Where travel and thirst collide


Excellent to Very Excellent

WINE: Saam Mountain Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Today I bring you a bottle of red from South Africa, the Saam Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Again, I do not profess to be a connoisseur of wines, but I know what I like and what I don’t! This was at a work conference dinner (ie. free), but a quick google search shows this wine from around £7 – £10.

Their description: “Saam is Afrikaans for ‘together’. The name captures the true essence of the team and their attitude towards viticulture at Eensaamheid Farm.  Located at the foot of Perdeberg Mountain range, Saam Mountain Vineyards is a new South African venture that unites winemaking and farming. The area is known locally as the Mountain of Horses after the wild mountain zebra, the Quagga, used to roam there.  Saam Mountain Vineyards forms under a group of 40 South African wine growers, spanning the premium growing areas from Paarl to the Durbanville Hills. The vineyards produce, on average, less than 7 tonnes per hectare – around half the average yields of other wineries of this scale, ensuring that quality of fruit and intensity of flavour is naturally at the heart of Saam Mountain’s wines.  This is a deep purple Cabernet, with a black berry and plummy nose.  The intensity of the fruit is carried onto the palate where it fills one’s mouth with juicy tannins, ripe, dark, fruit and hints of vanilla.  The aftertaste is long and fruity.”

Wine: Saam Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Saam Mountain Paarl, South Africa

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Impressions: This is a very smooth deep red wine. Dry, but not overly tanniny. Little in the way of puckering/mouth dryness. Very soft and medium to light body, with notes of grape and black current.

ABV: 14%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. One, because it was free. But 2), it was very smooth. Again, I say I normally like wines with a bit more depth and body, but this really was an easy drinking wine. With a price ranging from £7 – £10, this seems like good value as well. At 14%, it has a good amount of body, kick, flavour, and drinkability to make most happy. Try it.
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BREW DOG – a post Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery

(^Their words) Today I bring you my first taste of the highly acclaimed Brew Dog Brewery. A brewery that attempts to set itself as far away from contemporary breweries. From producing the some of the highest ABV beers in the world (The End of History, 55%), to uniquely flavoured beers well outside the norm.

Beer #1: Punk IPA

Brewery: Brew Dog, Scotland

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Impressions: This India pale ale is very smooth with strong flavours abound. Strong floral, earthy notes blend with bitter citrus hops. An overall medium bitterness covers the soft, sweet peach / apricot notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.6%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a very unique beer. Very complex with many layers of flavour. This may be off putting to some, however, as a beer to be sipped, not glugged, it’s a beer to truly appreciate. Slightly too floral for my tastes, but I can appreciate how all the flavours work together. Definitely worth a try.

Burton Bridge Brewery – Better Beers Abound

Hey all! The Burton Bridge Brewery happens to be a brewery I pass by on my way to work everyday.. and I just so happened to have sampled a few of their beers in the past! So today I bring you one Stout and one Golden Ale. Both beers are brewed in England, locally, at the BBB.

This brewery (and surrounding area breweries) has quite an interesting history that you can read about here:

On to the beers!

Beer # 1: Bramble Stout

Impressions: This is a very smooth, proper dark stout. A deep, rich texture complements the semi sweet, complex flavours in this beer. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate blended with a touch of coffee creates a warming, satisfying stout. Low carbonation, poured with a nice rich head.

ABV: 5%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: A very, very nice stout. Sweet and strong. If you enjoy stout, sweeter beers, or even have a sweet tooth for chocolate, this beer will not fail you. The sweet Yin to the well known stout Guinness’s Yang. Definitely worth a buy, and will probably bring you back for another.

Beer #2: Golden Delicious

Impressions: This beer starts with a sharp first impression. The sharp tang mellows to a creamy, light bitter smoothness. A light taste of cereals that are refreshing and somewhat satisfying. Low carbonation with a nice rich head.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A nice beer with a creamy, smooth texture. Goes down well and wouldn’t really offend anyone. A low ABV leaves this beer with little punch, and little in the way of standing out from the crowd. Buy a pint over Carling and its ilk.

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