Well I’m back after a short hiatus caused by work, Christmas, and adding more beers to my archive! With over 200 still left to Blog I had better start pumping more of these bad boys out.
Today I bring you however, two drinks from my recent work related trip to Oslo, Norway. Oslo is the largest city in Norway at ~1.4 million people in the metropolis (small for a capital by western standards). The city itself is beautiful and modern, sprawling across the ‘Oslofjord’, or inlet from the near by North sea and Kattegat sea. Interestingly, ‘fjord’ in Norwegian doesn’t necessarily refer to the glacier-geological formation, but refers in a general sense to different waterways. Oslo as a bustling city was bright and beautiful, full of life and friendly people. As a tourist destination however, I was a bit disappointed. Having been to Greece and Egypt (the two nations with the most famous mythologies), I had high hopes for Oslo to display with pride its history and folklore. Unfortunately, the city itself is too modern and lacks the medieval charm that cities like Prague possess, or the historical/mythological in-your-face tourism that Cairo has. All in all, it is a city where I would happily live, but probably not return to as a tourist.
Anyway, on to the drinks!
A view looking across the famous Vigelandsparken Statue park in the centre of Oslo.
Beer: Ringnes Pilsener
Brewery: Ringnes AS brewery, Oslo, Norway
Impressions: This was a very smooth, cold pint, served in a run down old pub in the downtown Oslo area. This ‘pilsener’ has buttery soft notes when it initially hits your tongue, followed by cereal hops and maize notes that end in a light chalky bitterness. A very average beer with medium to high carbonation that is very drinkable, but nothing special.
Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)
Verdict: A very middle ground beer that tickles the throat and sates the thirst. Probably nicer on a hot summers day.
..and now to announce my very first Vodka post!
Check out their cool website here: http://www.vikingfjord.com/
Check out their ‘ FAQ’ where people can ask the brewery some truly random questions..
Impressions: This was drank neat at room temperature. The vodka was very smooth with sweet notes that hit your tongue first. A soft mellow sweetness that leads to a soft burn at the back of the throat. The nose in this glass is very minimal.
Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)
Verdict: This being my first documented vodka, I have probably been very generous in the scoring. I also don’t generally drink vodka neat, so this was an interesting experience. Be that as it may, it was smooth, had a pleasant taste, and had very little harshness/unpleasant burn. At £9 for a litre from the Oslo duty free, this was one killer value for money drink.