Just occasionally I try some non-whisky alternatives





Lemorton Calvados

Produced by Didier Lemorton in 1926, 40% ABV


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Dark oak with a bronze tinge

Nose: Stewed green apple marinated in balsamic. Very aromatic, very refined, lovely.

Palate: Just oodles of apple-iness with a very smooth mouth-feel and gently not overpowering.

Finish: Long and sophisticated.

Overall Impression: Aromatic, refined and awfully civilised.





Grande Champagne Cognac

Chateau Pailloud Malaville

Distilled 1848, bottled 1933


Glass: Crystal brandy goblet (of course)

Colour: Rich, dark polished oak with an extra tinge of light treacle toffee

Nose: Fan-bloody-tastic, richly aromatic with an immediate fruitiness (bramble, forest fruits?), but it also has lots of herbal characteristics with even a suggestion of honey. There's also aged leather and rich red wine / LBV-style port-iness.

Palate: First impressions are of a dryness, very dry, but that's not at all bad. Then the herbal-ness and rich red wine.

Finish: Very long, extremely long and dry, all sitting comfortably right on the back of the palate.

Overall Impression: Amazing, stunning, "Great", what more can I say?








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