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¿Why investors are moving from wine to whisky?

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It seems that pressure from Asian investors in the wine world has discouraged traditional investors. Due to skyrocketing prices of top wines, investors are increasingly turning to Scotch and Japanese whiskies as an alternative investment.

Wine lovers will always be loyal, but trends always influence, like it or not, our decision making when buying and maybe more people could want to give a chance to whisky with these trends, which after occurring among investors will reflect also in the market and consumers.

In reaction to the growing number of fine wine investors setting their sights on whisky, Rickesh Kishnani, CEO of a wine investment company based in Hong Kong, created the first worldwide whisky fund in June.

Investors are looking for malt Scotch whisky brands such as Macallan, Bowmore and Dalmore, along with Karuizawa and Yamazaki, Japanese whiskies.

Recently a bottle of Hanyu Ichiro Malt Ace of Spades (Japanese whisky) sold for HK $ 85,750 (equivalent to 8,400 Euros) at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong, exceeding the price of a case of Chateau Margaux 1982 sold at Sotheby’s New York in June.

The bottle of this Japanese whisky was number 5 of 122 distillations in 1985, aged in old sherry casks and bottled in 2005.

As a result of this boom, tender prices of old and rare whiskeys are soaring. A sign of it: Sotheby’s sold a Macallan “M” single malt 6 litres in January at $ 4.9 million (over 3,750,000 Euros).

According to the Scotch grade index of investment, top 100 single malt whiskies gave an average yield of 440% since the beginning of 2008 until the end of July this year.

?It’s crazy, demand has skyrocketed?, said David Wainwright, managing director of the auction house Zachys Asia.

In addition to the rising value of old and rare whiskeys, the recent increase in demand has fuelled fears about speculators flooding the market.

With about 100 distilleries in Scotland for malt production, many are unable to keep pace with the recent surge in demand, due to the long ageing process of whiskey.

It is expected that auction market of whiskey will continue increasing its numbers this year, and on the other hand, the decline in value of fine wines can be great news for many who seek to enrich their personal cellars.

Today we recommend two whiskeys to invest… If you can avoid the temptation to open them!

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The Macallan 15 Fine Oak

The Macallan 15 Fine Oak

Brandy Alexander: Cocktails with brandy

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Cognac and brandy are often associated, wrongly, with large glasses in which to drink, slightly hot, older brandies very high alcohol content that delight the gourmets.

And yet, it seems that the brandy is an ideal beverage for the preparation of delicious cocktails. It is true that many brandies and cognacs are way too good to be mixed with another drink. As for great whiskies, it is almost a sin. But choosing an average brandy, it is possible to elaborate original cocktails that will appeal to everyone. The idea of the day: the Brandy Alexander.

Brandy Alexander

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of brandy
  • One ounce of cocoa cream
  • 2 ounces of cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or chocolate powder

Preparation

Pour the brandy and the cocoa cream in a shaker. Add the cream, sugar and ice, and shake vigorously.

Serve in a glass and sprinkle with cocoa or chocolate powder.

This is a very digestive cocktail widely consumed after heavy meals.

To choose the ideal brandy for preparing a brandy Alexander, I recommend you to choose an average price one. A brandy that you can drink and enjoy alone, but not too great. It will accompany your cocktail with elegance.

Ready to prepare a Brandy Alexander? We recommend two brandies :

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Women too like beer

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The beer market has been favored by the preference of women to consume this refreshing drink. For example, recently it has been known that the number of female?s beer lovers in the UK has grown in the last three years.

Camra, an association for the promotion of ale beer in the UK, has been commissioned to study the figures with the launch of its Great British Beer Festival in London and says that, compared to the previous year, over 20,000 more women have joined the list of beer fans. In addition they have found that one third of women attending preferred Ale. This amount is twice bigger than 3 years ago.

This shows that women have had a higher level of openness to try the beer Ale and enjoy its delicious taste. There are currently 8,000 different brands of beer on the market, so that the British are leaning toward locally produced beers in the UK.

Some words from a representative of Camra were:

It is interesting that more and more women are preferring ale. Our national drink changed its image years ago and is now increasingly seen as a drink for women, more than for men. This trend will help put all the British beer market back on a growth path.

Christine cryne, national executive member of Camra , said :

The increased interest in real ale among women in the UK is largely due to the wide variety of beer which is now available. So it is not surprising that this trend will be replicated in countries around the world and especially in those with a prominent craft beer production.

What is your favorite type of beer? We recommend:

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The Glamourous Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a well known cocktail. Its distinctive red color is very attractive and offers glamour to the warmer nights. Now that the weather is good, the Bloody Mary is a good alternative to mix different flavors.

Traditionally, this cocktail mixtures vodka, tomato juice, salt and black pepper, a few drops of Tabasco sauce and a little lime or lemon juice. Served very cold, it is even better with a little salt and lime on the rim of the glass. In this way, the tomato marries well with the potent flavors of Tabasco and vodka.

It supports several variations, as the spicy pepper and Tabasco can be increased or lowered according to the consumer taste. In the United States, they often replace vodka for gin and is drunk as an appetizer before lunch or dinner. No one knows the exact origin of this sweet and tasty cocktail, but according to the most widespread theory it was invented by Fernand Petiot, a bartender from the New York bar in Paris who found this formula in 1921.

Since then its fame spread to various countries across the world and started to be really popular in the U.S., where it is consumed today. His name is also curious: it is named after the daughter of Henry VIII, Mary I of England, better known as Bloody Mary. She wanted to restore Catholicism in England, causing many deaths. Here comes the Bloody marry, bloody meaningful for England.

The legend says that this cocktail, by its ingredients, is perfect to fight hangovers. I recommend it after a heavy dinner with friends.

Are you a fan of Bloody Mary? What vodka would you choose? We recommend:

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The rise of rum

 TAGS:The WHO shared new statistics about the average baskets in the United Kingdom. The results show a significant change in the consumer?s habits, more specifically in the alcoholic beverage consumption: it still tends to decrease.

In the UK, alcohol consumption declined for several years in-a-row. The lowest percentage was recorded in 2011. It appears that average consumers prefer to choose white rum over other drinks like champagne, which sales reduced dramatically.

The demand constantly changes and we can ask ourselves if it is a reflection of the society?s evolution. But if we take a closer look at the study we can see that blueberries, salami, e-books and even men T-shirts sales are decreasing too. Not easy under those conditions to figure a general trend from those statistics… However, let?s play a little bit and allow ourselves to imagine an explanation to the ?Rise of the White Rum?

What is pushing the UK into abandoning champagne? Champagne represents luxury, victory, effervescence, and sparkling occasions. Nowadays, it may also convey a certain idea of overdoing things. On the contrary, rum seems to fit any kind of events, from the most mundane parties to the average teenage binge drinking nights. In effect, rum has a large price range, depending on its aging and quality.

White, gold and black rum are the result of the fermentation and distillation of sugar cane. The barrels of oaks, the sugar cane quality, the aging and the distillates used are decisive in the final flavour of the beverage. If you choose a medium quality rum, you can still use it as the main ingredient of the two popular cocktails Pina colada and Cuba libre.

Would you like to experience it? Today we recommend:

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