29 September 2015

27/09/2015 Belgian French-speaking Community celebration. In Frenchlandia.

An opportunity to do a little Heimat-pimping. Well, an occasion to drink drams, really. For the record, this has nothing to do with the French expats in Belgium and everything to do with the French-speaking part of the country.

As a recovery for yesterday's feast, we go out for brunch and stop by JML's for a quick session afterwards. Yay.

The master of ceremony behind his goodies

Glenglassaugh 38yo 1975/2014 (40.7%, OB, Oloroso Sherry Hogshead, C#7301, 215b) (JML): nose: light coffee, mild Virginia tobacco, mint or verbena. Mouth: some wood, ginger warmth, mint, light caramel. Finish: the sherry influence is under control, though it is also not shy. Stewed plums, balsamico, dark raisins, cocoa powder. Nice dram. 7/10

Glenglassaugh 41yo 1973/2014 Massandra Connection (44.5%, OB, Sherry Puncheon, 388b) (JML): a lot fruitier, this: yellow pears, starking or Flemish beauty (not really the day for that, is it?) and quince. Mouth: citrus juice, perhaps a drop of peach, white pepper. Finish: fresh, light, spicy and woody, with distinctive notes of dessert rice. It is rather long, pleasant and laid back. 8/10

Glenglassaugh 39yo 1972/2012 (57.2%, OB Selected by Andrea Caminneci for Germany, Refill Butt, C#2896, 516b) (JML): nose: banana yoghurt, rice pudding, custard, pear roasted in butter. Mouth: ample, syrupy, with peaches in syrup (the sort one uses to make pêches au thon), squashed mandarins. Finish: long and wide, bold, muscular, with hot custard and white pepper. Wonderful. Better than 21.28, in my opinion. I still prefer 21.27, yet it is the same sort of level. 9/10

Spot the geek

Caledonian 1963/1989 (40%, Moon Imports Costumes, Butt, C#3369) (JML): nose: caffè macchiato, raisins (JS), shaved coconut, plums (JS). Mouth: milky coffee, woody tones, coconut shells and some dark caramel. Finish: big and powerful, with more caramel. It has the bitterness of coffee beans, yet it remains balanced. Well made, this. 8/10

Superb afternoon.

In other news, a well-known bottler is branching under a localised name

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