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simonp

It's a new taste sensation

Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?

I recently bought some oven bottom muffins for the first time the other day and really liked them toasted with butter and marmalade. I bought them in Sainsbury's in Bath and, really irritatingly, can't buy them in any other supermarket locally, despite the fact I recall them being for sale there in the past.

Anyhow, I digress slightly because the real reason I started this was not because of the muffins, but the marmalade. When in the same store I bought some Frank Cooper's Muscovado Marmalade which is amazing. I assume it is a Sainsbury's exclusive, as it isn't on the manufacturer's website and I've not seen it anywhere else (I'm a supermarket whore and shop in nearly all of them!).

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webap...s-muscovado-oxford-marmalade-454g

It's an unusual dark colour (think Branston Pickle brown) with a rich burnt orange flavour and has a great ratio of bits to jelly.

We have a few smaller stores around us and this appears to only be stocked in the larger ones, so if you like marmalade (and Sainsbury's) go try it.

I just need to find those muffins to go with it now, toast just ain't cutting it!
gooner

Someone in the Metro letters page suggested trying peanut better with marmalade and a response in today's edition suggested trying it with beetroot! Think I'll pass on those ideas.
Humphrey The Pug

The last truly, "wow that is lovely" taste I had was a few years back; harissa paste.
Bob Sacamano

Re: It's a new taste sensation

simonp wrote:
Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?

I recently bought some oven bottom muffins for the first time the other day and really liked them toasted with butter and marmalade. I bought them in Sainsbury's in Bath and, really irritatingly, can't buy them in any other supermarket locally, despite the fact I recall them being for sale there in the past.

Anyhow, I digress slightly because the real reason I started this was not because of the muffins, but the marmalade. When in the same store I bought some Frank Cooper's Muscovado Marmalade which is amazing. I assume it is a Sainsbury's exclusive, as it isn't on the manufacturer's website and I've not seen it anywhere else (I'm a supermarket whore and shop in nearly all of them!).

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webap...s-muscovado-oxford-marmalade-454g

It's an unusual dark colour (think Branston Pickle brown) with a rich burnt orange flavour and has a great ratio of bits to jelly.

We have a few smaller stores around us and this appears to only be stocked in the larger ones, so if you like marmalade (and Sainsbury's) go try it.

I just need to find those muffins to go with it now, toast just ain't cutting it!


We've been buying Sheldons' Oven Bottom Muffins for a couple of years now as an alternative to buns for bacon sandwiches. We lightly toast them and then put the bacon in. Sainsbury's sell them and Aldi do their own version which is just as good.
JohnC

I got offered (and took) an Oddfellow at the weekend - remember those! An acquired taste I grant you but I did enjoy it.
simonp

Sheldon's was the make I bought, but only the store in Bath sells the bloody things. Our nearest big Sainsbury's in Frome only has one Sheldon's product, cheese topped rolls. It's frustrating because they used to be sold in all the local supermarkets, but not any more. Just as I discover how nice they are!

I've not been to Asda in a while, though, so that may be my last hope. Failing that it's back to Bath and clearing a shelf in the freezer...
Humphrey The Pug

Twinkie; Tesco's sell them, my god I don't think I have ever tasted something that tastes like it was made using only chemicals; truly horrid.
gooner

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Twinkie; Tesco's sell them, my god I don't think I have ever tasted something that tastes like it was made using only chemicals; truly horrid.


My daughter got given one at Guides the other week as they had all brung in American food for Independence Day ( )

She was on a proper sugar high for hours afterwards!
Humphrey The Pug

gooner wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Twinkie; Tesco's sell them, my god I don't think I have ever tasted something that tastes like it was made using only chemicals; truly horrid.


My daughter got given one at Guides the other week as they had all brung in American food for Independence Day ( )

She was on a proper sugar high for hours afterwards!


Lol; I don't have a sweet tooth but it wasn't the sweetness of it, it was just rank, the wife who loves sweet food and fake food, saw that they were on offer so she thought she would give then a try; she hated them as well.

Don't look at the ingredients.
Racing Teatray

Something called a "cramique". Which is a sort of amazingly delicious soft Belgian brioche bun with melting chocolate chips in it.

A friend brought some around for breakfast one Sunday morning and now we are hooked. The place we get them from is one of those ridiculously upscale French bakeries that wouldn't last six seconds if it wasn't in South Kensington, the price is punchy and they are undoubtedly not good for the waistline, but they are one of those little pleasures that make life a little less grey, especially when just freshly-baked and still warm!

http://www.auxmerveilleux.com/the-cramiques/
Stuntman

Totes amazeballs, Jonny.  What's French for 'I saw you coming'?  
Racing Teatray

Stuntman wrote:
Totes amazeballs, Jonny.  What's French for 'I saw you coming'?  


   

I did actually hear a girl say that on the tube at Parsons Green the other day!

For sure it's a rip-off, but they taste so amazing that once in a while, I don't mind!
simonp

I can't see a price when I click that link. How much we talking?

There's a poncy pretend Fronch bakery in Bath, so when I go get me muffins I can pop in there and see if they do them.
Blarno

Magnum Double Peanut Butter. Get on it, lovely.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: It's a new taste sensation

simonp wrote:
Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?

Not that recent, but Wispa Gold.
Why on earth did Cadburys ever stop making them?  I realised just how much I had been missing them
Stuntman

Cookies & Cream ice cream (and/or Caramel ice cream), sparingly drizzled with Pedro Ximinez sherry.  

Both ingredients from Lidl so it doesn't break the bank!
Racing Teatray

simonp wrote:
I can't see a price when I click that link. How much we talking?

There's a poncy pretend Fronch bakery in Bath, so when I go get me muffins I can pop in there and see if they do them.


To be honest, I'm not sure. I prefer not to know.
Andy C

Re: It's a new taste sensation

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
simonp wrote:
Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?

Not that recent, but Wispa Gold.
Why on earth did Cadburys ever stop making them?  I realised just how much I had been missing them


YES !  My absolute favourite chocolate bar .
I treat myself to one of these a week on a Friday , along with a bottle of fizzy pop

Speaking of which ^,  Coke 'Life' (green bottle/can).  It claims to be better for you than normal coke (more natural sugars ) and it tastes the best out of any of the cokes out there imo
cbeaks1

Brownies delivered from Gower Cottage Brownies are pretty good.

There is an Indian Steet Food restaurant in Headingley (The Cat's Pajamas) that do 2 Chick Pea starters (one is a sort of salad and one deep fried) that are most excellent
Frank Bullitt

I love a good honeycomb crunch ice cream and the other week picked a bucket of the stuff up from Aldi the other week - it was a taste sensation.
Stuntman

Stick some PX sherry on it and report back!
Twelfth Monkey

A choccy ice cream cone from the place in the village we're holidaying in.  Made themselves and I kept making disturbing noises all through.
Roadsterstu

Cadbury's Double Chocolate Cookie Amaze Bites. Moreish. Very moreish. Too moreish!
simonp

Another one that I discovered a while back, but that are now stocked in the same store as the marmalade is Walker's Banana Split Eclair toffees. Possibly the most heavenly sweetie ever made. Fucked my diet up good and proper, as we're currently tucking away about 8 bags a week!

The liquorice ones are rather moreish, too.

http://www.walkers-nonsuch.co.uk/products
Martin

Cadburys Dairy Milk Oreo is my downfall at the moment, trying to ration myself to 2 squares in the evening.
Bob Sacamano

I had a chocolate brownie from Gareth James Chocolatier in Tynemouth the other day and it was unbelievable. Thank God I don't live any nearer, you'd be rolling me down the street.

I regularly buy a box of Fab ice lollies for the freezer and I'll have one every night. Mrs Sacamano laughs at me and says she doesn't understand it but my point is that as a kid I loved Fabs and always said that if I was a millionaire I'd get boxes of them. I'm not a millionaire (a shock to many I know) but I have scraped enough coin together to live part of my dream...
Frank Bullitt

Martin wrote:
Cadburys Dairy Milk Oreo is my downfall at the moment, trying to ration myself to 2 squares in the evening.


You can enjoy my share - I find Oreo utterly rank!
Bob Sacamano

US favourites are a mystery to me:

Budweiser - the King of Beers? - nope it's a bloody awful thin liquid that tastes of chemicals that I wouldn't serve to my worst enemy.

McDonalds - home of the hamburger? - nope again, they make utter shite hamburgers.

Oreos - a US favourite with milk?  - a hard brown biscuit of some sort with white chemicals inbetween - just rank.

Twinkies? - see Humph's post - a sickly sweet pap that dissolves into mulch in the mouth.

The thing is if you go to the US you can find good beers, burgers, cakes etc. They just seem to export the crap. Maybe that's the idea?
Martin

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Martin wrote:
Cadburys Dairy Milk Oreo is my downfall at the moment, trying to ration myself to 2 squares in the evening.


You can enjoy my share - I find Oreo utterly rank!


Send it over!
cbeaks1

Oreos are firmly in the top 5 of biscuits.
Blarno

I like Budweiser, always have, always will. Oreos are dirt, though.
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
US favourites are a mystery to me:

Budweiser - the King of Beers? - nope it's a bloody awful thin liquid that tastes of chemicals that I wouldn't serve to my worst enemy.

McDonalds - home of the hamburger? - nope again, they make utter shite hamburgers.

Oreos - a US favourite with milk?  - a hard brown biscuit of some sort with white chemicals inbetween - just rank.

Twinkies? - see Humph's post - a sickly sweet pap that dissolves into mulch in the mouth.

The thing is if you go to the US you can find good beers, burgers, cakes etc. They just seem to export the crap. Maybe that's the idea?


Hershey's milk chocolate is revolting!
Humphrey The Pug

Alot of sweet tooth's on here; savoury man myself.

Agree Racing; I'm not a big chocolate fan, however Hershey's is just vile, it also has a weird dry after-taste.
Frank Bullitt

Blarno wrote:
I like Budweiser, always have, always will. Oreos are dirt, though.


Not a fan of Budweiser either, it's how I imagine a pint of Tenants Super tastes once a tramp has drunk and got rid of it.

Actually, on the Alcohol front the last drink that got me thinking 'wow' was Leffe Nectar
Racing Teatray

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Blarno wrote:
I like Budweiser, always have, always will. Oreos are dirt, though.


Not a fan of Budweiser either, it's how I imagine a pint of Tenants Super tastes once a tramp has drunk and got rid of it.

Actually, on the Alcohol front the last drink that got me thinking 'wow' was Leffe Nectar


On the alcohol front, it was a truly spectacular Italian dessert wine that my father-in-law opened after this year's family Christmas meal. His brother had been given it by a wine-maker he knew in Tuscany with the recommendation that it was particularly special, and indeed so it turned out to be. I assume it was a vin santo but don't remember for the time being. But it was simply gorgeous. We've got some rose from the same vineyard at home, so I'll need to check this evening and see if I can work out what it was.
simonp

The current IPA vogue is something I'm right into. Tesco have a great range and a lot of the best ones are from the States. Brooklyn East IPA and Lagunitas taste very different from one another, but I like both very much.

When it comes to Budweiser I'll take the Czech version, please.
Martin

Hershey's chocolate is awful.  Estrella is my favourite lager, not a new thing though as it has been for a while.  I discovered Doom Bar a few years when on holiday in Padstow (always like to try the local stuff on holiday) and that's been high up on my list since.

Probably not something I should admit, but we both have a 'thing' for Tattinger Pink Champage after spending the afternoon drinking it in Monaco last year.  Not as expensive as it sounds as it was at the Fairmont Sunday Brunch which is a set price and amazing value based on what we got through.  That whole afternoon was a taste sensation.
franki68

I can't really eat milk chocolate now ,having no discovered that as you grow older dark chocolate becomes far more preferable.
This is simply stupendous chocolate ,and worth the silly pricing.

http://www.chocolatetradingco.com...?gclid=CPfcjfny8s0CFdZAGwodsKcIqA
Bob Sacamano

I'm getting back into the real ales again. A couple of local favourites are Radgie Gadgie and Workie Ticket. Anyone from Newcastle will be familiar with those two terms, in fact I would class myself as the latter (see Next PM thread).
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
Hershey's chocolate is awful.

Agreed

Bob Sacamano wrote:
The thing is if you go to the US you can find good beers, burgers, cakes etc. They just seem to export the crap. Maybe that's the idea?

On my recent trip, one of the guides recommended Shake Shack if you wanted a decent fast-food cheeseburger.  So long as you don't mind ordering some weirdly named item, it was certainly far better tasting than the offerings from McDonalds
Martin

Most burger places are better than McDonalds!  There was one by our hotel in NY and due to it always having a queue out of the door, we have it a go and it was nice enough but far from the best burger I've had.  They have a place in Covent Garden now if you want to try one closer to home
PhilD

Budweiser tastes a lot like bottled lager and Oreos are very biscuity.
Humphrey The Pug

5 Guys does a good burger; bit on the expensive side though.
simonp

franki68 wrote:
I can't really eat milk chocolate now ,having no discovered that as you grow older dark chocolate becomes far more preferable.
This is simply stupendous chocolate ,and worth the silly pricing.

http://www.chocolatetradingco.com...?gclid=CPfcjfny8s0CFdZAGwodsKcIqA


I really like Madecasse Toasted Coconut. Also a silly price, about £3 for 75g.
Tim

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
5 Guys does a good burger; bit on the expensive side though.


There's one of those in Dundee now and while I agree the burger was better than McDonalds I didn't think it was that special.
The colleague I went with was way too excited by the whole thing but apparently it's their favourite place to dine  

I won't be going back.
simonp

I tried a GBK a while back and wasn't all that enamoured, especially as a burger, fries and drink came to nearly 18 quid! There's a burger gaff in Eton called the Flaming Cow and the fries in there are the nicest I've ever had, but the burger was only OK. Good beer, though.
PhilD

simonp wrote:
I tried a GBK a while back and wasn't all that enamoured, especially as a burger, fries and drink came to nearly 18 quid! .


Expensive Maccy Ds is what I thought!
Bob Sacamano

Fat Hippo in Newcastle and Durham do excellent burgers:

http://www.fathippo.co.uk/
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Fat Hippo in Newcastle and Durham do excellent burgers:

http://www.fathippo.co.uk/


Though by using tilt-shift on their photos that have made their food look tiny!


Humphrey The Pug

Honest Burger, fantastic burger and amazing Fries:

http://www.honestburgers.co.uk

Ate there in Camden when the wife was at a gig.
cbeaks1

On the wine front Terre do Faiano Primitivo from Waitrose is bloody good. 25% off for another 10 days so £6.99 or so.
JohnC

There's nothing beats a burger from the butcher, cooked on a barbecue and served up with lots of relish on a proper McGhee's roll.

Or maybe it's just that I only manage to get the barbecue out once a year that the memory makes it taste better! I never have a burger when I am out because it always disappoints.
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
There's nothing beats a burger from the butcher, cooked on a barbecue and served up with lots of relish on a proper McGhee's roll.



Agreed, so when can we come over?!
simonp

I've just bought a sous vide gizmo. Hoping it's not one of those toasted sandwich maker type things that gets used a few times before gathering cobwebs in the back of a cupboard as it it was rather expensive!
PhilD

cbeaks1 wrote:
On the wine front Terre do Faiano Primitivo from Waitrose is bloody good. 25% off for another 10 days so £6.99 or so.


Primitivo is one of my favourite grapes/wines, though I'm not sure if the tannins are good for me.
Martin

Lindsay will be heading to the butcher in about an hour to pick up 2 of his finest burgers and some sausages, having a BBQ this evening.  That will be our 7th or 8th this year, so not too bad, but would have more if we could.
Humphrey The Pug

simonp wrote:
I've just bought a sous vide gizmo. Hoping it's not one of those toasted sandwich maker type things that gets used a few times before gathering cobwebs in the back of a cupboard as it it was rather expensive!


One of those is getting me a bit interested; too much Master Chef.
Martin

Is that just DIY boil in the bag?
Bob Sacamano

The Aldi Wagu burgers in their Brioche Buns are immense but you have to be quick as they sell out so fast.
Martin

Waitrose Brioche buns are nice, as are their Aberdeen Angus Steak Burgers.  Their Brioche buns with the better burgers the butchers does is the best combo and what I'll be having later....I'm starting to feel really hungry.
simonp

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
simonp wrote:
I've just bought a sous vide gizmo. Hoping it's not one of those toasted sandwich maker type things that gets used a few times before gathering cobwebs in the back of a cupboard as it it was rather expensive!


One of those is getting me a bit interested; too much Master Chef.


Search for Anova £40 off. That's the one I went for. Gets really good reviews on Serious Eats.
simonp

Martin wrote:
Waitrose Brioche buns are nice, as are their Aberdeen Angus Steak Burgers.


Buns yes, burgers no, too gristly. Best ready made supermarket burgers are the Asda ones. They were called rump steak burgers once, but I think they're called Butcher's Choice or something similar now.
JohnC

PhilD wrote:
JohnC wrote:
There's nothing beats a burger from the butcher, cooked on a barbecue and served up with lots of relish on a proper McGhee's roll.



Agreed, so when can we come over?!


In my part of the world, a barbecue needs planning in conjunction with the weather forecast. Tonight looks good though!
Martin

simonp wrote:
Martin wrote:
Waitrose Brioche buns are nice, as are their Aberdeen Angus Steak Burgers.


Buns yes, burgers no, too gristly. Best ready made supermarket burgers are the Asda ones. They were called rump steak burgers once, but I think they're called Butcher's Choice or something similar now.


Never thought that, not with those particular ones anyway.  Assuming I've got the name right.

I can't go to Asda.  Not that I really go to the Supermarket thankfully, we get a delivery once a month and Lindsay works next to Waitrose so pops in there as well as the local butchers.

Charcoal on, cold beer in hand, will be cooking soon  
Resident Spanner

JohnC wrote:

In my part of the world, a barbecue needs planning in conjunction with the weather forecast. Tonight looks good though!


Wouldn't be the first BBQ I've had outside in a downpour, stood next to a big metal thing whilst holding a big metal gold umbrella in a storm - what could go wrong?  
simonp

Martin wrote:
simonp wrote:
Martin wrote:
Waitrose Brioche buns are nice, as are their Aberdeen Angus Steak Burgers.


Buns yes, burgers no, too gristly. Best ready made supermarket burgers are the Asda ones. They were called rump steak burgers once, but I think they're called Butcher's Choice or something similar now.


Never thought that, not with those particular ones anyway.  Assuming I've got the name right.

I can't go to Asda.  Not that I really go to the Supermarket thankfully, we get a delivery once a month and Lindsay works next to Waitrose so pops in there as well as the local butchers.

Charcoal on, cold beer in hand, will be cooking soon  


I'm a bit of a Jack Spratt and hate any chewy bits in me meat, so might just be me. I have made my own burgers for a while now, just so I'm sure of what is going into them.
Stuntman

PhilD wrote:
cbeaks1 wrote:
On the wine front Terre do Faiano Primitivo from Waitrose is bloody good. 25% off for another 10 days so £6.99 or so.


Primitivo is one of my favourite grapes/wines, though I'm not sure if the tannins are good for me.


One of my favourite red grapes too.  Alongside Malbec and Shiraz.  I prefer the fuller-bodied reds although I do like a nice smooth claret as well, and a nice Tuscan Sangiovese.
Stuntman

Bob Sacamano wrote:
The Aldi Wagu burgers in their Brioche Buns are immense but you have to be quick as they sell out so fast.


Totally agree on those Wagu burgers.  Really tasty.
Humphrey The Pug

Stuntman wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
The Aldi Wagu burgers in their Brioche Buns are immense but you have to be quick as they sell out so fast.


Totally agree on those Wagu burgers.  Really tasty.


Another one here who loves the Wagyu burgers; a few weeks ago Aldi were also offering Wagyu steaks, unfortunately I missed out.
Andy C

If I can't get to my local (well not really local, but it's so good it's worth the drive) butchers, we buy  our meat from Aldi. The steaks are great and cheaper than Tesco's, Morrisons etc
Resident Spanner

I do the same, their steaks are superb compared to the rest of the supermarkets.l
Humphrey The Pug

Aldi meat in general is far better than meat from the usual big names; cheaper too.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

JohnC wrote:
There's nothing beats a burger from the butcher, cooked on a barbecue and served up with lots of relish on a proper McGhee's roll.

I like to buy mid-price burgers and break them into bite-sized pieces then casserole them with plenty of sauce.  Yummy and IMHO far nicer than "just" burgers with sauce
Grampa

Re: It's a new taste sensation

simonp wrote:
Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?


Llaeth yoghurt
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
JohnC wrote:
There's nothing beats a burger from the butcher, cooked on a barbecue and served up with lots of relish on a proper McGhee's roll.

I like to buy mid-price burgers and break them into bite-sized pieces then casserole them with plenty of sauce.  Yummy and IMHO far nicer than "just" burgers with sauce


you could just buy some mince?
JohnC

PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:

I like to buy mid-price burgers and break them into bite-sized pieces then casserole them with plenty of sauce.  Yummy and IMHO far nicer than "just" burgers with sauce


you could just buy some mince?


Or some meatballs!
simonp

Re: It's a new taste sensation

Grampa wrote:
simonp wrote:
Tried anything new recently that made you go 'wow'?


Llaeth yoghurt


Never seen those. What is special? Current yogurt faves are Stapleton's lemon curd and Rachel's coconut, the latter of which is superb on a high quality granola...
simonp

Just had some home made beef and onion meatballs in a sauce bought in Waitrose. It was a new one, harissa and sour cherry. Very rich and fruity. Liked it a lot.
PhilD

simonp wrote:
Just had some home made beef and onion meatballs in a sauce bought in Waitrose. It was a new one, harissa and sour cherry. Very rich and fruity. Liked it a lot.


That sounds very good!
simonp

I really liked it, but she wasn't so keen. That means I'll probably not have it again. Nice while it lasted!
Clunes

simonp wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
simonp wrote:
I've just bought a sous vide gizmo. Hoping it's not one of those toasted sandwich maker type things that gets used a few times before gathering cobwebs in the back of a cupboard as it it was rather expensive!


One of those is getting me a bit interested; too much Master Chef.


Search for Anova £40 off. That's the one I went for. Gets really good reviews on Serious Eats.


I have one on order as well. Delivery in the next couple of days :)
simonp

Have you gone for a vacuum sealer, too, or just using zip lock bags? I'm doing the latter, as I can't seem to find a vac sealer that gets good reviews and isn't huge. They all seem rather temperamental!
Clunes

simonp wrote:
Have you gone for a vacuum sealer, too, or just using zip lock bags? I'm doing the latter, as I can't seem to find a vac sealer that gets good reviews and isn't huge. They all seem rather temperamental!


Just going to try zip lock for starters - pretty easy to get the vast majority of the air out and from the reviews they appear to work well.

Looking forward to trying it out before hols - that's if it arrives this week!
Eff One

A couple of weekends ago I sampled a 2011 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne. I love my wine but am certainly no connoisseur, and this (a £70ish bottle of white Burgundy) was well out of my usual territory in both price and geography. It was lovely - beautiful balance of fruit and acidity, rich and honeyed yet fresh and zesty. I'm not sure I'd have paid that sort of money for it, but then again, we probably drank it several years too soon.
simonp

Clunes wrote:
simonp wrote:
Have you gone for a vacuum sealer, too, or just using zip lock bags? I'm doing the latter, as I can't seem to find a vac sealer that gets good reviews and isn't huge. They all seem rather temperamental!


Just going to try zip lock for starters - pretty easy to get the vast majority of the air out and from the reviews they appear to work well.

Looking forward to trying it out before hols - that's if it arrives this week!


I think they're all sent direct from the manufacturer (in Canada??), so they probably take a few days to ship.

ETA, mine just arrived.
simonp

Nuvver fing I tried for the first time this week, well Saturday, so technically last week, is Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic. Tried the normal one plenty o' times, but this one has a few more botanicals in it and has the uncanny knack of making a VAT taste quite like a G&T. Does with Stolichnaya anyway...
Nice Guy Eddie

English Mojito -  Fresh cucumber, lime juice, mint, apple juice, gin and apple liqueur
Bob Sacamano

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
English Mojito -  Fresh cucumber, lime juice, mint, apple juice, gin and apple liqueur


I don't do health drinks.
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Bob Mojito -  gin


I don't do health drinks.


Better?
simonp

Talking of gin, anyone tried and liked Plymouth Gin. I've read that it's much nicer than most of its trendier London cousins.
JohnC

Never tried or heard of Plymouth Gin but you might want to try Makar Gin. Very nice!

http://www.ginfoundry.com/
gooner

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
English Mojito -  Fresh cucumber, lime juice, mint, apple juice, gin and apple liqueur


Does that count as one of your 5-a-day?
Nice Guy Eddie

Absolutely, I've had Plymouth gin and it's very nice however my gin of choice currently is Gin Mare
Stuntman

Tanqueray, Sipsmith or Williams Chase for me please.
Humphrey The Pug

Can't get on with gin.
Martin

Lindsay started drinking gin because of the low calories and has started to really enjoy it now, but I don't like it, even the more expensive stuff she's moved on to.
Nice Guy Eddie

Gins amazing but you just need to get a bit creative over and above just chucking a lime and schweppes in it.

Try it with less tonic and with herbs like rosemary, coriander or spices like cardamom pods or chilli. Next time your at a really good bar or hotel get them to knock you up a G&T and it'll blow your mind just how different the tastes can be.
PhilD

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Gins amazing but you just need to get a bit creative over and above just chucking a lime and schweppes in it.

Try it with less tonic and with herbs like rosemary, coriander or spices like cardamom pods or chilli. Next time your at a really good bar or hotel get them to knock you up a G&T and it'll blow your mind just how different the tastes can be.


Is it as easy as wine to tell the different types? A friend went on a gin tasting afternoon and he said after the first couple it was hopeless as he was pissed!
Stuntman

I think it's quite easy to tell which style(s) you prefer, very much in the same way as wine.  For instance, if you tasted Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick's and Gordon's back to back you would definitely think they occupied different areas on the taste spectrum and would almost certainly have a clear preference.

From there, I would move onto other gins that had similar or more intriguing ingredients to the one of the above that you prefer.  I prefer Gordon's of the three above, and (for me) Tanqueray is similar flavourwise, but cleaner and fresher.
simonp

Tesco cranberry and cashew bread. I think it may have crack as one of its ingredients it's so addictive!

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