Christmas gifts: ideas that keep appreciating

Illustration: Mario Rivera

With Christmas fast approaching (have you noticed how that process somehow accelerates in November) the time has come for the financially minded to focus on gifts that will not only please but increase in value.

Monday, 26 November, 2012, 2:17am

Ask The Foodie: Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor likes to keep up to date as he lectures about his singular passion. Photo: Dickson Lee

Scottish wine and spirits educator Ron Taylor, who calls himself the "black sheep" of his family, dropped out of university to join the merchant navy. He spent 12 years at sea before taking a management position in the transport industry.

1 Nov 2012 - 11:21am

So near, yet so feared: where the action is

So near, yet so feared: where the action is


14 Oct 2012 - 1:42pm

Spirited companions

Single malt Scotch whisky is not the only spirit that can be an appropriate partner to a range of dishes. Chilled vodka and caviar are a classic combination.

Irish whisky can match many of the same foods as Scotch, and may be especially appropriate for Irish salmon and oysters.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We will frock you

The word 'luxury' is tossed around with abandon these days, and increasingly knowledge, taste and sophistication display a superior appreciation of the high life. Expertise, after all, takes time - something that high-flying locals and international jet-setters often have too little of to allow them to gradually nurture connoisseurship of life's finer things.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wants & Needs

Hollywood Focus

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Traditional Scottish salute adds a little flavour to Indian polo tournament

Peter Prentice, the Asia-Pacific vice-president of Scotch whisky maker Chivas Brothers, is no stranger to grand events and parties. But on the subject of the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup, held from December 26 to 31 in Jodhpur, India, he could not have been more excited.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Five illegal parkers equal one litterer

David Webb, editor of Webb-site.com, was present at the scene, as the police like to say, and was able to snap this swoop on cars illegally parked on Ice House Street, next to the Landmark in Central. Webb reports that the officer in charge of the ticketing team admitted that the road would fill up as soon as the police left.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Night on the town to mend a broken heart ended in true romance

This Lunar New Year, Whisky Chong set out on a mission to find a rebound guy after a heartbreaking end to a relationship. Instead, she found herself a lifetime partner. Which just goes to prove you never know just how close your Mr Right could be.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Grains of truth from an old cask master

Ron Taylor is on the side of the angels. They like whisky too, apparently: the precious liquid that evaporates from the casks as the spirit matures is called 'the angel's share'.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

California to enforce anti-slavery act on big firms

As of next year, big companies trading with California will be required to report on what they are doing to eradicate slavery in their supply chains.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Angel's Share

2/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd. Tel: 2805 8388

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Dirt freak shows he can handle grass

Trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak was probably less surprised than many but more pleased about it than most when My Whisky cast off his tag as strictly a dirt specialist to win the Class Three Bulkeley Handicap (1,400m) yesterday. In 14 all-weather outings, his record read two victories and four placings.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In-form Lai gunning for more glory with Century Super Star

Eddie Lai Wai-ming took the feature at Happy Valley midweek as part of his first riding treble and the local freelancer can carry on the good work in the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup (1,200m) on the all-weather at Sha Tin today with Century Super Star.

Century Super Star showed top form early in the season, winning twice over this course and distance from low draws.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Pubs pipe in St Andrew's Day

Every proud Scotsman knows today is St Andrew's Day. At least two establishments will be celebrating the patron saint of Scotland in style.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am