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How to choose Whiskey?



Whiskey is a strong alcoholic drink that is obtained from barley, corn, rye and wheat. To make this truly unique product, malting, distillation and aging in oak barrels are involved.

The average aging of whiskey distillery should not be less than three years, while the alcohol content in the drink is at the level of 40-50% (but there are some varieties with a strength of 60%). At the middle stage of production, it is possible to obtain a light shade drink, while it acquires a characteristic brown tone during infusion in oak barrels.


Scotland and Ireland are considered the birthplace of whiskey, while the production of the drink is actively developing in the USA, Canada and even Asian countries.

Whiskey can be divided into several groups, depending on the country of manufacture:

  • Irish is made from rye, barley and barley malt. This category of drinks has a mild, perfectly balanced taste, as well as a multi-faceted persistent aroma. Bright representatives of the Irish category – “Bushmills”, “Jameson”, “Finnegan”;
  • Scottish scotch tape distillery produced from barley malt and barley. Most scotch has a peaty aroma, as well as an unobtrusive smoky flavor. Bright representatives of Scotch whiskey – “Macallan”, “Chivas Regal”, “Hankey Bannister”;
  • American whiskey is produced from rye, corn and wheat. The composition of the drink is approximately 51% of corn alcohol. This product is often characterized by a sweetish flavor, while the most popular representative in this category is considered to be “Jim Beam”. The legendary “Jack Daniel’s” also refers to the American direction, since it is 80% composed of corn-spirit, but it is called as “Tennessee Whiskey”;
  • Canadian is an interesting drink made from rye. Such a product is labeled “rye” on the label;
  • Japanese is an original gourmet solution that resembles classic scotch tape in taste, color, and texture. A prominent representative of this category is Nikka, which is sold both on the Asian market.

The main varieties of whiskey

Based on what product is taken as the basis for the manufacture of the drink, it can be divided into four categories:

  • Grain, when cereals are used as a base;
  • Malt, when the drink is made from pure barley;
  • Blended, that is, a mixture of grain and malt;
  • Bourbon is an American whiskey that is made from corn grains, but it has some differences in production technology.

Malt whiskey is considered the “Gold Standard”, and it, in turn, is divided into several groups:

1.    “Single Malt” – a classic and one of the most common options, which is made from malted barley. Most often, the drink is based on a blend of alcohols of different aging periods, mixed from different barrels;

2.    “Single Cask Malt” – is made on the basis of alcohol from one oak barrel. It has a persistent taste and aroma, but at the same time it is less widely sold than the previous species;

3.    “Pure Malt” – the purest mix of single malt whiskey, which is combined into a single blend. A striking representative of this category is the iconic Ballantine’s.

The whiskey of the Blended variety, that is, a mixture of malt and grain varieties, stands out clearly. This is one of the most popular species, which occupies a large part of the market worldwide. Elite varieties of blended whiskey incorporate a large percentage of malt alcohol.

It is important! If the whiskey is blended, this does not mean that it is of poor quality. For example, top brands of whiskey, known throughout the world (Chivas Regal, Johnny Walker, White Horse) are also blended.

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Exposure plays a role

The age of whiskey is determined by the maturity of the youngest alcohol in the blend. For example, if the label “Chivas Regal” indicates 18 years, then the youngest alcohol in the blend was in the barrel for at least eighteen years. The time after a drink has been bottled is not taken into account.

Important facts about exposure:

  • whiskey is aged in oak barrels from 3 years;
  • the exception is bourbon, which has a minimum aging time of 2 years.
  • most manufacturers insist on drinks for 5-12 years to get a perfect drink according to their taste and aroma characteristics;
  • with young varieties it is necessary to be careful because a short aging time can negatively affect the quality of the product;
  • A drink aged 20 years or more is considered a collection item.

Taste, aroma, strength

The classic aroma is the so-called Scottish when in the bouquet notes of charcoal are felt. Irish whiskey also has pronounced peat notes in the taste. The taste may vary, while at the beginning of the bouquet notes of wood, fruit and vanilla may be felt. Depending on the length of stay in barrels, the strength of different grades can be from 40 to 60 revolutions.

Irish technology for assessing taste, strength and aroma:

  • We evaluate the visual characteristics: color, overflow, transparency;
  • We study the aroma of a pure drink without diluting it with juice or cola;
  • Savor: take a sip and hold it in your mouth for several seconds, gradually swallowing the liquid;
  • Add ice or some water, try again.

Note! To assess the qualities of a drink, it is best to drink it in its pure form, use whiskey stones as a cooling element. And to determine your perfect whiskey, experts recommend trying several varieties at once. No wonder the Scottish wisdom says: there are no people who do not like whiskey; there are people who just have not decided on the grade to their liking.

If you want to dilute a strong drink, this can be done either with ice or with cold spring water. Why water? Because in whiskey, there are many different impurities with different densities, as well as the ability to dissolve in water in a special way.

As for the glasses, there is a Hollywood style of using this drink from a glass container with a thick bottom. Experts believe that it is in the curved “tulips” that the complex aroma is correctly concentrated.

Whiskey is perfect with hot dishes of beef, lamb, as well as smoked fish, warm salads, chocolate, berries.

Is it worth starting from the cost?

The high price does not guarantee that you will definitely like this expensive drink. The best option for a classic tasting is mid-range drinks: “Jameson”, “Jack Daniels”, “Ballantine’s”, not much more expensive than “Chivas Regal”.

If the task is to choose whiskey for a gift to the gourmet of this drink, you can give preference to collection options aged 20 years or more.

In all stores, the cost of whiskey is approximately the same, differing hardly by 15-20%. If you are offered an incredibly cheap option, the price of which is one third less than in retail outlets, then this is probably a fake. We wish you a pleasant tasting of the cult strong alcoholic drink!


But no matter how classic dem, it will not please you if the glass is half full of unsuitable whiskey. Let’s break up how to choose the right one, your whiskey.

Scotch, bourbon, rye whiskey, malt, blend. The world of whiskey is limitless, full of many classifications, styles and origins. All these features can be difficult to understand, especially for those who are just starting their acquaintance with this drink. Below you will find a lot of useful information necessary for choosing your first whiskey so that your first date with the “water of life” goes like clockwork and leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste.

There is no bad whiskey. Some whiskeys are just better than others.

Sara Gloria is the author of the young adult, contemporary romance novel, All the Wrong Reasons. She is currently at work on book two, aptly titled All the Right Reasons.

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Danny Masterson sentenced to 30 years to life for two rapes



Danny Masterson, a US actor, was found guilty of raping two women and was given a sentence of 30 years to life in jail.

At the time of his offenses in the early 2000s, Masterson was a cast member of the TV show That ’70s Show.

Masterson, 47, was accused of avoiding responsibility by relying on his fame as a famous Scientologist, according to the prosecution.

Before imposing a sentence, Judge Charlaine Olmedo enabled the victims of his acts to read impact statements in court.


Leah Remini, a well-known former Scientologist and actress, was present at the court on Thursday and consoled the women before and after they gave their testimony.

US media stated that one of the women remarked, “I wish I had reported him to the police earlier.”

I’m sorry, another woman said to Masterson. I can no longer bear your illness, according to Reuters.

Masterson didn’t say anything at all during the hearing.

His wife, Bijou Phillips, was spotted in court sobbing as the judge pronounced his sentence—the harshest penalty permitted.

After the initial jury was unable to reach a verdict in 2022, Masterson underwent a retrial and was found guilty in May. After being found guilty, Masterson was placed under jail because he posed a flight risk.

Three women who said he had sexually assaulted them at his Hollywood home between 2001 and 2003—during the height of his television fame—led to the actor’s conviction.

He gave them drugs before assaulting them, according to testimony presented to the jury.

Of his three accusers, he was found guilty of rape by two of them. A mistrial was declared over the third accuser’s allegations, and the prosecution stated they have no plans to retry the case.

In a statement provided to BBC News, Alison Anderson, a lawyer for two of the victims, said that the ladies “have displayed tremendous strength and bravery, by coming forward to law enforcement and directly participating in two grueling criminal trials.”

These brave women helped hold a cruel sexual predator accountable today “despite persistent harassment, obstruction, and intimidation,” she said.

Prosecutors claimed throughout the trial that the Church of Scientology had assisted in covering up the assaults, a claim that the group has vehemently refuted.

Both Masterson and all three of his accusers were Scientologists at the time of the attacks. Many of the women claimed it took them years to come forward because Church of Scientology leaders allegedly told them not to call the police about the rape.

Prosecutors claim that Scientology leaders threatened one survivor with losing her membership unless she agreed to a non-disclosure agreement and took a $400,000 (£320,000) payment.

Judge Olmedo permitted discussion of the theology and practices of Scientology during the trial, which infuriated the group.

The Church of Scientology said there was “not a scintilla of evidence supporting the scandalous allegations that the Church harassed the accusers” in a statement following the verdict in May.

Leah Remini, an actress, has a reputation for being a vocal opponent of religion.
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Leah Remini, an actress, has been vocal in her criticism of the Church of Scientology and is shown here during a movie screening.
One woman testified in court on Thursday about being rejected by her mother, a Scientologist who is still active.

According to her account, “She texted me and told me to never contact her again,” as quoted by the LA Times.

She had told me beforehand that she wanted Danny Masterson to be imprisoned for what he had done to me, but not at the expense of her religion.

Another woman claimed that the Church of Scientology had treated her unfairly ever since she spoke out.

“For almost seven years now, the cult of Scientology has terrorized, harassed, and invaded my privacy daily since the week I came forward to police,” she claimed, adding, “But I don’t regret it.”

At the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Masterson was accused of rape for the first time. He refuted the charges and insisted that all of the interactions were consensual.

After a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, charges were filed. Due to insufficient evidence and the passing of the statute of limitations, prosecutors decided not to press charges in two other cases.

Jessica Barth, who established Voices in Action in the wake of the #MeToo movement, also attended Thursday’s sentence.

One of the women who accuse scandalized Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of assault was Ms. Barth. Her nonprofit promotes reporting of abuse and encourages others to do the same.

According to a Los Angeles court official, the judge rejected Masterson’s defense team’s plea for a new trial prior to the hearing.

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‘Jawan’ movie review: Shah Rukh Khan is spectacular in Atlee’s socially-charged thriller



The opening scene is one for the ages. A wounded soldier makes a full recovery somewhere along India’s northern frontiers. He is performing CPR in a hostile and picturesque community where people have been shot, stabbed, and drowned in a brook. As the sky rumbles, the soldier ascends like a messiah and descends with a spear. His face is still covered in gauze, so we can’t see it, but his eyes tell us everything. The staging is magnificent, mythical, and surrounded by gloom. A blazing horse may be seen darting across the screen as well. It makes sense why Hideo Kojima, a Japanese video game designer, couldn’t contain his joy on social media. Jawan is, despite what it may sound like, the Shah Rukh Khan movie that most closely resembles Metal Gear.


Review of the film “Pathaan”: Shah Rukh Khan triumphs in this spectacle without secrets
Since 2019, Tamil filmmaker Atlee has been hinting towards a movie starring Khan. It’s not the first time a seasoned southern director and a well-known Bollywood actor have collaborated on an action movie with contentious sociopolitical issues (Atlee’s guru, Shankar, perhaps paved the path). But there might be more to this partnership than first appears. The characters of Atlee frequently have aliases and doubles. Vijay in Theri was hiding his various identities in one body, whilst Vijay in Mersaland Bigil was hiding them in multiple bodies. Notably, the latter two movies were complex, convoluted father-and-son dramas. All of this cries out for Khan, who is Hindi cinema’s biggest magnet for multi-role films, only being surpassed by Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar.

(In Hindi) Jawan
In charge: Atlee
Cast: Sanya Malhotra, Deepika Padukone, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Priyamani, and Sunil Grover
Time of Play: 169 minutes
Storyline: In an exciting collision of the past and present, a vigilante and his crew fight against corrupt institutions while cohabitating with a lethal arms dealer.
After that spectacular beginning, 30 years later, we catch up with Khan as he hijacks a Mumbai metro train. He is now portraying a silly, wisecracking vigilante with a bald head. He is supported by a group of female warriors, the most of whom have names and some of whom are elite, have backstories. Alia, the daughter of a dead-eyed arms dealer named Kaali (Vijay Sethupathi sporting a terrible beard), is also on the train. Spoilers ahead: It’s soon revealed that Azad Rathore, the warden of a high-security women’s prison and part-time ethical terrorist, is actually Khan in the present era. The fearless negotiator Narmada (Nayanthara), whom Azad was singing pleas to while spearheading the hijack, is also the bride-to-be.


Shah Rukh Khan of Bollywood and his family offer prayers at the Lord Venkateswara shrine in Tirumala
There are enough Shah Rukh Khans for the cost of one ticket, but I won’t say exactly how many you receive in Jawan. Khan, 57, is mostly an entertainer, yet his best performances throughout the years have been marked by brief bursts of menace and malice. He turns to his quasi-antihero avatar with great relish because, as the price of being a successful megastar, he can no longer commit to being an outright evil. He smiles, more in self-regard than as a threat, “When I become a villain, the heroes don’t stand a chance.” Although Jawan isn’t as ethically complicated or hard as Fan or Baazigar, it nonetheless pushes the boundaries of its star’s acting abilities. Khan is a good, upright, and ideal citizen. Also checked: the grizzled, cigar-chomping, Wolverine-recalling Khan.

Jawan’s action is as skillfully convincing as you’d anticipate from a high-end Atlee production. The director plunders the whole library of Hollywood-style action movies for drones, helicopters, and gatling guns. Apart from some slick hops and kicks by Khan, what really sells these set pieces are the smudges of Indianness painted throughout the vast canvas. The thought of one of the hijackers driving away from the site of the crime thrilled me. Or perhaps a flashback in which Deepika Padukone (in a significant cameo) slams Khan in the mud. Atlee bases his action on urgent social justice rage, exactly like in his previous movies. Khan starts his own Clean India campaign, attacking each failing institution in turn, starting with agriculture and moving on to healthcare and (in a more tactful and courteous manner) defense. The term “deshdrohi” (traitor) is applied to at least three different characters as the movie repeatedly emphasizes how pernicious such accusations are.


Review of the movie “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” Jawan is also a movie in love with other movies since Salman Khan makes fun of himself in the foolish action drama. Fans of Bollywood and Hollywood will enjoy playing spot the reference. Khan’s vigilante includes hints of The Joker, Darkman, and even Dennis Hopper from Speed before his eventual goal is revealed. Given that Kaali is trying to undermine the system, I think it’s a clever idea for him to literally hand out red and blue tablets. A Russian crime boss wearing the Bane mask appears. The best allusions, like in Pathaan, are to Khan’s own filmography. Kaveri Amma is the name of the adopted mother of Azad (Riddhi Dogra), and Khan’s adoptive mother in Swades (2004). Similar nods are made to Duplicate, Main Hoon Na, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and—perhaps most aptly—these films.

Not all things fly. The second half features an increase of Atlee-style melodrama. Even with Anirudh Ravichander’s best efforts, the songs sound unoriginal (the forgettable Arijit Singh song “Chaleya” has a better Arabic rendition on YouTube). But in the latter sequences, Vijay Sethupathi really lets loose and is hilarious. In contrast to how the movie would have her fall in love with Khan, Nayanthara coolly underplays the role of the stereotypical heroine. But the audience is completely enthralled.


Shah Rukh Khan has surgery in the US following an incident on the set of a movie.
Khan makes a passionate statement about democracy and the value of one vote near the end. Everyone listened in astonished unanimity, even in these divisive times. One Shah Rukh Khan, one nation, and one emotion.

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Prince Harry among star-studded crowd watching Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami defeat LAFC



Lionel Messi is the only athlete who can draw an A-list audience to a sporting event, as seen by Sunday’s Major League Soccer match between Inter Miami and Los Angeles FC.

Prince Harry, Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, and Will Ferrell (who is a co-owner of LAFC), actress and artist Selena Gomez, and rapper Tyga were among the famous faces who witnessed Miami’s 3-1 victory in California from the stands.

The illustrious crowd served as proof of Messi’s continuing influence on American soccer. Since the Argentinian’s arrival, demand for Miami games has increased, with average ticket prices for Sunday’s game being approximately $690, making it the most expensive MLS game ever, per online marketplace TickPick.

Since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, Messi has made a significant difference both on and off the field. Prior to the 36-year-old’s debut, Miami had gone nine games without a victory. Since then, the team has gone 11 games without a loss and last month won its first trophy.

California’s Los Angeles on September 3: On September 3, 2023, in Los Angeles, California, at BMO Stadium, during a game between Inter Miami CF and Los Angeles Football Club, Lionel Messi, player number 10, of Inter Miami CF, keeps possession of the ball in the first half. (Image: Harry How via Getty Images)
Messi contributed two assists to the defeat against LAFC.
Author: Harry How
The latest victory in Miami’s remarkable turnaround, which has also been prompted by the signing of Messi’s former Barcelona teammate, Sergio Busquets, was against the defending MLS Cup champion LAFC.

One of Miami’s three goals on Sunday, however, was scored by another former Barcelona great, Jordi Alba. Despite LAFC dominating the early going, Facundo Faras gave the visiting club the lead with an unusual sliding finish in the first half. Then, Alba was given space by Messi’s ball and calmly dispatched his shot past goalkeeper John McCarthy.

In addition, Messi set up his team’s third goal by taking advantage of an error by LAFC defender Aaron Long to allow Leonardo Campana to score.

Ryan Hollingshead restored parity with a looping header from a corner, but LAFC’s 22 shots during the duration of the game meant that it was too little, too late. Numerous opportunities were lost by the home team, most notably by the misfiring forward Dénis Bouanga.

After defeating Los Angeles FC at BMO Stadium on September 3, 2023, actor Owen Wilson and Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) meet. Los Angeles, California, USA. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports, Gary A.
After the match between LAFC and Inter Miami, Messi had a conversation with actor Owen Wilson.
Reuters/Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
Along with his two assists, Messi also had a wonderful opportunity to add to his 11 goals since joining Miami, but McCarthy expertly stopped his first-half shot.

Gomez appeared to be impressed by the combination of Messi’s shot and McCarthy’s fast thinking from the stands, as she watched on in awe with her mouth agape.

Messi later signed autographs for the family of “Zoolander” and “Cars” actor Wilson and told MLS Espaol, “We mentioned before the match that it was a fantastic test for us to assess where we were at and what we are capable of.

“We faced up against a very excellent opponent, the reigning champion, in a challenging stadium. And yes, it’s a successful outcome for the future.

During the second half of a Major League Soccer match between Los Angeles FC and Inter Miami on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in Los Angeles, entertainer Selena Gomez, center, and rapper Tyga, left, may be seen. Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo
At BMO Stadium on Sunday, Selena Gomez (middle) and rapper Tyga (left) were spectators.
Author: Mark J. Terrill
The organization is actually expanding every day, he continued. We’ve stated from the start that when we were all playing together, we had the good fortune to win a competition (the Leagues Cup), to advance to a final, and now we’re going to try to do the same to try to win the league.

Miami, which was last in the Eastern Conference standings before the arrival of Messi, is attempting to move up the standings after winning the Leagues Cup last month.

On September 9, it will play Sporting KC, while LAFC, which is now third in the West Conference rankings, will play the Portland Timbers.

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