Saturday, 22 October 2011

Molecular Margarita Video

Oh dear. They've only gone and let me loose with a video camera...
Due to popular demand (that is, one person asking), I've made a short video showing in a bit more detail how I made the margarita which I featured in this blog recently.
It's been pretty hastily put together, but hopefully it might be of some help to someone out there. If not, please send your details over and I will refund you 3 minutes and 33 seconds of your life back.


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Armagnac Tour - Samalens (part two)

Our second distillery of the day, Samalens, was an absolute delight. We were greeted by Pierre, the great-grandson of John Samalens, who founded the distillery in 1882.
Located in the heart of Bas Armagnac, the landscape was notably different from Tenareze - not least by the surprising abundance of sunflower fields.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Armagnac Tour - Larressingle (part one)


Our long awaited tour started with a rather medicore breakfast at Gatwick airport. Our stomachs could not possibly have imagined the gastronomic delights which were awaiting us the on the other side of the channel.
Two representatives from Bibendum Spirits, one from Bibendum Wine, and a further four from Hotel du Vin / MalMaison arrived in Gascony, the home of Armagnac, around lunch time, and were ushered to a rather delightful restaurant just by the river Gers.
To get in the spirit (no pun intended) of things, I decided to begin with La Cassolette d'Escargots, follwed by L'Entrecote de Boeuf, and finish things off with La Panna Cotta a la Vanille. A truly wonderful meal.
Fully refreshed from our flight, we made our way the short distance to our first distillery of the day: Larressingle.