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    colourful history this region has produced one of the most distinctive wines in the world If you d like to know more about the history of sherry Julian Jeffs Sherry sixth edition will be published on 20th November and copies can be preordered now A great read it will make a gratefully received gift for those who are interested in history wine or indeed books The Infinite Ideas interview with Nicholas Faith 5 November 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Wine and spirits It s Bonfire Night and we thought the perfect grown up accompaniment to this evening would be a lovely glass of cognac Nicholas Faith is the author of Cognac and Nicholas Faith s guide to cognac and recently he dropped in to discuss this renowned brandy Here is what he had to say Why isn t cognac produced anywhere else Because the Cognac region in Western France provides a unique blend of chalky soil and a temperate climate What have been the biggest changes in the production of cognac over the years Why do you think this is In fact there s only been one major change since the late sixteenth century when the Dutch taught the locals to distil their rather acidic white wine That s an increase in the size of the stills in which the wine from which the brandy is made is distilled The increase has little effect on the quality of the spirit In Cognac you ve written a lot about the history of the drink but what do you think lies ahead in the world of cognac does it face challenges or do you predict a boom I m optimistic Despite a short term downturn because of a fall in the Chinese thirst for Cognac the steady increase in the prosperity of so many countries means that more and more people can enjoy this delicious luxury Do you think global warming has affected the production of cognac It merely enables the locals to harvest their grapes a few weeks earlier Do you think that technology has generally been a good thing or a bad thing for cognac Good to a limited extent in that it enables the producers to control the process more accurately Otherwise there has been no effect Cognac is often regarded as an old fashioned tipple how would you convince today s drinkers that it s worth trying The big problem First encourage them to try the cheaper cognacs as the basis for long drinks with soda sparkling water or in winter with a ginger drink As for the best sipping cognacs tell them to forget balloon glasses and simply sniff and sip them in a wine glass Cognac tasting is quite a specialised skill How did you get into it were you a natural or did you have to learn You might say that I fell into a cognac still by accident A friend had moved from Bordeaux to Cognac and at the end of a well liquidised evening I was converted and wanted to know more about this magic liquid I then listened to the blenders which enlarged my appreciation of its complexities especially those of the finest cognacs Can you tell us about the worst cognac drink you have ever tasted I ve tasted lots of horrid spirits but never a truly awful cognac the French authorities are too effective to allow such a drink through Who is the greatest character you have met during your long career as a cognac expert Can you tell us about him her André Hériard Dubreuil who transformed Rémy Martin into a world wide success A brilliant rugged visionary who saw no limit to his firm s world wide potential Other than cognac what is your favourite drink not necessarily alcoholic and why Mature claret produced in the Médoc the other side of the Gironde estuary as complex and satisfying as cognac 10 things you might not know about sherry 3 November 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Sherry Wine and spirits Julian Jeffs book Sherry 6th edition is due to be published on 20th November We re very excited and to get you in the mood here are some facts about the drink that you might not know Before you pour the last drop in your Christmas trifle perhaps this year you ll discover how exciting sherry is as a drink Firstly let s get our bearings For such a famous wine sherry is only produced in the sherry triangle in Spain consisting of three towns Jerez de la Frontera El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda Sherry has been connected to Britain for over 600 years This is partly due to Catholics being exiled to Spain and setting up as wine traders who sent sherry back to Britain Essentially it has been part of British culture for over half a millennia This wine is growing in popularity particularly in the United States where there is a trend for sherry cocktails in restaurants and even sherry tasting clubs have emerged such is the appreciation for the wine Rather than stick it in your trifle how about having a glass of chilled fino with your tapas Sherry is widely regarded as the perfect accompaniment to the Spanish meal The wine was considered to be Shakespeare s favourite drink Perhaps a swig of amontillado will have you composing sonnets too Legally only sherry produced within the triangle is allowed to be called sherry However it is produced in America and must be sold with the label California Sherry or American Sherry so that consumers know the difference This is due to a Spanish law that was created in 1933 to protect the term sherry and make it exclusively Spanish Christopher Columbus is thought to have stocked up his ship with many barrels of sherry before departing Spain for the New World which if true makes it the first wine to make it to America No wonder there is a growing

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    an Excise Act lay the foundations of today s scotch whisky industry A 1644 B 1707 C 1823 D 1827 2 Scotch blends account for what percentage of all scotch sold in the world today A Over 75 B Over 80 C Over 85 D Over 90 3 A mash for scotch may be distilled to what maximum level of alcohol A 72 abv B 84 5 abv C 94 8 abv D 96 4 abv 4 Which grain s are permitted in the production of scotch malt whisky A Barley B Rye C Corn D All of these grains 5 Single malts bottled as such gained global recognition in their own right from which decade A 1880s B 1900s C 1930s D 1960s 6 Which of these terms is a correct and legal description of a blend of malt whiskies A A vatted malt B A blended malt C A pure malt D An individual malt 7 Peat found in the Highlands typically contains what type of plant materials A Vegetable B Seaweed C Fruit D Heather 8 Which region in Scotland boasts the world s largest concentration of individual distilleries A Lowlands B Speyside C Highlands D Islands 9 Which single malt pioneered the current popularity of single malts A Glenfiddich B Glenmorangie C Glen Grant D Glen Scotia 10 In what year was a law passed requiring all Scotch to be aged for at least 3 years A 1905 B 1910 C 1915 D 1920 Answers will be posted on Monday Good luck If you re excited about the publication of Spirits Distilled then why not take a look at the classic wine library too But what about the whisky 17 September 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Current events Spirits distilled Wine and spirits This week Infinite Ideas signed a new book Spirits explained by Mark Ridgewell We love spirits and not just the ghostly variety so this new signing will make an excellent addition to the our series on wines and spirits However in all the excitement we forgot for just a moment the impending Scottish referendum and were reminded about Scotland s most profitable export whisky Tomorrow the polls will be open and the future of Scotland will be decided but what does this all mean for the whisky business With Scotland s future as a member of the EU still very much in doubt if the vote is a solid YES will this mean that we will have to pay import tax on Famous Grouse Whisky is as Scottish as haggis tartan and highland cows and the country thrives on the tourists who come every year for distillery tours and to sample their favourite spirit in its home Whisky is to Scotland what Guinness is to Ireland No longer will supermarket shelves be offering our good friends Bell s Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker The drink is embedded in Scottish identity and yet with Alex Salmond unsure about which currency he will be adopting if the country votes yes the pound the euro the oat whisky makers are concerned about the effect that the global market will have on their soon to be priceless products Before you rush out to panic buy your Scottish spirits in bulk consider that the whisky business will flourish no matter what An independent Scotland will still be providing us with the perfect nightcap that is unless they make an alcoholic irn bru though it may be slightly more pricey perhaps we will appreciate it all the more Visions of hordes of whisky lovers queueing up at the Dumfries border smuggling whisky back to England is a far cry from what you can expect But for all those who have yet to make up their mind before the polls you may be swayed by a tipple or two Consider the whisky Consider the whisky drinkers Consider yourself on the fence If this final push from both sides has got you all in a flutter you can download Nicholas Faith s guide to cognac for free and have yourself a drink to settle your nerves Cometh the hour cometh the vote Great sherry tasting 2014 15 September 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Sherry Wine and spirits Today is the Great Sherry Tasting 2014 run by the Sherry Institute where sherry connoisseurs will be readying themselves to test the bouquets of their favourite wine and perhaps discover a few new ones with delectable palates In just over two months time the long awaited sixth edition of Julian Jeffs Sherry will be available and you ll be able to learn all about the history of this rather underrated wine But if you can t wait until then and in case you missed out on tickets to the Great Sherry Tasting and fancied giving it a go at home we ve got some advice on the best way to serve your sherry Like all wines sherry s raison d être is to give pleasure And like all great wines it gives pleasure in complex ways appealing to all the senses As soon as it is poured into a glass it shows its colour and clarity A lot can be learned simply by looking at it Then comes its appeal to the nose The bouquet of a good sherry strikes the nose while it is being poured into the glass sometimes even from the next room The nose is a major organ of tasting receiving the first sensations For this to happen the wine needs room for the volatile compounds to collect and concentrate above its surface contained in the space defined by the glass which should therefore taper in towards the top and be big enough for the wine only to occupy about a third of it The little thimbles sold as sherry glasses with the wine filled to the brim do not give it a chance Apart from the bouquet ascending to the nose the colour and viscosity can be appreciated These features

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    julep were originally based on cognac only to be usurped by bourbon If you re using lemon or even orange then obviously you want a richer style of cognac say Courvoisier or Hennessy to compensate for the bitterness of the citrus fruit Ready made ones like Grand Marnier or Cointreau which combine orange and brandy can be replicated after a fashion There are obvious mixers apart from citrus fruit and other fruit like apples such as cream chocolate and coffee Just think of the Brandy Alexander favoured by Anthony Blanche a character in Brideshead Revisited though Waugh is clearly painting him as a bounder The Alexander normally uses dark crème de cacao and grated nutmeg though Blanche obviously wanted cream with his Either way it s fine because although it s inevitably sweet you re not overly conscious of the individual constituents but only of the blend Cosmopolitan A classic cocktail that goes down well on any occasion Once again easy to make and provides a taste sensation that ll delight the taste buds A great aperitif to enjoy before any meal Add Media Ingredients 6cl cognac quality and brand of your choice 1 5cl Cointreau 1 5cl lemon juice 3cl cranberry juice crushed ice wedge of lime Prepare and chill cocktail or martini glasses Place all the ingredients except the lime into a cocktail shaker Mix well and allow to chill Strain into the glasses and garnish with a wedge of lime Serve immediately The Summit This was created in 2008 specifically for the occasion known as the International Cognac Summit an event organised by the BNIC Mixologists and other cognac experts joined forces to create the ultimate cognac cocktail The cocktail had to be simple to produce with easily accessible ingredients It also had to look fabulous and taste amazing And the Summit cocktail was the end result Ingredients 4 slices of freshly peeled ginger 1 slice of lime 4cl of VSOP cognac brand of your choice 6cl of lemonade a fine peel of cucumber to garnish Place the lime and ginger into a glass and add 2cl of cognac Add the ice and stir to mix Add the rest of the cognac and the lemonade then garnish with the cucumber Serve immediately Sidecar This classy little cocktail is both simple and chic It not only tastes fabulous but looks just wonderful when served It is believed that it was so named after the motorcycle sidecar in which an eccentric British captain in Paris during the Second World War was transported to the bistro where the cocktail was born The first recorded listing for this cocktail can be found in the early 1920s books Harry s ABC of Cocktails and Cocktails How to Mix Them In the USA the Sidecar is often served with a sugared rim and is very popular Ingredients 2 parts of VS or VSOP cognac 1 part fresh lemon juice 1 part Triple Sec dash of sugar syrup 1 twist of lemon peel for garnish Place all the ingredients bar the lemon peel in a cocktail shaker with some crushed ice and mix Allow to cool and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass Garnish with the twist of lemon peel and serve immediately FREE Nicholas Faith s Guide to Cognac 5 August 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Wine and spirits Your FREE copy of the 2014 edition of Nicholas Faith s Guide to Cognac with a completely updated directory and tasting notes is available here This invaluable resource for fans of cognac and other drinks draws on the latest edition of Nicholas s prize winning Cognac The Story of the World s Greatest Brandy published by Infinite Ideas The book is available to download completely free of charge as a PDF or as an ebook for your Kindle or other e reading device This directory of cognac brands is based on the author s thirty years experience in writing about the world s greatest brandy visiting the region s producers and discussing their offerings with them The tasting notes reflect Nicholas s personal tastes which are for cognacs which combine purity that is the lack of any apparent sugar caramel or artificial woodiness with positive qualities reflecting grapiness nuttiness and fresh or candied fruitiness Nicholas Faith s Guide to Cognac provides full contact details and tasting notes for well over 100 cognac producers In addition our friends at Cognac Expert com have supplied some tempting cocktail recipes to sample We hope this directory will provide you with an up to date source of information while also introducing you to a new world of cognac producers Our book has been recommended by Per Karlsson of BK Wine Magazine If you want to know a little more about cognac you could do worse than getting yourself a free copy of Nicholas Faith s Guide to Cognac You can buy a printed version or the electronic version at no cost Nicolas Faith is an expert on cognac and has written extensively on it over many years Perhaps one of the world leading experts on the spirit from Charentes This small book contains an introduction to cognac and a directory of the main cognac producers including short profiles and tasting notes of the producers More than 100 producers are included It is short concise and a good start for the cognac lover This book is based on Nicolas Faith s much more extensive tome Cognac The Story of the World s Greatest Brandy published by Infinite Ideas The Guide has some 130 pages in small format whereas The Story is more than 200 pages filled with much denser text Sherry Baby 18 July 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Wine and spirits We at Infinite Ideas are very excited today The manuscript for Julian Jeffs sixth edition of the ultimate Sherry guide has arrived and will be ready for publication in November Here s a little something to whet your appetites A sickly old fashioned drink fit only

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    improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate wellness bible 1 The Diversity Dashboard 7 Uncategorized 4 Wine and spirits 30 Working With The Walking Dead 3 Archive Select Month April 2016 1 March 2016 2 February 2016 3 January 2016 5 December 2015 3 November 2015 5 October 2015 4 September 2015 5 August 2015 3 July 2015 8 June 2015 6 May 2015 10 April 2015 7 March 2015 10 February 2015 8 January 2015 4 December 2014 3 November 2014 10 October 2014 11 September 2014 17 August 2014 16 July 2014 18 June

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    by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate wellness bible 1 The Diversity Dashboard 7 Uncategorized 4 Wine and spirits 30 Working With The Walking Dead 3 Archive Select Month April 2016 1 March 2016 2 February 2016 3 January 2016 5 December 2015 3 November 2015 5 October 2015 4 September 2015 5 August 2015 3 July 2015 8 June 2015 6 May 2015 10 April 2015 7 March 2015 10 February 2015 8 January 2015 4 December 2014 3 November 2014 10 October 2014 11 September 2014 17 August

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    business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate wellness bible 1 The Diversity Dashboard 7 Uncategorized 4 Wine and spirits 30 Working With The Walking Dead 3 Archive Select Month April 2016 1 March 2016 2 February 2016 3 January 2016 5 December 2015 3 November 2015 5 October 2015 4 September 2015 5 August 2015 3 July 2015 8 June 2015 6 May 2015 10 April 2015 7 March 2015 10 February 2015 8 January 2015 4 December 2014 3 November 2014 10 October 2014 11 September 2014 17 August 2014 16 July 2014 18 June 2014 14

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    from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate wellness bible 1 The Diversity Dashboard 7 Uncategorized 4 Wine and spirits 30 Working With The Walking Dead 3 Archive Select Month April 2016 1 March 2016 2 February 2016 3 January 2016 5 December 2015 3 November 2015 5 October 2015 4 September 2015 5 August 2015 3 July 2015 8 June 2015 6 May 2015 10 April 2015 7 March 2015 10 February 2015 8 January 2015 4 December 2014 3 November 2014 10 October 2014 11 September 2014 17 August 2014 16 July 2014 18 June 2014 14 May 2014 9

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