The utter refinement of sloe joy
Oh, sloe gin, how I love thee. You warm cockles that other spirits can only aspire to reach.
I’ve been sloe obsessed in recent years – identifying the best harvesting sites and drawing up plans for the annual battle with the birds – for when perfect picking conditions are reached the feathered assailants attack. As the sloes start to show signs of ripeness those plans fall into place, implemented with great vigour. I must get my annual sloe fix. Continue reading
December 2011 cook-off, by BHT, hosted at Le Paices.
1599 Small Batch Gin
Il Mashio da Monte
and a 2008 Pinot Noir, Migration Anderson Valley which was amazing.
We finished up with a wonderful Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru and a cheeky bottle of 1998 Montbazillac
We had an impromptu whisky tasting last night (with cheese and sausages and wine).
There was a blind tasting on 4 Bourbons and this is how they rated overall:
- Vintage 17 year old (around £50)
- Hudson Manhattan Rye (around (£48)
- Clarkes Sour Mash (£11 from Aldi)
- Benchmark (£13 from Tesco’s)
Needless to say, we got wasted and even smoked a cigar, followed by Gears of War and Forza on XBox.