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Scotch Luck Falls Again In “WHISKEY BIBLE”

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In the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 for the second year in a row, scotch has fallen down from a top five placing – with Canada’s Crown Royal taking top spot.

Murray has named Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as his World Whisky of the Year for the Whisky Bible’s 2016 edition, which is published today and will be in bookshops and ready to bang on in the markets soon.

The whisky, produced at the Gimli Distillery on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and the first Canadian bottling to win the accolade, is sum up in this year’s top five by Pikesville 110 proof Straight Rye from Heaven Hill in Kentucky, Irish pot still whiskey Midleton Dair Ghaelach, Buffalo Trace’s William Larue Weller Bourbon and Yamazaki Mizunara from Japan.

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But no Scotch bottling made the top five for the second year running, with Glenfarclas Family Cask 1957 taking the award for Scotch of the Year.

Murray, who tasted over 1,000 new whiskies for the 13th edition of the Whisky Bible, awarded Crown Royal Northern Harvest 97.5 points out of 100 and said: ‘To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.’

He added: ‘To be honest, I had been considering actually demoting Canadian whisky from having its new icon in the Bible.

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‘The speciality of Canadian has been disappointing for some time with too many non-whisky products, like fruit juice or wine, being added to give a softer and  a smoother flavour and for easy to digest.‘Then Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game.’

The award to Crown Royal follows the similarly headline-grabbing announcement of Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as last year’s World Whisky of the Year.

‘This year, doubtless there will be many more eyebrows raised because rarely is Canada mentioned when it come to the world’s top whiskies,’ said Murray.

‘But, again, I have no doubt people finding the bottling I tasted will be blown away with this whisky’s uncompromising and unique beauty.

‘It certainly puts the rye into Canadian rye.’

As well as giving the two top spots to rye whiskies, this year also marks the first time that an Irish whiskey has made Murray’s top three.

Other award winners included English Whisky Company’s Chapter 16 bottling as European Whisky of the Year (Multiple casks); and Kornog Taouarc’h Chwec’hved 14 from Britanny as European Whisky of the Year (Single cask).

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SpiceJet to start Shirdi-Delhi flight from October

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Budget carrier SpiceJet will commence flight service on the Shirdi-Delhi-Shirdi sector from October 1, said the airline on Monday.

“Our new flight will offer an immediate boost to religious tourism that the city is best known for,” Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet, was quoted in a statement.

Besides, it will also launch a new daily direct flight on the Mumbai-Kanpur route from October 8.

The airline will also operate first direct flight on the Mumbai-Jaisalmer route starting October 29 and a third direct flight on Mumbai-Kolkata sector from November 1.

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13 Indians, Israelis with blind climbers, scale Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Mumbai, Sep 24:  In an unique adventure sports initiative, a group of blind and able-bodied climbers from India and Israel have scaled the world’s fourth highest and Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, an organiser said here on Monday.

The climb between September 8-14 was billed as India’s first Inclusive Climb. It included two blind climbers from India and one from Israel, besides 10 others, said the founder of Summitting4Hope (S4H) and expedition leader Anusha Subramanian.

“The climb to the 5885-metre high Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, is another victory of inclusion, which is close to the hearts of S4H and Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF).

“It re-evaluated our rigid views about disability and shattered stereotypes that plague persons with disability,” Subramanian, a media professional told news-persons.

She said it is appalling that as a society, we define what ‘they can’ and ‘cannot do’, but combating severe fatigue and acute mountain sickness, all the participants successfully summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The inclusive climb included 14-year old Baepi Donio of Israel — the youngest climber, besides a German teacher, a mother-son duo, two independent filmmakers and six local and three Indian mountain guides in the expedition.

The Pune-based ABBF founder and one of the blind climbers, Divyanshu Ganatra, said that “exclusion is something that persons with disability routinely encounter and with disability, in India, comes ‘invisibility'”, but the real challenge is to understand despite the differences.

“Mountains and nature or outdoors don’t differentiate between anyone, so why is it that we discriminate among people? I believe that to change something, you have to change yourself,” said Subramanian.

Besides Ganatra and Subramanian, the 13-member group included filmmakers Sehran Mohsin and Omkar Potdar, mountain guide Karn Kowshik, IT consultant Prasad Gurav, German teacher Omana Kale, Israelis Uri Basha, Sophie Donio and her 14-year old son Baepi, adventure sports enthusiast Vaishak J.P., motivational speaker Nupur Pittie and consultant Adi Raheja.

The ABBF is said to be the only NGO in the country working with cross-disabilities by providing more opportunities to disabled persons with adaptive adventure and sports activities, marathons, tandem cycling, scuba-diving, paragliding and mountaineering.

S4H, co-founded by Subramanian and Guneet Puri in 2013 with the aim to rehabilitate the flood-ravaged people of Uttarakhand, has supported other causes like Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake and since last year the disabled persons especially from the economically weaker income groups.

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Delhi airport gets top honour at ASQ Awards 2017

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New Delhi, Sep 17 : The national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has bagged the title of Best Airport to handle over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a GMR-led consortium which operates and manages the IGIA, made the announcement on Monday.

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“As we witness robust growth, we look forward to a strong collaboration and support of all airport stakeholders and our esteemed passengers. We are set to undertake the expansion works at Delhi airport in line with IGIA Master Plan-2016,” I. Prabhakara Rao, Executive Director, GMR Airports, was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to the statement, the Delhi airport is now the seventh busiest airports in Asia and among the top 20 busiest airports across the world.

ASQ is a worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel. Every year the programme delivers some 600,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries.

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