Home, sweet home! – I return bearing bounty!

So, after some weird bitching and a day or so of not really getting near a computer for longer periods of time, I’m finally back home! And boy does it feel good to be able to spend a little time on your own! Okay, in all fairness, the last day in Nyborg wasn’t too bad.. The family was pretty nice, we had a nice dinner this evening and all was well, I even sorta came to some level of peace and understanding with Mie’s baby daughter, Izabella, as I was actually forced to watch over her for a few hours total.. Which involved such unusual activities as Johan carrying, playing with and bottle feeding a toddler.. I know this sounds hard to believe, but it’s the honest to God truth!

So, in conclusion, things weren’t too bad.. I’ve been spoiled rotten, and I’ve been able to take a few things home to make life even more enjoyable in the future.

From my Mom, I got a half bottle of homemade wild strawberry schnapps, bottled in a cute little old school bottle with porcelain lid.. I’ll be interested to dig into that.

My Dad, as I mentioned gave me some money, as did my grandma, some of these were put into a bottle of Lajita Mezcal .. Complete with “worm” and all.. Actually purchased as more of a curiosity as I always thought that any well-stocked bar should feature a genuine bottle of Mezcal with a genuine butterfly larvae floating inside 😉

I also accidentally stumbled upon a sweet, sweet deal for a one liter bottle of Laphroaig 10 year old Scottish Single Malt Whisky, supposedly “THE most richly flavoured of all Scottish Whiskys” .. I’d probably have to agree. I was never much of a whisky drinker, but this one really, really appeals to me.. Rich, smoky, seaweedy (is that even a word) and full of strength and character. I hear it’s an acquired taste, but I’ve loved it from day one.. Then again, I’m weird!

Finally.. As if I hadn’t spend enough money, I stumbled upon the holy grail of Rum.. And it’s now finally mine.. Ron Zacapa Centenario a rum which is in many ways ridiculous: First off, it’s aged for at least 23 years, making it older than many people I currently call friends. Secondly, it’s so award winning that it was supposedly barred from entering various competitions as to give others a chance as well. (First place winner in the Premium Rums category at the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 Caribbean Week’s Rum Tasting Competition.)

People who actually know what they’re talking about had this to say: ” Extremely Smooth (..) Mahogany amber color. Flavors are harmoniously balanced on the palate, with no one thing to overwhelm the senses at the expense of another. Subtle aromas of caramel, spice and sweet pipe tobacco on the nose with a completely subdued alcohol, hint that Ron Zacapa Centenario has fully matured to perfection. (..) One sip and you realize you could just nurture this rum forever, satisfied in the knowledge that when you do get around to another sip, your taste buds will be delicately rewarded. All those fine aromas are fully expressed in the taste, with almond and oak added to the complexity already hinted at on the nose. Roll Ron Zacapa around on your tongue before swallowing, it is that good. The finish lingers, as sweet honey flavors hang onto your lips and tongue, and warm the throat until you try the next sip of rum luxury. Refined from start to finish.”

Needless to say, I’m stoked.. Maybe a certain forthcoming birthday would be a good excuse to pop open a bottle.. Fucking hell, at a normal shelf price of DKK 695.95 it better be good!

The wall of fine spirits is getting crowded.. I should snap a picture one of these days.

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