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The Balvenie Fifty is very limited edition gem

A whisky half a century in the making has been released.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 is an ex..

A whisky half a century in the making has been released.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 is an expression of exceptional quality, comprised of highly rare liquid sourced from four American Oak casks aged 50 years or over, each meticulously selected from the oldest sections of The Balvenies stocks by Malt Master David C Stewart MBE.

Marrying whisky of this age is rarely attempted. Liquid given 50 years or more to express itself can develop flavours that are uniquely intriguing, but their extreme variances of taste, strength and depth make the task complex to say the least.

Davids accomplishment has been to select and vat four casks into an exquisite whole that combines – and enhances – their many delicate notes. In this way, The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 is a unique expression displaying Davids ongoing commitment to experimentation and innovation.

The Balvenie has a rich history of 50-year-old variants. Its first was a 1937, bottled in 1987, at a time when such vintages were almost unknown.

Mirroring todays release, the 1937 was a vatting of four constituent casks, each imparting its own unique and aged flavour.

In 2002 the smallest ever release of The Balvenie saw a mere 83 bottles of uniquely rich liquid taken from the famed Cask 191, The Balvenies last cask remaining from the 1950s.

In April 2018 one of the last remaining bottles of Cask 191 sold at The Worshipful Company of Distillers auction for £30,000.

In 2012 The Balvenies third 50-year-old was drawn from a 1962 European oak sherry hogshead. Just 88 bottles were sold in honour of Davids 50th year with William Grant & Sons.

And 2014 saw the twin bottlings of two identical casks from 1963 which had matured with markedly different characters. Marriage 0962 continues this tradition of innovation by presenting a 50-year-old with an even more complex story.

Commenting on the release of Marriage 0962 – a number which corresponds with the month and year he joined William Grant & Sons – David said: Marrying aged whisky stocks is undoubtedly one of the most challenging, yet enjoyable facets of my role as The Balvenie Malt Master. This was a chance to explore the furthest reaches of our precious aged stocks and see how their extremes could be controlled and combined.

Despite enjoying more than 55 years in the business, Im still discovering and learning new things about the science and art of whisky making. The creation of Marriage 0962 took months of patience to complete, as were dealing with liquids with extremes in ABV, taste and age.

Its not every day I get the opportunity to work with liquids of such age, so it was a huge pleasure to be able to share it with the world today.

Each bottling of Marriage 0962 is presented in a beautiful wooden tube comprised of 50 layers, 48 of walnut and two of brass, expertly handcrafted by Scottish wood craftsman Sam Chinnery at his workshop on Bruntlands Farm near Elgin.

The presentation also includes an etched brass certificate and bottle glorifier, inscribed with the tasting notes of each constituent cask and the taste, palette and finish of the final marriage.

The decanters for Marriage 0962 have been hand-blown from 100% lead-free crystal by Brodie Nairn and his team of expert craftsmen at Glasstorm, based in Tain. The bespoke design of the glass decanter is a sleek reinterpretation of the classic Balvenie bottle shape, which itself mirrors the silhouette of the copper stills at the distillery.

Alwynne Gwilt, UK brand ambassador at The Balvenie saids: We are lucky to have an incredible array of old whisky stocks, deriving from the fact we have had consistency through both family ownership and Davids long term commitment to the company.

I am very excited to see this new release come to market as there is something markedly special about releasing a whisky which has spent so many decades in casks at our beautiful home in Speyside.

The skill which David brings to his role as Malt Master is unparalleled and I have no doubt that the consumers who try this will be blown away, as they always are at Davids creations.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 launched with 12 exclusive bottles available at specialist whisky retailers.

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A chef is holding a sausage party with 100 different types of pigs in blankets

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A chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the worlds first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.

Jim Thomlinson has created a sausage menu which includes a wreath of 32 pigs in blankets, ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon.

The sausage party will feature as a popup later this month – as long as he can find a venue.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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Jim said: Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas – I always steal so many off the roasting tray.

I look forward both to making epic versions of the traditional pig and putting a new spin on the concept.

The idea came from Messhead, a team behind food stunts based on serial killer drama Dexter and The Walking Dead.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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Creative director Emma Thomas said: There is no doubt that pigs in blankets is a huge trend for Christmas this year.

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Being the worlds biggest pigs in blankets fan I wanted to eat a menu that consisted only of this fine food.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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As soon as I started to talk about this, I realised this was a dream for many and was determined to make this come true.

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Jim is currently looking for a venue in Kent for the party, due to the original venue closing down.

Theyre open to using a pub, cafe or tea room closed down for the winter – and of course theyll be paying the owner.

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Gluten-free diets arent as healthy as you think, study finds

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Gluten-free diets are getting more and more popular for people who want to lose weight, but new research has found that they may not actually be that healthy.

Any weight loss and reduction in tummy pain are due to eating more vegetables and other fibre-rich foods, – rather than cutting out the protein itself – say scientists.

An increasing number of people are choosing a gluten-free lifestyle – even though they are not allergic to the sticky substance found in cakes and bread.

Now a study has shown the diet can help modest slimming and combat bloating and discomfort, but most of the benefits may be driven by eating more by replacing wheat, rye and other grains with vegetables, brown rice, corn, oats and quinoa.

The researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications, said this boosts good bacteria in the gut that staves off inflammation and illness.

Senior lead investigator Professor Oluf Pedersen, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said: By now we think our study is a wake-up call to the food industry.

A display of various gluten free and all natural food, including legumes, nuts, rice and more with a No Gluten symbol displayed in the middle.
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Gluten-free may not necessarily be the healthy choice many people think it is.

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For the study, 60 healthy middle-aged Danes were assigned randomly to two eight-week diets – one low in gluten, at 2g a day, and the other high in gluten, at 18g a day.

They had a break in between of at least eight weeks when they consumed an average 12g of gluten daily.

In comparison with the high-gluten regime, the low one induced moderate changes in the intestinal microbiome – or gut bacteria – and reduced self-reported bloating.

But during this the participants ate more dietary fibres – which the researchers think were responsible for the effects.

Professor Pedersen said: We demonstrate that, in comparison with a high-gluten diet, a low-gluten, fibre-rich diet induces changes in the structure and function of the complex intestinal ecosystem of bacteria, reduces hydrogen exhalation, and leads to improvements in self-reported bloating.

Moreover, we observed a modest weight loss, likely due to increased body combustion triggered by the altered gut bacterial functions.

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Theres been debate about whether low-gluten diets should be advised for people without coeliac disease – a severe immune response to even tiny amounts.

Professor Pedersen and colleagues decided they shouldnt – even though some healthy individuals may prefer it to combat intestinal discomfort or excess body weight.

He said: More long-term studies are definitely needed before any public health advice can be given to the general population.

Especially, because we find dietary fibres – not the absence of gluten alone – to be the primary cause of the changes in intestinal discomfort and body weight.

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Most gluten-free food items available on the market today are massively deprived of dietary fibres and natural nutritional ingredients.

Therefore, there is an obvious need for availability of fibre-enriched, nutritionally high-quality gluten-free food items which are fresh or minimally processed to consumers who prefer a low-gluten diet.

Such initiatives may turn out to be key for alleviating gastro-intestinal discomfort and in addition to help facilitating weight control in the general population via modification of the gut microbiota.

The two diets were balanced in number of calories and nutrients including the same amount of dietary fibres. But the composition of the latter differed markedly.

Based on their observations of altered food fermentation patterns of the gut bacteria, the researchers said the effects may not be primarily due to reduced intake of gluten.

A low-gluten diet has previously been proposed to diminish gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome which occur in up to 20 percent of the Western population.

Last year a US study of more than 110,000 people found a low-gluten diet increased the risk of a heart attack by about 15 per cent.

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A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16

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A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16. Yes, £16 for a packet of crisps that has been sat there for 26 years.

The antiquated packet of cheese and onion, found behind a kitchen cupboard, has a best before date of November 7 1992.

We found them behind the kitchen units as were having a refurb, explained crisp archaeologist Damian Connop.

They look immaculate considering their age. I couldnt find any information about them, just that they were around in the 80s and 90s.

The items condition is confusingly listed as: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item.

The 26-year-old packet of cheese and onion crisps - SELLING ON EBAY FOR ?26!See SWNS story SWBRcrisps.A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay - for ?16.The antiquated packet of cheese and onion, found behind a kitchen cupboard, sports a best before date of November 7 1992 - the year John Major became Prime Minister. The item's condition is confusingly listed as; ?New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item.? However, eating this particular snack is not recommend, the seller described the packet of Primes Cheese and Onion as an ?archive piece?.
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Of course, given how old the crisps are, anybody who buys them shouldnt actually eat them. The packet is for anyone who likes memorabilia, really – with the listing describing the packet of Primes Cheese and Onion as an archive piece.

The listing reads: Get your piece of pub snack history with an unopened packet of Primes Cheese & Onion crisps, sporting an expiry date of 7 November 1992.

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Date of manufacture is unclear but in excellent condition considering their 26 years behind a kitchen cupboard! Archive piece, not for consumption. Collection available from Park Street, Bristol.

Proceeds from the auction will go to One25, a Bristol charity helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.

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