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Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Early last fall we tried this white ale from Einstok (from Iceland), which was a new brewery for my son and me. To try their beers, I wanted to taste first the ones I am more likely to enjoy, white and blonde beers in general. So we started with this white ale, which promised to be in the white ale tradition, that is a very pale beer brewed with coriander and citrus peel. That’s what’s mentioned on the label : an ale brewed with coriander and orange peel. Unfiltered, 5.2% vol.

Reviews of their other beers can be found on my blog by searching using keyword Einstok in the search box on the top right.

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Pale yellow, straw colored, slightly cloudy with a nice whitish foam.

Nose : it smells of beer (ferments and yeasts) delicate and pleasant.

In mouth : it’s the same, it’s delicate and pleasant, not bitter at all, subtle and refreshing. In after mouth comes the spice note, coriander. I didn’t taste the orange peel, maybe a tangy orange note, not the bitterness of the peel, at the end of mouth.

After several sips, the coriander definitely lingers in after mouth. Very good, to buy and enjoy again.

A very pleasant beer and a nice discovery that led me to taste further their whole beer range.

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Somewhere in June came is the batch number 2 of the excellent Penelope Bourbon. I reviewed their first batch here.

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

I bought 2 bottles of this batch number 2, one bottle travelled with me to France in checked bagage as a present for my father (it arrived intact fortunately ! )

Before fixing any Kentucky Mule or Mint Juleps, we had a proper tasting of this new batch, straight without any ice.

Same as batch number 1, batch number 2 is a four grain straight bourbon whiskey, 40% vol. 

Golden color in glass.

Nose of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel and cream. A slight variation from the batch number 1 which had a scent of roasted cereals and honey in addition to the vanilla and caramel.

In mouth : cream, vanilla, caramel then cream again as an after mouth. It’s very round, even better than the first batch. It feels almost like a vanilla ice-cream, more specifically the creamy side of vanilla ice-cream.

It was very much appreciated by all the French people in my family (my father, mother, sister and son) here in France.

In short, cream and butterscotch : a delight !

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Beaujolais Nouveau Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

It’s a Beaujolais Nouveau which is not filtered, from Collin-Bourisset. 12.5% vol.

The main appeal on trying yet another Beaujolais Nouveau from the supermarket in France, was the not filtered mention on the label (non filtré). That enough sounded promising and different from the regular other ones I had tried so far this year.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Very dark in the bottle, almost black.

In the glass the color is still very dark, what we call grenat in French (dark red). Very thick and greasy (gras) but no legs on the glass.

It has a very pleasant nose of freshly baked bread and yeast (in a good way). In short it smells like brioche (bun) because it is not filtered of course! When smelling the wine, it feels like entering in a bakery shop, a French boulangerie, which is rather pleasant.

In mouth it feels very thick and textured, almost as if I was eating something. It tastes like brioche again but those brioches that are very popular in the South of France, brioche à la fleur d’oranger (orange flower or neroli flavored buns).

Absolutely no red or yellow fruit taste, no blueberry no cherry, only this bakery brioche and orange flower tastes. 

A very pleasant and balanced wine with medium length and finish. It’s not too acid and it doesn’t feel like a young wine at all. Must drink it fast before all those beautiful favors vanish under the unfiltered yeast action.

We enjoyed it with French dry pork sausage that we call saucisson.

(This tasting took place mid of December 2018)

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018