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From Kottayam to Kolkata, on the trail of the planter’s chair

Sarita Sundar and Rachel Lee’s research project is unearthing new insights into the life and times of a chair that was synonymous with the colonial lifestyle.

Sarita Sundar and Rachel Lee check out planter's chairs at an antique store in Kochi. (Crafters, Kochi)
Published on May 29, 2024 12:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Will Favre Leuba soar again?

Backed by Ethos, the country’s largest retailer of luxury watches, the venerable brand is taking another shot at getting back in the game.

Favre Leuba, world's second oldest watch brand, to unveil 22 new models at Geneva Watch Days.
Published on May 13, 2024 02:30 PM IST

Bangalore Watch Company’s Apogee is India’s first Space-qualified watch

Boutique watch brand Bangalore Watch Company achieves a remarkable milestone by successfully testing a watch from its Apogee series in Space.

Bangalore Watch Company tests Space-worthy watch from Apogee series.
Published on May 01, 2024 02:06 PM IST

McDowell’s single malt is a step towards making great legacy: Vikram Damodaran

The whisky has been created in collaboration with the Bengaluru-based Single Malt Amateurs Club (SMAC).

Vikram Damodaran - Chief Innovation Officer, Diageo India
Published on Apr 23, 2024 11:58 AM IST
By, Delhi

Watches and Wonders 2024: 6 timepieces that caught our eye

From the world’s most complicated watch to the world’s thinnest watch, here’s our pick of delectables from the annual watch fair.

Luxury timepieces shine at Watches & Wonders 2024 in Geneva
Published on Apr 13, 2024 02:08 PM IST

Sake finds a new audience in the evolved wine drinker

Sake, a cornerstone of Japanese culture, is crafted from rice, water, and koji, a unique mold that develops on rice husks, imparting distinct flavours.

While sake consumption in Japan has been in a freefall, with the younger generation showing a marked disinterest in the beverage, exports have grown(Freepik)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 10:40 AM IST

‘We see Indian single malts as a stepping stone to luxury malts’

William Grant & Sons’ Sachin Mehta and Brian Kinsman on how the world’s third largest whisky maker is strengthening its luxury play in India.

William Grant & Sons is the world’s third largest Scotch whisky maker. In this interview with Hindustan Times, Sachin Mehta, William Grant’s country director for India, and Brian Kinsman, master blender shed light on its luxury play, flavour appreciation trends across spirits, and the categories the company is keeping a close eye on.
Published on Mar 31, 2024 02:43 PM IST

From Pipa to Daku: Exploring the rise of craft rum in India's spirits landscape

Craft rum movement in India sees significant growth as major players like Amrut Distilleries and Nao Spirits launch premium offerings.

With five new launches in the last six months, India’s rum scene appears to have finally got going.(Unsplash)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 06:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘A collaborative approach is needed to protect the Indian single malt category’

Amrut Distilleries turned 75 years last year. The company’s executive director Thrivikram G. Nikam in an interview looks back at the company’s long legacy.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Nikam looks back at the company’s long legacy, on the attributes that made Amrut’s malts stand out, and its new craft rums.(Instagram)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 03:18 PM IST

From sake to tequila, what to sip this weekend at the Vault Festival

Here is a quick list of tastes that we will be lining up for at the Vault Festival at Jio World Garden in the Bandra-Kurla Complex on February 17 and 18.

From sake to tequila, what to sip this weekend at the Vault Festival (File Photo by Twitter/bpbmumbai)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 12:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Meet the new crop of India’s single malt whisky makers

The Chinoys couldn’t have chosen a more opportune time to launch their single malt. 2023, after all, was a year of several distinctions for whisky in India.

 Vicky Chand at his distillery in KhatKhati, Assam
Published on Jan 27, 2024 01:51 PM IST

The Parsi Nose Project documents a salient feature

Vimadalal’s project took shape during a chat in March about Parsi noses with his husband, stylist Prayag Menon, and a friend

The Parsi nose or the Persian nose, often described as large, with a prominent dorsal hump, is emblematic of the community (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 12:37 AM IST
ByMurali K Menon, Mumbai

Mahindra museum builds On Brand and staff loyalty

For two decades she too had been working on an idea for a museum—a museum of stories about the people who built the Mahindra Group, and who had stuck by it from license raj to liberalisation

Corporate museums such as the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta and the Mercedes-Benz museum, in Stuttgart, which serve as brand extensions, have been drawing in visitors globally since the 1990s (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 12, 2022 06:20 PM IST
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