December 17, 2014

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First of all, possibly at the surprise of some of my loyal readers, I don’t plan on doing a 2014 Year in Beer that I usually do. It takes a lot of time and usually sets me up for a lot of public ridicule. The thousands of dollars I spend a year on really dumb fermented sugar water is probably to blame. Anyway, RateBeer put together this awesome page called My Year in Beer and I took a few screen shots to share. This is only data from 2014 so anything I rated this year would go here. It was especially interesting to see my top Imperial Stouts & Sour ales.

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Top rated Sour Ales

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Top Rated Imperial Stout

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Top Rated Lambic – Gueuze

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Overall, great year in beer. I got to tick off some stuff that was rare to me and find a lot of great awesome beers. Looking forward to another year of rating.

December 17, 2014

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Union Des Proprietaires Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru

No vintage stated on this one. Opened it tonight for our weekly Wine Wednesday with the neighbors. I usually open a Champagne every 2 weeks and this one really stood out enough that I wanted to take some notes.

Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru
Union Des Propriétaires
$48 paid @ the NH Liquor Store
sparkling Riedel Champagne glass at 55F

Very light yellow, lots of chardonnay colors, The nose is pretty odd. Buttery, some popcorn, butterscotch, cleaning products and sweet fresh cut pears. I also get straw and hay on the nose. The taste is really nice. Delicate and very fruit forward. Sweet pears, green apple, honey, floral hints at the end. I get brown sugar and pineapple as well. Really nice taste composition. Shame the nose isn’t as good.

Overall, I’d get this a 3.9. It’s great but the nose really detracts and makes this not very good. Even after a few hours of sitting, the nose is still too much. 

Union Des Proprietaires Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru

December 17, 2014

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Champagne Tasting with Friends

I’m still doing my best to learn more about Champagne. I did a tasting last week with only 4 people but we did end up going through 6 bottles. Almost every Rose’ from a trusted house is mind-blowing. The Veuve Clicquot Rose’ was no exception. Of these, the Monopole Heidsieck Brut was the best for me personally. Others preferred the Moet standard Champagne and Perrier – Jouet scored 3rd overall. 

I didn’t take great notes but if you’re on Vivino and want to follow me, I drink 2-3 bottles of wine or Champagne a week and you can follow along there – http://www.vivino.com/users/adam-jack 

December 15, 2014

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Received this today:

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There are a lot of ways to sell these hard to get Bourbon and Rye bottles. You can do a lottery, raffle or offer them to your most loyal customers but what you shouldn’t do is jack up the price. I don’t care that Old Rip van Winkle 10 year goes for $300-$400 on the resale market. It’s a $40 wheated bourbon.

I guarantee you that if Crush bought these from the distributor, they paid wholesale. I bought this year’s ER17 and THH for $80 a piece from NH Liquor stores and I bought Pappy van Winkle 15 for $86. These prices are offensive and no one should support it or Crush. I certainly will take my champagne buying elsewhere.

Update: Looks like most of these are already sold out. Everyone has lost their mind.