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Anyway, I have been researching sherries again, and this time I decided to find out if I should additionally be decanting it - you know, into one of those rather fetching, retort-shaped receptacles made of crystal that you might see gracing the dining room sideboard in Downtown Abbey. My not very extensive reading on the Interwebs suggests that sherry should not be kept in a decanter, and lasts better in its original bottle with the cork shoved back in. Spirits and Madeira, on the other hand, can be stored long term in a decanter, assuming it is also stoppered.
But it's wine that seems to benefit most from the act of decanting, to separate it from its sediment, which can impair the flavour - this should be done on the day it is going to be drunk, either just before serving or an hour or so previously. And this is with a view to drinking said wine all in one sitting - you wouldn't keep it in a decanter, where it would fare even worse than sherry!
So that's what I have learnt about my festive tipple this year: look for Amontillado - or maybe Oloroso, if I feel daring enough to dabble in a fuller flavour; look for it before 24th December, and drink within four weeks. From the bottle - well, from a glass from the bottle, obviously. And do not decant.
But that is for sherry...perfume of course is governed by completely different laws. It is thanks to decanting that I have been able to diversify my collection as much as this photo of my drawer suggests, and have also been able to take my favourite perfumes away on trips. Which is where the Travalo comes in, the ne plus ultra of classy decant receptacles, albeit only for small amounts, typically 4-5ml.
Earlier this year I blogged about the difficulty of committing to a Travalo, and a few months later I wrote a post about the latest models and colours in the range. Because it is Christmas, the PR company representing the brand is kindly offering a Milano AND a Classic (termed 'New Classic' in my previous post, but the 'New' has since been dropped, as this model has become more established / familiar ;) ) to one reader anywhere in the world. This is in return for 'liking' Travalo's page on Facebook, and/or following them on Twitter - @Travalo - and/or on Instagram - @thetravalo - the combination depends on which social media you use. If you are not on any of these platforms, you aren't eligible, sorry; in my opinion it would be a bit of a performance to join a platform specifically to be able to enter this draw!
|L to R: original Classic, Milano, (New) Classic|
To recap, The Milano is the Travalo in the Hermes-esque travelling case, which retails for £35 (pictured here in jade). It has a detachable inner atomiser cartridge, so that you can swap the covers over if you so wish, eg to a less imposing (New) Classic model that also has a detachable cartridge. Or you could just leave it in the original metal case. The Milano is heavier than a regular Travalo, but makes more of a statement, design-wise.
In terms of my own entry criteria, you simply need to leave a comment and let me know which perfumes you might commit to these Travalos - no pressure! Or even an idea of a few top contenders. I won't hold you to that decision, of course - it is purely a snapshot in time of intention / leanings. ;) And whether you want to enter or not, I'd be interested to hear who likes sherry, and if so, what kind!
In terms of the colours of the Travalos, the winner can choose from red, orange, black or white for The Milano (see pic at the top of the post), and any of the colours of the Classics (see photo below). I will liaise with the PR contact for the company and she will post out the winner's prizes directly.
Oh, since my post about The Milano and New Classic, they have brought out The Divine...!
"The Divine: the ultimate in opulence for portable fragrance with over 500 individually hand set Swarovski crystals, and presented in a beautiful black gift pouch with a year’s warranty. The silver is available at RRP £250 and the limited edition gold for £400 exclusively from the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, Harrods."
Oh, I should perhaps just clarify that The Divine is not included in the draw...;)
|For anyone with a bling thing ~ Source: bennyb.net|
Moving on, I will pick a winner using Random.org from a list of anyone who entered the giveaway up until midnight next Wednesday, 23rd. Realistically, it will probably be the New Year before the prize can be shipped, but bear with us.
I must say I think the orange coloured Milano particularly fetching, as it looks most like Amontillado sherry. Or it does with the light shining through it (the sherry, I mean). Then of the Classics, the brown one is probably closest to the mark. And my beloved hobnailed glass from Bodega Bay is also an inviting shade of orange!
Time to hit the shops and secure my bottle of sherry...'tis the season to be merry!