A Waitrose weekend for me. £10 off a bottle of Glenlivet 16YO cask strength (57.3%) Nadurra was an offer I couldn't refuse. This bottling was Jan 2009, but it allowed me to open the 2007, that I had. (always keep a spare!)
Next up a Greek organic cabernet sauvignon 2005. Gold medal in Paris, down to under £7, from £9.
I confess to never having tried greek wine, so I figured this wine might be worth the novelty value...........
Carrefour are selling off the contents of the Champion warehouse so they can
replace it with own brand crap, and there have been some unexpected bargains.
Tonight I have, previously unknown to me Casa Mayor carmenère single vineyard
reserve Colchagua Valley Chile 2008.
3€ reduced from 6,20€.
More than twice the price of petrol but I wasn't going anywhere.
I've missed this thread. Nice buy that. My type of meaty red.
Chapeau Bio! Happy Burns Night to one and all on the JC forum.
I have recited the Address to the Haggis at Burns Night Suppers for several years now. Really missing it tonight. Hope to plan a BNS soon - second one I did back in the mid 90's was a BSAC Diving Club event which coincided with the start of Six Nations, so was a bit late. The originally planned one in late January had to be cancelled due to burst pipes and frozen toilets at our local community centre - it just delayed my recital to almost 100 people which was quite nerve wracking but great fun once I got a handle on my nerves - unfortunately, I hate whisky, so couldn't rely on that to help out. I've got 4 haggi (I think that's the plural ) in my fridge, so we're half way there! _________________ "I trust no-body, not even myself"
The large bottle. Totally different to its canned and draught relations, its the original and still the best. Definitely an acquired taste and must only ever be taken in a half pint glass.
Anyhoo, a long overdue couple of these last night meant I forgot to change fantasy cycling team so heres hoping that Contador, Wiggo and Moncoutie burn up the roads of Wevelgem and the Panne _________________ "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order."
Been a while since this thread saw the light of day!
My weekend visit to Scotland was specifically to Islay to visit the cask of Bruichladdich whisky that I own a quarter of. It's nearly 10 years old and we will likely bottle it soon, so we felt the need of a visit and an in situ taste. I was very pleased with it and it held up well against everything else we drank that day - a glass from each of the 8 active distilleries on Islay Their distillery is quite interesting and I like they way they tried to keep the old Victorian machinery running when they resurrected production 12 years ago.
First visit to Islay (and first time outside of Edinburgh or Glasgow). Wonderfully rural and peaceful, and driving alongside the bogs and sea reminded me of rural parts of Mayo by the Atlantic in Ireland where my Mum hailed from. Bought Mrs. Bio a bottle of their Botanist Gin which is very nice and features the flavours of 22 flowers from Islay along with the more traditional Gin flavourings. I unexpectedly ended up buying myself a cycling top in the gift shop as Bruichladdich seem to have adopted a Celeste Blue as their distillery colour
What an investment! How big is the cask and was it a group buy or a share? I love the idea, hope you enjoy the finished product.
My local off licence stocks some or all of the following Belgians:
Chimay Red, Blue and Blond in large bottles
along with the popular German beers, some Czech and Polish, a great range of UK and Irish craft ales and stouts, and a nice range of wines. I popped down earlier to get a few bottles to accompany a Sopranos holiday binge that we are on and happened to stick my head into the pub that the offy is attached to. I had intended to have a pint but there was only half a dozen brave souls in attendance and the bar had only the usual grim tyranny of draught slop Guinness/Smithwicks/Heineken/Budweiser/Bulmers and bottles of Bud/Miller/Corona and whatever else that tastes of nothing only cold. I turned around and came home to a nice bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And pubs wonder why they are losing money?
How big is the cask and was it a group buy or a share?
It's a standard hogshead (as in the picture) so 250 litres at about 70% originally. That reduces over time though. There are 4 of us - 2 Scotsmen, an Englishman* and an Irishman - none called Paddy. Used to work together and it just sort of happened on a drunken works outing one night. Better than waking up with a tattoo
*Englishman is of 100% Polish extraction so the clichés about the nations that are fond of the wee drink seem to be true!
Gandolfini's untimely passing has got me thinking about a Soprano's winter marathon. Mrs. has got us started on Game of Thrones at the moment and I am failing to be convinced.
....and the bar had only the usual grim tyranny of draught slop Guinness/Smithwicks/Heineken/Budweiser/Bulmers and bottles of Bud/Miller/Corona and whatever else that tastes of nothing only cold.
ah, we can only dream of such riches in rural Donegal Gerry....
Reminds of a bar I was in some years ago in Kerry. The choice of drinks were Guinness and Smithwicks on draught or bottles, none of them fancy foreign lagers and beers. The food menu was ham sandwiches or cheese sandwiches and I asked for a ham and cheese to be reminded again of the choice. Ham sandwiches or cheese sandwiches.
And it was men only, possibly more by choice than demand though... _________________ "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order."
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