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Gold of the Gascogne

Dear Reader,

In line with this post, here is another drink worth your attention. Again, it was introduced by friends while visiting.

Clotte de Manon comes from the best sites of the Armagnac region within the Gascogne:

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Armagnac is known since 1461. It is distilled continuously only once, different to Cognac for example. Armagnac is aged only in new oak barrels made of black oak from the Gascogne.

Another specialty, the fruit wine used as basis for Armagnac cannot be sulfurated, or otherwise altered, or have additives. Armagnac is as pure as it gets. Which makes it better than Cognac in my book.

And this Armangac is perfect after a good meal, or with a good cigar.

Enjoy,

Engine Room

ER

Oh Marta …

Dear Reader,

No worries, I did not fall in love with a woman. The Marta mentioned in the headline is my recommendation for the upcoming winter.

But first, sorry for the silence over the last couple of days. I was traveling, working, having fun with friends. Like the people abusing Glynsky Towers for accommodation, I dislike hotels a bit. Whenever I can, I stay with friends. Or as I call it: couch surfing. The usual deal is, they provide a mattress, futon, or guest bed, and I invite them out for dinner. Some of my hosts consider themselves a chef and prepare dinner. Then I provide wine and drinks at least.

On one of those couch surfing events we got to know Marta’s parents. And now I’d like to introduce her to you.

Her full name is Amarone Classico DOC Marta Galli. And this is what she looks like:

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Marta comes from the La Ragose Winery, and you should give her – or any of her sisters – a new home.

Frederick Wildman is the US importer, and here is a retailer, Astor Wine & Spirits.

I mentioned Amarone a while back on diablog. And from La Ragose came my very first Amarone. It is one of the very best, and you can be certain, it is not adulterated. Which sadly has started to happen at other vineyards.

At 15-16% alcohol, for me Amarone is winter wine. Perfect for that evening in front of the fireplace, after dinner, with a cigar, some great music playing, staring into the flames, ignoring all troubles, and enjoying the good things in life.

And since “I’m not in Love” here is 10cc, perfect fireplace music:

Cheers,

Engine Room

ER

Small French meal

Dear Reader,

When I feel like celebrating with a little meal, the choice of food places is tremendous. Always a safe bet is one of my three favorite brasseries. And a good selection for a small meal is

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sautéed Foi Gras with a slice of an apple on brioche as an appetizer, with a nice glass of cidre. Follow that with

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Steak au Poivre with French fries as a main course, with a nice bottle of red wine. And

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Crepes Nougat with caramelized banana as dessert.

Finish your meal with a delicious Calvados and an espresso, and you are pretty close to heaven.

On cloud #9,

Engine Room

ER

The spirits of Life #6 more Rum

Dear Reader,

Summer is the season of cocktails, many of which are rum based. Now I am not much of a cocktail drinker – I prefer my drinks neat. But I had promised here, to educate myself more about Rum. And so I did.

During my (too?) many bar visits, I sampled another 10 or so rums. Naturally, I will not bother you with the disappointing experiences, but provide you with something worth trying.

Occasionally when having a meal, I substitute dessert with a digestive. Or more accurately, I skip dessert and go straight for the drink. And then it can be fun to combine the two, having a drink that works as a dessert. The following rum is a prime drink for that:

el_dorado_rum_12_yearsEl Dorado 12 years old

El Dorado Rum is produced in Guyana. It is a blend, the youngest rum being 12 years old. Considering the climate, the angel share must be substantial.

The El Dorado is a taste explosion in your mouth. It is like taking a big bite of a honey and sugar dessert.

Certainly, you do not want to have two. But as a digestive and/or substitute for dessert this is a great drink.

Enjoy,

Engine Rum

ER

Inner peace

Dear Reader,

Along the lines of Glynsky’s post here, I found some good advice on imgur.com. And since it is the weekend, you might want to go along, and find some inner peace. This quote is slightly edited.

A doctor on TV said, in order to have inner peace in life, we should finish things we started.

So I looked around the house for things I had started and not finished yet.

First I finished a bottle of Los Vascos, then a bottle of Frapin, a bodle of Macallan, a butle of wum, an the mainder of a box of choclutz.

Yu has no idr how fablus I feel rite now.

And here is the peaceful music to go with this, Adiemus by Karl Jenkins:

Have a peaceful weekend,

Engine Room

Glynsky

burning bridges 3…

Dear diablog,

Continuing on our way we arrive at

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(safely avoiding the ditch at Freddie’s Curve) and travel a few kilometres more to

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the home of Bernard Boutinet one of the best (for me) independent distilleries of excellent Cognac. He grows his own grapes and produces superb Cognacs including

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his XO (my favourite). For those who may be interested, Cognac labelling has to be:  VSOP, up to 5 years old, Napoleon up to 10 years, XO up to 18 and Extra anything above that – unless you are seeking a particular year where the date is shown on the label.

Bless him, Bernard is always there to help with tasting (he gets seriously pissed off if you wont!! – don’t just arrive to buy a bottle and then go). And he will teach you loads if you listen – carefully as he has little or no voice.

The Cognac producer is not selling you alcohol –

 

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