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Four reasons you should be drinking Glenmorangie Single Malt Whiskey

Mark Twain said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” That must be true for Glenmorangie’s finely crafted single malt whiskies.

Mark Twain said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” We wholeheartedly agree, especially when you’re drinking a whiskey as fine as Glenmorangie Single Malt Whiskey.

Many single malt whiskies are made with love and care, but only Glenmorangie marries tradition and innovation with over 170 years of dedication. The special traditions of Glenmorangie rest in the hands of the Men of Tain, select local Highland craftsmen. For generations, they have dedicated their working lives to the quality and character of Glenmorangie whiskey, using the finest Scotland has to offer.

With its warm pale gold color and floral aroma, the brand’s flagship Glenmorangie original is a result of classic whiskey-making. It opens sweetly with notes of mandarin oranges, creme brulee and menthol, followed by hints of vanilla and peaches. This sophisticated yet accessible profile is something that appeals equally to new drinkers and dedicated malt whiskey enthusiasts alike.

GLENMORANGIE HAS A STRICT STANDARD OF QUALITY

Brothers William and John Matheson founded the Glenmorangie distillery at the Morangie Farm in 1843. Since then, they have employed local men who maintain the heritage and standards of Glenmorangie. The deep understanding of whiskey, the skill and indefinable feel for the spirit has been passed on through generations. 

“There’s a very particular mindset to the Men of Tain,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whiskey Creation. The dedication and unique process has created a distinct taste that serves the brand well. “It has incredible complexity and finesse. It is unusual to find so many flavors and this degree of delicacy, especially in a Scotch malt whiskey. This is a universal taste, arguably the most accessible quality single malt.”

GLENMORANGIE USES THE TALLEST STILLS IN SCOTLAND

Much of the whiskey’s unique complexity is down to its distillation in the tallest stills in the Scotch whiskey industry–magnificent copper columns that are almost 17 feet high. Still is the term used to described the distillation apparatus used in the process.

“People traditionally used copper to build stills because you could mold the metal by hand,” explains Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie’s Head of Maturing Whiskey Stocks.”The industry later discovered that copper is a catalyst, which strips out the undesirable notes during the distillation process. The taller the still, the more copper exposure the spirit gets. So, our very tall copper stills are a big part of bringing those beautiful light, delicate aromas to the fore in Glenmorangie Original.”

Some of the barrels that Glenmorangie uses to age their whiskies

GLENMORANGIE IS THE EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO CASKS

For many years, Glenmorangie led the industry in the pioneering use of only the finest oak casks to mature the whiskey. Glenmorangie Original, the brand’s flagship, is matured exclusively in the finest first and second fill bourbon casts for a minimum period of ten years.

“Most whiskey makers will use casks made from wood that has been cut only a matter of months previously,” Dr. Bill says. “For us, it takes a minimum of eight years from when the wood is cut to when we get our hands on the barrel.” That’s 18 years from cut wood to finished bottle–an unseen testament to quality.

Finally, Glenmorangie is matured for carefully defined periods in unheated warehouses. Other whiskey-makers use heated warehouses to drive the flavor out of the wood. Also unlike the others who use their casks several times over, Glenmorangie retires their casks after using them just twice. 

“It’s a gentler regime,” says Dr. Bill. “But we’re completely dedicated to ensuring that we get the right flavors and the right maturation. You can’t rush it and you can’t cut corners.”

GLENMORANGIE IS THE PIONEER IN EXTRA-MATURATION TECHNIQUES

In the 1980s, Glenmorangie pioneered the original concept of extra-maturation using a variety of exclusive ex-wine casks. The Whiskey Creation Team are still the leading experts in this field as they painstakingly explore the most distinguished vineyards of Europe in the search for exceptional casks. These casks provide rich, intriguing and compelling layers of flavors and tastes to the original character of Glenmorangie.

The unprecedented technique of extra-maturation allows the pure spirit to lie in the peaceful darkness and solitude of fine American white oak ex-bourbon casks for at least ten years. It is then transferred to different, high quality ex-wine casks for a further two years. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban extra matures in ex-port pipes from the Quintas (or wine estates) of Portugal. The Glenmorangie Lasanta in ex-Olorosa Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain. The Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or in ex-Sauternes wine barriques from France.

At their heart, the Extra Matured Range whiskies have the quintessentially Glenmorangie character. But each particular exclusive cask gives additional and individual qualities, forming a unique expression influenced by each distinguished provenance. It’s  a journey for whiskey enthusiasts to explore and discover such a range of tastes, flavors, aromas and textures.

As with everything in the world of Glenmorangie, they’re not about rushing themselves. Why would they? In the marriage of intuition and science, of wood and whiskey, time brings out the best in everything. Not for nothing does the Gaelic name Glenmorangie translate as “glen of tranquility.”

 

 

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Seashore Seclusion: A Beachside Abode in San Remigio

A cozy family getaway in San Remigio epitomizes the charm and simplicity of living by the sea.

by Shari Quimbo
photography Ezekiel Sullano

 

Admittedly, there are some challenges that come with living in Cebu; but having pockets of paradise being only a few hours’ away is an upside that’s hard to beat. One such paradise is San Remigio, a town that sits on the northwest side of the island, which means its serene shores are kissed daily by an amazing view of the sunset. Sure, you’ll run into some traffic while driving out of the city, but what awaits you makes the drive up north an easy challenge to live with.

A walkway leads into the house’s main living area, which enjoys an open floor plan for a relaxed and communal atmosphere.

When a chance to visit one family’s beachside getaway landed on our laps, we couldn’t pass it up. After a brief struggle with Mandaue City traffic, we were soon cruising through the towns of the north while the crystalline blue waters of the ocean peeked through every few kilometers.

It wasn’t long after when we found ourselves going up a pebbled driveway where a bamboo gate opened up to a footpath that led to the house. “We wanted to keep it simple,” the owner explains, sharing that he came up with the design while going through photos of houses online. With a thatched roof, rounded columns and a grooved concrete fence, the space is cozy and informal—a place that definitely exuded a laid-back beachside feel.

The living areas integrate into each other, with casual dining set-ups arranged around the open space, while oversized couches surround a solid wood coffee table. There’s a communal vibe that’s slightly deliberate. “We have a lot of friends and family that come in during the weekends, so we created a space that’s ready for that,” says the owner. “We didn’t want anything too formal. Some beach houses make you feel embarrassed to come in with your wet, sandy feet. We want a place where everyone would be comfortable moving around.”

Natural tones are complemented by richly colored fabrics

That said, the concrete floors, made for walking around barefoot, lead to the manicured grass where the infinity pool looks like its about to spill out into the beach below. The blues of the sea and sky complement the more natural tones of the house’s wooden furniture pieces and painted white walls. Pops of color come in with the throw pillows, hammock and matching bright orange lounge chairs that are around the pool.

As if keeping with the house’s casual vibe, the owner’s trio of dogs roams freely around the property, curiously coming up to us for attention. “They just showed up one day,” he laughs when I ask where he’d gotten the dogs, named Beer, Tequila and Scotch—perhaps giving proof of how fun weekends here can be. A bar sits by one of the dining tables and further cements this theory, as does the homemade lamp made from a bottle of Patron.

Off to the side of the house are the bedrooms, which are simple but spacious. “It’s so there’s space on the floor to bring in cushions for when we have a lot of people over.”

The house’s infinity pool seemingly spills out into the ocean, and is one of the best locations on the property to watch the sunset.

The beach house took just two months to construct about two years ago. “Weirdly enough, we built this house while I was still living in Malaysia,” shares the owner. “My sister manages a construction company, and I would just email them instructions and photos of what I wanted. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy.”

The bar is stocked with a wide array of liquors, and is proof of the residence’s festive spirit.

Of course, when typhoon Yolanda hit northern Cebu, the house saw considerable damage. A quick browse through his photo gallery showed the roof completely ripped off the structure. “I came back the weekend after Yolanda. It took me almost a whole day to get here because we had to clear the road as we went,” he recalled.

Repairs to the house took a backseat as the family helped residents around the area before they moved to reconstruct their own house. “It took a month or so to fix the roof and everything else that was broken,” he says.

When lit up with candles in the late afternoon, the walkway takes on a cozily intimate vibe;

Long benches flank the dining table to accommodate plenty of diners.

Now, the house is as inviting as ever. We spent the minutes leading up to sunset drinking beer by the pool. A few fishing boats float off the shore, with many locals walking through the beach. “I like the idea of having no fences and having people passing through,” the owner shares. “I like that it’s open. It makes the house feel more alive.”

Sunsets by the beach are priceless.

That, in a nutshell, describes the beach house. With its cheerful, casual corners, it surely feels lived in—as if remnants of the happy moments people have spent there still hang in the air and even add to its personality. It’s not hard to understand why the owners look forward to the two-hour drive up on the weekends—if we had a space like this, we’d be heading north more often too.

 

(This article had already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s April 2016 Travel Issue, “Beach, Please” on pages 98-101.)

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Idyllic Isolation: The La Mer Veille

French architectural duo Humbert & Poyet create La Mer Veille in the Italian Riviera, a seaside cabin that has its fair share of charm.

by Shari Quimbo
photos courtesy of Alexandra Public Relations

 

With the azure sea on one side, the verdant mountains on the other and picturesque towns in between, the Italian Riviera is certainly a dream destination. More than its natural beauty, the region seems frozen in another time—a simpler one, when the days seemed long and the people keen to enjoy the moments.

It is here that La Mer Veille sits, a beachfront cabin that epitomizes the simple summer escape. Nestled between Bordighera and San Remo, its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea are complemented by its predominantly white palette, down-to-earth décor and delicate materials.

The house is the creation of French architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, the personalities behind the firm Humbert & Poyet. Since they decided to collaborate in 2007, the firm has worked on various projects around the world—the Wine Palace at the Monaco Yacht Club, the curated fashion store 55 Croisette in Cannes, and fashion designer Alexis Mabille’s first shop in Paris are just some of the projects the two have worked on together.

“We communicate constantly throughout a project,” Christophe explains. “Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works.”

The result is elegant and timeless spaces that meticulously bring together various design elements—the choice of materials and lighting, for example, are carefully thought out to make the most of a space and to ensure the client’s needs and personality is reflected in the final design.

It’s understandable then why La Mer Veille sits at a perfect vantage point where it surroundings can be admired. The seaside cabin is simple and relatively small, but is put together to exude an unassuming luxury that dares not to compete with the views outside.

The living area, shared with the dining room and kitchen, is done in shades of white with earthy tone accents. The Carrara marble counters are complemented with brass fixtures, including a brass sink that was custom-made by Humbert & Poyet. The firm also specially constructed the sofa that sits opposite the wooden table, a find from a market in England. Straw-wrapped lighting, an old-fashioned fireplace and a brass backsplash for the stove just add to the overall rustic appeal.

The bedrooms also have that effortless charm, with various nautical details to remind its occupants they are by the sea—just in case they forget the views beyond the picture windows. The master bedroom features a mattress sitting on an elevated wooden platform, topped with an Ancient African throw purchased from an antique shop.

“We communicate constantly throughout a project,” Christophe explains. “Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works.”

La Mer Veille is a space that celebrates its location, and its location is best enjoyed from the terrace. The creamy white palette is carried over to this outdoor space where distressed wooden floorboards and a cushioned seating area invite you to put up your feet and settle in. The mood is set even further with a hammock chair from Etsy hanging easily from the ceiling and some relaxing music from the piano.

Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet

Beyond its architectural details, it is the finishing touches that give this dreamy cabin its character—bunches of baby’s breath and other flowers tucked into pitchers and vases in various niches around the house, wooden stools with rounded seats, antique-inspired knickknacks like an old fan sitting on a shelf and a swinging love seat. These details make the house come to life in an interesting way; and with a view such as this, what a life it is.

(This article had already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s May 2016 Home Issue, “By the Sea” on pages 72-77.)

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Hottest Summer Destinations to Visit in Cebu This 2020

by Chrissy Grey Resaba

Discovering unique travel destinations is getting more challenging every year. Modern-day travelers are seeking new experiences far from the hackneyed summer destinations we always see like the usual snapshots of beaches and bikinis that flood our social media feeds. However, living in Cebu as a local has always been a privilege as we have easy access to these newly-explored places. For our foreign friends though, the city offers countless adventures to experience, new hip activities to enjoy and places to bask or meditate. After all, travel should always be a therapeutic experience.

A few months closer and we can finally say, “It’s officially summer!”. Of course, as early as now, some are already tapping and scrolling their mobile phones for new and one-of-a-kind destinations and getaways. Sometimes, choosing where to go is quite a dilemma. To make it easier for you, here’s our list of the hottest travel destinations in Cebu this summer of 2020 that deserve to be explored by adventurers and thrill-seekers:

La Vue Cabine – Toledo City, Cebu

Experience luxury in nature. This cabin is atop the mountains of Toledo, overlooking the cerulean Tañon Strait. At the far horizon, in clear and sunny weather is the view of the majestic Mt. Kanlaon. One can truly feel paradise in this haven of relaxation and comfort. Aside from the scenic landscape, the fresh air will surely rejuvenate your senses!

Rancho Cancio – Brgy. Adlaon, Cebu City

For a while now, this place is making rounds on social media. This rest house is located at Brgy. Adlaon in Cebu City, a few kilometers away from Brgy. Busay. Be ready to get mesmerized with what’s in store for you at this picturesque destination.

Treehouse De Valentine – Balamban, Cebu

Treehouse De Valentine is best described as nature and rustic luxury in one self-contained space. Unconventional for the right reasons, this dream house is the perfect nest away from the hustle and bustle of the city. What could be an excuse not to list this perfect nook as your next stop for this year’s summer adventure?

Formosa Camp Resort – Bagasawe, Tuburan, Cebu

Glamping has been the name of the game this season. A term that resulted from combining the words“glamorous” and “camping”, glamping  includes outdoor overnight stays in glamorized tents with hotel-like amenities. The experience will surely be a different kind of bliss.

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