TARQUIN’S

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 42%

KEY BOTANICAL: Devonshire Violets 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Grapefruit & Thyme Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Thyme & Juniper Berries Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: The Cornish Garden Smash

The Cornish Garden Smash ingredients and method:

50ml Tarquin’s Gin

20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

20ml Elderflower Syrup

10ml Lillet Blanc Vermouth

Dash of Cornish Pastis

1/4 of a Cucumber

Small handful of Basil Leaves

Small handful of Dill

4 Sugar Snap Peas

Edible Flowers

In a cocktail shaker muddle the gin, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, vermouth, cubed cucumber, basil, most of the dill and three sugar snap peas together for 30 seconds. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for another 30 seconds. Rinse a chilled coupe glass with pastis and then discard the liquid. Double strain the shaken cocktail into the pastis rinsed glass. Garnish with the rest of the dill, a sugar snap pea and the edible flowers.

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NO. 3

BREWER: Tetley’s, West Yorkshire, England 

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2 %

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @TetleysBeer 

INSTAGRAM: tetleysbeer

DATE OF POST: 8th July 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

If you’re searching for a review of teabags, look elsewhere.  This Tetley deals with beer, not the round teabags!

I love the retro packaging on No 3.  It’s old school but not old style.  It’s purposefully suitable for the market of this beer.  And it’s great to see that the creatives at Tetley really have given some thought to this.  

On the nose No 3 is lemony and hoppy, which is a good start for this beer.  Then, in the mouth you get quite a thin tasting beer that feels ok but doesn’t pack too much in the taste department.

If you’re looking for a cracking pale ale full of hoppiness, then No 3 will be a disappointment.  But then, that’s not what this is intended for.  This is brewed for the old market.  It might have new clothes, but its personality and spirit have not changed.  

No 3 is meant to line the fridges of those set on an old brew, which offers little excitement.  

Some folk like it this way.  Me, I like something a little more exciting.

Sammy’s Rating: 52%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

It has to be said, the look of this bottle… is sensational, utterly sensational!! It is so simple and retro beyond belief! It doesn’t necessarily lure the drinker in but it does look out of this world in my opinion.

However the beer is only so so I’m afraid.

The whole tasting experience begins with a classic and very nice hoppy nose with a touch of lemon cutting around in the background. The taste in the sip is then pleasant enough and flows on well from the nose but the body totally lets all of this down. It really needs to be fuller to help these flavours along. The very thin body just seems to dilute the positives that Number 3 has got going on. A good bitter finish in the aftertaste leaves the drinker thinking what could have been.

A perfectly acceptable brew but lacking where it really counts.

Jymi’s Rating: 54%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 53%

 

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JINZU

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 41.3%

KEY BOTANICAL: Yuzu and Cherry Blossom

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Green Apple Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic and Lime & Coriander Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Smoke on the Water 

Smoke on the Water ingredients and method:

50ml Jinzu Gin

10ml Grapefruit Sherbet

2 Dashes Orange Bitters 

Apple wood smoked chips

Combine all ingredients other than the smoke into an ice filled rocks glass. Stir for two minutes. Light the wood chips in a smoking gun and infuse with cocktail. Garnish with Cherry Blossom when in season, or a twist of Pink Grapefruit when not.

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THEAKSTON PALE ALE

BREWER: Theakston, North Yorkshire, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle 

TWITTER: @Theakston1827

INSTAGRAM: theakstonbrewery

DATE OF POST: 31.07.2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Well, from my day’s on holiday in the Channel Islands I seem to remember after a busy day at the beach me and me Pop heading to grab a take away but somehow being sidetracked by a boozer en route… and on the way back too, to be fair. Options were limited over there and as a bitter drinker in the early 90s he pretty much was faced with the choice of Theakston Best or Bass. I however was impressing the chicks and swigging Fosters Ice!!! Wow.

Now when he opted for Theakston I always asked for a sly sip because that beautiful black label that their Best did don just seemed so inviting and to me, as a wee boy summed up what Northern British Bitter should taste like. Because I was well versed in British brewing at a very young age :/

Once faced with this Theakston Pale to review I have to be honest I began to panic a little. Firstly it wasn’t the Best Bitter I remembered from day’s gone by (that isn’t the beer’s fault) and the label and packaging generally was nowhere near the genius that I remembered from my youth. Why oh why was that incredible Black and yellow label nowhere to be seen?

Upon entering the bottle the nose instantly disappointed. Dull, faint and uninspiring. I then revisited the bottle label to remind myself what I should have been expecting from this brew. Hefty zing is mentioned but not found in nose or mouth. There is no zing whatsoever. There is a malty backbone to this Pale but it really is nothing to get excited about. The faint bitter aftertaste to be fair was pretty good but other than that I can’t help but feel disappointed by this offering from this North Yorkshire household name.

Jymi’s Rating: 46%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

It strikes me that some things in life are middle of the road. And, if we all really thinking about it, it’s the way it’s got to be. Not everything could be exceptional because if it were, then exceptional would cease to exist and middle of the road would just be a higher standard. And of course, then you’d have nothing that was below par either. A bit of a ramble I know, but, you see, Theakston’s Pale Ale is just that. It’s middle of the road. It has no USP. It doesn’t do much – in any department. But it doesn’t offend either. It’s just a non-event.

Now, I think that this is a deliberate ploy by Theakston’s. I think they wanted this pale ale to be middle of the road. Because, middle of the road sells. It doesn’t divide the crowd. It’s easy to drink and people settle for it for that reason.

But me, I like beer to have more of a personality. I like it to be a little different. It doesn’t have to be out there. It just needs to have something about it. Watery might wash me but it doesn’t wash with me. And that’s what this is. It’s bland. Old school, but in a bad way. Not in a hip, trendy revival way.

I bet you can all imagine what this pale ale might be right? And I’d say that most of you would be spot on. So, if you want that vibe go for it. But not me, I want something more.

Sammy’s Rating: 63%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 54.5%

 

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DEATH’S DOOR

STYLE: New World

ABV: 47%

KEY BOTANICAL: Hard Red Winter Wheat

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Premium Orange Blossom & Lavender Tonic and Blood Orange Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Yuzu Tonic and Purple Sage & Raspberries Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Angel of Death

Angel of Death ingredients and method:

50ml Death’s Door Gin

25ml Sweet Vermouth

25ml Campari

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

In a mixing glass, combine all of the ingredients, fill with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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RARE BREED

 

BREWER: Butcombe Brewing Co, Bristol, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle 

TWITTER: @ButcombeBrewery

INSTAGRAM: butcombe

DATE OF POST: 24th July 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Imagine a pub nestled in the rolling hills of the English countryside. More specifically, imagine that exact same place in the West Country, an area close to my heart. That’s where I see anything from Butcombe being enjoyed, including Rare Breed. Whether it be a hot summer’s day, supping on a rickety bench in the beer garden, or a cold winter’s day beside a roaring open fire, there should always be plentiful open space surrounding one during the consumption of this beverage.

Everything that I imagined Rare Breed to be is exactly how it is. But there’s more to it. It’s a cracking beer. There’s a great level of bitterness but not too much. The hops play a starring role too but they don’t over play anything else. It’s well balanced with all of the elements working in harmony together. And there’s something zesty about it too.

Butcombe has taken this English classic and modernised it in a way that will work for many folk. Yes my ideal situ to sup on this bad boy would be in the rolling hills of the countryside of England’s West Country. But let me level with you – I’d be reaching for Rare Breed anywhere in the world where I happened on it. It really is that good.

Butcombe – you smashed it with this one!

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Sometimes you just have to take your hat off to a beer for just being a darn good beer. No bells. No whistles. No singing. No dancing. No frills.

Just a darn good beer.

Rare Breed starts off with a nose that completely settles the drinker into knowing that what is to come is just going to be a classic brew of the highest order. The taste is hop forward without being over the top, which is what you want from a pale, and there is a touch of coriander buzzing about in the background too. RB is lovely and smooth which allows the drinker to settle firmly into their seat and let the world pass by without a care, before heading for another.

As mentioned, there is nothing stand out or show off about this beer but it is flippin’ excellent and there really is nothing more to be said.

Jymi’s Rating: 88%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 88%

 

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UNGAVA

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 43.1%

KEY BOTANICAL: Rose Hip

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic and Cardamom Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Merchant’s Heart Pink Peppercorn Tonic and Lemon Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: New Fashioned 

New Fashioned ingredients and method:

50ml Ungava Gin 

10ml Maple Syrup

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 strips of Orange Peel

In a mixing glass combine the Gin, Maple Syrup, Bitters and one strip of Orange Peel. Add 4 cubes of ice and stir gently. Strain into an ice filled Old Fashioned glass. Discard used Orange Peel. Squeeze over oils from remaining Orange Peel, twist and put into the glass. Garnish with a small sprig of Rosemary.

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BLUE MOON

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BREWER: Molson Coors, Staffordshire, England

STYLE: Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.4%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle 

TWITTER: @BlueMoonBrewCo

INSTAGRAM: #bluemoonbeer

DATE OF POST: 18th July 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

The first thing to note about Blue Moon is that it’s a Belgian styled beer. This doesn’t make it a Belgian beer. That’s a little like saying a sparkling wine is a Champagne styled wine and it just ain’t the case folks. Let’s cut to the chase, if it ain’t a Belgian, it ain’t a Belgian. Call it what it is. It’s a wheat beer. It’s a white wheat beer. And it’s brewed by Molson Coors, which, if we are going to be honest, most certainly isn’t a renowned Belgian brewing house.

What do I like about Blue Moon? I like the name, suggesting rarity and something special. I like the styling, retro and cool.

That’s where my liking of BM stops.

You see, it’s too smooth and creamy. It has no bite. There’s a hint of orange but it has a thick mouthfeel. The claimed ‘refreshing citrus taste’ is nowhere to be found. BM is just plain old bland, brewed for the mass market. It doesn’t stick its neck out in any shape or form. Sad times.

I’m sure at some point in its past, BM was a good beer. The concept was probably strong. Then it got swallowed up by a huge brewing house, which doesn’t always mean things go downhill, and that destroyed its integrity.

BMs not terrible. It’s just so vanilla. So middle of the road. Magnolia.

Sammy’s Rating: 53%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Other than this beer test I’m doing now, the only other time that Blue Moon has passed MOBJymi’s lips was as an opening pint to one of the booziest nights of my life. It was just Sammy and I having the pint but it lead to a few pints of something else which then lead to about 35 bottles of wine and 11 bottles of whisky… each. The fact this was the night before Sam’s wedding where I was best man is best ignored.

From memory the thoughts we both had about Blue Moon on that fateful night were not great. It was a sunny, balmy early evening and we were sat in a tranquil beer garden. So any half decent beer really should have raised an eyebrow of approval. But no, all I remember is us saying to each other that it was alright and not much more. And that really is ALL I REMEMBER.

And I’ll be honest now I’ve finished this bottle in front of me and I start to put pen to paper (finger to key) not much has changed. The bottle look for me is so so, as was the tap head on that fateful night. The nose is ok I suppose but fades very quickly. And the taste is, well you guessed it pretty basic and boring. It’s not bad, it’s not horrible and if someone handed me one I wouldn’t turn my nose but honestly… it’s not worth having on your radar.

Word on the Orange Tree is that popping a slice of fresh orange into this drink can work well and I really think it would if I’m honest. But it’s not mentioned on the bottle and if a beer needs something else to help it along the way then it can’t really be a very good beer now can it?

A certain, currently unfortunately named beer springs to mind…

All in all, average at very best.

Jymi’s Rating: 53%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 53%

 

MOB review next weekend: RARE BREED by BUTCOMBE BREWING CO

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MOB SQUAD: BLUE MOON

The MOB SQUAD say…

 

Capone: MATURE, DANGEROUS, STONKING, DELIGHTFUL, MOREISH – 90%

Tom Norton: CITRUS, REFRESHING, LIGHT, SLIGHTLY BLAND – 88%

Mark: AVERAGE, OK, ORANGE PEEL, CLOUDY, DRINKABLE – 56%

Jonny Drinkies: SMOOTH, FULL, BALANCED, SPICED, CITRUS – 87%

cWobble: BLAND, MAIN STREAM, UNINSPIRING, CITRUS, NOT BELGIAN – 30%

PanthBrew: NOTICEABLE, LINGERING, PALATABLE, SWISH, DISTINCTIVE – 85%

VK: AWFUL, CHEAP, SHOCKER, NOTHING, NO – 10%

Rush: REFRESHING, DULL, SMOOTH, CITRUSY, OK – 56%

B.T.I.G: HAZY, FRESH, ORANGE, JUICY, GOOD – 74%

Tulane – MEDIOCRE, PLEASANT, SPICY, SMOOTH, ORANGE – 49%

Steve C: ALRIGHT, QUENCHING, THICK, OBVIOUS, FRESH – 60%

Mrs Reebo: AVERAGE, TANGY, ORANGE, BITTER AFTERTASTE – 55%

Mr Reebo: CORIANDER, MAN CITY, MEDICINAL, OLD FASHIONED, HEAVY – 25%

JLarc: SWEET, REFRESHING, TART, THICK, HAZY – 78%

Lava: JUICY, CITRUS, ORANGE, QUAFFABLE, GREAT – 79%

Team Redbeard: HAZY, CRISP, SUBTLE, CLEAN, SMOOTH – 86%

 

MOB SQUAD RATING: 63%

 

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TANQUERAY FLOR DE SEVILLA

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 41.3%

KEY BOTANICAL: Seville Orange

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Orange Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Orange & Lemon Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: 20th Century Cocktail

20th Century Cocktail ingredients and method:

50ml Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Gin

25ml White Creme de Cacao

25ml White Dry Vermouth

12.5ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange ribbon.

 

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