Of course, no trip to the big M would be complete without a drink or four. Despite being definitely under par, I gave it my best shot. Loddon Ferryman’s Gold (4.4%) was a pleasant enough start, being an easy drinking golden beer with a slight hint of something more substantial waiting to come through. Orkney Northern Light (4%) was also pretty good, and although golden as well, had much more of a biscuit malt crunch to it. I couldn’t detect any apricot in it, though; despite being assured it was present.
Things were looking good, but took a downward turn with Wye Piddle-Piddle in the Wind (4.5%) which tasted as if someone had done. Once more Phoenix came to the rescue with White Tornado and that carried me through till after the show. A bit of a departure afterwards as I gorged on German wine. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese was full of fruit, and pears and honey came through at the finish. The 1998 Forster Pechstein Riesling Spätlese Trocken also had honey notes but was much drier in the finish. Best of the bunch was Markus Fries Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2003 which was quite spicy but had a neat dry finish which really appealed.
Altogether now: Joleeene Joleeene...
The illustration of Ms P is by Rick London and is entitled Salvador Dali Parton: Persistence Of Mammories