Bullet trains have become a symbol of Japan’s innovation and economic strength over the last few decades so in the midst of global economic uncertainty they have come out strong and fast with a brand-new bullet train that has entered service operating on the Tokaido Shinkansen line between Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka. It can hit record speeds of 360km/h and can also operate during an earthquake. The Shinkansen line was the world’s first high-speed line when the first bullet trains began running on it on October 1, 1964, and it also passes Mount Fuji which has made it the go to track for bullet train posters.
The N700S is the first new Shinkansen by the Central Japan Railway (JR Central) in 13 years. It is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, which means it can still function on a back-up battery in the event of an emergency, like in an earthquake. In fact, the the entire Shinkansen network is wired up to earthquake sensors and normally if anything is detected, the power supply to the track is cut off but the N700Scan keep on rolling to a safer spot.
And when operating normally, like not in an earthquake for instance, the N700S provides an even smoother ride with less noise and vibration than other bullet trains. Inside, the train commuters get more cabin space, luggage space, power outlets on each seat and also some serious reclining comfort so that you can lie back and watch the world go by at 360km/h.
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They say don’t judge a whisky by its bottle, but in the case of Glenfiddich you can go right ahead, as their new redesigned packaging of the signature 12 and 15 Year expressions look as good as its contents taste.
Way back in 1887, William Grant settled down in Speyside, Scotland in a little place called Glenfiddich, which translates from Gaelic to “The Valley of The Deer”. Brick by brick he hand built the distillery in a year with his homemade labour workforce of seven sons and two daughters. It was a perfect location with its own microclimate and pure Robbie Dhu spring water flowing through it, making it a perfect place for making malts.
Since then, Glenfiddich has become the world’s most awarded single malt scotch whisky, and as a way of incorporating its roots right into the bottle itself, the redesign now includes a V shape cut into the glass underneath Glenfiddich’s iconic sigil of a stag to represent the valley of which it originates. William Grant’s signature still sits proudly on the bottle emblazoned in gold.
As well as a general spruce up the 12 Year Old has been renamed ‘Our Original Twelve’ and the 15 has been rebranded as ‘Our Solera Fifteen’, as a more overt celebration of the brand’s Solera system. Influenced by the classic sherry-making bodegas of Spain and Portugal, 15-year-old whiskies are left to mellow and intensify in a unique Solera Vat, a large oak vat that hasn’t been emptied since 1998. The Solera Vat intensifies the malt, making it richer and more complex, adding deep layers of warm spice, honey and rich fruit flavours.
While the award-winning East London design agency Here Design was responsible for the new look, it’s proven popular with the team back at the still who have to get their hands dirty.
“These whiskies are crafted to ensure the highest quality taste and flavour,” Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman says. “the complexities of which are influenced by the River Spey and surrounding landscape. It’s great to honour this provenance and the historic home of Glenfiddich in such a refined way.”
Our Original Twelve
The Original Twelve is beautifully balanced. Hints of butterscotch and fresh pear add a touch of fruitiness, while notes of cream and oak give it depth and richness. To let the flavours come to life, enjoy it neat or add a few drops of water.
Our Solera Fifteen
Aromas of vanilla fudge mingle with hints of marzipan, cinnamon and ginger: enjoy this whisky neat to experience its depth of character. Its rich fruit flavours and notes of pear make it ideal as a pairing for a cheese course at a dinner party. To draw out its sweet notes after dinner, add a cube of frozen honey.