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by Le Roturier
Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Crystal decanters can be hazardous
Replies: 2
Views: 12395

Crystal decanters can be hazardous

From On Food And Cooking , ISBN 0-684-80001-2 High-alcohol spirits are biologically and chemically stable and can be kept for years without spoiling. One traditional and decorative way of storing them has been the decanter made of glass crystal, which derives its weight and appearance from the eleme...
by Le Roturier
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Use of pesticides in Cane fields - safe rhum?
Replies: 3
Views: 3426

Re: Use of pesticides in Cane fields - safe rhum?

I am also concerned by Ethyl carbamate (also called urethane), a cancerous chemical found in beverages made by a fermentation process and then heated. Barbancourt has been banned for an indefinite time in at least one Canadian province (Quebec) because of suspiciously high levels of that molecule. E...
by Le Roturier
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: "Nice legs"
Replies: 3
Views: 12385

"Nice legs"

Many reviewers make sure of describing the formation of "legs" and speak positively of this phenomenon. They rejoice when they witness it. The glass gets its required swirling and a nice sturdy rim appears and quickly gives rise to very strong, nice looking legs. ... Swirled about the glass and then...
by Le Roturier
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: El Dorado 12 vs El Dorado 15
Replies: 8
Views: 12252

El Dorado 12 vs El Dorado 15

How does the El Dorado Superior Demerara 12 year old rum compare to the excellent El Dorado Special Reserve 15 year old rum ? Dark brown rum distilled from molasses. Aged 12 years in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Reformulated in 2006, El Dorado 12 is now much closer in flavor and texture to the f...
by Le Roturier
Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Reinventing the wheel (of flavours)
Replies: 9
Views: 6657

Re: Reinventing the wheel (of flavours)

Many questions, so, if you have any element of answer, please join the discussion. There has been some very interesting research done, but much of it comes from exhaustive studies of descriptors and frequency of usage. From my uneducated point of view, this is a very good starting point. To be vali...
by Le Roturier
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: A comparison of various tasting glasses
Replies: 9
Views: 20521

Re: A comparison of various tasting glasses

Yes, neither the Optimol nor the Reko are available, discontinued. I hope some day, the Optimol glass which Capn Jimbo strongly recommends will be available again so we all can enjoy the reviews with the same reference glasses. Thank you, Count Sylvio and Captn Jimbo, for your reviews of The Flare....
by Le Roturier
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:48 am
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: A comparison of various tasting glasses
Replies: 9
Views: 20521

Re: A comparison of various tasting glasses

I searched the new 2009 IKEA catalogue and the Optimol dessert wine glass is not in it. Maybe, they stopped making it.
by Le Roturier
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:36 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Reinventing the wheel (of flavours)
Replies: 9
Views: 6657

Reinventing the wheel (of flavours)

I stumbled upon this interesting article about flavour wheels . To fulfil the lack of descriptive clarity, people have started inventing "flavor wheels", in analogy to color and pitch wheels. It isn't a great analogy, because color and pitch both form repeating cycles, for underlying physical reason...
by Le Roturier
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Blackbeard's Reserve Rum 24,25,26 Year?
Replies: 4
Views: 17680

Re: Blackbeard's Reserve Rum 24,25,26 Year?

Their website seems to be "under construction" since February. From the Internet Archive Wayback Machine : Blackbeard's Rum Company Wholesale Division imports & distributes products from around the world: Wines from California to Australia Champaign's from France Spirits from the UK Liquors from Can...
by Le Roturier
Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Ron Zacapa 23 as a benchmark
Replies: 20
Views: 32439

Re: Ron Zacapa 23 as a benchmark

No it is still a quite credible single bell curve. According to the mean and the standard deviation, a normal distribution should look like this... http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/5683/clipboard02bpk8.png Subdividing it into individual scores into four categories based on BTI's first blind round...
by Le Roturier
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:10 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Plantation Rum Barbados Grande Reserve
Replies: 22
Views: 17554

Re: Review: Plantation Rum Barbados Grande Reserve

My mother prepares one dish only on special occasions. The recipe for chicon au gratin (braised Belgian endive, rolled in ham, grilled in a Gruyère cheese sauce) is very simple. It's not special in itself. It doesn't require special skills. Even if the ingredients must be carefully chosen and of the...
by Le Roturier
Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Introduce yourself.
Replies: 115
Views: 89326

Re: Introduce yourself.

Bonsoir distinguish members, I'm François Clotaire deVilleDieu, known as "Le Roturier". Noble by birth, gentleman by upbringing, commoner by choice. Besides some detours by Ottawa (Canada), Krakòw (Polska), Jumet (Belgique) and 日本の東京 (Tokyo, Japan), I am a loyal citizen of Montréal. Although I enjo...
by Le Roturier
Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:08 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Plantation Rum Barbados Grande Reserve
Replies: 22
Views: 17554

Re: Review: Plantation Rum Barbados Grande Reserve

It's impossible to grasp the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system without first fully understand the concept of terroir , the French belief that the land imparts a unique quality, not reproducible elsewhere. A mix between (esoteric) chauvinism and marketing opportunism. You must also know th...
by Le Roturier
Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Ron Zacapa 23 as a benchmark
Replies: 20
Views: 32439

Re: Ron Zacapa 23 as a benchmark

Good evening gentlemen, I'm glad to have discovered this forum. The discussions are very interesting. (You'll have to forgive my awkward writing style. My mother tongue is not English, but French.) Upon studying BTI's scoring I was reassured to find that we have a fairly typical bell curve. This is ...