Episode 8 – The Beginning, Some Travels, Finishing With Brandy

December 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Episode 8 ~ Link to Podcast

Programming note: Chat about Grannies Shortbread has been postponed because of scheduling conflict with guest.

Segment 1 ~ How to become a dork & In The News

First get a degree in Political Science, then sit at a bar and be wowed with the flavour of a wine.

Dork creating wine – Black Tower Riesling ~ $10.49

New Restaurant: Fol Epi & Agrius 732 Yates Street. Second location for the artisan bakery that makes the best baguette and boule this side of Paris. Agrius is open Mon-Fri for lunch, brunch on the weekend and the only night that it is closed is Sunday. They source from local produce and meats and make their own charcuterie.

Segment 2 & 3 ~ Getting Caught Up With Shawn Soole

Iceland – Brennivin Aquavit: Aquavit is a neutral spirit infused with dill and caraway. Very common in Nordic countries, it is usually drank straight and frozen. Pair with fermented dried shark 🙂

On a flavour spectrum Brennivin Aquavit sit between Vodka and Gin.

Available in some specialty private stores.

Manchester, UK – Aperol (Italian bitters) is the sponsor of Manchester United.

Aperol Spritz is a common cocktail found in Italy. The Roman version simply mixes 1 part Aperol with 3 parts Prosecco.

Nicaragua – Flor de Cana Rum

 

Flor de Cana translates as Flower of the Cane.

Flor de Cana is made from hand harvested sugar cane and is aged in barrels.

Available in the market is Flor de Cana 5 Year (currently $5 off in December at $22.99)

Flor de Cana 7 Year $31.99

Flor de Cana 18 Year $59.99

Recommendation: If you are looking to give the gift of spirits this Christmas look to single batch rum as the best bang for the buck. The intensity of flavour of the 18 Year old is unmatched. Consider how much the rum has been intensified over 18 years. 18 years of Angel Share (The amount of spirit evaporated each year during aging). In Nicaragua the angel share is 6-8%, thus the spirit intensifies at a higher rate than Scotch (2-3% Angel Share). 18 Year Old Scotch is about double the price of 18 Year Old Rum.

Segment 4 ~ Brandy and Best Buy of the Week

Brandy is a favourite if mine. As for a brandy that delivers big value look for the Torres line of Brandies.

5 Year over delivers amongst entry brandies in the $20-$30 range.

Jime, top of the line at $120, is truly amazing brandy and about 1/2 the cost of a similar quality of Cognac.

Best Buy of the WeekCasa Viva Pinot Noir

Coming up next week – Pairing for Christmas fare.

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