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by LMD Ermitaño
March 13th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

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: 698
Views: 47814

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: 2104
Views: 181095

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: 12913
Views: 628864

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: 1381

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: 12913
Views: 628864

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....
by LMD Ermitaño
March 6th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 207
Views: 7257

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I’m not going anywhere until this “blows over”. Any meetings abroad, unless absolutely necessary, I’ll do via telecon. Eldest son leaving soon for work in David, Panama; but no COVID-19 case reported there so far. Youngest studying in the Netherlands these days. I advised him to avoid unnecessary tr...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 6th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2104
Views: 181095

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 2009...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 1st, 2020, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628864

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Made an offer for some magnums of ‘98 Comtes de Champagne BdB. Hopefully it will be accepted.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 29th, 2020, 10:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

A gift to my eldest son from fellow Wineberserker, Clem Nieto, who is in town for vacation (thanks again, Clem). Dangerously drinkable stuff; not as creamy as, say, Redbreast 12/15 (it’s double distilled); nice fresh fruit notes above the moderate crème brûlée/vanilla/honey; notably spicy at attack ...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 27th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425182

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over dinners Tuesday & Wednesday. Lots more bottles involved; but these were mine.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 24th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

A couple new (to me) after tonight’s dinner. The Dubliner 10 was a clean, fresh, neat, somewhat linear one; while the Crosskey 8, though less aged, showed more barrel influence, and had a creamier texture. Both have their place: the first for sipping sessions; the second for after dinner.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 24th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 940

Re: Madrid, España

For excellent traditional seafood: La Trainera in the Salamanca district. The rodaballo a la Trainera and carabineros a la plancha are two of my favourites there. Have some navajas a la plancha (if available) as well for good measure. Have a bottle or two of Pazo de San Mauro albariño while you’re ...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 22nd, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5632

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Glasses lined up for a decent $30ish white wine. Hostess drops an ice cube in each glass and pours I first saw similar done in a home of some wealthy doctor in the US. It was April or May 1985 - I was in college, just turned 18, visiting the US for my summer break (summer break in the Philippines i...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 22nd, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 940

Re: Madrid, España

For excellent traditional seafood: La Trainera in the Salamanca district. The rodaballo a la Trainera and carabineros a la plancha are two of my favourites there. Have some navajas a la plancha (if available) as well for good measure. Have a bottle or two of Pazo de San Mauro albariño while you’re a...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 22nd, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 174
Views: 7498

Re: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

WCWN, and, later, WLDG.

Melissa McCall later on emailed me telling me I would enjoy this site. I can't remember what year that was; but it's been a while.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 22nd, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelling to Loire Valley in May
Replies: 16
Views: 709

Re: Travelling to Loire Valley in May

Definitely recommend the Chateaux. We went to Chenonceaux, d’Amboise and Chambord. I've been around the Loire thrice, and these are still my favourite châteaux to visit. If you visit Château d'Amboise, don't miss having a bite at Patisserie Bigot just across. You can't miss it. Family run for over ...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 21st, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Love this stuff. Highly potent candy. Need to buy more ASAP. I still have some of the Batch 8, which shows how frequently I drink Scotch. Wow. Or how many other bottles you keep at home. I normally keep only around 8-10 bottles at any given time at home; and buy more as needed. I actually stopped k...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 20th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5264

Re: Wine prices are falling

Yeah even with coronavirus and China slowing generally, amounts produced across the spectrum are just too small for prices to fall much beyond stuff like maybe DRC as far as I can tell. I would imagine given a recession (which could be years off and not very deep) 2nd tier auction darlings might lo...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 18th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Love this stuff. Highly potent candy. Need to buy more ASAP.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 18th, 2020, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628864

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 4:18 am
All Sauternes mags?
No, only the Comtes is a mag. Regular format Sauternes is difficult enough to finish in one sitting. I don’t recall a single time I’ve bought a magnum of any sweet white. Half bottles very many.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 18th, 2020, 12:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628864

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up a small assortment after lunch today:
by LMD Ermitaño
February 17th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Finally finishing off this Macallan Enigma that, out of curiosity, I picked up at the Duty Free Shop in Bangkok this past July 2019. It’s not bad; but I found it a bit weird - like Macallan was half-heartedly trying for an Islay style. Needless to state, I very much doubt I’d buy another. Again, not...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 17th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

Revisited the Teeling Single Malt . Nose spicier than I remember. Svelte, fresh, not very deep or concentrated, quite lifted, bit of sugary sweetness to the alcohol/spice bite past mid-palate, that drops off as it starts its finish. Not bad, though nothing great. Pleasant sipper; but nothing serious...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 16th, 2020, 2:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628864

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A case of 2016 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc for fresh steamed shellfish dishes.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 14th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425182

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Valentines dinner at home. Decanted the red for aeration for 2 hours & 45 minutes. Still needs to fully come together and mellow out; but the concentration and massiveness, depth of fruit are impressive indeed. Big but rounded tannins. Dark chocolate in the finish. Quite heady. Manages to maintain p...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 12th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2104
Views: 181095

Re: Steak Porn

I can't get over how good entraña is, but so far I have not been able to come close to replicating it at home. My Argentinian neighbor just throws kosher salt on the skirt steak, throws it on the grill, and that's it, and it's one of the best steaks I've ever had. Blows my mind. Yup, that's exactly...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 11th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 395
Views: 34818

Re: Your Gin?

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin - The nose on this smacks of sake, but is layered with clean citrus notes, juniper, and an herbal earthy base, livened up on the back with a bit of fresh ginger spice. I was a bit hesitant after getting the sake whiff, but it is nice and clean in a gin and tonic. Silky smooth...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 7th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Cheval Blanc
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: 2000 Cheval Blanc

Opened 4th January 2020 (decanted for aeration for around 2 hours; then returned to bottle to bring to the restaurant):

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by LMD Ermitaño
February 7th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 528
Views: 21369

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Home on a Friday night; so...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 7th, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Domaine Annick Parent Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: TN: 1999 Domaine Annick Parent Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets

What I recall is that Domaine Parent is owned/run by a cousin (Anne) of Annick Parent (a totally different/separate domaine). That cousin’s brother (married to Anne-Françoise Gros) used to buy fruit from Annick, who was then battling breast cancer. Ah, yes, that not-at-all confusing game of which f...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1644

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

I like it with grand cru Chablis or a good 1er cru Chassagne-Montrachet, ripe years in either case.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Domaine Annick Parent Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: TN: 1999 Domaine Annick Parent Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets

Is this domaine just called domaine parent now? Actually, I believe that is NOT the case. Certainly some here know more than I, but I think Annick Parent is simply no more and not connected to Domaine Parent. What I recall is that Domaine Parent is owned/run by a cousin (Anne) of Annick Parent (a t...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425182

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Opus 2005 Opus NV Opus Overture Healthy pours and re-pours at a private Opus dinner at the club. Food was killer. Honestly, I could not get past the predominance of new French oak on any of these wines. Was interesting to hear the director say the wines are made to be enjoyed young and mature,...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2104
Views: 181095

Re: Steak Porn

From Monday night, grilled Argentinian ojo de bife.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 395
Views: 34818

Re: Your Gin?

I remember trying this JCB gin (around a year ago) at my neighbourhood pintxos bar (ie., Bar Pintxos), one of the owners mentioned that he got a bottle for the bar out of curiosity over the hype. I ordered a glass then, and, didn’t think much of it - pleasant; but nothing really distinctive. 3C50ED8...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 6th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 89
Views: 7610

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. BD9F0378-0...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 4th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

LMD, how'd you like the Wild Geese? I have not seen that one before. Hi, Brian. I can’t remember that much; but, what I do recall is that I thought it to be “neither here nor there” despite it being talked up as being multiple award winning (I was offered a glass by my Welsh-Irish friend who manage...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 4th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 89
Views: 7610

Re: Japanese Whiskey

If you watch the K&L new product feed like a hawk, you may be able to get Yamazaki 12 for around $100 (maybe a bit more now). It used to come up fairly regularly but recently not so often. It will sell out very quickly. Hakushu 12 and 18 also show up occasionally. Thanks, Craig! Will keep an eye ou...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 4th, 2020, 3:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I feel like Irish Whiskey threads tend to begin and end with Redbreast (unfortunately). Good stuff, no doubt, but there are so many others. Some others I enjoy are Powers, Tyrconnell Sherry Cask Finish, and Glendalough. I’ve had very many, a lot in Ireland, and a number at home. I’d have to dig thr...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 4th, 2020, 1:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 89
Views: 7610

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I stopped buying age statement Japanese whiskies around 4 years ago since they got scarce here in Metro Manila. The ones one could find available once in a while have been at least triple the price I used to buy them - not really prohibitive; but I just felt peeved at having to pay multiples of befo...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 3rd, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628864

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few bottles of 2016 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledila (I asked Francesco Ricasoli to sign them). Very young; but impressed me greatly (decanted for 2+ hours, served with grilled steaks). Right up my alley as regards Tuscan red.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 2nd, 2020, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425182

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 4:37 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 10:09 am
With dinner tonight with the wife and 3 sons.
I love that rosé
I favour Bollinger’s vintage rosé myself. That said, if given the choice, as regards this ‘04, I’d go for bottles disgorged more recently. This one was disgorged September 2011.
by LMD Ermitaño
February 1st, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 528
Views: 21369

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

More help, please. Again IIRC I have never had a Gurkha cigar. Any thoughts? Likes/Dislikes? I generally buy what I know I like but am wondering if I should give these a try. TIA Jason STAY. AWAY. Unfortunately, I must agree. I did sell the boxes they came in for $25 each so I broke even on what I ...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 1st, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 79
Views: 2807

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

WELL DON’T. Just drink beer or tea. Doesn’t matter what beer or tea, any are perfect. But no wine is good. Okay, maaaaybe Champagne, or some ultra-obscure white variety that few have ever encountered or heard of. If you're ever in Hong Kong I recommend visiting a traditional Cantonese eatery (try F...
by LMD Ermitaño
February 1st, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425182

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Something different for me - a young Oregon pinot noir bought by my wife - with assorted tapas & pintxos at my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. Reminded me somehow of a (then) young 2007 Suremain Rully 1er Cru Préaux I had during a simple dinner with the wife and boys at Vézelay in spring of 2013...
by LMD Ermitaño
January 31st, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

anyone try Teeling whiskey yet? Former owners of the Cooley distillery, launched their own label... have seen som positive reviews and just spotted the Rum Cask finish bottle in a local store... http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-05-15/teeling-irish-whiskeys-pots-o-gold#p2 https://www.klwine...
by LMD Ermitaño
January 31st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 29
Views: 1855

Re: Champagne Help

First let me say, Brad, you are one of the last people with whom I would want to be adversarial. I've had the 08 twice and the 09 once, so I do have limited first hand experience. But when the chef de caves says that the 2008 Cristal is the best he has made in 30 years, I'll roll with that. Michael...
by LMD Ermitaño
January 31st, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne with Omakase
Replies: 24
Views: 894

Re: Champagne with Omakase

J. Rock wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 11:58 am
I like an elegant, not-too-old BdB. It should have the acidity to hold up well to beef, uni, etc., but shouldn't be rich enough to overpower the more delicate sashimi and other dishes.
Same here. That’s what I bring for Omakase (but saké would be first choice).
by LMD Ermitaño
January 31st, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Pair of '04s Over Dinner (Rosé Bubbly & Red).
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: A Pair of '04s Over Dinner (Rosé Bubbly & Red).

scamhi wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 8:07 am
Boys to men. I have another 6 pack of the 04 GA Rose on order. I hope it is still fresh
Nice. Difficult to keep one’s hands off them. The ‘04 BdB as well.

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