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    Strong STRONG recommendation for Aldi's "Clarke's 1886" Bourbon, bit fussy when it comes to this stuff and it's top notch for £12 a bottle.
    Far better than any of the other Supermarket bourbons I've tried, and way better (Imo) than your Jim Beams and Jack Daniels (which isn't even a real bourbon anyway!)

    Warm, sweet and quite woody...leaves a really nice aftertaste simila to a few single malts I can think of.
    Great sippin' whiskey, check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Strong STRONG recommendation for Aldi's "Clarke's 1886" Bourbon, bit fussy when it comes to this stuff and it's top notch for £12 a bottle.
    Far better than any of the other Supermarket bourbons I've tried, and way better (Imo) than your Jim Beams and Jack Daniels (which isn't even a real bourbon anyway!)

    Warm, sweet and quite woody...leaves a really nice aftertaste simila to a few single malts I can think of.
    Great sippin' whiskey, check it out.
    Been drinking Clarkes for years Gary...its a decent bourbon for the money aint it Aldi originally got it as a special a few times and was so popular they now stock all the time. Morrisons do an even better one , to my tastes anyways in John Lee...!3.95 I think. got another bottle today actually. it darn good for that price. A French company import it for the French market but have just started selling it here too

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    A recent purchase from Asda... more than I'd normally pay for a red, at £9 a bottle, but it is very nice indeed...

    Bev


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    Wine for a lass eh or up here a burd

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Wine for a lass eh or up here a burd
    A ?? I didn't understand that one Grant...
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    Oh now I get it... ooops...
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Been drinking Clarkes for years Gary...its a decent bourbon for the money aint it Aldi originally got it as a special a few times and was so popular they now stock all the time. Morrisons do an even better one , to my tastes anyways in John Lee...!3.95 I think. got another bottle today actually. it darn good for that price. A French company import it for the French market but have just started selling it here too
    Off to Morrisons then for my next treat, thanks Grant will try the John Lee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninanina View Post
    A recent purchase from Asda... more than I'd normally pay for a red, at £9 a bottle, but it is very nice indeed...

    Very nice indeed, Bev, and a bit of a bargain indeed for a Chianti Riserva! I'll look out for that one in Asda

    If you like that (and you haven't done so already) try some Barbera or Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. Without using specialist wine merchants, it's hard to find quality Italian wine in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Very nice indeed, Bev, and a bit of a bargain indeed for a Chianti Riserva! I'll look out for that one in Asda

    If you like that (and you haven't done so already) try some Barbera or Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. Without using specialist wine merchants, it's hard to find quality Italian wine in the UK.

    Marco.
    Thanks Marco I will look out for that one I'm getting back into Red's after a long time away...
    Bev


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    Thumbs up It's Italian week again at Lidl - and with it, wine BARGAINS galore!!

    Ok guys,

    Just a 'heads up' if you weren't aware of the above. There are some top-notch wines available at very good prices. Knowing Italian wines (and others) in depth, here are my recommendations - indeed I have just returned from Lidl and bought these myself:

    Italian (white) :

    Roero Arnesis, Cascina Valentino 2013 - £7.99.

    This wine is from the Piedmont area of Italy, using a rather unusual grape variety, and is superb served chilled with some chicken dishes, fish and seafood. Very unusual to see it in this country!

    Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Corte alle Mura 2013 - £5.99.

    This wine is a Tuscan classic, beautifully fruity and flavourful. Gorgeous, served chilled, even as an aperitif! Also, very nice with risotto, veal, grilled chicken or pork dishes.

    Italian (red) :

    Fortezza dei Colli, Chianti Classico D.O.C.G Riserva, 2009 - £6.99. This is big, bold, juicy, fruity lusciousness to the max, and probably one of the best Chiantis you can drink south of £25.00 a bottle! This is a MEGA BARGAIN, folks and should be snapped up immediately!!

    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2011 - £7.99. Another mega bargain. Think Brunello di Montalcino on the cheap: big, powerful and jammy, but instead of £20-30 a bottle, you're getting it for £7.99 Awesome with all red meats and strong cheeses!

    French (refreshing rosé for summer) :

    Corbières Rosé, 2014 - £4.99.
    Côtes du Rhône Rosé, 2014 - £5.49. This one will be a little more full-bodied and 'intense' than the Corbières.
    Cabernet d'Anjou Rosé, Domaine de Terrebrune 2014 - £5.99. The driest of the three, but still nicely fruity. Great with pan-fried scallops!

    French (red) :

    One for Barry... An outstanding Bordeaux (Fronsac), Les Sources du Château de la Riviére, 2012 - £7.99. Should be up there with some of the nicest Médoc you've had, but at around half the price you'll pay per bottle from Laithwaites!

    Enjoy, folks

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


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