Sunday, March 1, 2009
WHEN CHARDONNAY DOESN'T CUT IT
Sometimes a glass of wine just doesn't hit the spot.
After a day out which included seeing the very overrated movie Valkerie (I have always been fascinated by the story which is why I went to see it. it's a shame that the over-inflated egos of wankers like Tom Cruise ruin potentially powerful stories. The great journeymen cast of British support actors could not salvage a bad job), on returning home lynn opted for a glass of Chardonnay that was left in the bottle in the fridge (Kumeu River Village 2006) and I, not wanting to open a new bottle of anything decided on a gin.
We do not often drink spirits but we do have a formidable collection of very good Malt Whiskey, Cognac, Vodka and Gin.
Re Gin we have over our many years of drinking and having visited the major English distilleries, decided that Beefeaters Crown Jewel (50% alc/vol) is the best that we have ever discovered. Like wine, gin types, flavours and brands come down to personal taste. We have experienced Boodles, Tanqueray, Bombay etc - all great gins with good provenance but Crown jewel hits the spot with us. This excellent gin used to be only available from duty free outlets and those outside of the country. When I used to travel a lot I was up to speed on this but now am not so sure about where it can be bought (travelers and Beefeater owners please let me know otherwise) -anyway, back to my late afternoon drinking pleasure. Beefeater Crown Jewel is the best drink I have had for weeks!
The deliciously sharp and tangy taste, suitably chilled over a few ice cubes and enhanced by some Franks passionfruit and lemon soda has certainly done it for me this afternoon.