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What is SMV?SMV is an acronym for “Sake Meter Value,” which informs the consumer on whether a sake is sweet or dry by assigning it a negative or positive value. SMV is determined by using a floating hydrometer to measure the relative density of the brew, sweeter sake will have more sugar and therefore denser. The reading on the hydrometer will display negative values when the brew is denser and positive when lighter. This measurement is then used as SMV values.   In general, the more negative the value, the sweeter the sake, and the more positive the value, the drier the sake.   However, SMV does not directly correspond to the sweetness on our palate as other flavour components...

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Story of RUM

Rum is a liqour made by fermenting and then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. The distillate, a clear liquid, is often aged in barrels of oak. Rum is produced in nearly every sugar-producing region of the world.   Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas "golden" and "dark" rums were typically consumed straight or neat, iced ("on the rocks"), or used for cooking, but are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are made to be consumed either straight or iced.   Black Tears is an emotional blend of Cuban rum and seductive Cuban spices. Based on a Silver Dry rum from one of the best distilleries on the island, Black Tears is the first ever dry Spiced Cuban...

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The World of Tequila

For this month let’s dive more into the world of tequila. A little bit about the history of this beautiful tasting alcohol, the first versions of tequila dates back to nearly 1000 B.C. during the Aztec civilization. Did you know that tequila can only be made using the blue weber agave? The Mexican law even states that tequila can only be produced in 5 states mainly Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.   The 3 main types of tequila are Blanco, Reposado and Anejo.   Let’s start off with Blanco. Blanco is the literal translation of the word white, which is the actual colour of this type of tequila. Blanco tequila is not aged in an oak barrel as compared...

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Gin Knowledge 101: Your Basic Guide to the World of Gin

  Gin is a word we’ve all heard at least once. A popular choice across the world, gin is a clear, distilled spirit with dominant botanical flavors of juniper, flowers and fresh dried fruits. It was first derived from the word genever, old English language, which in turn, was derived from the Latin word of juniperus, meaning juniper. With that out of the way, do you recognize the following types of gin? London Dry Old Tom Plymouth Navy Strength New World Let us start with London Dry Despite being called the London Dry Gin, it does not actually come from the English capital of London, only a handful of London Dry’s actually come from London. Gin is a neutral spirit...

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Vodka 101

From parties to supermarket shelves, Vodka has been an ever-present drink across our adult lives, something we recognise easily, from it’s clear complexion. But what exactly is Vodka, and how is it made? In modern times, we associate this clear, colorless drink with Russia, with Vodka meaning “little water” in Russian. But did you know, the word Vodka first appeared in Polish court documents all the way back in 1405? Regardless, we’re not here to dispute the origins of vodka, and so, let’s get right to talking about what is vodka. Traditionally, vodka is made with grain, with rye most commonly used. Water is added to the grain of choice, followd by heating of the mixture. Yeast is added subsequently,...

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Types of Whiskeys 101

  When it comes to whiskies, most of us have tasted it once in our lives, we either like it or some of us maybe not so much. But, to most of us, whiskey’s will just be whiskey's, do you know that there are actually a few varieties of whiskey’s around the world? Let me list out a few:Japanese Whiskey – Japan Scotch – Scotland Irish Whiskey – Ireland Bourbon – USA Canadian Whiskey/Rye – Canada Let us start out with Scotch If its name doesn’t ring a bell already, Scotch is from Scotland. Primarily made by malted barley, along with other grains, corn wheat etc. Within the category of Scotch, we do also have 4 sub categories that people...

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How to open a bottle of sparkling wine ?

We would like to share the tips of opening a bottle of sparkling wine safely as well as to minimize spillage.  Remove the capsules (also known as foil) Loosen the cage Thumb over the cork hold the cork while twisting the bottle The cork should pop gently without spilling over Keep calm and enjoy your sparkling wine! Here's a video to guide you through;   Did you know? By chilling your your sparkling wine, it reduce the chances of the cork popping out unexpectedly. Store your white, rosé, and sparkling wine in the fridge for two hours. To open the sparkling wine like a professional, make sure it does not have a loud POP. Instead it should be a gentle and a soft pop....

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Easy cocktail recipes at the comfort of your home

Tears 'N' Tonic Ingredients needed: Black Tears Dry Spiced Rum, Tonic Water and Orange SliceStep 1: Pour ice into the glassStep 2: Pour 40ml Black Tears Dry SpicedStep 3: Top up Tonic WaterStep 4 : Put orange slice into the glass and serve   Iwai Japanese Highball Ingredients needed: Iwai Japanese Whisky, Soda, Lemon (optional) Step 1: Pour ice into the glassStep 2: Pour 45ml Iwai Japanese WhiskyStep 3: Top up with Soda Step 4: A lemon garnish is optional    Ginger Monkey  Ingredients needed: Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Dry Ginger Ale, Orange Step 1: Fill long glass with iceStep 2: Pour in the Monkey Shoulder and dry ginger aleStep 3: Gently stir and garnish with orange wedge   Aperol Spritz     Ingredients...

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Why you should try Non-alcoholic Wines?

Non-alcoholic wines are made similarly to regular wines. Though made similarly, there are a plethora of benefits when consuming Non-alcoholic wines when compared to regular wines. Helps lower risk of cadio-vascular disease Little to no sulphites 3 Times lesser calories than regular wine Helps lower risk of cardio-vascular diseaseNon-alcoholic red wine helps decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease as it lowers blood pressure which in turns reduces the risk of a heart attack by 20% and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 14%?Little to no sulphitesAlcoholic wines are known to contain high sulphite content which is why over 1 million people in France currently suffer from sulphite problems. Sulphites have been reported to induce a range of adverse clinical...

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