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12-12-29 23:27:02
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Golden brown

Smell: Vanilla, orange, oak

Taste: Dry, oaky. A bit whisky like. Slight alcoholic bite but not disturbing.

I rate it at 3/5

12-12-29 23:25:08
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Berry Bros & Rudd, XO Caribbean Rum (Trinidad)
"This edition of The Selected by Berry's XO Caribbean Rum comes from Trinidad's Caroni Estate distillery, which is sadly now closed, leaving just this small piece of liquid Caribbean history," says a Berry's spokesperson. "This single estate, single age (12-year-old) rum is some of the last ever produced here." Oily on the nose, with new leather, summer fruits, brown sugar and ginger. The palate is smooth, fruity and notably spicy, while the finish dries slowly with delicate tannins. Final notes of bananas, butter and linseed oil. 46.0% ABV, 70cl

Official Tasting Notes: This deep golden rum brims with sweet, rich fruity aromas countered by zesty lemon and lime, some treacle toffee and cloves. The wonderfully succulent honeyed palate delivers waves of flavour. A little oak shines through to offer some balancing tannin.

Maker: http://www.bbr.com/products-4992-berrys … t_tab_F=RI



12-12-29 22:35:28
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Golden brown

Smell: raisins, ripe fruit, sweetness

Taste: Very powerful taste. Arrak like in rum&raisin ice cream, slight sweetness. reminds me about navy rum like Pussers.

Rated 3+/5

12-12-29 22:33:19
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Plantation Panama 2002 - 42%
This rum is column distilled followed by 10 years in  bourbon cask. This expert production process brings richness and great complexity to this rum.  With notes of vanilla bean, coconut, quince and spices, Panama 2000 reveals oaky and smoky aromas and is rum full of character.

Source: http://www.plantationrum.com/en/pages/view/491


12-12-29 22:30:18
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: golden brown

Smell: Powerful smell, hints of arrak

Taste: Very powerful taste with a bit of cinnamon and ginger.

Rated 3/5

12-12-29 22:28:50
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Plantation Jamaica 2000 - 42%
Intense and highly aromatic as a result of long fermentation and pot still distillation, Plantation Jamaica is faithful to its origins. A lovely mahogany color, it reveals a wide range of exotic aromas on the nose, with marked notes of plantain, ripe fruit and confectionery sweets. A generous palate and plenty of length. A powerful rum with plenty of character !

Source: http://www.plantationrum.com/en/pages/view/374


12-12-29 22:26:24
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Golden brown

Taste: Hints of raisins and arrak.

Rated 3/5

Work in progress....

12-12-29 22:24:36
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Plantation Grenada 2003 - 42%
From the most fertile of the Caribbean islands where plantations of sugar cane adjoin those of cocoa, tropical fruits and nutmeg, Plantation Grenada 2003 reveals notes of ripened and flambeed pineapple and spices. The star anise notes bring freshness to this elegant and light rum.

Source: http://www.plantationrum.com/en/pages/view/493

Couldn't find any info on the 1998 but I guess they are more or less the same from year to year...

12-12-29 22:16:23
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Golden brown

Smell: Sweet, some oakiness

Taste: Nice rum with some very slight alcoholic taste. Quite oakey and dry


12-12-29 22:13:51
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Plantation Guatemala Gran Anejo - 42%
Color: A golden yellow with glints of amber
Nose: Starts with vanilla aromas that turn woody with some coconut, and finishes with a hint of licorice
Mouth:  Smooth, round, woody vanilla notes, blossoming into a light and elegant finish

Source: http://www.plantationrum.com/en/pages/view/487


12-12-29 22:10:58
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Golden brown

Smell: sweetness, alcohol

Taste: A certain alcoholic bite but not unpleasant. Arrak taste, like swedish punch


12-12-29 22:08:48
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Plantation Grande Réserve 5 years - 40%
A very fine blend of Barbados rums, aged for five years in bourbon casks in the Caribbean then refined in old French oak casks at Château de Bonbonnet. Its succulent nose, typical of the Barbados style, reveals notes of toasted coconut, fudge and oaky vanilla. Plantation Grande Réserve 5 Year Old can be enjoyed straight, on ice or in cocktails.

Source: http://www.plantationrum.com/en/pages/view/368


12-12-29 21:32:22
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

I have both The Forgotten Casks and The Chairmans Reserve. I liked the Forgotten Casks better. A friend ordered a bottle for himself after tasting mine. A very decent rum for the price.

I think they did a really stupid thing with the marketing. It would have been much better to call it "The Chairmans Reserve XO" or something similar. If the forgotten casks still is available in a year or so it makes their claims regarding a limited issue seem as fake as they probably are. How many casks could possibly be forgotten? They might have gotten the inspiration for the issue from a few forgotten casks but I would be very surprised if all the rum here is actually forgotten. Had they Called it the XO or something they could continue to market it without looking fake.

The rum is good so it annoys me when they can't let the rum speak for itself. An extra aged, non chilled filtered Chairmans Reserve at a reasonable price is a very attractive offering.  Maybe they are trying to copy the Angostura 1919 marketing? 

Colour: Red/brown

Smell: A bit oakey, no sweetness or alcohol in the smell

Taste: A very full, smooth tasting rum. Found hints of licorice in it which surprised me.

I warmly recommend this rum. It's a great buy at it's price. I rate it at 4/5 and will buy it again if it's still available when my bottle is finished.

12-12-29 21:23:06
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

The Forgotten Casks

On May 2nd 2007 St. Lucia Distillers was struck by a major fire which destroyed our administration and blending facility. Mercifully most of our distillery was spared but we suffered great problems with storage space for our casks. In the melee that followed our cellar master, Mr. Cyril Mangal, was forced to find space for ageing casks in the most unusual places. Having done so the cellar team had a memory lapse and forgot the casks that had been laid down for our award winning rum Chairman's Reserve. These casks were discovered recently and upon tasting were found to contain a wonderfully complex rum which we decided to offer as a limited release.

    Brand Positioning: Premium
    Blend: A blend of Coffey and pot stills
Maturation: In American white oak casks - Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Buffalo Trace - separately by still, then blended and reintroduced to oak for a further 5 years.

    Age: A blend of rums ranging from seven to twelve years in age
    Alcoholic Strength: 40% abv
    Sizes: 6 x 700ml
    Tasting Note: Rich dark gold mahogany colour. Wonderfully intense nose of sweet raison, sultana and hints of tobacco and vanilla from the oak. On the palate intense with sweet honeyed fruit and spices giving a wonderfully balanced and complex rum.
International Awards

GOLD MEDAL (Best in Class) – 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition
SILVER MEDAL – 2011 International Spirits Challenge

Source: http://www.saintluciarums.com/the-forgotten-casks.html

12-12-02 22:08:36
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

I will keep an eye open for these. "1931" I have been tempted to buy a few times but I have been a bit hesitant about the Renegades.

12-12-02 21:45:26
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

This shows the importance of picking the right casks. With these long aging periods I guess you want to use casks that adds less character to the rum. Using a young cask here might be a disaster.

50 years in tropical conditions is actually pretty amazing, I wonder how much is left in each cask after such a long aging period. They probably move the rum between casks to get the correct wood influence but the losses over time must be huge.

Since I like the ordinary Pampero Ron Añejo Aniversario I was tempted to buy the 2011 special edition. I have searched the net to try and find out what is the actual difference between the SE and the ordinary one but failed. The Pampero and Diageo sites were so bad and thin on information that it's embarrassing. That companies of that size can't even produce proper information regarding their own products seems like a certain sign that the products themselves means nothing to the company. It's a bad sign...

Back to the rum then. It comes in the same bottle as the ordinary one with a slightly different label and a black leather bag instead. So far I have been pretty disappointed, it all feels like cheap marketing. I have tasted it side by side with the ordinary Pampero Ron Añejo Aniversario, from a bottle that has been opened for a while. I have noticed that my rums change taste after they have been opened for a couple of weeks. They tend to get mellower, a lot of the rough edges disappears. I find it nice since some of the bite disappears and leave a more pleasant drink. This is of course a very bad since the spirits are deteriorating but I am not all that bothered by it. I found the original Pampero a bit harsh but nice when I bought it but after a while I really started to like it after it had lost the worst harshness. For a while it was my favourite bottle. When I bought a new bottle the bite was back again...

So how is the special edition then? I actually like it better than the regular one. I don't know if it's only the difference between my two bottles or if there are some changes to the blend. More additives maybe? The smell is "fuller" on the SE and in comparison the regular is a bit thinner with more noticeable alcohol. It's like the special edition would be the same blend but with older casks of rum used. The same difference is present in the taste. The special edition has a nicer fuller taste with less bite than the ordinary one. I think it's slightly more expensive but I will buy this one instead as long as it's available.

Colour: Light golden brown, the ordinary Aniversario is actually slightly darker.

Smell: Sweet, oaky with a slight bit of alcohol

Taste: Sweet, a bit oaky but not dry or whisky like in character at all. Only small hints of alcohol in the aftertaste.

I rate this rum at 4/5 and will buy it again if it's still available when my bottle is empty.

Industrias Pampero, C.A.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Industrias Pampero, C.A. 
The Pampero traditional logo
Type Private
Industry Distilled beverages
Founded Caracas, Venezuela (1938)
Headquarters Caracas, Venezuela
Ocumare del Tuy
Valencia, Venezuela
Key people Alejandro Hernandez, founder
Products Rum
Website www.pampero.com
Industrias Pampero, C.A. is a rum distillery established in 1938 in Venezuela. Together with C.A. Ron Santa Teresa and Seagram's Ron Cacique brands, Pampero has contributed to placing the country among the top ten rum producers and exporters in the world. Its main production plant is located at a nineteenth-century family-owned "Hacienda La Guadalupe" estate, now "Complejo Licorero del Centro", in Ocumare, Miranda state, in the region of the Tuy river valleys, in the fertile central plains.

"Ron Pampero" is typically known by Venezuelans as "Caballito Frenao" (Bitten Horse), mainly as a reference to its popular brand logo, a cowboy riding his wild horse in the Venezuelan plains, a scene comparable to that of the gaucho from the Argentinian plains, or Pampas, so therefore its name ("Pampero" literally means "from the Pampas", though the Venezuelan plains are called "the llanos").

Pampero was created in 1938 by Alejandro Hernández, the son of a fisherman from Isla Margarita.

Pampero is credited for having set the initial standards for rum production in Venezuela, and was the first rum to be accredited ‘Añejo’, by the Venezuelan government. Alejandro Hernández later on joined the political life of the country, occupying the office of Governor of the Nueva Esparta state and even running for the presidency of the country.

Despite popular belief and its long tradition, Industrias Pampero, C.A. is no longer a Venezuela-owned company. After having been a part of United Distillers for some years, it is currently a division of Diageo, the world's largest liquor holding company.

Pampero rums have been awarded several international prizes, including the Gold Award Premium Category for several years, and most recently, the Best Rum at the prestigious 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

All of Pampero rums, being "añejos" (aged), usually have a golden color that comes from having been matured in oak casks for several years, the duration depending on the type of rum.

Pampero Oro (Gold)
Pampero Ron Añejo Especial
Pampero Ron Añejo Aniversario, known for its bottle in a leather pouch
Pampero Blanco
Pampero Selección 1938 Ron Añejo

12-07-31 01:27:14
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

I find manufacturers tasting notes quite entertaining. Specially when reading them after having tasted the spirit and comparing real life to their notes. If I can pick out one out of five of their stated flavours I am having a good day. I don't know if that tells more about my lack of taste buds or the over active imagination of the marketing department? This is one of the reasons I will never become anything else than a happy amateur...

How are the XM10 and XM12 compared to the 5 yo? I saw the XM12 in a shop window in Denmark friday afternoon and was tempted. I like the El Dorados so I thought it might be interesting to taste the XMs since I think it comes from the same distillery

12-07-28 23:45:18
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

I would love that! I don't have any contacts in Berlin personally but will ask a round among my friends. I mostly know people in Bremerhaven in northern Germany since I go there quite regularly when I work. Are you going for work or vacation?

12-07-27 13:23:22
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

I would buy it again if there was only Bacardis etc available in a store but there is too much else to try for me to go back to something that made a bad first impression. If I found it at a good price I doubt I could resist taking it though...

There are a few I would like to try from another bottle like for example Mount Gay XO. I got an old style bottle well after the new one was on the market. Neither I or anybody that have tasted the rum from my bottle has liked it so I wonder if my bottle is bad since so many people praise it as the best rum ever.

12-07-27 13:16:08
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Not yet. I almost got the 10 but when I had the money the store had run out of bottles. The 10 is still on my "need-to-get"-list but the 25 is a bit out of my budget... I want the St Nicholas Abbeys too but they are hard to find at a reasonable price.

12-05-15 21:48:42
Topic: Mai Tai
Category: Mixed drinks
Forum: Rum based

Test 5
1 oz Appleton Estate V/X
1 oz Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
0,5 oz Monin Orgeat
0,5 oz Triple Sec
0,75 oz Lime Juice
0,25 syrup

This is a good combination, maybe a bit sweet but the diplomatico is pretty sweet. Might Want to reduce the sugar syrup slightly next time.

12-04-22 19:38:49
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Smell: Very sweet, vanilla, run raisin icecream

Taste: Sweet, a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Hints of aceton. This one was not for me. It was too sweet with something unpleasant hiding beneath the sweetness.

I rate it at 2/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-04-22 19:25:45
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

The mellow flavour of uniqueness with the intoxicating Aroma of India Cane. Mature to perfection in imported oak barrels

The history of Amrut Distilleries is as old as the history of independent India itself. Indeed, just as India itself, after six decades of notable progress, is now noted as among the global economic leaders, so too has Amrut Distilleries grown both in stature and in size. Among the earliest to enter the then arcane field of liquor making, Amrut Distilleries Limited began in 1948 under the name and style of Amrut Laboratories, with an initial investment of barely a few lakhs. The founder was the late Shri J.N. Radhakrishna, J.N.R as he is fondly called to this day. Much of this fascinating story was made possible by the resolve of successive generations of the Jagdale family to embrace value and to discount form for substance. Under the leadership of the founder, Amrut Distilleries made rapid strides to entrench itself as a significant, for many the preferred, supplier of Indian Made Liquor (IML) in the Defence Market. In its state of origin, Karnataka, too, Amrut Distilleries grew to be one of the dominant suppliers, especially in the old Mysore area. After the untimely demise of J.N. Radhakrishna Rao Jagdale in 1976, the mantle devolved on his son, Shri Neelakanta Rao, the present Chairman and Managing Director. Building on the solid foundations laid by his later father, his stewardship has seen Amrut Distilleries blossom into a multi-national brand respected as much for the superlative quality of its products as his campaign for transparent practices by the IML industry.
His penchant for innovation and technology-upgrade has been the ideal foil for the time-tested traditions enshrined by the founder. From its beginning as single bottling unit catering primarily to the Canteen Stores of the Ministry of Defence and to local customers in and around Bangalore, Amrut Distilleries has now grown into a trans-national player with:-

a) A re-distillation plant to produce superior extra neutral alcohol for captive consumption.

b) Two bottling units – 1 each in Karnataka and the neighboring state of Kerala.

c) Local bottling arrangements with know-how provided by Amrut Distilleries in five other states of India.

d) A portfolio of dozens of products including several that are appreciated by the connoisseurs across the world.

e) An established market spanning the length and width of the country,and

f) A nascent but burgeoning market across the European Union.

Growth in the product portfolio and in its market size has brought concomitant growth in the financials too. With a paid-up share capital of Rs. 20 million, the company sports a financially healthy look with accumulated reserves exceeding Rs. 250 millions. Turnover has grown astronomically from a mere few lakhs to Rs. 1500 millions a year today. To manage and deliver on its present status as noteworthy national player, the company has also taken on board external talent in substantial numbers and boasts today of a more than thousand-strong workforce of professionals and skilled staff at its various units.

Source: http://www.amrutdistilleries.com

12-04-22 18:53:23
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Smell: Sweet, raisins, a bit of mint?

Taste: A bit oaky, the alcohol is quite noticeable but it's all in all pretty good. It got better with a few drops of water.

I liked it, it's a nice sipper or high end mixer. There is still some alcoholic bite in it. It's a bit too expensive to buy in Sweden due to our taxes. In this price range you can find better rums. If I find it cheaper when travelling I will definitely buy a bottle. I would like to taste it again on another occasion and see if I can find more flavours.

I rate this rum at 3/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-04-14 20:05:33
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Pale yellow

Smell: Not a lot of things to smell here..

Taste: Sweet, some fruits but harsh bite. Finishes with rough alcoholic bite.

This one is definitely a mixer. I sipped it and am probably giving it an unfair low grade due to that. This is a cane juice rum but doesn't remind me about the other cane juice rums I have tried so far at all. It might be good for a Mojito but I doubt it would be better than the Havana Club 3 Años that is way cheaper.

I rate it at 2/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best. It would be nice to try it as a mixer instead so if I ever find it at a good price I might buy it.

12-04-09 18:12:04
Category: Beer
Forum: Wheat beer

Colour: Cloudy orange/brown

Taste: Sweet, slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mild. Too sweet for me but I have never been a real fan of wheat beer.

I rate this at 2/5 on a scale where 5 is best.

12-04-09 18:05:40
Category: Beer
Forum: Wheat beer

All of Franziskaner's weiss beer products - Hefe-Weisse Hell and Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - are top-fermentation beers noted for their agreeable carbonation levels and zesty wheat flavour. The consistently high quality of our products makes Franziskaner weiss beers a refreshing taste sensation of a special sort. All Franziskaner weiss beers are brewed in strict adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.


12-04-09 17:45:19
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Brown/red

Taste:  Sweet, slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Good beer for food but it might be a bit too sweet for me on it's own.

I rate this at 4/5 on a scale where 5 is best mostly due to it being such a good beer for scandinavian food.

12-04-09 17:28:01
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Pumpviken Easter beer 2012
A strong mild ale, really mellow and dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

Pumpviken is located in the beautiful nature reserve Lövhagen South of Nynashamn. The beer is of the Strong Mild Ale, brewed with Maris Otter malt and four different types of caramel malt. It is seasoned with Nugget, Challanger and East Kent Golding hops. Like all our beer is unpasteurized - and brewed with care and love.


12-04-09 17:08:27
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: Light yellow

Smell: Sweet, nothing that leaves an impression of anything specific

Taste: Sweet, ripe fruits or raisins. Initially some alcoholic bite but it disappeared after being aired for a while. Very slight bite in the aftertaste.

I rate this rum at 3/5 on a scale where 5 is best.

12-04-09 17:00:24
Category: Spirits

Colour: Light yellow, like white wine

Smell: Nice citrus smell, no hint of alcohol

Taste: Noticeable bite, a lot of the citrus taste.

Beautiful square low bottle, like a decanter. Nice cork with wooden top. Nice but too harsh, needs more ageing to be enjoyable.

I rate this tequila at 3/5 on a scale where 5 is best.

12-03-21 21:54:57
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Colour: orange/brown

Smell: Sweet with something I couldn't really identify. I recognised it but couldn't figure out what it was. Really annoying...

Taste: Sweet but a lot of alcoholic bite. This is a low end sipper or a mixer. I took a few sips and then first added lime then ice to see if it got any better. It didn't. I never tried it with coca-cola since I don't drink soft drinks anymore.

I tried this in a restaurant in Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico. I am very happy that i didn't buy a bottle since this is a really bad sipping rum. This is still young at 3 years and I would guess it has not been stored in small barrels either. I wonder if the sweetness is added or comes from the casks...

I rate this at 2/5 where 5 is best. I will never buy it to sip it, but if I find it at a good price I might buy a bottle and use as a mixing rum. The Havana Club 3 Ãnos is still a better buy in this age category I think.

12-03-21 21:46:40
Category: Spirits
Forum: Rum

Bacaradi Solera is the original, light-bodied, single barreled sipping rum. A blend of a very rich distillate that is aged for up to three years in newly charred and carefully selected oak casks; it's blended to achieve characteristic Bacardi smoothness.

Source: http://www.thepartysource.com/express/item.php?id=304

I tried to find information about it on the Bacardi site but it is probably only available in some markets since I found no information at all about it there.

12-03-11 00:28:49
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Cloudy yellow

Taste: This reminds me a bit about wheat beer. It has some spices in it that reminds me about allspice. I really don't like allspice so this is clearly not a beer for me. Not a lot of bitterness, a bit sweet.

I rate this at 1/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best. As I said I really don't like allspice...

12-03-11 00:25:29
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Dark brown, like Coca-Cola

Taste: I was a bit disappointed with this one since I like the beers from the sister brewery a lot. Nice creamy texture but the flavour was a bit like a sweet lager. I would have preferred a fuller taste to it.

I rate it at 3/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-03-11 00:21:00
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Yellow

Smell: Fruity, sligtly bitter

Taste: Nice ale with more bitterness than the other "Little Creatures". This is about as bitter as I want it, any more and than this and it will be too much. It has the same nice fruity or flowery taste that I like in the other beers from this brewery.

I rate this beer at -5/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-03-11 00:16:51
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Brown

Smell: sweet and "fruity"

Taste: The same little bit sweet fruity or flowery taste as most Little Creatures beers. Well balanced aftertaste. I really like it.

I rate it at -5/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-03-11 00:12:09
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Golden yellow

Smell: Fruity, fresh, flavourful

Taste: Same as the smell fresh, fruity and flavourful with a slight bitterness. Brilliant beer that is close to perfect for me. i could drink a lot of this if it was available at home.

I rate it at -5/5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.

12-03-11 00:02:47
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Colour: Orange

Smell: Sweet, fruity, mild. Bread.

Taste: Quite bitter but tasty. A lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. I liked it a lot but the bitterness in the aftertaste was a bit much.


12-03-11 00:00:54
Category: Beer
Forum: Ale

Wychwood Brewery
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wychwood Brewery Wychwood
Industry     Alcoholic beverage
Founded     1983
Founder(s)     Paddy Glenny and Chris Moss
Headquarters     Witney, United Kingdom
Products     Beer
Production output     50,000 UK barrels (8,200,000 litres)
Owner(s)     Refresh UK

Wychwood Brewery is an English brewery founded by Paddy Glenny in 1983, and located in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is owned by Refresh UK, a subsidiary of Marstons plc. The company's flagship brand is Hobgoblin, a 5.2% abv ale, described by Wychwood as a "Ruby ale".

Wychwood Brewery produces around 50,000 barrels (8,200,000 litres) of cask ale each year, and is the United Kingdom's largest brewer of organic ales. Wychwood filtered and bottled beers are exported all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Sweden, France, Australia, Russia, Japan, and Israel.

The brewery is noted for its intricate, fantasy-based label artwork, inspired by the myths and legends surrounding the ancient mediaeval Wych Wood Forest.

The brewery is sited at the old Eagle Maltings, built in 1841 to malt barley for John William Clinch's brewery. Clinch & Co Brewery was respected in Southern England with an estate of seventy one pubs. In 1961 Courage bought Clinch's for its pub estate and closed down the brewery.

In 1983, the original Clinch's Brewery site was purchased by Paddy Glenny who christened the building The Eagle Brewery, but named the brewing company Glenny Brewery. Chris Moss became the founder after Paddy Glenny moved away. In 1990, the Eagle was re-named the Wychwood Brewery after the ancient Wychwood Forest which borders Witney. The brewery was taken over in the spring of 2002 by Refresh UK.

Hobgoblin is the best-known and most popular beer brewed at Wychwood Brewery and was created by Chris Moss. It is 5.2% abv in bottles and cans, 4.5% (previously 5.0%, and before that 5.6%) on cask, and is described by Wychwood as a "Ruby ale". Jeremy Moss, Wychwood's head brewer, describes the drink as "full bodied and well balanced with a chocolate toffee malt flavour, moderate bitterness and a distinctive fruity character with a ruby red glow". It was the first bottled beer in the UK to feature an illustrated label, as opposed to a simple text-based one, and it is currently the 5th best-selling bottled ale in the UK.

The current motto for Hobgoblin is "What's the matter Lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?", challenging drinkers of pale lager, a more popular style of beer in Britain, to consume a more prominently-flavoured drink. In October 2004 and 2005, Wychwood used a variation of this motto for Halloween, "Afraid of the dark, Lagerboy?". In 2006 a complaint lodged by a lager drinker against Wychwood to the Advertising Standards Authority that the Halloween campaign was "aggressive" and "offensive" was not upheld.

During a meeting at the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit, Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama gave each other bottles of beer from their respective home towns/cities, with Cameron presenting Obama with twelve bottles of Hobgoblin, which is from his constituency area Witney. The President remarked that he would drink his beer chilled, as opposed to the optimal room temperature (15.5 °C/59.9 °F) at which strong ale should be drunk, prompting Wychwood to create a T-shirt in their online store reading "What's the matter Obama, afraid you might taste something?".

King Goblin
King Goblin, essentially a stronger and more flavourful variety of Hobgoblin, is a 6.6% abv "Special Reserve" ale.[9] To date it is available bottled in Morrisons supermarkets, Draegers supermarkets in the U.S., and on draught during "real ale" festivals at Wetherspoons pubs.

Scarecrow, formerly known as Circle Master, is a golden pale ale made organically at 4.7% abv. It combines whole leaf Target hops with organically grown English Barley Malt. It sold from the time of its release as Scarecrow in the United States. When it was launched in the UK it was called Corn Circle beer, but the name was changed after a dispute with the Hop Back Brewery who produce a beer called Crop Circle. The new name Circle Master is a reference to CircleMakers, the UK arts collective founded by John Lundberg who have been creating crop circles since the early 1990s. The label depicts a scarecrow standing in the middle of a crop circle. The name in the UK was again changed in 2010 to Scarecrow, as it had been called all along in the US market.

Goliath is a 4.2% abv bitter brewed by Wychwood and available in bottles.

A recent addition to Wychwood's selection, Wychcraft is a blonde beer, which is 4.5% abv bottled and 3.8% abv in cask. It was released by Wychwood as their version of the more popular pale lager style of beer.

Green Goblin
Recently, Wychwood began selling an oak aged 6% abv cider called Green Goblin, under their branding, but produced by Thatchers.

Wychwood and Brakspear
Wychwood took over the brewing of the newly-acquired Brakspear beers in October 2002. The new Brakspear brewery was integrated into an expansion of the Wychwood plant, and includes parts of the copper (boiling vessel), as well as some of the fermenting vessels which themselves had been refurbished at Henley. There is only one brewhouse at Witney but two separate fermenting rooms for the separate Wychwood and Brakspear beers. The Brakspear beers are still brewed in Witney by Wychwood and not in Henley, where the original brewery site has been converted into a boutique hotel.

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12-03-10 23:53:08
Category: Wine

Colour: Pale yellow

Smell: Green berries. Smels like summer! current/smile fresh!

Taste: More fresh than sweet. A dry summer wine. Slightly bitter in the after taste.



12-03-10 23:43:49
Category: Spirits
Forum: Liqueur

Color: Golden yellow, clear

Smell: Orange, a bit medicinal

Taste: Orange, honey. It's abit medicinal in the taste too. It's a bit sweet, maybe too sweet.


12-03-10 23:39:59
Category: Spirits
Forum: Liqueur

Licor Beirão
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Licor beirão
Licor Beirão is a Portuguese liqueur. Its recipe is a trade secret; the producer, J. Carranca Redondo, Lda., only states it is made from a double distillation of seeds and herbs from all over the world, including Malaysia, Brazil, and Thailand. It has 22% ABV.

Origin of the name
Beirão is Portuguese for "from Beira". Beira was the name of a former province in Portugal, which is currently contained within Portugal's Centro region.

The liqueur was produced in the 19th century as a medicinal product for stomach aches by a pharmacy in Lousã. In the late 19th century alcoholic beverages were no longer qualified as medicinal but the liqueur was kept in production in a small factory owned by the son-in-law of the original producer. In 1929 the liqueur entered a contest on the 2nd Beirão Congress where it earned a gold medal and its name of Beirão. In 1940 the factory was bought by José Carranca Redondo (1921-2005). In the 1960s Redondo drove Beirão to a nationwide success. He understood the importance of advertising - he used to say that after laying an egg, the hen clucks - so he launched the first Portuguese advertising campaign using billboards.

These first billboards, picturing a simple sign-board with Licor Beirão, the liqueur of Portugal on a country landscape, became an icon of Portuguese advertising.
A later billboard, picturing an American style majorette, wearing very short and tight red t-shirt and breeches, and showing her belly, had to be withdrawn because it was not well accepted due to the girl's lack of clothes.
A punch line used by then, O Beirão de que todos gostam (port. The one from Beira which everybody loves), had a subtle reference to António de Oliveira Salazar, "the one from Beira which not everybody loves", the leader of Portuguese authoritarian New State. Allegedly Salazar knew of this even before it was out on the streets and just smiled at its audacity.


12-03-10 23:32:16
Category: Beer
Forum: Lager

Colour: Golden orange

Taste: Really nice taste with just enough bitterness to give it character. nice after taste too, this is a beer I could drink more of...


12-03-10 23:29:13
Category: Beer
Forum: Lager

Jämtlands Bryggeri is a micro brewery located in Pilgrimstad, Jämtland. The brewery is specialiced in fresh beer. it was founded in 1995 and produced it's first beer in 1996. Annual production is 750,000 litres.

This beer has won 19 gold medallions on Stockholm beer Festival. It was created in 1997 in cooperation with the restaurants Akkurat and Oliver Twist in Stockholm.


12-03-10 23:11:39
Category: Wine
Forum: Riesling

Smell: very fresh and slightly sweet. Hints of green berries.

Taste: Very nice wine. Fresh with a little bit of sweetness that is nice as long as the wine is chilled.


12-03-10 23:03:00
Category: Wine
Forum: Riesling

Piesport is a small town on a sharp bend in the Mosel river in the Mosel wine district of Germany.

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