Monthly archives: April 2019

Camino del Angel Chilean Malbec from Sainsbury (Episode 136 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste another Chilean Malbec.

This wine was purchased from Sainsbury’s, Camino del Angel, cost a little more than the wine we tasted in part 1 at £6.25.

The nose was a little “tighter” than the wine tasted in part 1.

The taste is very nice, to begin with, and then the tannins just take over and take the taste away.

Rather disappointing and in our view not worth the extra pennies compared to Tesco’s wine tasted in part 1.



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Tesco’s Valle Central Chilean Malbec (Episode 136 Part 1)

In the first part of this episode, we taste the first of our Malbec wines from Chile.

The wine tasted in this episode is Tesco’s Chilean Malbec.

The price is very competitive at just £4.75 a bottle, but is it worth that?

The nose gives off a lot of fruit, cherry and the taste also is of predominately cheery with strawberry and raspberry flavours.

Very light on the tannins making it very soft. It is also very “juicy” and would make an ideal wine for someone trying to acquire a taste for red wine.

At the price, this is excellent value!


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Tasting Kokoro Gin (Episode 135)

In this episode, we taste a London Dry Gin with a hint of a Japanese herb in the taste.

On the nose this it has a peppery smell on top of the juniper smell.

When drinking this gin neat John L couldn’t make his mind up whether he likes this Gin neat or not. John M however really liked it. Even neat the gin was very refreshing.

With Tonic Water added John L immediately smelt a smell that reminded of when a new children’s plastic swimming pool/paddling pool that has just been blown up.

The Tonic Water really brought out the taste of the Gin improving the taste significantly.



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Jay Z’s Armand De Brignac Champagne (Episode 134 Part 2)

In this part of this episode, we taste the Armand De Brignac Champagne. This Champagne House is owned by the famous rapper Jay Z husband to Beyonce.

This champagne retails at between £200 and £300 and in our view it’s taste did not warrant the price tag.

In John L’s opinion, the Ambriel tasted a few weeks ago which retails at £26.50 tastes better!

to find out more take a look at the video if you have not already!


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Pol Roger 2004 Vintage Champagne (Episode 134 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste two big names in the Champagne world Pol Roger and Armand de Brignac which both have a hefty price tag so we are expecting great things from both of them, but particularly the Armand de Brignac as it retails between £200 and £3001

In this first part, we taste a Vintage Pol Roger 2004 which retails at a price around £75.

A fantastic well-balanced glass of Champagne with no excess acidity to detect. The flavour is as close as you can get to perfection for John L!

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Chateau Les Bouysses Malbec (Episode 133 Part 3)

In this last part of this episode, we taste our last French Malbec from the Cahors region.

This one was darker in colour and on the nose smells more like Rioja to John L. and on the palate, it so much better than the previous two examples in this episode.

It is available from Sainsbury’s at £13.00 which is considerably more expensive than the wines tasted in part 1 and 2.

The taste of this has rich blackcurrant flavour, tannins soft with red berries on the end of the taste.



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Rigal Original Malbec (Episode 133 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we continue tasting French Malbec. This wine – Rigal Original Malbec – is available from Asda at £7.50.
On the nose, it is more intense than the Tesco Malbed we tasted in part 1 with a strong Cherry small.

On the tongue, this Malbec gives much more flavour.

Although John M gives this wine a score of 73, he reduces this score to 70 when he tastes the wine in part 3 of this episode!

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Tescos Finest Cahors Malbec (Episode 133 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste the first of the three French Malbecs, this one purchased from Tescos and is part of their own Finest brand.

It had a rich garnet colour and was very bright on the eye.

A strong blackcurrant nose, however on the palate this wine seems to be one dimensional and one of those without complexity at all.

A disappointing start for this episode!



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Finco Los Altepes Argentine Malbec (Episode 132 Part 4)

This part of the episode was shot a few weeks after we tasted the wines in parts 1, 2 and three. Whilst the first three in this episode were very nice they did not hit our high expectations for Argentine we decided to splash out a little more than normal and purchased this £27 bottle of Argentine Malbec to see if the price made a difference.

Take a look at the video to find out what we thought of it.

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Trivento Argentina Mendoza Malbec (Episode 132 Part 3)

In this final part of our episode on tasting Argentine Malbec, we taste a bottle of Trivento Malbec again from the Mendoza region which is available from Tescos priced at £8.00.

The nose again smells more like a Pinot Noir than a Malbec, on the taste however the flavour is more Malbec with a red cherry order. We consider the tannins to be a little too heavy and therefore slightly unbalanced.

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