All posts by Pankaj Arora

About Pankaj Arora

Pankaj works with Tulleeho in New Delhi. Prior to this, he spent 11 years with ITC Hotels.

Beervana – From Belgium with Love – Pankaj Arora

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Setting the scene

We met these Belgian beers recently at the Belgian High Commissioner’s residence in Delhi. If you’re lucky, so will you at a retail store near you or bar. If not, they’re worth embarking on a pilgrimage to Belgium.

Amit Agarwal (Hema Connoisseur), Rahul Singh (The Beer Cafe), Vikram Achanta (Tulleeho), Karina Agarwal (Gigglewater)
Amit Agarwal (Hema Connoisseur), Rahul Singh (The Beer Cafe), Vikram Achanta (Tulleeho), Karina Agarwal (Gigglewater)

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Pils n’ Love

The brand name of this beer derives from the slogan “Peace and Love”. This is a great beer with a nice biscuity taste. It has a pleasant aroma of light honey and the foam is nice, creamy and stiff. This beer is ideal for the  Indian palate as we like a lots of flavour in every bite / sip. Pils N Love[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]

Blanche de Silly

This is also a great beer for the Indian palate as is a wheat beer, a style of beer which has become increasingly familiar and liked by Indian palates the past few years. The bitterness is just right for the Indian palate. This beer has a nice creamy texture which layers your mouth and gives a refreshing feel after every sip.

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Gulden Draak

This is a nice high alcoholic beer which is another asset for the Indian palate. It is a dark beer, with a complex taste with hints of caramel, roasted malt and coffee. The name literally means Golden Dragon.

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Quite a pleasing style of beer. It might not go down well with men, due to a sweeter taste profile, but can be a hit with female drinkers. It’s brewed with reddish barley malts and has low bitterness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]

Saison du Pont

A perfect beer for the Indian palate.Has all the characters of a perfect beer – citrusy notes, not very bitter, creamy and stiff foam, perfectly sized bubbles and the right alcoholic strength. A second comer to the Indian market, we are hoping it gains re-entry and is a success this time.

Saison Dupont

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Tulleeho Grapevine – Drinking Hardy’s with Bill Hardy

[vc_column width=”1/1″]Hardy’s is one of the largest producers of wines in Australia. Established in 1854, it’s also one of the oldest wine making company’s in Australia. Thomas Hardy was the founder of this company and it is the 6th generation, which is currently running the business. We recently tasted Hardy’s in New Delhi with William “Bill” Hardy.

[highlight]Hardy’s Riesling Gewürztraminer[/highlight]

Hardy’s Riesling Gewürztraminer has a beautiful, off dry taste, which suits our Indian palate, going well with our rich Indian cuisine, especially spicy fish curries. When you taste this wine, it will be off dry on the palate, just a little on the sweeter side with the acidity just perfect to bring the palate alive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_images_carousel images=”9300,9299″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” mode=”horizontal” speed=”5000″ slides_per_view=”1″ autoplay=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]

[highlight]Hardy’s Cabernet Merlot[/highlight]

This blend is like marrying fire with water, as Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape, which has great tannins, and Merlot is a very subtle grape, so if these 2 grapes are blended in perfect proportion then you can have a well-balanced wine, which this is. Pairs well with some of our Mughlai dishes, which are very rich, as Cabernet gives an astringent affect to the palate and Merlot smoothens it out. A must try wine.

[highlight]Hardy’s Semillon Chardonnay[/highlight]

A rare blend introduced by Hardy’s. Chardonnay is a grape which is nice and fruity and can produce good dry white wines and Semillon is a grape normally for sweet wines and very flavorful. So this blend is the perfect mix of dryness and good acidity and flavors mingled together in a bottle. This wine can be paired with grilled fish with lemon butter garlic or roast chicken with barbeque sauce.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_images_carousel images=”9303,9302,9301″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” mode=”horizontal” speed=”5000″ slides_per_view=”1″ autoplay=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]

[highlight]Hardy’s Sparkling[/highlight]

This is a nice crisp sparkling wine with balanced acidity and dryness and can be drunk at any point of time in a day. It’s a perfect blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay giving it body and Pinot Noir giving the flavors. Its beautiful creamy texture due to tiny bubbles layers the tongue with the flavor of citrus fruits.

[highlight]Hardy’s Cabernet Shiraz[/highlight]

In Australia there are certain regions, which produce high quality Shiraz, one of these is McLaren Vale, and the Hardy’s Cab Shiraz comes from here. This is a powerful red wine, which goes well with heavy meats like tenderloin or lamb. This wine has great tannins and the perfect balance of acidity and dryness with nice aromas of dark fruits like prunes, dark cherries, and with hints of little iron as well, as McLaren Vale has lots of iron in the soil.

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