Monthly Archives: October 2015

Notes on rum and cachaca

My rum-cachaca notes cover a little history, EU/US regulation,  production methods and styles. For omissions, errors and comment please do email. References – rum Broom, D. (2013). Distilling Knowledge, published by WSET EU Regulation on spirit labelling Rhum agricole Rum … Continue reading

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Raats Chenin blanc South Africa 2011

Raats, Old Vine Chenin blanc, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011 Varietal chenin blanc, screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, Vinology, £14. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, medium intensity, … Continue reading

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Trius Vidal Ice Wine 2013

Trius, Ice Wine, Vidal, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, 2013 Vidal is a thick-skinned French hybrid, which suits late harvest ice wines, for which Canada is well-known. Compared to riesling based ice wines, those made from vidal do not have … Continue reading

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Iron Horse California 2009

Iron Horse, Brut, Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2009 A blend of 74% pinot noir and chardonnay, mushroom cork closure; 13.5% abv, BBR, £30 (only 2400 c/s produced). WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, … Continue reading

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Loretto Trebbiano Italia 2014

Loretto Trebbiano, IGT Rubicone, Emiglia-Romagna, Italy, 2014 IGT Rubicone roughly covers the eastern most 1/3 of the Emiglia-Romagna region (IGT Emiglia covers the western 2/3). This wine: varietal trebbiano, aka ugni blanc, screw cap closure, 11.5% abv, M&S, £6.50 WSET style … Continue reading

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Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2009

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill, Botrytis semillon, Riverina, NSW, Australia, 2009 Varietal semillon, created from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis cinerea), increasing wine viscosity and so body, sweetness and complexity; natural cork closure, 11% abv, 375ml, £9, M&S WSET style tasting note … Continue reading

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Notes on gin and genever

My my my gin and genever notes cover a little history, EU regulation and production methods. For omissions, errors and comment please do email. References Broom, D. (2013). Distilling Knowledge, published by WSET Sipsmith, methodology Orris root Genever World Gin Awards … Continue reading

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