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Spirit of Masham – House Cocktail (Episode 178)

The Spirit of Masham proprietor and distiller Derek Harle takes us through how to make their Dry Martini House Cocktail.

Add 50ml of Marsala Spirit of Masham Gin to a cocktail Shaker
Add a splash (around 15ml) of sugar syrup
Add 20ml of Vya dry Vermouth
Add ice
Give it a good shake
Strain through into your cocktail glass
Peel some lemon rind over the glass to allow the zest into the glass
as cutting
Place a little lemon twist in the glass

A great refreshing cocktail!

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Wines of Romania (Episode 168)

We talk to Lucian Timofanovici who was helping man the Wines of Romania stand at the 2019 London Wine Fair.

Lucian introduces himself and then goes onto to discuss the Romanian wine.

Lucian explains that Romania is the 5th largest European producer of wine, but only 5% of it is currently exported.

Lucian then goes on to discuss the grapes and wines available from Romania.

 

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Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja at the London Wine Fair (Episode 164)

In the first of our London Wine Fair interviews, we interview Sonia from the Ramirez de la Piscina vineyard and ask her all things Rioja.

Sonia’s family has been making wine in the Rioja for many generations and her pride and passion for her family’s wine shine through.

Want to know about Rioja – this is the video for you!

 

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Take a look at Sonia’s family website at: –
http://www.ramirezdelapiscina.com/enoturismo

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Whittaker’s Gin (Episode 163 Part 1)

We visit Whitakers Distillery in the beautiful rural countryside of North Yorkshire.

We discuss how they started their distilling journey some four years ago.

From the experiments in the kitchen through to getting a significant Rural Development grant to build their own custom made distillery, complete with it’s own neutral spirit distilling plant making it one, of only 12, distilling plants in the UK that can produce it’s own neutral spirit

We then taste some of the fantastic gins they produce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about Toby and Jane’s wonderful gin take a look at their web site by following this link: – https://www.whittakersgin.com

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1000 Stories Zinfandel (Episode 160)

In this episode, we taste a great Zinfandel, perhaps the best wine we have tasted this year!

To begin with, it smells wonderful a great start to the tasting.

A full on taste of cherries and blackcurrant and so light on the tannins – extremely well balanced. A really lush wine, although unfortunately, they have already sold out of this particular example – it must have been good!

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Addingham Fruit Liqueurs (Episode 156)

 

A lovely lady called Fiona Mann kindly sent us 4 of her lovely gin-based liqueurs.

All the fruits used in the production of these wonderful liqueurs are grown in the Yorkshire Dales, where Fiona’s distillery is based. Unfortunately, Fiona suffered a spinal stroke a few summers ago and producing these wonderful liqueurs has enabled her to give up her day job, which given her mobility was proving to be difficult, to solely concentrate on bringing these fantastic products to market.

The first gin-based liqueur we taste is a Rhubarb liqueur, which John M is slightly apprehensive about as he does not particularly like the taste of Rhubarb. However, on tasting John is very surprised to learn that he loves this liqueur!

The second liqueur is a Damson liqueur, and once again this another flavour that John normally does not enjoy, but when tasting this liqueur he really likes this liqueur. With tonic added he enjoys it as a long drink but would prefer to drink this particular liqueur neat!

Next, we try the Blackberry liqueur, which is Fiona’s personal preference. This liqueur has a little “tartness” to it with a sweet after taste. We tried this liqueur with tonic to stay consistent with the previous samples, but after tasting felt it would probably be better mixed with lemonade.

Finally, the last liqueur which is a blackcurrant liqueur, is full on, on the nose. A really powerful and fantastic bouquet. Again we paired this with tonic, but after tasting the mix we believe it could be better mixed with lemonade.

 

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Grillo Wine (Sparkling) – Episode 155

In this episode, we taste a bottle of Sparkling Grillo wine available from Aldi.

It has a nice “Verde” type colour with a sweet aroma of pear.

The taste was “very lively” with a lovely “sherberty” taste to it.

It was low on the acidity that many other sparkling wines suffer from.

A very fresh and well-balanced wine for £7.99.

A fantastic price for great sparkling wine!

 

 

155 Sparkling Grillo

 

Link to Aldi’s page at the time of posting: –

https://www.aldi.co.uk/search?text=grillo&category=ALL

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Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine (Episode 153)

Drinking a wine one evening John L thought John M would enjoy so he thought he would seek Joh M’s view on the wine,

The wine was produced to celebrate the vineyards 10th year.

On the tongue, there is a lot of red berry fruit with a strawberry after taste.

 

 

Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine

 

This wine was available from Naked wines for £6.99 – see the following link

Naked Wines Link

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BeefSteak South African Wellington Malbec (Episode 151)

In this episode, we taste a South African Malbec from the BeefSteak Stable of wines selected for their compatibility with, you guessed it, Steak!

This wine has a very promising nose but whilst a very nice wine, it doesn’t have that wow factor. It has a great instant taste but is disappointing in terms of the length or put another way time that the tastes lasts.

 

 

BeefSteak Wellington Malbec

 

 

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Yorkshire Dales Distillery (Episode 150)

This episode is about not one, but three fantastic Gins, all of which have shot into John L’s top 10. (It used to be top 5, but it seemed too difficult with the introduction of these three gins to determine the top 5!)

We discuss with Tony how he and his wife, Sarah, got into gin, what drove him to start his fantastic distillery and his goal of creating world-class spirit and providing employment for veterans, young people and ex-cons.

During the interview, Tony takes me through a tasting experience and then at the end of the interview I hot foot it back to the Cellar for John M to taste and give his opinion!

Let us know what you think of the interview and if you get to try the gin what you think of it.

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https://www.yorkshiredalesdistillery.com 

 

 

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