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Whisky tasting

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on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

With Father's Day getting ever closer, our thoughts are heading whisky way. With this in mind, last night a friend and I went to a Diageo whisky tasting in the Penthouse Suite, Dukes Hotel, Mayfair.

When we arrived we were greeted with a refreshing Johnnie Walker Black Label with Ginger Ale, ice and a wedge of lime and an array of canapés from mini cheese burgers to quails egg scotch eggs.

We sat on the balcony taking in the sights of London, which looked even more beautiful framed by the setting sun...I wished all work days ended so!



Colin Dunn was our whisky tour guide for the evening, taking us on a journey of whisky appreciation. Not only did he beautifully explain the process of distilling the whiskeys but he also taught us the correct way to taste them (and happily that didn't mean we had to spit any out).

Our tables had four whiskeys to taste: Talisker, The Singleton of Dufftown, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie - all single malt whiskeys and, flavour wise, range from a full bodied smoky, to a delicate and fruity.

The correct way to taste whiskey, Mr Dunn informed us, is to firstly swill it in the glass - this awakens the flavours. Then sniff it and then finally sip it.

The age of the malt will dictate how long you should keep it in your mouth to get the best flavour, for example a ten year old malt meant 10 seconds in the mouth.

The evening culminated with the tasting of the pièce de résistance of Diageo's collection, the Blended Whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, and that's when I had my Meg Ryan moment! Having been taught how to taste whiskey correctly I can now safely say that I am a whisky convert.

Words by Melonie Clarke

Diamonds and pearls (and a giant punch bowl)

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There is a LOT of bling in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. A lot.

On Queen Victoria’s small crown there are 1,000 diamonds. The Crown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has 2,800 diamonds. Oh and the Imperial State Crown (pictured)? That’s got 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, five rubies and 273 pearls.

I was invited to get a sneak peek at the new display of the Crown Jewels before it was unveiled to the public today. Wandering around the Tower before it opened, without the hordes of people bustling along with you, is a surprisingly eerie experience. (I gave the Bloody Tower a pretty wide berth.)

Obviously as the jewels are the real thing (they’re absolutely not copies stresses Keith Hanson, the Tower’s Chief Exhibitor) they’re kept behind glass. (And locked doors of a night that weight two tonnes. Naturally.)

Wondering if people ever got their hands on them (apart from Queens and Kings of course) I asked how often they got polished.

They don’t I was informed. The only time they are out of their glass boxes is when the Crown Jeweller is present and they are being taken out to be used. (There goes my chance of trying a crown on for size then...)

More than 2.5million people are expected to come to The Tower to see the Crown Jewels this year. The new display complete with a viewing platform, improved lighting, evocative graphics, music and newly-restored film footage is well worth a visit. If only to see the Great Punch Bowl. It can hold 144 bottles of wine. Personally I think that’s definitely a part of the working collection that should be put to work this Jubilee year...

Words by Katy Pearson

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A right Royal nosey

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on Tuesday, 27 March 2012

One of the (many) things I love about my job is the opportunity to meet people and see things that I could only otherwise dream of. This week I was treated to a sneak peek of the soon-to-be re-opened Kensington Palace.

This royal household has recently enjoyed a facelift. With £12 million to spend and 21 months of dedicated work, all implemented and overseen by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, the former home of Princess Margeret (and current digs of a certain Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) is looking rather snazzy.

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