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Gipsy Hill Moxie Spring Sour

Sour nose, fruity but not sickly, delicious and extremely weather appropriate (omg i love it). The apricot is wonderful and reminds me of a lambic but not nearly as cloying. I’m honestly kind of amazed at how rich and apricot-y the scent is. Like it’s not apricot flavor it’s just actual apricots somehow. Definitely gonna get it again, and also try all the other seasons when I can 🙂

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Brewdog VS Fierce Beer Very Big Moose Imperial Stout

Fruity chocolate nose; boozy almost savory front, nice and heavy like a slightly turpentine sticky toffee pudding. The label says cinnamon but I’m not 100% in agreement. Like there is definitely a spice note but it’s not sharp or with any heat really because the texture and rest of it is so thick. As far as imperial stouts go it’s spot on, with the perfect balance of heavy dark death and enough booze to trick you into feeling light on your feet. I’d serve this in a double pint stein if I wanted to obliterate my friends.

 

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Tesco 2017 South African Pinotage W.O. Western Cape

this is only the second Pinotage i’ve had so i was excited to try it. this is one of my favorite grapes now i think. i’m not sure what the ‘official’ name of this bottle is. on the Tesco website they just call it ‘South African Pinotage’.

it has a wonderful nose of sour cherries. when drinking it’s juicy at first before giving way to a nice dryness that stays fruity, without too much of the woodiness that can come with tannins. i kind of love this wine. i got another bottle to go with some lamb i’m making for easter so i might update this once i’ve tried it with food. 4.5/5

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Tesco Finest 2017 Las Hijuelas Carmenere

i’ve never had this grape before but overall it’s nice and i’m glad i found something like-but-not cabernet sauvignon.

plum nose, dry wood, ‘herbs’ like it says on the bottle. the tannins are a little strong, ie it’s dry, which i like, but it’s also a little too heavy for my tastes. (probably) very nice with steak and mushrooms but a little much to have on its own. that said for six quid it is complex and good, strong (13%) dinner wine so i’d definitely get it again. 4ish out of five?

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wine review! Tesco Finest Lambrusco Reggiano

omg i love this! it reminds me of Top Topic and Sangria Señorial, though obviously ~with~ alcohol. i love this and want it all the time.

speaking of Top Topic, when i was in Czechia around 2003-2004 i could have sworn i had a red grape Top Topic in addition to the white grape one they show on the website, but i can’t seem to find any references to it anywhere. i could have just had the red Vinea i suppose but for some reason that doesn’t look/feel familiar to me.

anyways back to this! it’s just very nice. juicy but not too sweet, soft bubbles, and lots of fun. i could have this every day, particularly since my ultra-lush luxury emperor dream is to start every morning with some sort of wine-based bubbles.

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wine review! 2016 Emotion Côtes de Provence Rosé

even though it’s march, today was the first proper sunny day in a while (following the Beast storm that gave us a week of snow and empty grocery stores and whatnot) so i couldn’t resist getting some lovely rosé. for the complete Provençal experience i took a picture of it with my Cézanne print.

the first nose is definitely strawberries and makes me smile. it’s light and tart at first before filling out in the middle and ending with some nice mineral (and maybe vegetal) dryness. it’s what i think you would call ‘moreish’.

i’m having it with olives, bread and cheese, shrimp and other little tapas sort of snacks but i can definitely imagine this going well with a light pasta. all in all i’m basically in heaven with this lunch 😊

for price-to-value comparison, this is another low-priced Tesco rosé. it was £5 when i got it today but i think usually it’s a tiny bit more expensive. it’s drier than the regular Tesco Côtes de Provence Rosé and since today it happened to be £1.50 cheaper it’s definitely much better for the price. it’s still not as complex as it could be so it’s not mind-blowing or anything, but still very nice overall. tomorrow i’m gonna try an M&S rosé i got specially for a train ride, so it’ll be interesting to see how it compares.

4/5