Monthly archives: August 2018

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir (Episode 111 Part 2)

In part 2 of this episode, we taste another New Zealand Pinot Noir.

This wine had a much more ruby colour than the Brancott Estate Pinot Noir in part 1.

The nose had more power and taste had more style and richness about it.

The tannins were extremely well balanced certainly the best so far in this episode.


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Brancott Pinot Noir (Episode 111 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste the first of our three NewZealand Pinot Noirs from Brancott Estate which was established in 1973.

John detected a smokey fragrance together with a hint of tyre rubber.

The taste was bright, light and fresh cherry and very light on the tannins. The aftertaste or “length” didn’t last very long to which John puts down to the lack of tannins.

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New Zealand Pinot Noir Introduction (Episode 111)

In this episode, we taste Pinot Noirs from NewZealand the day after John returns for a “flying” visit to New York.

The New Zealand Pinot Noirs we tasted were The Brancott Estate Pinot Noir, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir and Aldi’s very own label Pinot Noir.



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Tasting Mallinsons Pilsner Centennial (Episode 118 Part 5)

In the last part of this episode, we conclude our visit to Mallinsons Brewing Company by tasting their Pilsner Centennial beer.

What a fantastic clean and refreshing beer this was – you ought to try it!




Check out the Brewery’s website to see where you can get it –

If you would like to look at Jacqson Gin’s web site from part 1 of this episode go to

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Tasting Beefeater Gin (Episode 110 Part 3)

In the last part of this episode, we taste Beefeater which has more awards worldwide than any other gin.

A slightly different mouthfeel to this gin than the two Gordon’s we have previously tried in this episode.

Perhaps not surprisingly, for such a successful gin, Beefeater Gin taste has a good deal of complexity.

The addition of tonic water, if everything, helps the flavours flourish





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Citra XL Beer (Episode 118 Part 4)

In this part of the episode, we taste a beer crafted in the Mallinsons Brewery created from a single hop beer from the Citra hop.

This beer with a very gentle maltiness has a slight sweetness to it but a full and fantastic hop flavour.

As it says on the bottle you can also detect a hint of mango and grapefruit.



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Tasting Gordon’s Export Gin (Episode 110 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste the export version of Gordon’s Gin. the UK version of this Gin is 37.5% and this version is 43%. Not a massive a difference, but the taste is significantly different.

The taste when drunk neat was surprisingly complex and the nose was surprisingly different from the UK version.

A great Gin and well worth trying if you have not already!


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Mallinsons Brewing Company History (Episode 118 Part 3)

We talk to Tara and Elaine the founders of Mallinsons Brewery Company about how the brewery was born.

Tara and Elaine explain how their brewery was born from a discussion one Friday night in their local pub in 1983 about a dream to start a brewery.

They then go on to explain how the brewery grew into what it is today.

The passion just shines through from these two lovely ladies.



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Tasting Gordon’s Gin (Episode 110 Part 1)

In this episode, we finish off tasting the biggest selling gins in the world.

The first one we try is the Gordon’s Gin sold into the UK.

It is quintessentially the classic gin and makes the quintessential Gin & Tonic.

As to add that is great value for money in that it is very competitively priced compared to craft gins.


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Mallinsons Citra Gin (Episode 118 Part 2)

In this part of the episode, we talk to Tara from Mallinsons Brewing Company and Jacqueline from Jacqson Gin in the midst of Mallinsons Brewery about how they got to together to create a fantastic new Gin!
Apart from Junipier the next botanical is a single hoop called Citra which is imported from the USA.

We discuss what process the ladies went through to get their new creation.

Well, well worth trying to get hold of a bottle to try!

To find out more you can take a look at Mallinson’s website or e-mail them at

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