THE WORLD OF WINE AND SPIRITS

The World of Wine & Spirits from HEMANT SINGH

Beverages are potable drinks which have thirst-quenching, refreshing, stimulating and nourishing qualities. By refreshing, one means the replenishment of fluid loss from the body due to perspiration. Simulation results in increase of the heart beat and blood pressure. This is due to the intake of spirits (alcohol) or tea (thein) and coffee (coffein). Nourishment is provided by the nutrients in the beverages, especially fruit juices. Most of the beverages supply energy in the form of sugar or
alcohol. They also provide other nutrients like mineral salts and vitamins. For example, milk gives calcium and citrus fruits give vitamin C.
Generally, people drink for one or more of six reasons; to quench thirst, to get drunk, to enjoy a social setting (social drinking), to enjoy the taste of the beverage, to feed an addiction (alcoholism), or as part of a religious or traditional ceremony or custom (proposing toast).

What does a $22,000 cognac actually taste like?

Want to feel the warm, gently percolating inner glow of a fireside cognac this Christmas? If a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP for $35 is just très ordinaire, why not make a splash with a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6? At $22,000 a bottle (sales tax not included), however, you may need to take out a mortgage. After 100 years in the cask, and seeing out the careers of four different cellar masters, the cognac cask was dusted off in 2009 by cellar master Pierrette Trichet.

Three years later in 2012, she declared that the cognac had reached perfection and the cask was tapped to produce just 738 decanters. This particular decanter is 460 of the 738 available. Cellar master Pierrette Trichet, checks the quality of a cognac barrel. Cellar master Pierrette Trichet, checks the quality of a cognac barrel. The 42,6 represents the 42.6% alcohol that makes up the blend — the comma in the decimal place marking out its European provenance. St. Regis Atlanta bought the bottle, made of black Baccarat crystal with a rose gold neck band, back in 2012. Source: CNN.com

HENNESSY COGNAC NAMED WORLD’S TOP PERFORMING SPIRIT BRAND

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, has just emerged as the number one performing global spirit for 2014, according to UK-based International Wine and Spirit Research group (IWSR).
Hennessy, which has consistently posted growth for the last 50 months, has been recognized by the IWSR as a top 3 global brand since 2012. Earning the #1 spot on the annual list is especially exciting as the brand celebrates its milestone 250th anniversary this year.
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