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by Tran Bronstein
August 6th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: FIXING THE APRICOT SOUR I really should be moving on to the next new cocktail but I can't because since last night's post I've been obsessed with fixing the Apricot Sour. I can't have a cocktail called an Apricot Sour without having any actual apricot flavor to it! So after sle...
by Tran Bronstein
August 6th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

On this site, you have to hit Roulot’s apricot liquor!!! I'd love to but it is unavailable here in Canada. The SAQ in Montreal does carry his pear eau de vie for the astonishing price of $167.25 CDN for a 500 ml bottle. That must be some damn awesome Poire Williams at that price. [swoon.gif] Hope h...
by Tran Bronstein
August 5th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: APRICOT SOUR My next cocktail proved to be quite controversial for me in every aspect; its formulation, my choice of ingredients and its final results. I avoid low end sweet liqueurs like the plague but I came across an interesting variation of the Apricot Sour cocktail by Stev...
by Tran Bronstein
August 4th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: ENTRE LAS SABANAS (Spanish variation of Between the Sheets) My next cocktail is a remake of a classic done with a trio of twists to it. Below is the variation I did on the Between the Sheets which I have renamed into the Spanish Entre las Sabanas: ENTRE LAS SABANAS Spirits: 1 P...
by Tran Bronstein
August 3rd, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Interesting, as I’m used to seeing this cocktail as a “White Linen,” albeit with slightly different proportions. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019071-white-linen I found the White Linen as well, it seems to be the same except for 1.5 parts instead of 2 parts Gin and using fresh lime juice in...
by Tran Bronstein
August 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Interesting, as I’m used to seeing this cocktail as a “White Linen,” albeit with slightly different proportions. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019071-white-linen I found the White Linen as well, it seems to be the same except for 1.5 parts instead of 2 parts Gin and using fresh lime juice in...
by Tran Bronstein
August 2nd, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: THE BOBBY BURNS For our last cocktail, I decided to go with an ancestral non-sour style to complement our cheese and fruit platter and fruit tarts. My friends brought along some Irish whisky so with due apologies to the Scottish and traditionalists, I decided to make a Bobby Bu...
by Tran Bronstein
August 2nd, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: THE EASY STREET Our second cocktail today is quite versatile in that it easily converts from a traditional sour cocktail into a highball/long drink/fizz with the simple addition of optional soda. I opted to make it without the soda tonight as one of my friends hates carbonated ...
by Tran Bronstein
August 2nd, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: LAST FLIGHT Got together with a couple of friends for some safe boardgaming, sushi and cocktail making in our social bubble. We started out with a Last Flight, sort of a cross between the traditional Paper Plane and Last Word cocktails per the Internet. LAST FLIGHT Spirits: 2 p...
by Tran Bronstein
July 31st, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: THE SCORPION For my next cocktail, I decided to try a refreshing Tiki cocktail. For myself, there are two components that truly set a tiki apart from its cocktail brethren: a high amount of tropical fruit juices and a non-dairy cream component, the two most used being coconut c...
by Tran Bronstein
July 29th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: THE TARZAN & MY ORIGINAL AMO DE LA SELVA VARIATION Howdy cocktail fans, I have decided to continue my cocktail journey by chronicling every single one that I make with the determination to never make the same one twice. It's also to show everyone how the cocktail formula I came...
by Tran Bronstein
July 28th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joy.......Vilmart
Replies: 24
Views: 1206

Re: Joy.......Vilmart

You have to try their stunning Ratafia as well.
by Tran Bronstein
June 21st, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 227
Views: 24480

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

I ended up adding the Kirk and Sweeney 18, Matusalem 23, the Zafra 21, and Dictador 20 to the collection. I ended up passing on the Bumbu XO for now but will keep an eye on it. Not thrilled with the Zacapa brand's high sugar dosage or the "Solera" shenanigans regarding the aging, but I'm sure many o...
by Tran Bronstein
June 20th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19592

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

But as a minority person, I personally don't care to be lectured at on racial support and equality by Caucasian people who cannot have possibly experienced a lack of it themselves due to their race as my family and I have. Unless they have also suffered discrimination and hate and prejudice because...
by Tran Bronstein
June 18th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19592

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I read this whole thread in one hour and thoroughly enjoyed the thoughtful commentary. I had a rash of thoughts on the subject from the POV of a wine loving visible minority adopted into a large multiracial family headed by two Caucasian parents with equal amounts of brothers and sisters, 5 "natural...
by Tran Bronstein
June 18th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your German riesling breakdown
Replies: 73
Views: 2350

Re: Your German riesling breakdown

GG: 2 bottles Kabinetts: 11 Spatleses: 25 Ausleses: 27 Beerenauslese: 12 TBAs: 0 Eisweins: 1 I agree that Kabinetts are a tremendous value. I leaned heavily towards Spatlese and later Auslese when I first got into German wine but my appreciation for Kabinetts has grown tremendously. But for the pand...
by Tran Bronstein
June 18th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first 6 months as a wine lover
Replies: 29
Views: 1616

Re: My first 6 months as a wine lover

Welcome aboard, Jan. Great beginning and thanks for sharing.

Brian you have a HOME VINEYARD and make your own wine? Well you can't drop that nugget and not share pictures of your vineyard and winemaking setup with us!
by Tran Bronstein
June 16th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 26
Views: 3030

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

I have the Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven and I love it. It's insanely convenient. I use it pretty much daily as a toaster, air fryer, and replacement oven. The key here is to look at it as an oven with air fryer capabilities. I find traditional basket air fryers and pressure cooker air fryer lid att...
by Tran Bronstein
June 15th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Pandemic Takeout From Skippa Restaurant in Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 218

TNs: Pandemic Takeout From Skippa Restaurant in Toronto

Berserkers, The restaurant business which is more than tough enough as it is in good times has been tragically and likely irreversibly altered forever due to the current CPCvirus pandemic. Here in Toronto, many have shut their doors forever while others have found ways to survive by altering their b...
by Tran Bronstein
June 11th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends
Replies: 18
Views: 691

Re: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends

Tomas, I hate you and your post and was better off not reading it or seeing the photographic evidence of your amazing experience. [swearing.gif] Oh sorry, that was the deep jealousy speaking. [wow.gif] This must have been absolutely amazing! Who cares if you're just 27, that's an amazing experience ...
by Tran Bronstein
June 4th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

The comment on liquor is a no brainer for me. Premium makes a very real difference. Go make a Oaxacan Old Fashioned from Death & Co with cheap Mezcal and Tequila. What a fun ride, right? I've had a blast. Convinced my wife that a real Daquiri with good run and fresh lime is glorious. That rum and g...
by Tran Bronstein
May 31st, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Thanks, Jason. Oh, one more tip for everyone concerning bitters: * The fabled Angostura bitters are absolutely no different in flavor, texture or ABV content than a high quality Amaro. So much so that I was actually a bit disappointed when I excitedly opened the bottle and tasted a dash. Which means...
by Tran Bronstein
May 30th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 558
Views: 48269

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Boozehounds, My lockdown/quarantine/self-isolation project has been the long overdue development of my mixology skills. You already know from the Epicurean Exploits thread how much I enjoy cooking and baking, what is mixology but the liquid version of the same skillset? All I needed was the time and...
by Tran Bronstein
May 28th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2845

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

To answer the original question, I have not tasted this particular celebrity wine and I'm not sure I would care to. We're sort of hitting on a general celebrity wine trend here. While I generally avoid anything celebrity endorsed in general because I hate making rich a-holes even richer, my specific...
by Tran Bronstein
May 26th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 227
Views: 24480

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

After a very long absence, I have so gotten back onto the high-end Rum bandwagon this past month! I've picked up the Flor de Cana 18, the Royal Centenario 20, the El Dorado 21, the Kirk & Sweeney 23 and am eyeing the Bumbu XO 18, Le Hechicera 21, Matusalem 23 and the Zacapa Edicion Negra. My previou...
by Tran Bronstein
May 19th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: RECIPE: Homemade Barbecue Sauces: Memphis Red, Heinz 57, A1, HP & Curry Mango
Replies: 1
Views: 701

RECIPE: Homemade Barbecue Sauces: Memphis Red, Heinz 57, A1, HP & Curry Mango

Foodies, Grilling season is here and so is the demand for barbecue and steak sauces to go with all your grilled meat, fish and poultry. I have been making my own homemade red barbecue sauce for years, and the secret to it is actually really straightforward. A barbecue sauce is really nothing more th...
by Tran Bronstein
March 31st, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--NickLicious 2020 (pre-Covid Lockdown)--Chevillon Blanc, Giroud, Girardin, Limerick Lane, Others
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: TNs--NickLicious 2020 (pre-Covid Lockdown)--Chevillon Blanc, Giroud, Girardin, Limerick Lane, Others

Damn sorry I missed both the company and the wine on this one as I was in Montreal at the time. Though of course, without my presence, the shameful lack of sweet wines to end with and a sparkler to begin with is rather blatant. I shall endeavor to remedy both of these wine faux-pas once this worldwi...
by Tran Bronstein
March 29th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 57
Views: 3479

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

I defiantly bought a Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne at the SAQ in Montreal the week I was there to take care of my father which I intend to open with as many friends as possible once this BS is all over. As you know, I closed off my collection except for trade-ins and special exceptions at Premier...
by Tran Bronstein
March 20th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2241

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

Most of my wine drinking is done, in fact, alone. Single and living alone and I love to cook and eat. Of course it's more fun with people but unless you live with another wine lover, this is going to be the reality. I have never finished a single bottle of wine in one setting, however. Not even a ha...
by Tran Bronstein
March 3rd, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--A quick visit with Brian Loring
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: TNs--A quick visit with Brian Loring

"He doesn’t want his wines to be trophies. Instead part of people’s lives."

What a great philosophy for a winemaker.
by Tran Bronstein
February 29th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO

So we had an embarrassment of delicious riches when it came to the accompanying food. We opened with a delicious smoked trout crostini, some charcuterie, prosciutto wrapped breadsticks and a pair of cheese boards as our starters. 20200228_192053.jpg 20200228_192057.jpg 20200228_192101.jpg 20200228_1...
by Tran Bronstein
February 29th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO
Replies: 4
Views: 936

TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO

Berserkers, Last night in Toronto, board member Dylan Provencher and his wife Chelsea hosted a large Toronto contingent with a perfect theme for a -15 Celsius evening with snow squall warnings in effect – California wine night potluck. Nothing like some big Cali reds and some fresh hot homemade food...
by Tran Bronstein
February 6th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 44
Views: 1899

Re: Adding Port to Wine

I completely understand where Jennifer is coming from. When I first started drinking wine, I actually managed to simulate a Sauternes by blending white Vidal cewine, pure homemade Vanilla extract of my own making, and a touch of liquid smoke. You'd be surprised at how shockingly close the result was...
by Tran Bronstein
February 6th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 44
Views: 1899

Re: Adding Port to Wine

I had to double check on the added wine in Canadian whiskey. “Canadian whisky can contain up to 9.09% added flavoring, as long as it’s a spirit aged at least 2 years in wood or a wine.” http://whiskyadvocate.com/instant-expert-canadian-whisky/ This is correct. Many Canadian whiskeys are barrel-fini...
by Tran Bronstein
January 30th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s
Replies: 28
Views: 1859

Re: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s

Damn shame to see so much wine lost in this manner. You would think technology advances would prevent this from happening in mass They do. They're called screwcaps and Vinolok glass stoppers. As long as the B.S. insistence on using cork based on myth, false science and romanticism continues, the ch...
by Tran Bronstein
January 22nd, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1144

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Hugel Grossi Laue Pinot Noir has been head and shoulders above all that I’ve had in a few trips to Alsace, but I also wasn’t looking for Pinot Noir in Alsace. I have had this as well and it was exactly what I was looking for -- the flavor of Burgundy combined with the rech texture of Alsace. I woul...
by Tran Bronstein
January 19th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Tran, what I find most interesting about this thread is your mention of trading in bottles. Is that something the LCBO does routinely, for anybody? Is there a time or volume limit? The general policy is that if you have the original receipt and the bottle is in sellable condition, they will take it...
by Tran Bronstein
January 17th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

I'm intrigued by the OP's comment that Sauternes is flying off the shelves in Toronto. Retailers in the US seem to be having a hard time moving them..... To place this in context for you, all the LCBO futures are usually bought up early and just a very few bottles manage to show up every year on th...
by Tran Bronstein
January 17th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Interwebby says they did, doing four pickings including both before and after the actual botrytis waves hit and it seems very well reviewed overall.
by Tran Bronstein
January 17th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Berserkers, Got a question. So is 2016 Sauternes any good? I have read nothing but horrible reviews on the vintage. It was a terrible growing season, botrytis came too late, grapes were already picked when it did, unexciting, nobody will be clamoring for them. Fellow board member Mike Grammer confir...
by Tran Bronstein
January 10th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3348

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Yeah -- put together a spreadsheet with what you wish to acquire and budget it out via cash or trade. Then stick to the budget. Can't afford something this month? Get it next month. Want it now? Trade in something for it. It amazes me that people spend a ton of time cataloguing and pricing their acq...
by Tran Bronstein
January 8th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto

20191231_204002.jpg The feast was laid out as you see above and consisted of a number of savory delicacies all hand-made by Gunnar himself. There was the prerequisite cheese tray 20191231_205137.jpg Some delicious and exotic braised boar 20191231_205141.jpg Some Canadian made caviar served with har...
by Tran Bronstein
January 8th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 348

TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto

Happy New Year Berserkers, 20191231_203912.jpg Fellow board member Mike Grammer and I closed out 2019 at our friend Gunnar’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. He supplies the endless amount of amazing food and everyone else supplies the drink. We had an amazing time as usual catching up with a lot...
by Tran Bronstein
December 16th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: TWEC (TM) CHAMPAGNE NIGHT IN TORONTO
Replies: 1
Views: 372

TNs: TWEC (TM) CHAMPAGNE NIGHT IN TORONTO

Berserkers, The Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal (TM) got together for its likely last gathering of 2019 at Mike Grammer’s condo with an amazing themed potluck dinner to end the year: an all Champagne dinner! Board and TWEC (TM) members Mike, Jay Shampur, myself, and Tim Burnett along with his wife Alissa...
by Tran Bronstein
December 4th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 962

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

I literally looked for that Boxler on multiple days... I have no idea where it got to [scratch.gif] You lost an Albert Boxler we could have had together? You fool! [swearing.gif] Not being able to find a bottle you swear you have is usually a good indication that you actually, you know, drank it al...
by Tran Bronstein
December 2nd, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 962

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

WILLIAM FEBVRE 2012 CHABLIS GRAND CRU LES CLOS -- Unripe pineapple aromas and flavors with a touch of cream on the body. 20191201_002954.jpg To go with all this wine during the day, Nick and Humberto also made some tapas to keep us going throughout the rest of the afternoon after brunch: braised ch...
by Tran Bronstein
December 2nd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 962

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

Right, so just ignore what Mike and Nick have to say above. Here's what actually happened. [wow.gif] Our second day began with David making us all a brunch of buffalo mozzarella on mesclun greens with cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon slices and marinara penne. On special request, I also made made Eden...
by Tran Bronstein
December 2nd, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others

Y'all should have seen the pale ghostly expressions on Nick and Humberto as they had to admit to me out loud that I might actually be right about Cristal. I really don't know why they're surprised. As Mike Grammer so helpfully declared to them, I am the smart one. See my sig below. [bow.gif]
by Tran Bronstein
December 1st, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others

CAVA DE ORO EXTRA ANEJO TEQUILA – I wasted no time going back to this bottle. Smoky peat nose, sweet peat, smoke and quince in a full almost syrupy body that is unusual for Tequila but works amazingly well for it. Still a winner. We polished off the remnants and I took the beautiful decanter back h...

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