Wine, Gin and the Finer Things in Life.

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Post by Iris » 4 months ago

Last night I had the first of two gin miniatures from the Masham distillery - a very spicy masala chai and hops number which kept its character even when let down with a little tonic.
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And to wrap up the Musar - earlier in the year we tasted the '99 at our local Majestic's Fine Wine tasting evening. Extraordinary stuff. If anyone buys wine at Majestic regularly I'd recommend the Fine Wine evening - it's a £20 ticket, for which you get half a dozen very interesting wines to drink (typical bottle price - £40 or so) and a £20 voucher to redeem against a £60 spend. So it's a free way to get plastered (several of the attendees at our evening were driving, and they can't leave empties). And it proves that it is possible to tell the difference between a £10 bottle, a £20 bottle and a £50 bottle.
I’m intrigued as to how they structure it to deliver that outcome. For instance, is it a fully blind tasting with the bottles swathed?
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Post by Iris » 4 months ago

Ever the scientist....

No - what I mean is that they serve £20 to £50 bottles, and since my usual is a £10 bottle (or thereabouts) I can tell there is a difference. I know memory is faulty and subjective, but it's not *that* faulty and subjective.

In fact they serve the bottles reasonably blind - and they don't tell you the price until after you've tasted. From memory one of my favourites was actually one of the cheaper £20 bottle, but I could see why it wasn't a £50 bottle. And it confirmed that twice the price doesn't necessarily mean twice the enjoyment - although subjective enjoyment when you're with a group of strangers in a warehouse (even a nice warehouse) overlooking a reasonably busy road is a strange thing.
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Post by Regulator » 4 months ago

We were down in Salisbury this weekend, for an early Christmas celebration with the coven. I picked myself up a bottle of Downton Distillery Explorer gin.

Mum had also bought me a bottle of Conker Dorset Gin. I also tried their Port Barrel Gin, which was very nice.
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Post by Joan » 4 months ago

Dammit, I didn't win. >:(
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It's odd, they say it's a years supply, so why are there only 12 bottles in the photo?
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Joan wrote:
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Dammit, I didn't win. >:(

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It's odd, they say it's a years supply, so why are there only 12 bottles in the photo?
That’s less than a month’s supply for one of our Gregs.....
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Post by Dunckel » 4 months ago

I need one of these.

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I need one of these.

We’re off on one of those on Saturday (some hill walking may also be involved). 👍
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We’re off on one of those on Saturday (some hill walking may also be involved). 👍
Any particular hills?
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Dunckel wrote:
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Any particular hills?
We have yet to pick our paths. I shall sit down with the ‘Walking in Gran Canaria’ guide this week and pick a few...
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Post by Joan » 3 months ago

Oh, I may decide to give a Christmas/Hostess gift of Gin for Xmas day. The recipients are Gin fans. They enjoy tanqueray sevilla, but not BullDog. Can't be too expensive because ... awkward. Any suggestions what I can acquire from ... pretty well any supermarket ... tomorrow?
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Post by Rocky » 3 months ago

I’d go for a nice Sauvignon blanc. Something costing about £12-15 is bigly drinkable
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Post by Dunckel » 3 months ago

How about a selection of mixers and botanics (poncy stuff to sprinkle in the drink).
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Post by Joan » 3 months ago

Oh, I wasn't clear. I was looking for suggestions of varieties of gin.
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Post by Dunckel » 3 months ago

Joan wrote:
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Oh, I wasn't clear. I was looking for suggestions of varieties of gin.
OK, anything by Warner Edwards is safe, their Rhubarb or Honeybee products are particulatly well regarded.
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