prize for Best Irish Grain.

     
    The Teeling Whiskey Single Grain stood out from the crowd once again at the World Whiskies Awards swooping the award for Best Irish Grain for the third year in a row. In this increasingly competitive category, Teeling Whiskey has once again been singled out by the judging panel for its category leading quality.
     
     
    Commenting on another successful year at the World Whiskies Awards, Jack Teeling, founder of Teeling Whiskey Company said; “We are truly honoured that our Irish whiskeys continue to be recognised as some of the best in the world. Over the last six years we have achieved a lot but none more rewarding than the 150 International Awards we have collected for the quality of our whiskeys. These accolades make all the effort we put into ever bottle of Teeling Whiskey worthwhile. These awards marks a great start to 2018, a true landmark year for Teeling and Dublin whiskey, with the launch of our first bottling Single Pot Still whiskey from our new Dublin distillery later on in the year.“
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 22, 2018

    Published: March 22, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: An Afternoon with Teeling Whiskey Media Launch Place: ABV Cocktail & Absinthe Bar,...

     

    Event Name: An Afternoon with Teeling Whiskey (Media Launch)

    Place: ABV Cocktail & Absinthe Bar, Basement of #22 Jupiter St. Makati

    Date & Time: March 22, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey (Small Batch and Single Grain)

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 17-18, 2017

    Published: March 17-18, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Wedding Expo Philippines Place: SMX Convention Center, MOA Date & Time: March 1...

     

     

    Event Name: Wedding Expo Philippines

    Place: SMX Convention Center, MOA

    Date & Time: March 17-18, 2018, 10:00am -8:00pm

    Featured Products: Blowfish Australian Wines, Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch, D'vine Naturally Sweet Wine, Molly's Irish Cream, Spanish Wines (Cava La Crusset Brut Nature Reserve, Finca Rio Negro (2 skus), Armantes Blanco, Licinia), Terra Noble Chilean Wine, & SIP Californian Moscato 

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: Feb. 27 - Mar. 4, 2018

    Published: Feb. 27 - Mar. 4, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Art Fair Philippines 2018 Place: The Link Carpark, Makati Date & Time: Feb 27 -...

     

    Event Name: Art Fair Philippines 2018

    Place: The Link Carpark, Makati

    Date & Time: Feb 27 - March 4, 2018

    Featured Products: Hennessy (VS Scott Campbell, VSOP Gold Genome by Peter Saville,  VS Shepard Fairey,  VSOP Privilege (PC6),  XO with GWP Flask, and XO Exclusive Collection), Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Reserve, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Casa Noble Tequila (Crystal, Reposado,  Anejo,  Single Barrel Reposado, Single Barrel Anejo, and Alta Belleza), Teeling Irish Whiskey (Vintage Reserve 33 yrs, Vintage Reserve 30 yrs, Reserve 26 yrs, Vintage Reserve 24 yrs, Revival III 14 Yrs Single Malt, Brabazon Bottling Single Malt Series 01,  Single Malt,  Single Grain, and Small Batch)

     
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: January 23, 2018

    Published: January 23, 2018  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Nafta Networking Night Place: Barossa and Tuscany Room, Tower Club, Makati City ...

     

    Event Name: Nafta Networking Night

    Place: Barossa and Tuscany Room, Tower Club, Makati City

    Date & Time: January 23, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila (Crystal, Añejo and Reposado)

     

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  • The Irish Whiskey Masters 2017 Results

    Published: January 13, 2018
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    New Irish distillers are adding zest to the country’s whiskey offerings. The Spirits Business highlights some exciting expressions from the ...

    New Irish distillers are adding zest to the country’s whiskey offerings. The Spirits Business highlights some exciting expressions from the emerald isle.
     
    More than a century after the Irish Literary Revival, when the work of poetic luminaries such as William Butler Yeats rose to prominence, Ireland is celebrating a revival of an entirely new variety.
     
    The so­-called ‘Irish whiskey renaissance’ has taken hold, as sales rocket and new distilleries open at an unprecedented rate. The category has also firmly established its premium trajectory, while at the same time brands are enticing consumers and bartenders alike with their experimental and high­-quality offerings.
     
    It was against this exciting backdrop that our judges gathered for the 2017 Irish Whiskey Masters blind­-tasting competition. The judges were Tobias Gorn, whisky and cigar sommelier at Boisdale; Joe Boxall, group bars manager at Boisdale; and Karen Taylor, founder of the Whisky for Everyone blog. The competition was chaired by Amy Hopkins, editor of The Spirits Business.
     
    First to test the judges’ palates was a diminutive Single Grain – Premium flight, a burgeoning category in Irish whiskey. Teeling Single Grain walked away with a Gold medal, having impressed the panel with its “beautiful balance”. Quickly following suit was the Single Grain – Super Premium round, which saw Irish Distillers’ elaborately named Method and Madness Single Grain Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Spanish Oak awarded a Silver.
     
    “As Irish whiskey becomes more popular, this is a category that will surely grow in the future,” Taylor said of the single grain contingent. “It was lovely to see some great examples here.”
     
    Into the blends – the bulk of the Irish whiskey market – and judges turned their attention to Standard expressions, awarding two Golds and four Silvers. “It’s definitely very pronounced, with a big fruity palate,” Gorn said of The Pogues Irish Whiskey. Meanwhile, fellow Gold medallist The Quiet Man Superior Irish Whiskey Blend won praise for its “gingery finish”. “I got stone fruit on the nose, and the spicy finish was really nice and unexpected,” said Boxall.
     
    Our first Master medallist was discovered in the Blended – Premium flight. Teeling Small Batch was lauded for its “lovely cocoa finish with a touch of cedar wood” by Gorn, who also said the expression had an “underlying malty sweetness, which was really wonderful”. A further three Gold medals and one Silver were awarded in the round.
     
     
    Moving up the price ladder into Blended – Super Premium, and the Master medley continued, with the accolade this time bestowed on two stablemates: Tullamore Dew Phoenix and Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve. “It has a wonderful hazelnut character, with big and sexy chocolate flavours,” Gorn said of Phoenix. Boxall, meanwhile, called the 12 Year Old “warming and quaffable”. Taylor added: “It’s everything you’d expect in a super­premium blend.” A further three Golds and two Silvers were awarded in the flight.
     
    At the very top end of the price spectrum, the Blended – Ultra Premium flight yielded two Golds. “The blending here was perfect, and everything was well­balanced,” Taylor said of Jameson 18 Year Old. Midleton Very Rare 2016 was praised for its “great viscosity” and “apricot jam flavour”.
     
    Reflecting on the blends, Taylor said: “It’s the bread and butter of the industry, and has to be reliable. But today’s competition showed that there’s enough diversity that you don’t get bored. There were some really good examples here.”
     
    The judges’ foray into single malts produced one Gold and one Silver in the Single Malt – Standard round. Gold medallist Tullamore Dew displayed a “really floral nose, and a lot of fruit on the palate”, according to Boxall.
     
    A further four Gold medals and one Silver followed a tasting of Single Malt – Premium expressions. Boxall said Writers’ Tears Red Head was “like opening a box of pencils” and praised its “nice level of heat”. Taylor, meanwhile, appreciated Teeling Single Malt’s aroma of “apricots and other stone fruits”.
     
    She added: “For me, it felt like there were two distinct styles on display in this round – green apple and then rich sulphur with dark chocolate fruits. They both suit a certain palate – one isn’t better than the other. It’s nice to see such different styles, especially since there aren’t very many distilleries producing single malt in Ireland – it’s going to be really exciting in the next couple of years.”
     
     
    This diversity was also apparent when judges turned their attention to Single Malt – Super Premium expressions. The round produced four Golds and two Silvers. Gorn said Tullamore Dew 18 Year Old Single Malt was “really complex” and showed that “Irish single malts could be just as good as Scotch in terms of quality”. Boxall enjoyed Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt’s “unusual” character. “Every time I go back, I pick up something different,” he said.
     
    A straight sweep of Golds followed in the Single Malt – Ultra Premium section. “Very meaty and a nice rancio. I love the long finish and the fact that it was able to keep its balance,” Gorn said of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Single Malt. Overall, judges were impressed with the luxury offering, but noted the difficulty distillers face when playing in this space. “For this price and age bracket, they are entirely dependent on the cask, which is tough,” noted Taylor.
     
    We then moved on to a rapidly emerging and exciting area of Irish whiskey – Single Pot Still. In the Premium leg, the gold standard continued. “This really stood out for me,” Taylor said of Redbreast Lustau Edition. “It was a really unusual pot still. There was a vegetal note that was very pronounced on the nose, but then settled down on the palate.”
     
    Judges awarded their next Master in the Super Premium category: Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength. “There was so much going on here,” said Gorn. “There are flavours of fresh vanilla, honey, cocoa powder, wood spices – it’s like a larder that’s been emptied out.” The flight’s Gold medalists – Redbreast 15 Year Old and Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in French Chestnut – also won praise.
     
     
    The Single Pot Still focus ended on a high in the Ultra Premium round, when Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy swiped the final Master medal of the competition, and Redbreast 21 Year Old secured a Gold. “It was perfectly balanced and had a very long finish, but it had the right amount of spiciness, with malt and vanilla – like custard cream biscuits,” Taylor said of the Master.
     
    As the day’s proceedings came to an end, the panel assessed a diminutive Poitín round, and duly awarded a Gold medal to the “very rounded” Teeling Spirit of Dublin. “Bartenders could use this in the same cocktails as silver Tequila,” observed Gorn, and he added: “It’s clear that Ireland’s distillers are upping their new­ make spirit game.”
     
    Overall, judges were heartened by the clear quality and diversity through the sub­ categories of Irish whiskey. “It’s really exciting to see the variation in Irish whiskey at the moment – there’s a lot of complexity on display,” said Taylor. “Some people say there’s standardisation in the industry, but I think this competition has proved it’s not the case. The stand­out for me was the pot stills, and it was wonderful
    to see such a high standard in the category that Ireland owns. It’s going to be even more exciting as more distilleries start producing in the future.”
     

    Single Grain – Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Single Grain

    Gold

    Single Grain – Super Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

         

    Irish Distillers

    Method and Madness Single Grain Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Spanish Oak

    Silver

    Blended – Standard

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Halewood International

    The Pogues Irish Whiskey

    Gold

    Niche Drinks Co Ltd

    The Quiet Man Superior Irish Whiskey Blend

    Gold

    Sliabh Liag Distillery

    The Legendary Silkie

    Silver

    William Grant & Sons

    Tullamore Dew Cider Cask

    Silver

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Silver

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Caskmates

    Silver

    Blended – Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Small Batch

    Master

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Signature

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Crested

    Gold

    Kinahan’s Irish Whiskey

    Kinahan’s L.L. Whiskey

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

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    Silver

    Blended – Super Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    William Grant & Sons

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    Master

    William Grant & Sons

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    Master

    William Grant & Sons

    Tullamore Dew Trilogy

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Round

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Distiller’s Safe

    Gold

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    Silver

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson Cooper’s Croze

    Silver

    Blended – Ultra Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Irish Distillers

    Jameson 18 Year Old

    Gold

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    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    William Grant & Sons

    Tullamore Dew

    Gold

    Niche Drinks Co Ltd

    The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Silver

    Single Malt – Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    William Grant & Sons

    Tullamore Dew 14 Year Old Single Malt

    Gold

    Walsh Whiskey Distillery

    Writers’ Tears Red Head

    Gold

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Single Malt

    Gold

    Niche Drinks Co Ltd

    The Quiet Man 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Gold

    Glendalough Distillery

    Glendalough 7 Year Old Single Malt (Port Finish)

    Silver

    Single Malt – Super Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    William Grant & Sons

    Tullamore Dew 18 Year Old Single Malt

    Gold

    That Boutique­y Whisky Company

    Irish Single Malt #1 24 Year Old

    Gold

    Glendalough Distillery

    Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt (Mizunara Finish)

    Gold

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Revival Volume 4

    Gold

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Revival Volume 3

    Silver

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Brabazon Bottling Series 1

    Silver

    Single Malt – Ultra Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Single Malt

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

    Method and Madness Single Malt Irish Whiskey Enhanced with French Limousin Oak

    Gold

    Glendalough Distillery

    Glendalough 24 Year Old Single Malt (Madeira Finish)

    Gold

    Single Pot Still – Premium

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Irish Distillers

    Green Spot

    Gold

    Irish Distillers

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    Gold

    Irish Distillers

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    Gold

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    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Irish Distillers

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    Master

    Irish Distillers

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    Gold

    Irish Distillers

    Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in French Chestnut

    Gold

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    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Irish Distillers

    Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

    Master

    Irish Distillers

    Redbreast 21 Year Old

    Gold

    Poitín

    Brand Owner

    Producer Name

    Medal

    Teeling Whiskey Company

    Teeling Spirit of Dublin

    Gold

     

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  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery scoops top prize at the Global Distillery Masters

    Published: January 12, 2018
    Filed Under: News, Events

    The Teeling Whiskey Distillery, home of the award winning Teeling Whiskey brand, has been awarded top honours at the at the 2018 Global Di...

     

    The Teeling Whiskey Distillery, home of the award winning Teeling Whiskey brand, has been awarded top honours at the at the 2018 Global Distillery Masters in the Consumer Experience category. The awards which took place in December 2018 recognise the world’s finest distilleries across the entire spirits sector.  The Teeling Whiskey Distillery was also named 2016 Visitor Attraction of the Year’ award at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Rest of World Awards.

     
     
    Chaired by The Spirits Business and judged by a panel of specialists, entrants are assessed on their customer experience, production innovation, digital and social media and environmental initiatives. The competition has been designed to recognise the growing importance of tourism, creativity and technical merit in the industry. Silver, Gold and the overall top honour, Master Medals are awarded in each category.
     
     
    The Teeling Whiskey Distillery opened its doors in June 2015, becoming the first new distillery to do so in Dublin in over 125 years. Since then it has become a destination for both domestic and overseas visitors and has contributed to the revival of The Liberties in Dublin 8. To date the distillery has welcomed over 250,000 visitors through its doors and as a fully functioning pot still distillery, it produces up to 600,000 litres of spirit each year.
     
     
    A visit to the distillery provides a truly unique consumer experience where visitors get to walk through a fully operational urban distillery experiencing all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a true working distillery. It is a unique Dublin experience not to be missed.
     
     
     
    Speaking about the win, Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company commented;
     
    “We are honoured to have won the Masters award for Consumer Experience at the Global Distillery Masters. This is a fantastic achievement for us and is testament to the unique distillery experience we offer our visitors in our Dublin distillery. Figures just released by the Irish Whiskey Association show that visitor numbers to Irish whiskey distilleries reached 814,000 in 2017 and at Teeling Whiskey we have welcomed over 250,000 visitors to our distillery since June 2015. We’re extremely proud of our hardworking team and what we have achieved in this short space of time.”
     
     

     

     

    (2018, January 11). Teeling Whiskey Distillery scoops top prize at the Global Distillery Masters. Teeling Distillery. Retrieved from https://teelingdistillery.com/teeling-whiskey-distillery-scoops-top-prize-global-distillery-masters/               

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  • CASA NOBLE ULTRA PREMIUM TEQUILA FREE RUSTAN'S GIFT CERTIFICATE PROMO

    Published: January 02, 2017
    Filed Under: News, Events

    please see mechanics below after the news article Cramer pores over the top names in tequila https://www.cnbc.com/2017...

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    Cramer pores over the top names in tequila

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/22/cramer-pores-over-the-top-names-in-tequila.html

     

     

    When alcohol giant Diageo decided to buy Hollywood actor George Clooney's tequila brand, Casamigos, for up to $1 billion, Jim Cramer instantly took notice.

     

    "It's not very often that I get to talk about one of my favorite subjects on air: tequila," the "Mad Money" host said.
     
    At first glance, what intrigued Cramer most was the deal's price tag: $700 million up front, with $300 million still on the table depending on future performance.
     
    To Cramer, this seemed like a fortune, even though tequila is one of the fastest-growing categories in liquor, with average tequila volumes doubling from 2002 to 2015.
     
     

     
    "Super premium" tequila brands like Clooney's grew even faster. Casamigos saw 650 percent growth over the same period, which could have justified its massive selling price.
     
    But Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker Scotch, Captain Morgan rum, Smirnoff and Ketel One vodka, Hennessy Cognac and Tanqueray gin wanted to break into tequila, and Casamigos marked a high-growth opportunity.
     
    "The idea here is that Casamigos will help the company take share in the super premium category, while also giving them a terrific platform to grow its tequila business overseas," Cramer said. "If they can keep Clooney as the face of the brand, this thing could really take off outside of the Western Hemisphere."
     
    That said, Diageo shelled out a lot of money for Casamigos relative to the rest of its industry. Cramer compared the deal to Constellation Brands' 2015 purchase of tequila brand Casa Noble, which only set Diageo's competitor back less than $30 million.
     
    The "Mad Money" host acknowledged that, at the time, Casa Noble was smaller than Casamigos is, selling some 20,000 cases per year compared to Casamigos' 120,000 in 2016.
     
    But since Constellation took Casa Noble under its wing, the company has expanded rapidly, doubling its sales in the year following the deal so much so that Constellation dubbed it the fastest-growing luxury tequila on the market.
     
    "Again, I'm not saying Diageo overpaid here, they're just later to the party than Constellation," Cramer said. "[But] with what Diageo's paying for Casamigos, management says it could take three years for the deal to become additive to the company's earnings. I don't like that."
     
    That conclusion leads Cramer to believe that Constellation is still the best liquor company out there, especially considering its red-hot beer brands, Corona, Modelo and now Pacifico.
     
    That said, the U.K.-based Diageo has proven to be a fierce competitor, and turmoil in Prime Minister Theresa May's government has weakened the pound to the benefit of the major exporter.
     
    "However, Constellation's got faster growth, and it's proven to be the savvier operator by far," Cramer said. "They got into tequila early, they got into wine at the right price point, purchased high-end whiskey at the right moment, and they also bought into the craft beer market before that one surged, too, all thanks to the terrific leadership of CEO Rob Sands."
     
    The stocks trade at more or less the same valuation, and Cramer generally likes them both, particularly because the alcohol business is rarely subject to price wars.
     
    "I love both Constellation's Casa Noble and Diageo's soon-to-be-acquired Casamigos. I go back and forth between them for myself at Bar San Miguel — by the way, their bottles are right next to each other in the middle of the bar. They're the smoothest and they've each been winners of blind taste tests at the joint," the "Mad Money" host said. "But based on what Diageo just paid to expand its premium tequila lineup, I have to conclude that Constellation is by far the better buy here, because they got Casa Noble for so much less and their stock, even after its huge run, remains nicely undervalued."
     
     
     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: December 16, 2017

    Published: December 16, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Teeling Whiskey Experience Place: Ampersand, Baguio Date & Time: December 16, 2017, 9pm...

     

    Event Name: Teeling Whiskey Experience

    Place: Ampersand, Baguio

    Date & Time: December 16, 2017, 9pm onwards

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: December 15, 2017

    Published: December 15, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Teeling Whiskey Experience Place: Guilly's Night Club, Tomas Morato, Quezon City Date &a...

     

    Event Name: Teeling Whiskey Experience

    Place: Guilly's Night Club, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

    Date & Time: December 15, 2017

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: December 13, 2017

    Published: December 13, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: The Whisky Society of Manila Christmas Party 2017 Place: The Brewery BGC Date & Time: ...

     

    Event Name: The Whisky Society of Manila Christmas Party 2017

    Place: The Brewery BGC

    Date & Time: December 13, 2017, 8pm onwards

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey, Dubliner, Westcork & Egan's

    Fee: P1,300 Prepay, P1,500 at the door

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: December 8, 2017

    Published: December 8, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Hine Premium Cognac Tasting Event Place: Century Seafood Restaurant, 599 Ocampo St., Malate, Manila ...

     

    Event Name: Hine Premium Cognac Tasting Event

    Place: Century Seafood Restaurant, 599 Ocampo St., Malate, Manila

    Date & Time: December 08, 2017, 11pm onwards

    Featured Products: Hine Premium Cognac 

    Fee: by invitation only RSVP Ivy and Evelyn Ong

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: December 7, 2017

    Published: December 7, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Davidoff Premium Cognac Tasting Event Place: Private room 5-7, Red Lantern, Solaire Resort and Casin...

     

    Event Name: Davidoff Premium Cognac Tasting Event

    Place: Private room 5-7, Red Lantern, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, Paranaque

    Date & Time: December 7, 2017, 7-10pm

    Featured Products: Davidoff Premium Cognac 

    Fee: by invitation only RSVP Rudy Ngo

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: November 24, 2017

    Published: November 24, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: The 17th Grand Wine Experience Place: The Marriot Grand Ballroom Date & Time: Novem...

     

    Event Name: The 17th Grand Wine Experience

    Place: The Marriot Grand Ballroom

    Date & Time: November 24,2017, 6:00pm-12:00am

    Featured Products: Licinia Spanish Wine, Atilius Nobilis Chianti DOCG, Atilius Prestigio Reserva Chianti DOCG, Blowfish Cabernet Merlot, Blowfish Shiraz, Blowfish Chardonnay, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Reserve, Casa Noble Tequila Crystal,  Casa Noble Tequila Reposado, Casa Noble Tequila Añejo, Teeling Small Batch, Teeling Single Grain, Teeling Single Malt

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: October 25, 2017

    Published: October 25, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Manila Uncorked 2017 Place: Axon Room, Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Ave., Makati ...

     

    Event Name: Manila Uncorked 2017

    Place: Axon Room, Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Ave., Makati

    Date & Time: October 25, 2017, Wednesday, 4-9pm

    Featured Products: Terra Noble Carmenere, Terra Noble Pinot Noir Gran Reserva, Simi Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley), Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon California, Atilius Nobilis Chianti DOCG 750ml, Atilius Prestigio Chianti Riserva DOCG 750ml, Olifantsberg Pinotage 750ml, Olifantsberg Syrah 750ml, Olifantsberg Silhouette 750ml, D'vine Naturally Sweet Wine 750ml and Licinia 750ml (x6's)

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: October 20-21, 2017

    Published: October 20-21, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Whisky Live Manila 2017 Place: Grand Ballroom, Shangri La The Fort Date & Time: Oct...

     

    Event Name: Whisky Live Manila 2017

    Place: Grand Ballroom, Shangri La The Fort

    Date & Time: October 20-21, 2017,  Friday-Saturday, 7pm-12am

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

    Fee: Online Sale Price: P2,500 (reg price P3,500).  

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: October 19, 2017

    Published: October 19, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Teeling Irish Whiskey Tasting Event Place: Daisy Orchid Room, Century Seafood Restaurant, 59...

     

     

    Event Name: Teeling Irish Whiskey Tasting Event

    Place: Daisy Orchid Room, Century Seafood Restaurant, 599 Ocampo St., Malate, Manila

    Date & Time: October 19, 2017, 7pm-11pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

     
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: September 27, 2017

    Published: September 27, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: The Teeling Whiskey Experience 3.0 Place: The Barn, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City ...

     

    Event Name: The Teeling Whiskey Experience 3.0

    Place: The Barn, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

    Date & Time: September 27, 2017; 6:30-11pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

     

     

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  • Tsikot.com Promo

    Published: Tsikot.com Promo. Friday, 09/22/2017
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Exclusive Promo for Tsikot.com Readers Use the promocode : TSIKOTMOON500 to avail 5% off discount and P500 worth...

     

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    Use the promocode: TSIKOTMOON500 to avail 5% off discount and P500 worth of Moonshine Pub Gift Certificate.

     
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  • Latest Events & Happenings: September 15, 2017

    Published: September 15, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Mexico's National Day Place: Diamond Ballroom, Diamond Hotel Manila Date &a...

     

    Event Name: Mexico's National Day

    Place: Diamond Ballroom, Diamond Hotel Manila

    Date & Time: September 15, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra-Premium Tequila (Crystal, Anejo and Reposado)

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: September 6, 2017

    Published: September 6, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: The Cheese Club Anniversary Event Place: Main Hall of Manila Polo Club Date & Time: ...

     

    Event Name: The Cheese Club Anniversary Event

    Place: Main Hall of Manila Polo Club

    Date & Time: September 6, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm

    Featured Products: Oldenburg Chenin Blanc, Oldenburg Chardonnay, Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, SIP Moscato, Pillitteri Cabernet Merlot, Pillitteri VQA Reserve Lake Harvest Icewine, Finca Rio Negro (Red), Bodegas Licinia (Red), Teeling Irish Whiskey Single Grain and Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: August 19, 2017

    Published: August 19, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: Blowfish Wines Party in Boracay Place: White House Beach Resort, Boracay Island ...

     

    Event Name: Blowfish Wines Party in Boracay

    Place: White House Beach Resort, Boracay Island

    Date & Time: August 19, 2017, Saturday, 4-8pm

    Featured Products: Blowfish Wines (Cabernet Merlot, Chardonnay & Shiraz)

     

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    Website: https://blowfishwines.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blowfishwine/

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: August 4, 2017

    Published: August 4, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: WOFEX-USA Pavilion Exhibitors Night Place: Forum 1 A&B, 2nd floor, Sola...

     

     

    Event Name: WOFEX-USA Pavilion Exhibitors Night

    Place: Forum 1 A&B, 2nd floor, Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 ASEAN Boulevard, Entertainment City, Tambo, Parañaque City

    Date & Time: August 4, 2017, Friday, 7-9pm

    Featured Products: Constellation Brands: Clos Du Bois, Simi, and Mt. Veeder, Milbrandt Vineyards and Sip Moscato

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: August 2, 2017

    Published: August 2, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: European Chamber Networking Mixer Place: The Belle & Dragon, OPL Bldg, 100 A....

     

    Event Name: European Chamber Networking Mixer

    Place: The Belle & Dragon, OPL Bldg, 100 A.Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati

    Date & Time: August 2, 2017, Wednesday, 6-8pm

    Featured Products: Finca Rio Negro red Wine and Finca Rio Negro Gewurztraminer White Wine

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: July 28, 2017

    Published: July 28, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Event Name: U.S. Wine Tasting Event Place: Ballroom 1, 2nd floor, Fairmont Makati Raffles Drive, Maka...

     

    Event Name: U.S. Wine Tasting Event

    Place: Ballroom 1, 2nd floor, Fairmont Makati (Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue)

    Date & Time: July 28, 2017, Friday, 2-5pm

    Featured Products: Constellation Brands: Clos Du Bois, Simi, and Mt. Veeder, Milbrandt Vineyards and Sip Moscato

     

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: June. 30-July 2, 2017

    Published: June. 30-July 2, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Kasalang Filipino 2017 Place: Ayala Malls South Park Date & Time: June 30-...

     

    Event Name: Kasalang Filipino 2017

    Place: Ayala Malls South Park

    Date & Time: June 30- July 2, 2017, 10am-9pm

    Featured Products: Blowfish; Terra Noble; Teeling; J & B; Molly's; Maloney's; Sip Moscato and Armantes

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: June. 9-11, 2017

    Published: June. 9-11, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Art Mod Fair 2017 Place: Megarade Hall 2, SM Megamall Date & Time: June 9-...

     

    Event Name: Art Mod Fair 2017

    Place: Megarade Hall 2, SM Megamall

    Date & Time: June 9-11, 2017, 10am-9pm

    Featured Products: Clos du Bois; Simi; Casa Noble; Teeling; and Hudson's Peak

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: May 24, 2017

    Published: May 24, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: ANC Women's Night Place: The Penthouse at 8 Rockwell, Makati Date & Time: May 2...

     

    Event Name: ANC Women's Night

    Place: The Penthouse at 8 Rockwell, Makati

    Date & Time: May 24, 2017,  Thursday, 6pm-10pm

    Featured Products: Spanish Wines (Bodegas Licinia Red, and Finca Rio Negro White)

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: May 18, 2017

    Published: May 18, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: European Networking Night Place: Ballroom 2, Raffles Suites & Fairmont Makati Date &...

     

    Event Name: European Networking Night

    Place: Ballroom 2, Raffles Suites & Fairmont Makati

    Date & Time: May 18, 2017,  Thursday, 6pm-10pm

    Featured Products: Spanish Wines (Finca, Armantes)

    Irish Brands (Teeling,Westcork,Pogues,Egans,Molly's, Maloney's,Celtic Honey)

    French Wine (Chateau Palais Cardinal)

    Fee: P1,500 Members; P2,000 Non-members; P2,500 Walk-ins 

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: May 2, 2017

    Published: May 2, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: European Food Festival 2017 Place: Enderun Colleges, Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio...

     

    Event Name: European Food Festival 2017

    Place: Enderun Colleges, Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

    Date & Time: May 2, 2017,  Tuesday, 4:30pm-9pm

    Featured Products: Spanish Wines (Finca, Armantes, Zeta 37, Reserva de Martin, Temple, Licinia, Fragrance D'Or)

    Irish Brands (Teeling,Westcork,Pogues,Egans,Molly's, Maloney's,Celtic Honey)

    French Wine (Chateau Palais Cardinal)

    Fee: Free for F&B Professionals in the country

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: Apr. 6-8, 2017

    Published: Apr. 6-8, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Madrid Fusion Manila Place: SMX Convention Center Date & Time: April 6-8, ...

     

    Event Name: Madrid Fusion Manila

    Place: SMX Convention Center

    Date & Time: April 6-8, 2017, 10am-7pm

    Featured Products: Spanish Wines (Finca, Armantes, Zeta 37, Reserva de Martin, Temple, Licinia, Fragrance D'Or); SIP; Clos du Bois; Simi; Mollys; Maloney's; Teeling; Celtic Honey; and Casa Noble

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 27 - April 2, 2017

    Published: March 23, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Malt Manila 2017 Place: Manila House BGC Date & Time: March 31, 5pm-12midnight ...

     

     

    Event Name: Malt Manila 2017

    Place: Manila House BGC

    Date & Time: March 31, 5pm-12midnight

    Featured Products: Aberlour, Cao Ila, Chivas, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Glengoyne, The Glenlivet, Glenkinchie, Highland Park, Jameson, Kavalan, Lagavulin, The Macallan, Oban, Rare Japanese Whisky, Royal Salute, The Singleton, Talisker, Teeling 

    Fee: VIP P3,500

    Other details: Malt Manila will also feature private masterclasses, talks by whisky experts and gourmet food delicacies.

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 20-26, 2017

    Published: March 20, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Cross Cultures by Cheryl Tiu Venue: Hey Handsome BGC Date & Time: March 21 and 22 ...

    Event Name: Cross Cultures by Cheryl Tiu

    Venue: Hey Handsome BGC

    Date & Time: March 21 and 22

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey, organic wines from Sommelier Selection

    Fee: P5,200++

    Other details: Featuring Chef Andrew Walsh of Cure in Singapore and Chef Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome in BGC

     

     

    Event Name: Love Potion

    Venue: 2nds and Bitters Bar

    Date & Time: March 25, 10pm

    Event Name: Love Potion

    Venue: 2nds and Bitter Bar BGC

    Date & Time: March 25, 10pm

    Featured Brands: Casa Noble Tequila, among others  

    Other details: Music by SkratchMark; Hosted by Nico Arbo, Jem Guevara, Angelo Serrano, Rapha Cruz & Mark Paz

     

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 13-19, 2017

    Published: March 13, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Gurkka.com & Teeling Whiskey St. Patrick's Day Celebration Place: Moonshine Pub Ortigas ...

     

    Event Name: Gurkka.com & Teeling Whiskey St. Patrick's Day Celebration

    Place: Moonshine Pub Ortigas

    Date & Time: March 16, 6-10pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch, Single Grain and Single Malt

    Fee: Free registration via www.gurkka.com

    Other details: Free Teeling shots and access to buffet pica-pica to registrants

     

    Event Name: The St. Patrick's Day with Jameson & Bitters Bar

    Place: Bitters Bar BGC

    Date & Time: March 16

    Featured Products: Jameson Irish Whiskey 

    Fee: P2,200 Jameson bottle, P269 Green Minded Cocktail

     

     

    Event Name: Love / Potions

    Place: Bitters Bar BGC

    Date & Time: March 18, 10pm

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila

    Fee: 

    Other details: Music by DJ Skratchmark and hosted by Nico Arbo, Jem Guevara, Angelo Serrano & Ace Espiritu

     

     

     

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  • Teeling Whiskey Philippines, in cooperation with Gurkka.com, will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Moonshine Public Urban Bar Ortigas on March 16, 2017.

    Published: Teeling Whiskey Philippines, in cooperation with Gurkka.com, will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Moonshine Public Urban Bar Ortigas on March 16, 2017.
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    Teeling Whiskey Philippines, in cooperation with Gurkka.com, will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Moonshine Public ...

     

    Teeling Whiskey Philippines, in cooperation with Gurkka.com, will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Moonshine Public Urban Bar Ortigas on March 16, 2017.

    Get an access to buffet pica-pica, a chance on raffle prizes and a free round of Irish whiskey shots for the first 150 guests! Here’s how to join:

     

    1. Register for FREE at Gurkka.com to get free glass of Teeling Whiskey and access to the buffet pica pica. We will be sending the event invitation via email once you Gurkka registration has been confirmed. Previously registered members are already qualified to join the party.

    2. For guest list, like our facebook page (Teeling Whiskey PH) and confirm your attendance to the St. Patrick’s Day Event after Gurkka registration.

    3. Purchase anything from Gurkka.com from Jan. 1 to March 15, 2017 to get 1 free Moonshine dish of your choice and be eligible for the raffle prizes.

    *Winners will be drawn at the 2017 Teeling Whiskey St. Patrick’s celebration.

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 12, 2017

    Published: March 12, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: The Teeling Whiskey Experience 2.0 Place: Tipsy Pig, Fort Date & Time: July 12, 201...

     

    Event Name: The Teeling Whiskey Experience 2.0

    Place: Tipsy Pig, Fort

    Date & Time: July 12, 2017; 6:30-11pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskeys

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: March 6-12, 2017

    Published: March 6, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Glenfiddich Tasting Place: Downtown & Halstead BGC Date & Time: March 7, 7p...

     

     

    Event Name: Glenfiddich Tasting

    Place: Downtown & Halstead BGC

    Date & Time: March 7, 7pm

    Featured Products: Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18 & 21 Year Old

    Fee: P500

    Other details: With Regional Brand Ambassador Matthew Fergusson-Stewart

     

    Event Name: #LoveScotch featuring Rian Asiddao

    Place: ABV Cocktails & Absinthe Bar Makati

    Date & Time: March 8, 9pm

    Featured Products: Diageo's Scotch Whiskies

    Fee: 

     

    Event Name: Love / Potions

    Place: Bitters Bar BGC

    Date & Time: March 11, 10pm

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila

    Fee: 

    Other details: Music by DJ Flava Matikz and hosted by Nico Arbo, Heiner Engelbach and Rapha Cruz

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2017

    Published: February 27, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: Wagyu & Whisky Tasting and Master Class Place: Wagyu BGC Date & Time: March 2, 8pm...

     

    Event Name: Wagyu & Whisky Tasting and Master Class 

    Place: Wagyu BGC

    Date & Time: March 2, 8pm

    Featured Products: Teeling Whiskey, Kavalan, Glenmorangie, Glengoyne, Smokehead and Dewar's

    Fee: P2,350

     

     

     

    Event Name: Love / Potions 

    Place: Bitters Bar BGC

    Date & Time: March 4, 10pm

    Featured Products: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila

     

     

     

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  • Latest Events & Happenings: Jan. 30, 2017

    Published: Jan. 30, 2017  |  Updated:Be in the know of this week's must see events and happenings.
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    Event Name: The 2017 Belle Xavier Cup Place: Wack Wack Golf & Country Club Date & Time: Jan...

     

    Event Name: The 2017 Belle Xavier Cup

    Place: Wack Wack Golf & Country Club

    Date & Time: January 30, 2017

    Featured Products: Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch, Single Grain and Single Malt

     

     

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  • Sweet Canadian Victory

    Published: Sweet Canadian Victory. Thursday 08/17/2017
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Retrieved from: Business World By The Glass Sherwin A. Lao WHO WOULD have thought that one of ...

     

     

    Retrieved from: Business World

     

    By The Glass

    Sherwin A. Lao
     
    WHO WOULD have thought that one of Europe’s most well-kept wine secrets, the ice wine (also written as one word, icewine), would also be Canada’s biggest contribution to the world of wine?
     
    It was in the late 1700s that the process of making ice wine was accidentally discovered in Franconia, Germany. It was then that the idea of pressing juice out of frozen grapes arose. At the height of winter, with temperatures dropping below -10° C, grapes are frozen on the vine, with the inside pulp showing extremely high sugar concentration. The natural water portion of the juice turns into ice crystals, and only the rich pulp of the grape is extracted to be made into this luscious wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens in the vineyard before fermentation, not in the winery. The process is extremely different from that of other sweet dessert-like wines like French Sauternes or Hungarian Tokaji, as ice wine grapes are not influenced by the noble rot (Botrytis Cinerea).
     
    Limited commercial production and release of ice wine (in German “Eiswein”) started in the mid to late 1800s, at Rheingau, Southwestern Germany.
     
    Almost a century later, in 1978, Canadian Walter Hainle through his Hainle Vineyards made the first commercially available Canadian ice wine in Okanagan, British Columbia (BC). In 2002, the Hainle Vineyards were bought by the Huber family. While Okanagan is known as the original home of ice wine in Canada, the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario is actually the largest area producer of ice wine (accounting for 75% of total ice wine production in Canada). Also, Canada produces the most ice wines in the world and is a far bigger producer than second placed Germany. Due to Canada’s freezing winters, ice wines are grown in all of the country’s wine growing areas, from Ontario and British Columbia, to Quebec and Nova Scotia. Ice wines are also made in European countries such as Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland – but in really miniscule quantities.
     
    LIQUID GOLD
    Ice wine is known as liquid gold because of the very expensive price tag on normally a half size bottle of 375 ml. The price may range in retail from $40/bottle to as much as five times more. To realize how precious this type of wine is and to justify its sinful price tag, one has to first understand that there is high mortality of grapes in winter – roughly only 10% of the grapes remain attached to their vines at the height of ice wine harvest season. In addition, the pulp that is used in ice wine fermentation is around 60% of the total juice of the grape, making actual harvest extremely small, and a resulting wine that is only 5-6% of original volume.
     
    In Canada, ice wine wine-making process must follow regulations set by the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) – this is roughly equivalent to the Appellation Origen Controlee (or AOC) classification in France. With Canadian ice wine, the rules are extremely strict. At the height of winter, the grapes for ice wine are handpicked in their frozen stage. The frozen grapes are then immediately pressed. The frozen water crystals in the juice are then segregated from the concentrated pulp. And the concentrated pulp is then used for slow fermentation covering several months. No artificial freezing is allowed. The final wine is one of a golden hue, with luscious sweetness, good viscosity, and unbelievable depth.
     
    Typical grapes used in Canadian ice wines are riesling, vidal, and, for a pink or red version, cabernet franc. Other grapes also used for ice wines, but to a lesser degree, are pinot gris and chardonnay. While riesling is the most popular varietal for German eiswein, vidal is the grape most identified with Canadian ice wine. The vidal varietal is a hybrid crossed from the French ugni blanc grape (the same grape used for Cognac in France) and another grape, seibel. The vidal varietal was named after its original breeder, Frenchman Jean Louis Vidal.
     
    In 1991, after just a little over 12 years of commercial production, Canadian ice wine got its biggest recognition when the Inniskillin 1989 Niagara Peninsula Ice Wine won the most coveted and highest bestowed title of Le Grand Prix d’Honneur at the Bordeaux Vinexpo Fair in France – considered the world’s best wine fair and judged by distinguished international panel of wine experts.
     
    So, maybe next time in any intelligent discussion on the best wine producing countries, perhaps a mention of Canada will not be scoffed at. After all, we all like sweets, and what other wine can you pair with a delectable cheesecake or scrumptious tiramisu than Canadian liquid gold?
     
     
     
    Lao,S. (2017, August 17). Sweet Canadian Victory. Business World. Retrieved from http://bworldonline.com/sweet-canadian-victory/
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  • Teeling Releases Rare Single Malts

    Published: Teeling Releases Rare Single Malts, December 2016
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    TEELING WHISKEY Company has released 24-year-oldand 33-year-old single malts as part of its Vintage Reserve Collection. ...

     

    TEELING WHISKEY Company has released 24-year-oldand 33-year-old single malts as part of its Vintage Reserve Collection.

                    At a limited release of 5,000 decanter bottles, Teeling 24 Year Old has experienced dual maturation – first in former Bourbon barrels, then Sauterne wine casks.

                    The 33-year-old whiskey is “the oldest bottling of Iris single malt recently released”’ according to Teeling, and is crafted from some of the oldest Irish single malt ever bottled.

                    The liquor has been aged exclusively in two ex-Bourbon barrels, which produced only 275 bottles.

                    Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, sain: “these offerings are central to our goal to help drive diversity in Irish whiskey by introducing interesting and unique small-batch bottling. There is nothing else like these Irish whiskey history in each bottle.”

                    Both expressions are available from the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Celtic Whiskey Shop and Dublin Airport in Ireland.

                    The expressions will be rolled out across multiple markets, including Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Australia, as well as select Asian markets in due course.

     

     

    (2016, December). The Spirits Business.

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  • Teeling Whiskey Triumphs with 8 Gold Medals at International Whiskey Competitions

    Published: Teeling Whiskey Triumphs with 8 Gold Medals at International Whiskey Competitions. Thursday, 07/27/2017
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    Retrieved from: teelingwhiskey.com Teeling Whiskey continues to build on its international reputation as t...

     
     
     
    Retrieved from: teelingwhiskey.com
     
    Teeling Whiskey continues to build on its international reputation as the leading Independent Irish whiskey by winning 8 gold medals in International Spirits Competitions during July. This brings to 116, the number of awards won by Teeling Whiskey over the last four years.
     
    At the annual 2017 Irish Whiskey Masters, held in London and announced last week, Teeling Whiskey scooped the top honours, receiving in total 6 Gold Medals as well as a Masters Title for their premium Small Batch Teeling Whiskey.  Consisting of hand selected casks of malt and grain that are blended and then married in rum barrels, Teeling Small Batch is the company’s flagship whiskey and is sold in over 50 countries worldwide. It is the fastest growing Irish whiskey in Ireland and it follows up Teeling Small Batch Blend taking home the ‘Best in Class’ award at the 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards. 
     
     
    Teeling Irish Whiskey Masters Awards 2017:
     
    • Teeling Whiskey Small Batch – Masters & Gold Medal
    • Teeling Whiskey Single Malt – Gold Medal
    • Teeling Whiskey Single Grain – Gold Medal
    • Teeling Whiskey Revival IV – Gold Medal
    • Teeling Whiskey 24 Year Old -  Gold Medal
    • Teeling Spirit of Dublin Premium Poitin – Gold Medal
     
    On top of these wins at the Irish Whiskey Masters, Teeling Whiskey also won big at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) and the International Spirits Competition (ISC) which took place earlier in the year, with the star of the show being the Teeling Single Malt which landed a Gold in both competitions to go with an overall haul of 24 medals won for the Teeling whiskey portfolio in 2017 so far.
     
    Jack Teeling, founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey commented, “We really believe in the quality of our whiskey and it’s something we work on every single day in the distillery with our team. It’s fantastic to receive such positive feedback from international experts. These awards are some of the most prestigious in the world so it’s an honour for us to be recognised in this way.”
     
    Based in Newmarket, Dublin 8 the Teeling Whiskey Distillery opened its doors in June 2015 and heralded the revival of distilling in the City as the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years.
     
    Over the last two years it has quickly established the distillery as one of the leading tourist destinations in Dublin and has recently announced a €500,000 expansion of the distillery to tap into growing interest in visiting the home of Teeling Whiskey and its whiskeys both domestically and internationally. Significant investment has been made over the last few years building its new distillery as well as laying down maturing whiskey stocks the first batch of which comes of age in 2018.  
     
     
     
    (2017, July 27). Teeling Whisky Triumphs with 8 Gold Medals at ISC. Retrieved from https://teelingwhiskey.com/2017/07/teeling-whiskey-triumphs-8-gold-medals-international-spirit-competitions/
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  • Alcohol: Friend or Foe?

    Published: Alcohol: Friend or Foe? Tuesday, 08/16/2011
    Filed Under: News, Events

    People tend to have strong feelings and beliefs about alcohol and for good reason. Muslims, Mormons, and certain Christian church...

     

            People tend to have strong feelings and beliefs about alcohol  and for good reason. Muslims, Mormons, and certain Christian churches forbid it. Buddhists disapprove of it. Other religions incorporate alcohol into rituals and take a more permissive line.                            

            It seems that almost every day, new information is released about the dangers and/or benefits of drinking alcohol. A few years ago, a widely publicized study in the New England Journal of Medicine led a lot of drinkers to congratulate themselves, and a lot of non-drinkers to wonder if they should start. “Drinking is good for your heart,” the newspaper headlines announced, “and the more you drink, the better.”                            

            This was a well-designed study funded by the US National Institutes of Health. It tracked the drinking habits of 38,000 men  all healthy at the beginning of the study  over 12 years. Men who drank at least three or four days a week had fewer heart attacks than those who drank less. It didn’t matter what they drank  beer, wine, or spirits  or whether they drank it with meals. The positive news didn’t end there. From the point of view of preventing heart attacks, drinking every day was better than drinking occasionally, and three drinks were better than one. So, should you say hooray and head for the nearest liquor store?                              

            We don’t think so. Whether, when, and how much you should drink is a complex question, and the answer should be based on your current state of health, medical history, age, sex, and other factors. If ever there was a double-edged sword, it’s alcohol. It benefits people (and society) in some ways and devastates them in others. In the US, for instance, it is associated with 90,000 deaths a year  but it also helps prevent thousands of deaths from heart disease later in life.                              

    Before you embrace alcohol as heart medicine, here are some Q’s and A’s to consider.                

                  

    Does alcohol protect the heart? If so, how?                               

            Dozens of studies found that light or moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease – 30 to 50 percent lower – than non-drinkers. There is hardly any argument about this now. Furthermore, researchers have found that even when moderate drinkers do have a heart attack, they have a lower risk of dying than teetotalers or heavy drinkers, and older people who live moderately have a lower risk of heart failure.                           

             Alcohol raises blood levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol  which removes cholesterol from the blood stream  and thus helps prevent hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Alcohol also reduces the stickiness of platelets in the blood and thus helps prevent the blood clots that cause heart attacks. Consequently, some people compare alcohol to aspirin as a way to prevent clot formation or break up clots. And yes, both can be helpful, if taken in small doses. But unlike aspirin, alcohol is intoxicating and potentially addictive. The point is that alcohol is only one of several things that may protect your heart. You can reduce your risk of heart disease without drinking at all.                               

     

    What other health benefits, if any, does alcohol have?

            Even as little as one drink a week may protect against stroke (the most common type). Some research also suggests that moderate drinking may cut the risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Valencia in Spain. Alcohol drinkers had a 47-percent lower risk than abstainers, independent of genetic risk factors from Alzheimer’s with the most protection seen in women who drank lightly to moderately and in people who never smoked. This was true for all types of alcohol  beer, wine, and liquor.                             

             A study published on February 25, 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that drinking alcohol may increase bone strength. In this study, researchers found that men who drank a glass or two of wine or beer daily had denser bones than non-drinkers, but those who drank two or more servings of hard liquor a day had significantly lower bone mineral density (BMD). The women who drank more than two glasses a day of alcohol or wine had greater BMD than the women who drank less.                              

            The findings in men may have to do with beer’s silicon content. Silicon is a mineral that helps promote bone-building. Hard liquor is distilled, and therefore, many of the natural substances have been removed. Lastly, researchers noted that drinking alcohol boost estrogen levels, which may explain why it has been linked to better bone health but also an increased risk of breast cancer in women.        

                          

    Is wine a better choice than beer or spirits?                              

            It’s almost certainly the alcohol that’s protective, so it doesn’t matter much which beverage you drink. It’s true that wine (red or white) contains certain phytochemicals that may protect against heart disease or even cancer. Beer and spirits, made from grains and other plants, have phytochemicals of their own. Wine may simply seem healthier because wine drinkers tend to be better educated and more prosperous than other drinkers, which means they tend to have better diets and better healthcare.                    

             

    What is “moderation”?                              

            This is a tricky question, and it varies according to your age and sex. The official definition of a “drink” is 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine and one and a half ounce of 80-proof spirits.                             

            Most people are surprised to learn that these all contain approximately the same amount of pure alcohol, about half an ounce (a little more in the spirits).                              

            Why are the guidelines different for men and women? Is it the same for older people?                           

            Alcohol affects men and women differently. A woman will get more intoxicated than a man from the same amount of alcohol. Women tend to be smaller, with a lower percentage of water and a higher percentage of body fat. Since alcohol is distributed through body water and is more soluble in water than in fat, blood alcohol concentrates (BACs) in women tend to be higher. In addition, the stomach enzyme that breaks down alcohol before it reaches the bloodstream is less active in women. Alcohol also carries additional health risks for women, since heavy drinking boosts the risk of osteoporosis. Women are also more prone to suffer liver damage from heavy drinking.                             

            The definition of “moderate drinking” changes as you get older. Most experts think that after 65, moderation means only one drink a day for a man and half a drink for a woman. That’s because your body doesn’t process alcohol as well as you age, so you end up with a higher BAC than a younger person would.  

                              

    What are the other health risks of heavy drinking?                             

            Heavy drinking increases the risk of liver disease, damage to the brain and pancreas, and hemorrhagic stroke. It can damage heart muscle. It increases the risk of falls, injuries, car crashes (often involving pedestrians who have been drinking), workplace injuries, firearm injuries, homicides, and suicides. It contributes to domestic violence and child abuse. It has also been cited as a risk factor for cancers of the liver, rectum, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal systems  besides the concern about breast cancer.    

                              

    What medications can interact with alcohol?                               

            These would include antidepressants, barbiturates, aspirin, acetaminophen, diabetes medications, drugs for gout, blood thinners, narcotics, antihistamines, NSAIDs, high blood pressure medications, drugs for ulcers, and drugs for heart failure.                             

     

    Who should steer clear of alcohol?                              

    • Anyone who is unable to drink moderately. This includes recovering alcoholics and probably those with a strong family history of alcoholism.                           

     • Anyone taking sedatives, sleeping pills, antidepressants, or anticonvulsants should get medical advice about whether these drugs can be safely combined with alcohol.                           

      • Don’t drink if you are planning to drive or operate machinery within the next few hours. If you had a drink, don’t get behind the wheel.                              

    • Don’t drink if you have uncontrolled hypertension, high blood levels of triglycerides, abnormal heart rhythms, peptic ulcers, or sleep apnea. If diagnosed with any disorder, talk with your doctor about the advisability of drinking.

                                  

    The bottom line                               

            For many people, drinking alcohol is part of social, business, and family life, an enjoyable and traditional accompaniment to food and celebrations. While doctors have long recognized the harm of too much alcohol, it has been used medically for centuries. It was once the only antiseptic and anesthetic in the surgeon’s kit!                          

            To drink or not to drink is a personal decision. At the very least, alcoholic beverages cost money and add calories to the diet. More seriously, alcohol can cause accidents, family conflicts, and medical problems. Yet, it cannot be denied that moderate alcohol intake also provides health benefits. The emphasis is on the word “moderate”!

     

     

     

     

    Reyes, T. (2011, August 16). Alcohol:Friend or Foe?. The Philippine Star. P.D1-D2. Retrieved from http://www.philstar.com/health-and-family/716753/alcohol-friend-or-foe                         

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  • Blanco Tequila: The Great Divide

    Published: Blanco Tequila: The Great Divide. Thursday, 07/25/2013
    Filed Under: News, Events

    I’ve always thought of myself as a tequila fan. But recently I’ve decided instead that I’m an agave fan. ...

               

    I’ve always thought of myself as a tequila fan. But recently I’ve decided instead that I’m an agave fan.

                                

     Tasting Report

                    The panel tasted blanco tequilas.

                    1.CASA NOBLE

                    Crystal Tequila ***

                    $34, alc. 40% vol.


                    2.MILAGRO 

     

    Rough, rustic and intense, with earthy, spicy, vegetal, saline flavors that explode from the glass               

                    3.ASTRAL

                    4.PATRON

                    5.CALLE 23

                    6.SIETE LEGUAS

                    7.PARTIDA

                    8.1921

                    9.CORZO

                    10.1800

                                 

    Tequila — good tequila — is made entirely from the fruit of the blue agave, a succulent plant. But tequila is no longer the only agave spirit that’s widely available. In the last decade, the spread of excellent mezcals has offered a fresh perspective on the joys and complexities of agave spirits. In the process, these mezcals have raised questions, at least for me, about what exactly you are getting in a bottle of tequila.                               

              A recent tasting of 20 blanco tequilas did little to settle those questions. In fact, you could say the results were somewhat disquieting for the spirits panel, which included Florence Fabricant and me, along with two guests: Robert Simonson, who writes frequently on drinks for the Dining section, and Jim Meehan, bartender extraordinaire and managing partner of Please Don’t Tell, a cocktail bar in the East Village.                              

              Many people reflexively associate tequila with Mexican restaurants. I could make a case that this association has held back the growth and appreciation of Mexican cuisine in this country because the restaurants are so often seen primarily as vehicles for supplying frozen margaritas.                              

              That perception has evolved, though, in recent years. The cocktail revival has brought a renewed appreciation of pure tequilas, distilled 100 percent from the sap of the blue agave, as opposed to mixto tequilas, the fuel of many raucous frat parties and margarita machines, which need only be 51 percent blue agave.                              

              Demand for 100 percent blue agave tequilas has risen significantly. In 2012, more than 12 million cases of all types of tequila were shipped to the United States, about 54 percent more than a decade ago, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a trade group. Although super-premium tequilas, the highest-end blue agave spirits, accounted for just about 15 percent of all tequilas shipped to the United States in 2012, they were by far the fastest-growing segment, practically quadrupling to almost 1.9 million cases in           2012 from about 500,000 in 2003.                              

              The nagging question is whether something has been lost in that rapid growth. While the panel’s favorites were complex, elemental and intriguing, we were troubled by a lack of intensity in many of the bottles as well as by a sense of artificiality in some. As Florence put it, we found a great divide between those tequilas we liked and those we didn’t like, without much in the middle.                             

               I couldn’t help contrasting some of these tequilas to mezcals, with their direct, unmediated expressions of agave in all its nuanced complexity. Now, tequila by its nature will generally be smoother and gentler, but still the flavors should have depth.                          

               In the past, I’ve suggested that good tequila tastes like a good margarita, with all the saline, citrus and vegetal elements of the cocktail built right into the spirit. Yet, compared with the roughness and vigor of the mezcals, many of the tequilas seemed wan, as if all their inherent rusticity had been rasped away in an effort to make them presentable in polite company.                           

              Jim noted that such a comparison was not entirely fair. Mezcals are often essentially handmade small-production spirits, while tequila is generally made in industrial quantities. That’s true, and tequila, of course, ought not to resemble mezcal too closely. The spirits are made in different ways, from different types of agave. Yet clearly, something is being lost when many tequilas seem to be faded chalk outlines of what they could be.                              

              Partly, that reflects a corporate approach to selling tequila. Indeed, most of these tequilas are exported, and, as Robert and Jim pointed out, the corporate tequila producers have rushed to appeal to the sizable audience for America’s No. 1 selling spirit. “Tequila producers seem to have taken their cues from the vodka category,” Jim said. “They’re trying to make neutral tequilas to appeal to the vodka market.”                               

              By their nature, blanco tequilas, also called silver or plata, ought to offer the purest, most forceful expressions. These are clear, essentially unaged tequilas, unlike reposados, which spend 2 to 12 months in oak barrels, and añejos, which are generally aged 1 to 4 years in oak.                             

              Perhaps we showed our mezcal bias in our rankings of the blancos. Our favorite, the Casa Noble Crystal, was explosive, with rough, rustic flavors that, in their intensity, certainly reminded me of mezcal. At $34, it was also our best value.                             

              Our other top picks were the Select Barrel Reserve from Milagro, a similarly direct and complex tequila, which got about a month of barrel aging, and the powerful, elemental Astral. A new and unusual brand, Astral was introduced by the sommelier Richard Betts, who also imports Sombra mezcal. It is an effort, he says, to make tequila using artisanal methods, as before it became an industrialized product. This was my first taste of Astral, and I was impressed by its craggy, raw flavors.                               

              This is not to say that the big brands have nothing going for them, or that all refined tequilas are to be sneered at. Patron is one of the best-selling brands, and we very much liked its subtlety and elegance, which did nothing to muddle the purity of its identity. We were also won over by the complexity of the Calle 23, the stony flavors of the Siete Leguas and the robust, rough Partida.                             

              We also found some oddballs, like the 1921 Blanco, our No. 8 bottle, which we all found appealing, even though we detected flavors reminding us of toasted coconut and cinnamon. The No. 10, 1800 Reserva, was sweet and tasted like gingerbread, which completely divided the panel. Jim and Robert loved its distinctiveness; Florence and I thought it bizarre. Robert attributed these flavors to the 15 days of barrel aging that the 1800 gets, and the fact that it is blended with some aged reserves. Well, that doesn’t make it less strange.                            

              It is hard to say what our tasting results mean for fellow agave spirits lovers. If, indeed, tequila is moving in a more refined, vodkalike direction, I hope brands like Casa Noble will still offer refuge for those who prefer their tequila more expressive.                              

              And as far as mezcal goes, I’ve heard that big tequila producers are buying up quantities of agave in Oaxaca, where mezcal is produced. If true, this could interfere with small-scale mezcal production, which is surely cause for concern.               

                    BEST VALUE

                    Casa Noble, $34, ***

                    Crystal Tequila, 40%

                    Rough, rustic and intense, with earthy, spicy, vegetal, saline flavors that explode from the glass. (Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, Calif.)

                   

                    Milagro, $52, ***

                    Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila, 40%

    Pure and unalloyed vegetal and mineral flavors that are complex and concentrated. (William Grant & Sons, New York)               

                    Astral, $40, ***

                    Blanco Tequila, 46%

                    Powerful and elemental, with rich, floral, spice and saline flavors. (Sombra, Sausalito, Calif.)

                   

                    Patron, $48, ** ½

                    Silver Tequila, 40%

                    Smooth and elegant, with subtle vegetal and saline flavors. (Patron Spirits, Las Vegas, Nev.)

                   

                    Calle 23, $23, ** ½

                    Blanco Tequila, 40%

    Vegetal and almond flavors dominating, augmented by mild spice and floral notes. (Suro International Importers, Philadelphia)               

                    Siete Leguas, $38, **

                    Tequila, 40%

                    Stony and earthy, with mineral, saline and vegetal flavors. (Sazarac, New Orleans)               

                    Partida, $50, **

                    Blanco Reserva Tequila, 40%

                    Rough and tumble, with earthy vegetal, saline and spicy notes. (Partida Tequila, San Francisco)               

                    1921, $42, **

                    Blanco Tequila, 40%

                    Unusual, with flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and toasted coconut. (Casa 123 U.S.A., Manhasset, N.Y.)               

                    Corzo, $57, **

                    Silver Tequila, 40%

                    Light-bodied, with floral and vegetal flavors and a touch of caramel. (Corzo Tequila, Seal Beach, Calif.)               

                    1800, $38, **

                    Tequila Silver Reserva, 40%

      Unusual sweet flavors resembling gingerbread; quite unlike tequila. (Proximo Spirits, Jersey City)               

                    

                   

           

    Asimov, E. (2013, July 25). Blanco Tequila: The Great Divide. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/dining/reviews/blanco-tequila-the-great-divide.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0     

                   

                    

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  • Cross-culture dining

    Published: Cross-culture dining Tuesday, 4/18/2017
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Cross Cultures, the events platform founded by STAR food writer and my good friend Cheryl Tiu, hosted a collaboration dinner betwe...

     

     
    Cross Cultures, the events platform founded by STAR food writer and my good friend Cheryl Tiu, hosted a collaboration dinner between chefs Andrew Walsh of Cure in Singapore and Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome in the Philippines. The collaboration dinner was held at Santos’ restaurant at Bonifacio Global City.
     
    Walsh, who was sous chef at Jason Atherton’s group of restaurants like Esquina and The Study in Singapore, now translates his Irish roots into his brand of “bistronomy” at his very own restaurant Cure on Keong Saik Road in Singapore. It has been named one of the best places to visit in Singapore by notable publications including The Independent UK. Walsh himself was listed by The Peak Magazine as one of Singapore’s chefs to watch for 2016.
     
    Santos, who grew up traveling to Singapore and Malaysia (where he made it a point to get to know and dine with local families living there, and learn their family recipes), is one of the hottest chefs in the Philippines today. His two restaurants have been well-received in the market: Hey Handsome, named as the most exciting opening for 2016 in Manila; and Your Local, the sole entry from the Philippines on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 list of best restaurants in the world to dine in.
     
     
    Guests enjoyed an eight-course meal, where each chef served four of his signature dishes. Walsh served BBQ mackerel with green curry, coconut rice and peanuts and beef short rib with burnt cabbage, chorizo jam and egg sauce. Santos, on the other hand, served charcoal rice roll with prawns, cucumber and rice,  duck breast and leg served with coconut porridge, rhubarb, cherry blossom and fermented durian. These dishes were paired with boutique wines from Sommelier Selection.
     
    The evening also introduced Teeling Irish Whiskey (also available online on www.Gurkka.com, the online selling site of Global Noble International Corp.) to guests. Walsh enjoyed his favorite Irish whiskey on the rocks. Part of the proceeds of the dinner would benefit Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization committed to helping malnourished children
     
    When asked why she decided to pair the two chefs, Tiu said, “Simply, Cure is one of my favorite restaurants in Singapore that’s slightly underrated. Andy’s skill, professionalism and maturity are tops. Hey Handsome is one of the hottest restaurants in Manila today and Nicco’s flavor palate is wonderful. What I didn’t know was when Nicco first dined at Esquina (when Andy was still head chef) and Cure, it was his dream to cook with Andy! So we are thrilled this all became a reality three years later. As while Cross Cultures is about the exchange of cultures through food, it is also the sharing of culinary experiences and talents between chefs and cooks, in order to build a more global community, and all grow personally and professionally.”
     
     
    Cross Cultures was made possible by Makati Diamond Residences, the official residence of the Cure team in Manila; Beyond the Box; and Lumee.
     
     
     
    Teehankee, P. (2017, April 18). Cross-culture dining. Philstar. Retrieved from http://www.philstar.com/newsmakers/2017/04/18/1691190/cross-culture-dining
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  • The Teeling 33-Year-Old Is The World’s Rarest Irish Single Malt Whiskey

    Published: The Teeling 33-Year-Old Is The World’s Rarest Irish Single Malt Whiskey. Monday, 05/29/2017
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Ireland’s independent Irish whiskey company, Teeling Whiskey, has released a new bottle from its Vintage Reserve Collection ...

     
     
    Ireland’s independent Irish whiskey company, Teeling Whiskey, has released a new bottle from its Vintage Reserve Collection that has caught our attention: the Teeling 33 Year Old Irish Single Malt.  The 33 Year Old release is limited to just 275 bottles, and is believed to be the oldest bottling of Irish Single Malt recently released, making it the world’s most exclusive Irish whiskey.
     
    The Teeling 33 Year Old Single Malt consists of some of the oldest Irish Single Malt ever bottled making this an extremely rare release of Irish Whiskey. Distilled in 1983 and aged exclusively in two ex-bourbon barrels which after 33 years of maturation produced only 275 bottles at an alcohol strength of 42.9% straight out of the cask. To match its rarity, this historic bottling of Irish Whiskey produces a truly unique taste experience from its complex floral nose, to its deep layered flavors as a result of its 33-year journey and a long luxurious finish without being over oaked.
     
    To further celebrate this historic release of some of the oldest Irish Single Malt ever bottled, Teeling Whiskey has crafted a booklet documenting its story and long affiliation with the industry. Working with Dundalgan Press and Duffy’s Bookbinders, some of the oldest in the business, a beautiful commemorative booklet has been produced. This booklet, printed and bound by hand, now sits alongside the hand bottled 33 Year Old Single Malt, perfectly complementing it in its rarity and craftsmanship.
     
    The Teeling 33 Year Old Single Malt is now available at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Celtic Whiskey Shop and Dublin Airport in Ireland retailing for €3,500 per 70cl. In due course, the whiskey will be rolled out to the Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Australia and select Asian markets.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    (2017, May 29). The Teeling 33-Year-Old Is The World’s Rarest Irish Single Malt Whiskey. Luxury Insider. Retrieved from http://www.luxury-insider.com/spirits/worlds-rarest-irish-single-malt-whiskey?utm_source=facebook_li&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=ma_facebook
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  • Blue Laws

    Published: Blue Laws. Sunday, 09/13/2015
    Filed Under: News, Events

    A state or local law that prohibits commercial activities on Sunday. Blue laws h...

                        

            A state or local law that prohibits commercial activities on Sunday.               

            Blue laws have been part of U.S. legal history since the colonial period. These laws, which today are usually referred to as Sunday closing laws, prohibit certain types of commercial activity on Sundays. Originally these laws were directed at personal activities regarded as moral offenses, such as gambling or the consumption of alcohol. In the nineteenth century, however, state and local governments passed laws that forbade businesses from operating on Sunday. Although these laws were clearly based on Christian beliefs, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that they do not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. Many blue laws have been repealed since the 1960s, but some laws that ban the sale of alcohol on Sunday remain in force.                

            In 1781, the Reverend Samuel Peters published A General History of Connecticut, in which he used the term blue laws to refer to a set of laws that the Puritans had enacted in the 1600s to control morality. He claimed that the laws were printed on blue paper, hence the terminology. Historians, however, have concluded that this claim was false, as were many of the laws he purported to have discovered. Some have speculated that the use of the word blue came from a connotation that suggested a rigidly moral position, akin to the term bluenose that refers to a prudish, moralistic person.                      

            The decline of Puritanism and religious-based governments in the 1700s signaled a decline in laws that banned personal activities on Sunday. Many states and towns, however, passed laws to forbid merchants and laborers from working on Sunday. These laws were not based on concerns that workers deserved a day of rest. Instead, they were meant to respect the Christian Sabbath. In the nineteenth century, the enactment of these laws proceeded west with the expansion of the United States. By the late 1850s, the courts had been called upon to analyze the effect of blue laws on liability issues. For example, in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Co. v. Philadelphia and Havre de Grace Steam Towboat Co., 64 U.S. (23 How.) 209 (1859), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a railroad that left debris in the water is not excused for damage to a commercial boat that sailed on Sunday. The Court reasoned that boats are works of necessity that are not bound by Sunday closing laws.                

            The rise of the temperance movement after the Civil War led to the passage of many blue laws that forbade the sale of liquor on Sunday, whether in a bar or in a retail store. These prohibitions sometimes banned the sale of tobacco products and by the late nineteenth century, certain public entertainments were not allowed on Sunday. After the failure of prohibition and the legalization of alcoholic beverages in 1933, many states and localities used their blue laws to prevent the operation of liquor stores and bars on Sunday.                               

            Between 1859 and 1900, the Supreme Court heard eight cases involving blue laws. In Soon Hing v. Crowley, 113 U.S. 703, 5 S. Ct. 730. 28 L.Ed. 1145 (1885), the Court upheld a law that barred physical labor on Sunday. The Court concluded that the law was intended to prevent undue physical labor rather than promote religion. This was the first decision that examined whether a Sunday closing law was based on religious grounds. Other decisions during this period found the court validating jury verdicts made on Sunday and determining that the operation of a barber shop on Sunday was not a "work of necessity" that exempted the shop from a blue.                

            During the early twentieth century many blue laws were amended to permit exemptions. Over time these exemptions produced a bewildering set of rules that appeared arbitrary and at times absurd. For example, a hardware store could be open on Sundays, and the proprietor could sell nails, but not hammers. After world war ii and expansion of U.S. consumer culture, Sunday closing laws were repealed, or were not enforced for commerce that did not involve the sale of alcohol. Nevertheless, non-Christians and some business owners chafed under the restrictions that remained in force.                           

            The Supreme Court resolved the constitutionality of blue laws in McGowan v. Maryland, 366 U.S. 420, 81 S.Ct. 1101, 6 L.Ed.2d 393 (1961). The state of Maryland mandated that many businesses must be closed on Sunday. Occupations of necessity or charity were exempted from the law, which included hospitals. Department stores could open on Sunday, but only certain retail items could be sold on that day: tobacco products, candy, milk, bread, fruit, gasoline, oils, greases, drugs, medicines, newspapers, and magazines. Maryland fined the employees of a department store for selling items not on the exempted list. These items included a notebook, a can of floor wax, a stapler and staples, and a toy submarine. The employees appealed their convictions all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Maryland blue law violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the fourteenth amendment as well as the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. They contended that the law was based on specific religious beliefs and compelled all persons to minimally observe the Christian day of worship.                             

            The Court rejected these arguments and upheld the law. Chief Justice earl warren, writing for the majority, acknowledged that the law and other similar laws had originally been enacted for religious purposes. He concluded, however, that the Sunday closing laws had evolved into further secular ends and that this defeated an Establishment Clause claim. The Court, in reviewing the history of blue laws, ruled that nonreligious reasons for the laws had been propounded since the 1700s. Secular argument for blue laws included the idea that it was good for the government to encourage people to take a day off work for rest and relaxation. In addition, the Court ruled that the employees could not make an Establishment Clause claim because they did not allege that their religious freedom had been infringed. They had only claimed the law had caused them economic harm. The Court, however, did not address how the secular goals it described were achieved when the law merely banned the sale of certain retail items. Justice william o. douglas filed a dissenting opinion in which he argued that the state had no business restricting innocent acts because they offended the "sentiments of their Christian neighbors." In his view the law violated the Establishment Clause.                               

            Since this decision the Supreme Court has not revisited blue laws. As long as these laws can be supported by a secular purpose they will be viewed as constitutional. In the 40 years sinceMcGowan, however, most states and localities have abandoned enforcement of blue laws. The one exception remains the sale of alcohol on Sundays by liquor stores.

                     

                  

                                             

    "Blue Laws." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. Retrieved September 13, 2015 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3437700571.html

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  • Brands to Watch In 2017

    Published: Brands to Watch In 2017, December 2016
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Brands to Watch in 2017 Casa Noble Constellation Brands acquired Casa Noble in 2014 in an effort to str...

     

     

    Brands to Watch in 2017

     

    Casa Noble

    Constellation Brands acquired Casa Noble in 2014 in an effort to strengthen its high-end spirits portfolio. Since then, the brand’s volume has “more than doubled”, making it the “fastest-growing ultra-premium Tequila in the market”’ according to the firm. The US drinks producer also announced a multi-million dollar campaign to relaunch the brand in February.

    Jose Cuervo

    It has been reported that the Tequila producer has delayed its initial public offering following Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and the subsequent devaluation of the Mexican peso. All eyes will be on Cuervo as it plots its next move.

    Volcan De Mi Tierra

    Moet Hennessy is set to make it first foray into the Tequila category next year with the US launch of super-premium line Volcan de mi Tierra, created as part across the US in the first half of 2017, and will be available in Blanco and Cristalino expressions – watch this space.

     

      

    KEY TRENDS IN 2017

    ·         Super-premium Tequilas are continuing their rise to the top. Expect consumer demand for high-quality sipping varieties to keep on growing.

    ·         Look out for a greater focus on cask-finished expressions across the Tequila category, with Tequila Herradura, Patron and Casa Noble pioneering the trend.

    ·         As the public’s knowledge of Tequila deepens alongside increasing interest in cocktail culture, there will be a renewed demand for Tequila in classic cocktails. Look for Tequila twists in Mojitos, Highballs, Bloody Marys and more.

     

     

    THE DESIGN & PACKAGING MASTERS 2016

    Brand Owner

    Product

    Medal

    Brandy

     

     

    Chapel Down Winey

    Lamberhurst Fine & Rare

    Master

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Joseph Barry VS

    Gold

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Joseph Barry VSOP

    Gold

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Joseph Barry XO

    Gold

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Oude Molen XO

    Gold

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Oude Molen VS

    Silver

    Oude Molen Distillery

    Oude Molen VSOP

    Silver

     

     

     

    Speciality

     

     

    Italspirits

    Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

    Master

    Metaxa

    Metaxa 12 stars

    Gold

    The Water Company

    Domingo

    Silver

     

     

     

    Tequila

     

     

    Constellation Brands

    Casa Noble Tequila

    Silver

    Patron Spirits

    Patron Tequila Ltd. Ed. 2016

    Silver

     

    Tequila

    Tequila brought proceedings to a close. Patron Tequila Limited Edition 2016 really impressed when it was lit up, with the pewter design praised its appeal and stand-out in high temp environments. Meanwhile, Casa Noble Tequila was applauded for its bottle shape and strength of brand across the range. Both were rewarded with Silver Medals.

     

     

    (2016, December). The Spirits Business. 

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  • Carlos Santana Rocks Tequila

    Published: Carlos Santana Rocks Tequila. Friday, 04/04/2014
    Filed Under: News, Events

    When one hears the word tequila, well, the association is with mustachioed gringos downing shots in a dark Mexican cantina. Mus...

     

               When one hears the word tequila, well, the association is with mustachioed gringos downing shots in a dark Mexican cantina. Music-wise, there’s that classic “dirty sax” instrumental by Chuck Rio. That 1950s hit remains—in its many incarnations— in the party scene to this day, usually providing background music to movie montages where the characters cavort in drunken haze.

                                                                                           

     'My heart is here. One note, one drop, it’s the same thing. …Celebrate the gift of life and all the blessings that come with it.’ —Carlos Santana

                “It was offered to us in early 2013, a year after Santana came into the company. We saw that it was a premium quality product, and together with its association with Santana, it meant high quality that Filipinos will come to appreciate. The product has been in the market for seven generations and, in 2010, when the former President of Mexico [Felipe Calderon] visited President Obama at the White House, they toasted to Casa Noble over dinner. If it was found to be a perfect gift for the US President; then why not offer it to the Filipino market?” says Edwin Ong, CEO of Global Noble International Corporation, which distributes the elegantly bottled tequila in the country.

               Casa Noble tequilas come in three variants, Crystal, Reposado, and Anejo. They are made from 100 percent organically grown “blue agave” and widely sought after for their unique aroma, smooth taste, and distinctly satisfying velvety finish. According to Ong, the premium tequila is for those who appreciate quality and taste. “It is for anyone who enjoys great food and great spirits. The product is distilled solely by the Casa Noble brand, unlike competitors, who outsource it from other distilleries. This gives them better control over the processes. [There are] more precautions, and more effort to maintain the quality of the product.”

               Present at the launch was party meister Tim Yap, who lent his name as brand ambassador. He graciously gives these tips on how to avoid hangovers. “First, you start by choosing the right alcohol. Good alcohol such as Casa Noble will not give you a bad hangover. Second, hydrate while you are indulging in spirits. Drink water in between your glasses of alcoholic drinks.”

               When a hangover does occur, he advises sweating it out instead of giving in to the temptation of staying in. “Go to the gym, this will help you get the alcohol out of your system faster.” To mark the event, guests toasted to Casa Noble using wine glasses instead of shots—proof of its difference from the usual party fare.    

     

     

     

    Pamaran, M. (2014, February 4). Carlos Santana rocks Tequila. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from http://www.mb.com.ph/carlos-santana-rocks-tequila/

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  • Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila - The Life of the Party!

    Published: Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila - The Life of the Party! Thursday, 4/10/2014
    Filed Under: News, Events

    Casa Noble Tequila toasting: Host Carla Dunareanu, Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena, Casa Noble brand ...

                                   

     Casa Noble Tequila toasting: Host Carla Dunareanu, Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena, Casa Noble brand ambassador Tim Yap, Global Noble President Edwin Ong and Casa Noble’s Master Mixologist Lee Watson.

              Local connoisseurs of fine spirits and party goers knows Casa Noble by heart for its unique aroma, smooth taste and distinctly satisfying velvety finish.                

    Carlos Santana – a music legend and one of its proud owners of Casa Noble welcomes the growing roster of movers and shakers who promotes the brand. Just recently Manila’s very own party king Mr. Tim Yap became its newest Brand Ambassador.              

              During the recent launch, Tim Yap amiably greeted and toasted party guests that included Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena, Israeli Ambassador Menashe Bar-on, Alain Borgers – GM, Makati Shangri-La, Lesley Tan – Shangri-La’s Director of Communications, Bernie Buenaseda of Radio Partners, Atty. Mike Toledo, Jenni Epperson, Rajo Laurel, Trish Panlilio, J.R. Isaac, Philip Cu-Unjieng, Atom Henares, Claudinne Trillo, Marco Lobregat, Chris Badiola, Richard Tiu and VIP Fila girl Cris Albert.

                              

             SAGE Restaurant and Bar, Makati Shangri-La’s newest dining venture served as the perfect party venue for the evening’s festivities with its warmly elegant ambience and interiors of marble, wood, crafted fine leather, suede, velvet and tweed replete with a black onyx topped central bar from England.                      

               The party crowd was constantly wowed during the entire evening as they were served up with delicious delights from Chef de Cuisine Gilles Galli’s fabulous kitchen.

              The refreshments flowed in an impressive brace of Casa Noble shots and cocktail.. Ultima Palabra: An herbal twist on the classic Last Word cocktail – Casa Noble Crystal, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, basil. Transpacific: Tequila mixed with Asian flavors, bridging the continents across the Pacific – Casa Noble Crystal, lychee liqueur, lemongrass syrup, lemon, soda water. All ably curated by the evening’s dynamic duo— Casa Noble’s very own beverage consultant Lee Watson and Daniel Blais, Shangri-La’s director of beverages and resident sommelier.

    The evening’s programme was amiably hosted by the lovely Carla Dunareanu with bubbly DJ Jessica Milner pumping up the party music.                

              As Edwin Francis Ong, President of Global Noble International Corporation, the exclusive Philippine distributor enthusiastically shared, “We are proud and honored to have Tim Yap as Casa Noble’s brand ambassador. Tim really knows his tequila and fully appreciates the tradition, the heritage and passion for quality that the brand stands for.                

              It goes without saying Tim really knows how to party and Casa Noble is his choice of tequila. And being a very premium brand, we have gone the extra mile by making it available online with free delivery right to your very doorstep at Gurkka.com.”

                   

              Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila is made from 100% organically grown “blue agave” and widely sought after for its unique aroma, smooth taste and distinctly satisfying velvety finish.                

    CRYSTAL – un-aged silver tequila: All superior tequila starts with only the best “Silver” or “Blanco” and ours is Casa Noble Crystal. We call it Crystal because we believe it is superior to all silver tequilas. It is simply in a class by itself. Contained in a beautiful hand blown glass decanter, adorned with an exquisite pewter engraved label and top. It is the perfect Blanco.                

    REPOSADO – aged 364 days in French white oak barrels: This exquisite tequila is matured in French white Oak barrels for three hundred sixty four days. Smooth, sensuous and full bodied, this tequila rivals the best spirits in the world. Contained in a beautiful hand blown cobalt blue decanter, adorned with an exquisite pewter engraved label and top. It is perfect marriage of agave and the oak.

    ANEJO – matured in French white oak barrels: Imagine a tequila that has taken over fourteen years to produce. That is Casa Noble Anejo. Our most perfect tequila, this exquisite tequila is matured and extra aged to perfection and produced in limited quantities.               

    Its deep golden tone has an exceptional bouquet and body that ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. Beautifully contained in artisan purple glass decanter.                

    SINGLE BARREL – 100% blue Agave triple distilled family of premium tequila: You may have come across “reserves” and “limited edition” tequilas but Casa Noble has redefined luxury by developing the first single barrel program in the tequila world.         

    In the tradition of the finest single barrel whiskies, our program has exceeded every expectation in creating an ultra premium tequila aged in its own barrel.               

    Casa Noble Ultra Premium Tequila is now available at Rustans, Unimart, Landmark and leading wine shoppes or shop online with free delivery at Gurkka.com.          

        

     

      

    Villareal, M. (2014, April 10). Casa Noble: Ultra Premium Tequila - The Life of the Party. Out of town blog. Retrieved from http://outoftownblog.com/casa-noble-ultra-premium-tequila-the-life-of-the-party/