The Most Collectible Gins in the World

/ 15th October 2014
gin-tasting-london

Whether you prefer it with plenty of tonic or somewhat drier, in a martini, there can be no denying that a tipple of gin provides rather an enjoyable refreshment. Indeed, it’s said that it was even used to help prevent malaria by British officers in India. We’ve searched out the most collectible gins in the world, so you can try some of the finest juniper.

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How to Read a Champagne Label

/ 15th October 2014
champagne label

image credit: Dominic Lockyer

When stuck at a wine merchant, we could spend hours trying to find the right bottle for a particular occasion. But in order to save time and embarrassment, it’s a good idea to arrive equipped with some knowledge of what you’re getting. After all, before you’ve even got as far as tasting, you can find out a lot more about a bottle of champagne than you might think.

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How to Pick the Right Anniversary Gift

/ 15th October 2014
Gifting Etiquette

Choosing an anniversary gift can be quite tricky and, let’s be honest, does require some thought. Generic gifts or gifts which require no thought or planning can sometimes be less than well received by your partner. So when you next need to pick an anniversary present, consider these helpful pointers in terms of how to pick the right anniversary gift.

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Four Things You Didn’t Know About Indian Cuisine

/ 15th October 2014
Rasoi Indian Cuisine

One of the most renowned culinary exports around the world, and also one of the most revered, Indian cuisine is famous for its array of exotic flavours. While the gastronomic delights of India have seeped into British cuisine over the past couple of hundred years, not too many are yet acquainted with the rising trend of fine Indian dining in the west.

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Four Champagnes You Ought to Try

/ 10th October 2014
Moet Imperial Champagne

A Swarovsky edition of Moët & Chandon Imperial. Image: Wesley Vieira Fonseca

True champagne may only come from the Champagne region of France, following the Champagne Appelation that stated only sparkling wine from this region can take the name. As a result, one might be inclined to think there aren’t all that many to try.

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In Pictures: Stargazing Locations Around the World

/ 9th October 2014

While stargazing is possible from most places in the world, a general rule of thumb to see as much as you can is to find a location as remote as possible from towns and cities while the sky is clear of clouds. Rural environments don’t produce anywhere near as much smog and light pollution, which only gets in the way.

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Inspirational Autumn Getaways

/ 8th October 2014
Scottish Highlands Autumn

It might well be the most colourful time of the year, as the leaves fall to create a stunning symphony of reds, oranges and yellows. And with the crisp, refreshing autumn air, there can be no better time to enjoy a charming break. Our team of tastemakers have scoured the globe to find the most inspirational autumn getaways to explore this season.

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Why We’re Not Spending Our Money Wisely

/ 7th October 2014
Amit Kumar

Money equals happiness, or so we may think. Yet our behaviour in what we buy, whether it’s a loaf of bread or a spontaneous escape to the Maldives, is more of a reflection of our contentment than the money we buy it with. Amit Kumar, currently studying a doctorate at Cornell University, lets us in on why we do what we do when trying to purchase happiness, and how we can better attain pleasure from the money we put towards spending.

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How Restaurants Are Awarded Michelin Stars

/ 3rd October 2014
The Square

Since the first edition of the Michelin guide was published, back in 1900, the inspection process has been kept a closely guarded secret. However, over the years a number of clues have emerged which help to shine a light on how restaurants are awarded Michelin stars. I attempt to piece it together below.

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A Brief History of Luxury

/ 3rd October 2014
ancient greece

Luxury goods have been constantly on the rise, seemingly unstoppably. However, the very notion of possessing something expensive or more superior than the person next door took some time to gravitate as an attractive thing. Current behaviour would also suggest it’s a tradition that’s due to run its course.

Back as far as Roman times, people were concerned over the disruptive power of gratuitousness and excess.

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