Moscato Provincia di Pavia (NV) – Castello del Poggio (Italy)

Moscato Provincia di Pavia (NV) – Castello del Poggio, 7% ABV, (Italy)

One the back label:

“This Moscato offers an appealing freshness and taste that reveals the varietal characteristics of this wine. The delicate sweetness and fine aroma make it an ideal match for desserts and fruit salads.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: lightly carbonated and orchard fruit sweet
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor, 01/2012
  • How much: $23 (after 10%), 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours sunshine yellow, lightly-softly carbonated (crackling wine), moseying CO2 streams, a few visible bubbles clinging to the walls. Huge apricot and apple aromas on the nose. Initial sweetness is 5/10-level and soft, transitions into bold sugary tart green apple, apricot, elderflower, pear, white grape, and then progresses into an somewhat cloying 7/10-level sweetness, and partially alcoholic finish. Medium complexity, medium length, medium depth, okay transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Goes down quickier and easier than a 7% beer and best served chilled.

Tessier’s Witbier – Buckerfield’s Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Tessier’s Witbier – Buckerfield’s Brewery Swans Hotel & Brewpub, 5% ABV, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-brewed with wheat and spices

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: refreshing apple-cider like flavour
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$6, 650ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours golden yellow, very nice thick foamy head, good thick retention, lots of sticky lacing, lots of active CO2 streams. Filtered apple juice from concentrate on the nose. 4/10-sweetness level, notes of Sun-rype apple juice, sharp fizzy CO2, light malt, coriander, and ends with a soft dry bitter finish. Medium complexity, light-medium depth, okay carry, good length, good drinkability. Drinks like a hybrid apple-cider/wheat beer. Unique experience for me but failed to wow.

Smooth Sailing Honey Ale – Buckerfield’s Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Smooth Sailing Honey Ale – Buckerfield’s Brewery Swans Hotel & Brewpub, 5% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

-brewed with fireweed honey

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I like it: crispy and honey sweet
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$6, 650ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again:No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours topaz with a thick foamy head, foamy retention, sticky lacing, very active fast moving CO2 streams. Muted nose. Drinks 6/10-sweetness level, watery texture, aggressive burpy carbonation, tastes of bittersweet honey, hints of grapefruit, ends with a lingering sharp bitter hoppy finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay carry, good transitions, good drinkablility. A variety of elements – sweet, bitter, hoppy, crisp, honey. Too watery and thin for my tastes however. In addition, the bitter finish is too heavy and off-balanced.

Coconut Porter – Buckerfield’s Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Coconut Porter – Buckerfield’s Brewery (Swans Hotel & Brewpub), 5.5% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

-brewed with organic coconut

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: drinkable bitterness with a hint of nuttiness
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$6, 650ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again:No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours coffee brown, minimal quickly dissipating head, thin layer of retentino, micro CO2, lots of average-speed moving CO2 streams, sticky lacing. Light roasted coffee on the nose. Aggressive 5/10-sweetness level up front, mix of creamy/fizzy texture, rush of lightly roasted coffee, slighty coconut nuttiness, prune/fig fruitiness, chocolate, and finishes slightly sour, off-dry, and 3/10-bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay carry, okay transitions, good drinkability. Slighlty watery overall, but drinkable and decent.

Sitka Mountain-ash Berry Wine – Kermode Winery (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

Sitka Mountain-ash Berry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines, 12% ABV (Dewdney, BC)

On the back label:

“Sure to arouse your olfactory senses this unique off-dry wine is delightful. As these Mountain-ash berries ripen on BC’s coastal ranges in mid September the air fills with their luxurious scent. The harvesters then climb to elevations of up to 4500 ft where they find the land rich with these aromatic berries reminiscent of fluorescent pink pearls, a blessed reward for the long ascent. This wine is fermented to a unique amber color with pink hues and perfumed aromas topped with hints of cinnamon and maraschino cherry. In Europe Mountain-ash is known as Rowanberry.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: tart fruit and mild cinnamon
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot (Cambie st.)
  • How much: $25, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine afficianados: Yes only if you want to taste a unique flavour

Tasting Notes: pours translucent blood red, no sediment. Musky wild green vines on the nose. Tastes of a hybrid cranberry/pomegranate with the tartness to match, also cinnamon and maraschino cherry (as advertised). 4/10-sweetness up front with an off-dry finish. Slightly watery mouthfeel and viscosity which ultimately amounts to a lack of depth. Unique flavour profile but one try is enough.

Augustijn, (Ertvelde, Belgium)

Which I like better: Augustijn Grand Cru

1) Blonde, 7% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: thirst quenching-orange soda
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$4, 330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Def Yes

Tasting Notes: pours pure cloudy orange, very nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, active CO2 streams but not as many as the Grand cru. A bit of malty orange on the nose. 1st few sips were extremely thirst quenching. Tastes of orange jam, 7/10-sweetness malts, apples, semi-sweet lingering bitter finish. It gets progressively sweeter as the beer warms. Medium complexity, medium depth, good carry, good transitions, very nice drinkability. Not as complex as the Grand Cru and also needs to drunk in a chilled glass asap before it warms and becomes way too sweet.

2) Grand Cru, 9% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: apricot/lemon fruity drinkability
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$4, 330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours golden amber, nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, very active clustered CO2 streams. A bit of peach on the nose. Smooth creamy 5/10 sweetness up front, 4/10-bitterness malts in the mids, apricot, bitter lemon, ultra clean mouthfeel, dry bitter slightly hoppy finish. Alcohol is well masked though detectable. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, long length, great carry, excellent transitions, fabulous drinkability. A winner here.

Boomsma Jonge (Young) Genever Gin, 40% ABV (Holland)

Info from wiki:

  • also know as Jenever, a juniper-based spirit from the Netherlands and Germany
  • used to be distilled from malt wine, with juniper and other herbs added to mask the yucky flavour
  • split between two types oude (old) and jonge (young)
  • jonge using grain spirits while oude using malt wine, etc

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I kinda like it: mixable not sippable
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $30, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, prefer the depth of gin
  • Would I recommend this to gin afficianados: No

Tasting Notes (straight, room temp): pours with extreme clear purity. Strong juniper and tickles and numbs the nose. Thicker than water viscosity, immediate warmth in the mouth and in the tongue, which then quickly travels up the nasal cavity. 3/10-sweetness level, mainly juniper, and then the flood of warmth and 7/10 alcohol burn.

Cocktail recipe from the Boomsma website:

Young & Fresh

  • 35ml Boomsma Jonge
  • 25ml Melon Liqueur (used Midori)
  • 5ml fresh lemon juice
  • 5ml simple syrup
  • 1/8 Cantaloupe (next time will try honey dew)

Tasting Notes: (Rating: B) intesting combo of melon, gin and cantaloupe = tangerine-like flavour and smooth but on the salty side due to the cantaloupe; otherwise it’s a good balance of freshness, sweetness, mellow drinking, and citrus. Will try with a honeydew melon.