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Sunday, December 25, 2005

REVIEW: Tis the season to be jolly

Tis the season to be jolly and thanks to someone special (you know who you are) we should have no trouble being jolly this season as they very kindly bought us a Christmas Hamper Case from those lovely people at Vintage Roots.

The case features one of each of the following wonderful bottles:
  • DO Cava Brut 21
  • Casablanca Valley Novas Chardonnay
  • Colchagua Valley Novas Carmenère / Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Finest Reserve Port (Half Bottle)
  • Cool Blonde Lager
  • Duchy Originals Organic Ale
  • Liostagma Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Biona Organic Cranberry Fruit Drink
  • Utkins UK5 Organic Vodka (Mini Bottles)
  • PLUS a packet of Montezuma's Uno Drinking Chocolate

Needless to say we will review each bottle as we work our way through them all. Not neccessarily today of course. Tis the season to be jolly not absolutely bloody slaughtered fa la la la la, la la la la!

So the first bottle to be opened was the Duchy Originals Organic Ale. Duchy Originals is the organic label owned and managed by Prince Charles.

All five of us thought it was a great British ale. The colour of the ale was autumnal: lots of golden brown and orange, which makes it gorgeous to pour and look at. The taste was smooth, pure and premium with no bite. Overall the flavour made me mindful of earthiness and the harvesting of grains. You could taste the love. Not bitter. Not sweet. Just a lovely ale. Am not normally an ale drinker but would drink barrels of this stuff without hesitation.

This afternoon...two of us are doing christmas shots (vodka and freshly cooked cranberries) with the watch out for that review...if I can still type of course.

Ho Ho [Hic] Ho!



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