Bunch of Puppycat stuff came in the mail. Then remembered kick starter from a couple fo years ago, oh boy. Anyways, here we have Grande absente, France, standing at 69%. This may sound odd to describe but this is does some things right and some things wrong, constantly bringing itself back to just being okay. Deserves a slow clap maybe.
Texture is quite thin but clings a bit in a pleasant way. Just louched enough after quite a bit of water was added. Aroma stings a little, in a strong alcohol way. Yet does not arise during tasting. Also not too sweet, a little warming but not many other flavours make an appearance. Not one I would have again yet have no issues with it overall.
Now that’s a decent sized bottle of beer! Today we have Slot Machine from Brew Dog. A red rye IPA at 5.2%.
Now this might sound odd but the smell is definitely a Brew Dog beer. Not sure if it’s just me but I have found there is a distinct smell to all their beers. The taste is hoppy and sour. I will be interested to see if the “rye spiciness” mentioned on the label surfaces as I get further down the bottle.
This is vile.
Purely in my opinion of course. Mythe Absinthe, France, standing at 69% was olive oil coloured to start with. Even after the first whiff upon opening the bottle, to the first try, to adding more water than any previous incarnation so far. Any and ALL flavours are overpowered beyond comprehension by this bitterness, that constantly grows when the glass leaves your lips, vile aftertaste doesn’t do it justice. No real, really thin, louche.
I’ve got it. You know when you spray an air freshener and you breath some in? Like it gets on your tongue. That kind of medicinal bitterness, mixed with lemon white zest (the bit you dont use) is what this drink is.
Another from the Pressure Drop brewery in London, Bosko, a retro IPA at 6.5%. Chosen because it reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld. My criteria for buying beer isn’t exactly complex.
It’s hard to notice unless you hold it up to the light, but there is a lot of stuff just floating in this one. Not much to the smell and the taste is mainly hops with a slightly sour after taste. The tasting notes on the bottle mention caramel, zest and pine but I’m noticing any of these.
Look at the pretty peridot, must not say Phosphophyllite, colour. I remember La fee from a previous bottle, from France, NV absinthe Verte standing at 40%. Didnt notice the lower alcohol percentage until typing began, noticed something was different. Overall it is much more mellow than previous endeavours. It kinda has a juice like aroma, sweetness and not much else. Texture is super thin, before and after louche, and leaves the lightest of tingles. Taste does leave you wanting more. Between the sweetness, mild anise and water like flavours. Visually pretty but not a good absinthe by a long shot.
In another first, this is being written from the pub. Today’s drink is passion fruit Seacider at 4%.
This is more like fruit juice than a cider. I would put it in a group with the Old Mout ciders. Very much the taste and smell of passion fruit. If you didn’t know this was alcoholic, it could be dangerous. Not that anyone would be dumb enough to get drunk on what they thought was fruit juice *cough Scott cough*.
La maison Fontaine. Verte. Absinthe. France. 55%. It what we have tonight. A beautiful colour with a beautiful display, even the water dripping from the sugar cube was creating wisps of pale white clouds. A strong, if domineering, scent of wormwood. Louched very quickly. Very fine/light texture, resulting to rather rapid amounts disappearing from the glass. Taste is quite mellow with warming herbs and wormwood. But nothing else too strong. A gentle drink that would be good to introduce people into the world of absinthe maybe.