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Print Edition: Jan 9, 2011

From cask to flask
How to get the best out of your single malt

Sixth generation whisky-man George Grant of Scotland's Glenfarclas distillery shares a three-step process on getting the best out of your malt.

Choose the right drink: Carefully read the text on the bottle before you buy or open it; you'll know what to expect-from the flavour and aroma to the distillation process and the cask. If you're an amateur, start with light whiskies and slowly move to stronger ones.

Drink it right: Given its idiosyncratic character and lingering finish, a malt is made to be sipped. You also need to drink it at a strength that allows you to appreciate the subtleties in the flavour. Do not smother it with ice or soda water, but you can add a few rocks or cold water to bring it down to a favourable 18-20 degrees celsius. Spring water is ideal as it has a more neutral flavour than tap water. Since whisky doesn't freeze, you could also try the Russian way of putting the bottle in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Pair with flair: Whisky goes well with Indian food. While strong 'uns such as the 105 cask strength Glenfarclas are best paired with spicy lamb kebabs and chilly pakodas, the 20-30 YOs complement hot gulab jamuns and rich dark chocolate desserts. The 10-12 YOs meanwhile go particularly well with entrées like smoked salmon.

The it-accessory for 2011
Designer Arjun Khanna is one cool dude. Ask him for his fashion mantra and all he'll say is "You gotta feel good to look good." He then picks the Royal Enfield Bullet as the accessory of the coming year. To get the retro vibe, we suggest you choose between the Classic 500 and the Classic 350. The 499-cc Classic 500 has a single-cylinder, fourstroke, OHV, SI engine, a maximum power of 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm and a max torque of 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm. The 346-cc Classic 350 also has a single cylinder, fourstroke, OHV, SI engine, but it has a max power of 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm and a max torque of 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm.

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Rolex's Submariner Date in steel, has a rotatable bezel, perpetual rotor, a green gold surface and luminescent hands and hour markers

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