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Concha Y Toro – Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Hello wine lovers,

Today I bring you another from a recent red wine spree. This is an Argentinian offer utilising the Spanish native Tempranillo grape (blended with other red grapes not listed). This can be bought for around £6 at Tesco.

Wine: Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Vineyard: Concha Y Toro, Argentina

Grape: Tempranillo / Red Grape Blend

Very smooth dry wine light tannin on the tongue bitter grape un appetising nose easy drinking 6 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth red wine. Dry, with a puckering light tannin on the tongue. Bitter grapes within and an unappetising finish. The nose of this wine is very alcoholic.

ABV: 12%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Long story short, I was not a great fan of this one. The bitterness of the grape, dryness of the tannin, and sharpness of the nose left this as a squarely pedestrian wine. Still fairly easy drinking in its lighter body. Better options on offer for less.
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Amber Harvest – Strong Dry Cider

Hello fans of the cider,

Today I bring you a widely available, mass produced cider that is available in 3L bottles. Yes I know, that screams quality.

Cider: Amber Harvest

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Amber Harvest Strong Dry Cider - England - smooth Apple cider 5 abv however weak taste watery medium carbonation light on the tongue not Sharp - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth apple cider. Quite mild in all of its characteristics: mild apple flavour, mildly sharp, and mildly enjoyable. It is not strong and dry, it is more of a middle ground between dry and sweet. Semi-sweet then. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: This is not one that I would go out of my way for. All in all not an unpleasant experience by any means, and even enjoyable when served really cold. That said, it has no remarkable qualities and is really only fit for one purpose, mass consumption. Avoid unless you’re short on coin, and even then a pack of Strongbow won’t cost you much more.

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Boddingtons Draught Bitter

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Today I bring you the ubiquitous Manchester bitter. “The Cream of Manchester” is found in cask form, in can form (with a nitrogen widget), and in export form (which is much better at a higher ABV).

Beer: Boddingtons Draught Bitter

Brewery: Boddingtons, InBev, UK

Boddingtons Draught Bitter - 3o5% very smooth creamy light mild flavour watery slightly sweet 6 () 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth creamy light ale. A very mild flavour, slightly sweet. Very low bitterness. Almost watery. Low carbonation.

ABV: 3.5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard mass produced ale. Light, creamy head (due to the widget carbonation), and very easy drinking. Not offensive in anyway, but that be because there is little in the way of flavour. The sweetness takes my vote slightly higher. Not special, but better than commercial lagers.


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SPAIN: Let’s revisit España

My first post on Spanish beer ( was on the delectable Legado de Yuste.

Today I bring you THREE more Spanish beers to drool over!:

Beer #1: Alhambra Export

Brewery: Mahou-San Miguel, Spain

Alhambra - Spain - smooth Spanish lager very refreshing low bitterness medium carbonation weak taste - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth lager, with low bitterness (and flavour). However, very refreshing, and the medium carbonation keeps it lively.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: There isn’t much to say about this. Little in the way of hops/cereal bitterness or flavour in general. However, it is refreshing and inoffensive  so it gets an average.

Beer #2: A.K.Damm

Brewery: Damm, Barcelona, Spain

AKDamm - Spain - very smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation light bitter taste with notes of coffee and caramel very refreshing 4o8 abv - 8o25 () 10.K-1

Impressions: This was a very smooth lager. An interesting marrying of bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla notes, accompanying a light hops bitterness. Medium carbonation keeps it refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: I was highly surprised by the lager. The combination of two of my favourites flavours (bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla) bumped this beer well above the typical lager mark. Rich in flavour, though still very light and refreshing, I highly enjoyed it. Try one.

Beer #3: Cruzcampo

Brewery: Heineken, Spain

Cruzcampo - Spain - smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation mild taste slight bitter finish refreshing but pedestrian - 4o8 abv - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: Another smooth Spanish lager, with medium carbonation. Like Alhambra, it has a mild taste with a light bitter finish.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Another refreshing, light lager. Mild and drinkable, which was quite nice on the hot Spanish nights! (Man in background also enjoyed a few cervezas).

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