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Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wine is going to be big and powerful!

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Tasted: 30 & 25 Year Old Tasgall Blended Whisky

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By Martin Isark
What’s this 30 & 25 year old Tasgall whisky at sixty and fifty quid a bottle? Tasgall is not a Scottish distillery or a blue chip brand, but a super-premium blended ‘private label’ whisky that has been created by Asda’s Spirit Buyers. Should you grab it or leave it?  Read more

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Tasted: Asda Extra Special Malt Whisky

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By Martin Isark
Should you put a bottle of Asda’s Extra Special Islay Single Malt Whisky in the trolley or leave it on the shelf? Read today’s Telegraph Article  Read more

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The Speyside & Highland Drams are Perfect for Burns Night

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By Martin Isark
With good reason, most Scottish distilleries lie in the Speyside area or in the surrounding Highlands. The cleanly flowing rivers, peat and easy access to high-quality barley mean that the distilleries there always have an economical edge over those on the islands, where higher production and transport costs have led to the closure of so many of the distilleries. Read more

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Tasted: Drink from Aldi

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By Martin Isark
When I wrote the Supermarket Own Brand Guide in 2005, I found that Aldi had some outstanding products in their: dairy, cold meat, cereal, confectionery, biscuit and snack sections –  and at very cheap prices too! Their Drink? Drinkable… just!

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Tasted: Neat & Mixed Gin

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By Martin Isark
Stocking up with Gin for Christmas and beyond? Be informed, take a look at the positives and the negatives of the popular and not so popular Gins below:

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Tasted: Chenin Blanc from South Africa & Loire

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By Martin Isark
Chenin Blanc? Not as well-known as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, but there is no question that when it’s grown in the best vineyards and produced by first-rate winemakers, Chenin Blanc is on the top table!  Read more

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Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

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By Martin Isark
If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor value for money. Want to drink some decent Pinot Noir? Go straight to the New Zealand & Aussie shelves. Read more

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Tasted: Veggie Red Wine from Italy

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By Martin Isark
Araldica Corsini Barbaresco? 
A richly flavoured Italian red wine that’s good enough to complement your best home-cooked food! Your wine savvy mates will love it too.

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Tasted: Morrisons Marstons Brewery IPA

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I expect more flavour from an IPA at this strength – but this supermarket offering is simplistic and dull. Look for Sierra Nevada or Goose Island pale ales instead.

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