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by LMD Ermitaño
June 23rd, 2020, 10:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

[worship.gif] Glendronach does some really, really good stuff, especially if it’s been finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Went deep on a few cases of the 19 year single cask from 1995........ 47DFD6A5-EC36-40C5-88BB-4468AE73FE54.jpeg Sounds good! Found some via winesearcher - offered in London ...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 22nd, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Glendronach does some really, really good stuff, especially if it’s been finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Went deep on a few cases of the 19 year single cask from 1995........ 47DFD6A5-EC36-40C5-88BB-4468AE73FE54.jpeg Sounds good! Found some via winesearcher - offered in London at the equiva...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 22nd, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Picked this up yesterday out of curiosity, thinking my eldest would like it. He, apparently, knew about it; but hadn’t tried it yet - seemed quite excited; so I was pleased. Had some with him after dinner: lots of Sherry character, for sure, with pronounced dusty old wood notes, chocolate, slight sm...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 15th, 2020, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2045

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

Probably Ribera del Duero because:

1. The language isn't an issue;
2. I love the food & wine in Spain in general; and,
3. Pretty easy drives to Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, etc. for when I get bored at home.
by LMD Ermitaño
June 7th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 8462

Re: Japanese Whiskey

When my eldest got home from work that night*(Tuesday), I told him I had gotten him a bottle of the Yamazaki 12. After dinner, I asked him if was going to try it out; and he replied he’d try it on Friday night as it was a weeknight. I told him one shot wouldn’t hurt; so we both had a bit. BD9F0378-...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 1st, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner at home last night, Sunday the 31st May 2020, with the wife & 3 sons. Kumusta. How was the Mission HB? Thinking if I should wait few more years. Mabuti naman, salamat. In a nutshell, unlike (sadly) many Bdx these days, it was right up my alley, in that it was refined, classically lined,...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 1st, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner at home last night, Sunday the 31st May 2020, with the wife & 3 sons. Very nice! How was the CdC? I'm holding on to one more bottle and would love your impressions Hi. This was a magnum, by the way. I’ve had 3 over the past 3 months (2 of which from the same batch I opened at home durin...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 1st, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner at home last night, Sunday the 31st May 2020, with the wife & 3 sons.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 25th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With luganighe & mushrooms rigatoni (wine decanted 2 hours for aeration).
by LMD Ermitaño
May 24th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Had a friend stop by for some social distancing cigar smoking on the patio today and went a little nutty. Among a lot of great bourbon, some Balvenie 30 and Highland Park 25. Both exceptional, the Balvenie has the slight edge in my mind Nice! The Balvenie 30 I like a lot. I have yet to try the High...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 22nd, 2020, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some 1999 Dom Pérignon & 1999 Col d'Orcia BdM Pogio al Vento Riserva (magnum format).
by LMD Ermitaño
May 18th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84309

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Spaghetti with Small Asian Shore Crab Roe (“taba ng talangka”) & Scallops.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 17th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1040

Re: Graciano?

Bodegas Contino (part of the CVNE group) has been making graciano based wine for many, many years. Try the ones made during the time of Jesús de Madrazo (left in mid 2017).
by LMD Ermitaño
May 15th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 93
Views: 3350

Re: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"

Due to reasons of health (acid reflux; and, I’m hypertensive - the latter runs in my family) and weight (I’m, admittedly, a bit vain), I no longer drink wine everyday. That said, like many who have responded, what bottle(s) I open mainly depends on what the food is. As regards price, for an everyday...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 10th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 73
Views: 7528

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

I got more of Carrasco Ibéricos’ hand-sliced jamón Ibérico. I have a new house jamón. Luscious stuff.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 10th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84309

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Made pan-grilled duck breast with cranberry sauce for dinner tonight.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 9th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Early evening pica-pica to dinner at home tonight, respectively:
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Definitely nice with pâté de foie gras & dried figs.
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Acceptable at best. Inexpensive; and with every good reason to be.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 7th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

J.Vizuete wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 8:33 am
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 7:57 am
Some 1989 Vieux Château Certan; and, for casual drinking, 1999 Fincas de Ganuza.
The 89 VCC has been my WOTY so far
Very understandable. It has been reliably fine indeed in my experience.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 7th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With take-out dinner last night. Went surprisingly well with the fried salt & pepper squid. Not so with the sweet & sour pork.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 7th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84309

Re: What did you cook tonight?

After a rather strange blind online wine session, I made a simple dish of linguine with scallops & salmon roe. Total cooking time around 25 minutes. Shoot sorry I missed this, Noel. That is a brilliant "simple" dish. Thanks for the reminder! My pleasure, Kenny. It’s so easy to make to boot. Best, N
by LMD Ermitaño
May 7th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some 1989 Vieux Château Certan; and, for casual drinking, 1999 Fincas de Ganuza.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 2nd, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over late afternoon mahjong and through dinner. You win again. How was that 1966 Haut Brion? Haha never thought there was a contest - silly me😉. It showed very well, all things considered. After some time, a decidedly ferrous/sanguine theme emerged. More details later, as I intend a full blown post...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 2nd, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over late afternoon mahjong and through dinner. I want to play mahjong with you. How was the Fargues? Birth year wine for me. Hi, Ashish. You are most welcome to; but you’d have to come and visit. The de Fargues was fine. I chose that bottle as it looked quite dark for an ‘86 Sauternes. The cork wa...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 2nd, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over late afternoon mahjong and through dinner.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 29th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 2026

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Why does everyone store distilled spirits in a cellar? It’s already had the crap boiled out of it, nothing you do will hurt it ;) In my case, 2 reasons: 1. Manila’s warm clime; and, 2. Cav is upstairs, in the family hall which is not air conditioned all the time*. * I don’t keep my alcohol downstai...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 29th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4166

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

I've never understood wine drinkers who wear the "I've never sold a bottle of wine" badge. I was once offered $1000 for a bottle of 07 Schrader CCS. I sold it and never looked back. Just common sense in my opinion. Tom No badge in my case. I was just stating a fact. To explain, in my own case anywa...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 29th, 2020, 1:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4166

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

I've been buying and drinking wine for over 30 years now, and while everything I've purchased over the years has been acquired with the intention of drinking it at some point, I find I have a few bottles that are worth far more now than I ever imagined. I've always thought that the value of a parti...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 27th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84309

Re: What did you cook tonight?

After a rather strange blind online wine session, I made a simple dish of linguine with scallops & salmon roe. Total cooking time around 25 minutes.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 27th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Before dinner tonight, with pica-pica of pâté de foie gras, 2010 Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne. Notable typicity, very proper and correct, albeit, for all that, neither exciting nor memorable. That said, for a casual pre-dinner session, it’s more than good enough.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 26th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: En primeur in Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: En primeur in Bordeaux

I used to attend Vinexpo regularly, and the en primeur tastings occasionally (much more to see French & Bdx based friends, and attend the dinner parties than anything else). I stopped many years ago, in part because I got busier at work, and because, well, I never buy en primeur anyway. I have no pa...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 26th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 2026

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

*Sigh* My wife puts her wines/sherry and assorted chocolates in my home cav (though I have told her repeatedly to just buy her own cav). My eldest son puts his Scotch, Irish & Japanese whiskies there as well. It’s gotten worse since the COVID-19 lockdown; since we (myself, wife & sons) spend most of...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 26th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Placed a bid on some bottles of each of the following with the estate of one of my late friends. Hopefully I’ll be awarded at least some of them:

2009 Daniel Rion VR Beaux Monts
2010 Marc Colin PM Clos de la Garenne
1999 & 2002 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
2006 Isole e Olena Cepparello
by LMD Ermitaño
April 25th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked these up to see where they’re at now, and if worth buying more.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 18th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner of homemade Rigatoni alla Luganighe e Funghi, a bottle of 2016 Ricasoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà . I extremely rarely open reds so very young; but, having had it some months ago during a Ricasoli dinner & having been greatly impressed thereby, I bought some and stored th...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 17th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2270

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

My wife’s been opening her wines lately; but I have opened “a few” of my own. The ones I took particular note of are: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB (magnum); 1998 Domaine François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens (decanted for sediment and 2&1/2 hours aeration); 1997 Château d’Yquem; an...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 16th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With tonight’s lockdown dinner at home, in celebration of my eldest’s birthday.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 12th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner last night: 2007 Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières - Showing slight oxidation (much more in color than in smell or taste) in its firmly structured, vaguely “almondy”, spiced honey, apple, preserved lemon, orange peel, moderate toasted oak scents/flavours. Given this parti...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 10th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3269

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Wine-wise moderately up. Beer and whisky, another story entirely.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 10th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner of Cantonese take-out. Not bad at all with certain dishes.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 8th, 2020, 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13092

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Absent any absolutely urgent and essential face to face work meetings abroad, I don’t intend to fly anywhere until next year.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 6th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened, among others, a 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB (magnum) this past Sunday afternoon at home during a mahjong game. Nice enough; but this particular bottle wasn’t as fresh or lively as another magnum in January. Bought the subject mag (more than one, actually) from the estate of a lat...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 4th, 2020, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448819

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

For what it's worth I had the 1991 last year and it was in a good spot at age 28. Harmonious, graceful, without any edges. I'd say based on that experience it's worth giving it a little time. Maybe drink it by age 20 if your tastes run youthful (mine are geriatric) Very good wine. Agree with your d...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 4th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Old Pulteney 17 Years - Notable complexity and layers. Light footed without sacrificing depth and palate presence. Moderately priced. I’ll make sure this continues to be stocked at home as much as possible (available).
by LMD Ermitaño
April 2nd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Just these for current lack of cav space at home; and I had to rearrange to get these in.
by LMD Ermitaño
March 13th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Seems like highland park has had issues with batch variation/QA recently. This has been my experience also, for 10+ years. Mostly bad sherry casks (sulphur/rubber/'gunpowder'). Too bad, as good HP is very good or better. No “sulphur/rubber/gunpowder” in this particular bottle of Dark Origins (or th...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 11th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50622

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

After having greatly enjoyed the bottle Highland Park 18 (courtesy of fellow Wineberserker Clem Nieto) the other week, I picked a bottle of Highland Park Dark Origins (NAS) yesterday afternoon out of sheer curiosity. Mild yet persistent underlying peat theme, adorned by fresh fruit, bit of spicy hon...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 7th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2201
Views: 189585

Re: Steak Porn

Chuletón Txogitxu at Txoko Asador (the new restaurant of one of our friends) this past Wednesday dinner for fellow Wineberserker, Clem Nieto, who was in town. It was more done than I like; but the flavour was spot on. 4737427A-2648-41AF-89E4-6A0A51B3FAFC.jpeg These were the reds that night. The 200...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 7th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

ckirk wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 5:15 am
Is anyone planning to ramp up some wine purchases if the market gets cheaper because of the current economy?
No formal plan, as such; but I’m always on the lookout for good deals.
by LMD Ermitaño
March 7th, 2020, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink with A5?
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

Re: What to drink with A5?

I eat Wagyu A5 fairly regularly (most often Ohmi and Miyazaki gyu, less often Kobe & Matsusaka, occasionally Saga & Kagoshima). I usually have it with the best junmai daiginjo saké readily available (lately Dassai 23 since it’s now readily available in Metro Manila; but Dassai 39 is good enough in a...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 7th, 2020, 2:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13662
Views: 666553

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 1:13 am
Made an offer for some magnums of ‘98 Comtes de Champagne BdB. Hopefully it will be accepted.
My offer accepted: got a bunch of reliably well-stored magnums of 1998 Taittinger Comtes BdB at the equivalent of only US$300/mag. Makes me feel better for putting like an idiot today....

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