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).

Sula launches India’s first Grape Spirit based Whisky, ECLIPSE, in Delhi market

Sula Vineyards, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Artisan Spirits, has launched India’s first Premium blended whisky with Grape Spirit base, ECLIPSE, in the Delhi market.  The company announced their aggressive diversification into the premium liquor category at a special event for the trade in the National Capital this week.

After adding grape-based Brandy,’ Janus’, and ‘J’, the launch of Eclipse, a premium whisky with Grape  spirit base, is considered a strategic move by the company towards product diversification.  Eclipse has distribution rights in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Puducherry, and Telangana currently.  

Speaking to Hospitality Biz at the launch event, Nick Pringle, COO, Sula Vineyards said that the company has yet again proved its spirit of innovation by introducing a “pioneering product”.  “It’s a tough market and in a tough market it is important to keep innovating and give consumers something new. Eclipse is the first Grape spirit based whisky to come into the market,” he said.

Talking about the product, Pringle said that while its grape spirit base makes it unique, it is blended with quality malt matured in French oak. “That gives the product the quality finish and premium presentation,” he added.  He said that Eclipse has received good feedbacks from connoisseurs at blind tasting sessions.

When asked about distribution, Pringle said that they will be rolling it out “carefully and strategically” pan India in the coming months. “We have got distribution rights in few places. Idea is to go very carefully,” he said.

Eclipse comes in an elegant bottle with a tamper proof ‘Fabrizio cap’ that ensures excellent and smooth flow of the liquid from the bottle. 


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:


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.

Some of the less common spirits

By the word other sprits or less common /known spirits, we mean the various spirits produced in the different countries. There are around 400-600 varieties.
Some of them are:
Aquavit — literally mean water of life. It’s made in Scandinavian countries from potatoes or grains flavored with Caraway seeds, orange peel cardamom &herbs.
Arrack / Raki: The word arrack comes from Arabic word which means juice or sweet It is called Raki in Turkey. It is popular spirit made from the sap of a tree
Calvados:  is a spirit made from apples or pears in Normandy. Calvados is the name of district in Normandy.  Apple jack is similar apple brandy made in USA.
Grappa / Marc:Grappa is a kind of Italian brandy made from the residue of Grape skin. The fine Brand of Grappa is Negroni (Grappa Bianca)
        There is a French equivalent of grappa is also made from dried grape skins pulp & seeds the Marc
Karpi: is a fruit Brandy made from Cranberry in Finland.
Kirsch: The colorless spirit made in Black forest area in Germany, Austria & Switzerland& also in the region of Alsace
Framboie: Raspberry brandy from France.
Poire Williams This spirit is made from distillation of fermented Pears & is colorless. French, Swiss, usually makes it. & German
Pastis: French aniseed flavoured spirit, which turns milky with water. The most famous brands are Ricard & Pernod.
Ouzo: It is most popular Greek colorless spirit .It is made with Grapes
Feni : is obtained from Cashew nuts or Palm or Coconut .It comes from Western region of India ,Goa .
                Besides Feni there are many Indian drinks like Mahua, it’s produced from Mahua flowers. Tari is usually made from the sap of stem of Date palm tree.
Pulque : A Mexican drink obtained from Mezcal. It has a flavour similar to the sour milk & has to be consumed fast .
Quetsch: It’s colorless spirit from plums made in Germany & France.

Sake: The Traditional Japanese rice wine not distilled but fermented. After fermentation Sake is allowed to mature for one year before bottling. It should be drunk young.