Japanese Whisky – THE gift this Christmas

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Japanese whisky has been voted best in the world – you wouldn’t want to give anything less this Christmas to the avid whisky drinker!

Japanese whisky is becoming more well known, and for the right reasons.

If you are new to Japanese whisky here are 5 things you need to know;

It’s The New Kid on the Block — Japanese whisky has been commercially produced since since the early 1920s, when the Yamazaki distillery was first built near Kyoto. Throughout the 20th century, Japanese whiskies were primarily sold and consumed within Japan, yet they’ve become increasingly popular in Europe and North American in recent years.

Production — Japanese whiskies were first modelled on Scottish whiskies — Suntory’s first master distiller Masataka Taketsuru studied in Scotland and wanted to bring the drink home — so they are produced in much the same way, distilled twice using pot stills. Many distilleries even use malted and sometimes peated barley imported from Scotland.

About That Missing “E” — As Japanese whisky has much in common with Scottish whiskies, rather than the Irish or American varieties, its name follows the Scotch tradition and is spelled without an “e.”

Pop Culture Moment — Japanese whisky makes a prominent appearance in 2003’s Lost in Translation. In the film, Bill Murrary’s character Bob Harris is a washed-up actor who heads to Japan to shill for Suntory whisky. Tag line: “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.” In real life, it was actually actor Sean Connery who appeared in Suntory commericals in the 1990s.

It’s a Winner — The World Whisky Bible coup isn’t the first time Japanese whisky has been recognized with an international award. In 2001, Nikka’s Yoichi whisky was named the “Best of the Best” in an international tasting by Whisky Magazine. Then, in 2003, Suntory’s 30-year-old Hibiki won the top award at the International Spirits Challenge and Suntory went on to earn awards at the competition for the next 11 years.

Add to your QuickBottle cart and have Hibiki 12Y Japanese Whiskey delivered to your door within 40 mins – only $129.99.

Hibiki 12Y Japanese Whisky 700ml

5 Things You Need To Know About Japanese Whisky courtesy of; time.com

Thursday Tipple – Blackberry Ombre Sparkler

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Your perfect Christmas cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 bottle champagne

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

In a small saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil on high heat, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook for approximately 12-15 minutes. The blackberries will become soft and bright in color and a pinkish purple syrup will form. Take off of the heat and drain the blackberries, keeping the syrup in a separate bowl. Set both aside and allow to cool.

Once blackberries and simple syrup are cooled, spoon about 4 tablespoons of syrup into the bottom of each champagne flute (this recipe makes 4 drinks)

Top with champagne.

Garnish with fresh blackberries or the cooked blackberries, and a sprig of rosemary.

Cheers!

Images and recipe courtesy of: http://www.thecookierookie.com/

How to: Christmas Wine Lamps

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What you need:

Wine bottles with corks

Eye protection (i.e. goggles)

Work gloves

Power drill with drill bit for glass

Clear sealant (optional)

String of 25 – 25 white mini lights

Instructions:

  1. Wash the bottles inside and out with hot, soapy water. (Any glue reside from the label can be removed with a penetrating oil spray or other glue remover.)
  2. Work on a sturdy surface with the bottle held firmly in place.
  3. Wearing eye protection and work gloves, slowly and carefully drill a hole 1 to 2 inches up from the bottom of each bottle using a ½-in. drill bit designed for glass.
  4. Rinse bottle to remove any glass particles.
  5. If desired, use a clear sealant to cover any rough edges of glass.
  6. Feed the non-plug end of the mini lights into the drilled hole, leaving a length of cord extending from the opening.

Image and how to courtesy of: http://www.lovethecountry.com/project/wine-bottle-diy-lamps/

 

It’s the most wine-derful time of the year!

 

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I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas… yes I could go on and on.

There are a few different types of people when it comes to the silly season. Either you have already bought everyone’s gifts and they are taking pride of place under the tree, you are still mulling over what to get, or you will leave it till Christmas Eve. Luckily QuickBottle can help.

Wine, beer or spirits – you really can’t go wrong. We deliver within 40 mins, and this can be a great help for those last minute warriors.

We have some great gift ideas – my personal favourites are below, but we have plenty more where these came from!

The Rolling Stones Crystal Head Vodka 700ml

The Rolling Stones Crystal Head Vodka 700ml

$129.99

Penfolds Grange Bin95

Penfolds Grange Bin95

$795.95

Curious White 4x750ml

Curious White 4x750ml

Was $76.00
Special Price: $54.00

Remember if you can’t find what you are after on our website, give us a call and we will try our very best to source it for you!

In the Christmas spirits (here I go again) – look at the wonderful ways you can give your beverage a Christmas twist.

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A how to guide to making these cuties