Corks Out Christmas Poptastic Champagne Tasting

Corks Out in Timperley held their monthly tasting session last Thursday and with the run up to Christmas in full swing, store manager Karim Ghazanfar introduced to us all 10 sparkling wines to sample and enjoy.

So without delay, let’s crack on with the tasting notes from each wine!

 

The range of Prosecco & Champagne on offer

Primo Prosecco – Italy

A nose of peach and apricot with floral hints lingering softly afterwards. The palate enjoys an elegant yet lively sensation to create a crisp, smooth finish. A slight dryness on the after-taste.
Hailing from the Veneto region in Northern Italy, the producer of Primo Prosecco, Cavit, has been named ‘European Producer of the Year’ twice in its history so far.
Recommended to go with smoked salmon and is a great starting Prosecco.

Prosecco Sergio – Italy

Honey and fresh apple notes mix well on the nose, both being emphasised once hitting the palate with citrus and green apples being the dominant flavours. A long finish, although slightly dry. More delicate on the taste buds due to the wine being matured more slowly.
Produced by the biggest Prosecco company, Mionetto.

Morton Mimi Sparkling Wine – New Zealand

Consisting of Hawkes Bay grapes (Pinot Noir 49%, Chardonnay 48%, Pinot Meunier 3%), a heavy sweetness on the nose with a rich yeast flavour of fresh bread being particularly dominant. It’s smooth and sweet on the palate, with the sugar masking the flavour of acidity well.
Recommended as more a celebratory sparkling wine.

Steenberg Brut – South Africa

Using 100% Chardonnay grapes, a fresh green apple aroma is dominant on the nose, with limes and soft biscuit following slowly. Flavours of rich yeast and a light, creamy yet dry rest easy on the palate.

Morton Blanc de Blanc 2000 – New Zealand

Morton’s top sparkling wine in their range and produced with 100% Chardonnay grapes), instant strawberry notes are detected on the nose whilst raisins, caramel, and toffee blend well lightly on the palate. Virtually no bubbles are present.

Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut – France

Produced using 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier grapes, a rich tone of citrus and cake hit the nose in an instant, but the palate enjoys a delicate mix of green apple and fresh fruits that slowly turn into vanilla flavours. Light, fresh and crisp.

Bollinger Ayala Brut Majeur – France

Pinot Noir dominated (48% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Meunier), with rich, fresh stewed strawberries on the nose and a slight vanilla flavour giving the palate a short, clean after-taste.
 
Cattier Rose Red Kiss – France
 
Red grape dominated (only 4% Chardonnay), peach and raspberry notes mix well with scents of biscuits to create a slightly dry, yet delicate finish on the palate with strawberry, plum and cherry flavours.
Recommended with strawberry cheesecake.
 
Billecart-Salmon Rose – France
Subtle fresh bread aromas combine well with ripe strawberries and raspberries on the nose, in turn creating a light, fresh palate ending with a long, dry finish.
 
Billecart-Salmon 2004 – France
 
Very fresh on the nose with a great combination of citrus and lime with a small hint of dried fruits. A light, soft and savoury mix of fruits and apple creates a long finish for a Champagne that can only get better with age.
 
 
A fantastic night resulting in a good mix of both Prosecco and Champagne, with great stories and facts from our host and a bottle of Primo Prosecco is now safely chilling in my fridge. It’s amazing what a simple tasting will do to your palate and wallet!
 
All 10 sparkling wines are available on the Corks Out website here.
For more photos of the tasting, click here.
 
 
 

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Moet & Hennessy Whisky Tasting at Kro 2

It’s been that time of month again at Kro 2 with their monthly whisky tasting and this time Moet and Hennessy were the guests, bringing with them Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.

Again for those of you who don’t know what Kro Bar is, they’re a Danish family business who specialise in Danish food and beer. A popular idea in the Manchester area, they’ve expanded from 1 outlet to 5 in the space of 10 years.

Our host for the evening was Alex, and he took us through a thorough history of Moet and Hennessy itself and the whiskies they have under their portfolio.

Now I’ve personally never tried any of the Glenmorangie range, but i had the chance to sample Ardbeg at this years Manchester Whisky Festival a few months back. So with a rough idea of what my taste-buds would be expecting, below are my tasting notes on each whisky offered to us:-

The range of Glenmorangie on offer

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or – 46%

A multi-award winning Single Malt, sweet, rich vanilla notes dominate the nose with slight hints of toffee wandering soon after. The palate enjoys a slow build-up of spice, ginger and red berry that creates a warmth that lingers playfully long after.

Glenmorangie Lasanta – 46%

Another award-winning Single Malt, the Lasanta spends ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.
Wild spice with lots of dry oak flavours mix well on the nose, with a smooth yet heavier flavour of sherry and nuts on the palate. Subtle orange hints on the after-taste.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban – 46%

Again award-winning, the Quinta Ruban spends 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal. 
The nose  is light with a sharp mint flavour hitting the senses. with a slight spice nearing the end. The palate has a combination of dark chocolate and fresh mint, that mellows out to become a lot smoother after a few sips. Hints of orange are also detected throughout.

Glenmorangie Original (not tasted) & Ardbeg 10yr

Ardbeg 10yr – 46%

On the nose, a subtle hint of peat mixes with light hits of smoke. Lemon and limes are also swirling slowly. The palate enjoys light, fresh combinations of cinnamon, lemons and limes with a hint of iodine. It’s not as strong hitting as you may expect.

Ardbeg Uigeadail – 54.2%

A smooth, mellow hint of peat with honey and sugar mixing well on the nose. However the palate has a sharp peat hit mixing with winter spices that mellows quickly to produce a rather short after-taste.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan – 57%

Light, peat iodine notes with lots of herbs and blackcurrant combining well on the nose. A soft blend of cream and spices start well initially, but develops into a rather harsh dance of salt and iodine for a short after-taste.

Traditional Fish Pie

To compliment the whisky selection, the Head Chef at Kro 2 created a traditional Scottish fish pie involving haddock, cod and pollock, mixed with peas in a white wine sauce, topped with cheese and mash potato.

 

Another thoroughly enjoyable event in which we were able to sample a good range of two award-winning whiskies. Personal highlights were the Glenmorangie Nectar D’or and the Ardbeg 10yr.

Next month’s Kro 2 whisky tasting is yet to be announced, but expect to see advertising for it here as soon as details are released.

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 12

The countdown is at its half way stage! Today I’ve gone for a simple classic involving Beefeater 24 with only three ingredients.

Gin and Cherry Sling

Day 12 – Gin and Cherry Sling – Beefeater 24

Glass –

Highball glass

Ingredients –

50ml Beefeater 24
25ml De Kuyper Cherry Brandy
Top with soda

Method –

Put some crushed ice in the glass. Pour on the Beefeater 24, followed by the De Kuyper Cherry Brandy. Top up with soda as desired.

Garnish with a cherry. 

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 11

Only two weeks till Christmas Day and nearly half way through the Drinks Enthusiast advent calendar of Christmas cocktails! Day 11 involves the classic American Jack Daniels.

Vanilla Jack

Day 11 – Vanilla Jack – Jack Daniels

Glass –

Highball glass

Ingredients –

25ml Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
15ml Tuaca
75ml ginger ale
Splash of triple sec

Method –

In a mixing glass filled with ice, add ingredients. Roll contents, but do not shake. Pour into a highball glass.

Garnish with a cherry. 

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 10

Day 10 has arrived in the form of the American craft beer Blue Moon.

Blue Moon

Day 10 – Blue Moon Winter Punch – Blue Moon

Glass –

Heat proof Highball glass

Ingredients –

6 bottles Blue Moon
1 litre Orange Juice
100ml Bourbon
75ml Sugar syrup
75ml Gingerbread syrup
Handful of cloves
Handful of broken cinnamon sticks

Method –

Combine and stir all the ingredients in a saucepan on a low heat until simmering.

Garnish with orange slice.

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 9

Sparkling wine is the name of the game for Day 9, with a simple mix of orange liqueur and cranberry juice to enjoy with friends.

Poinsettia

Day 9 – Poinsettia – Sparkling wine

Glass –

Champagne Flute

Ingredients –

15ml Cointreau
75ml Cranberry juice
Top with Sparkling Wine 

Method –

Chill all of the ingredients beforehand. Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute and stir well. Top with Sparkling Wine.

 Garnish with orange rind.

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 8

One of my own creations for Day 8, using the most unusual Chase Marmalade.

 

Marmaduke

Day 8 – Marmaduke – Chase Marmalade

Glass –

Chilled Martini glass

Ingredients –

70ml Chase Marmalade
25ml Creme de Fraise
25ml fresh lemon juice
25ml Mango Puree
1 tea-spoon fresh ginger

Method –

Blend all ingredients with ice and shake until ice cold. Strain into chilled Martini glass.

Garnish with flamed orange zest.

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 7

One from the Bacardi Brown-Forman guys using Southern Comfort to create an after-dinner winter warmer.

Southern Comfort Hot Bramble

Day 7 – Southern Comfort Hot Bramble – Southern Comfort

Glass –

Highball (heat proof) glass

Ingredients –

25ml Southern Comfort
50ml red wine
25ml apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 Star Anise
1.5 tsps of caster sugar
dash of Angostura bitters
Method –

Heat all ingredients slowly to a gentle simmer. Serve in a heatproof glass.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 6

Poland makes another appearance in the list, with their Wyborowa vodka based ‘Smoky Fall’ creating a pre-party cocktail.

Smoky Fall

Day 6 – Smoky Fall – Wyborowa

Glass –

Sling glass

Ingredients –

50ml Wyborowa
35ml Orange juice
10ml Fresh lime juice 
5ml Sugar syrup
3x bar spoons of Smoky Plum jam
Ginger Beer top
 
Method –

Shake all the ingredients together (except ginger beer) and pour into a sling glass over crushed ice. Top with ginger beer.

Garnish with Physalis. Add more crushed ice if required.

 

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 5

On the 5th day of Christmas, the traditional christmas tipple makes an appearance, Baileys.

Baileys Spiced Nog

Day 5 – Baileys Spiced Nog – Baileys

Glass –

Snifter glass

Ingredients –

50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
2.5ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 dash St. Elizabeth® Allspice Dram
1 whole egg
1 dash Angostura bitters
 
Method –

Shake all the ingredients together and pour into a snifter glass.

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

 

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