Boozelog XVIII – Beausoleil white

EIB/Kouroum of the Nile. Made from Bannati grapes from Upper Egypt. This is the kind of small, extremely sweet grape you see being sold on the streets. Kouroum of the Nile’s website describes it unimaginatively as “Generic Egyptian Nature Grape”. Pretty unremarkable bottle again, quite a nice design on the front and English and Arabic on the back. 65g, 12.5% ABV.

A vivid lemony-strawy colour. For once the tasting notes appear to have been written about the same wine, it does indeed smell like melon. A hint of honey sweetness.

Appley-lemony flavours. Fairly sweet, as I suppose you might expect. Mouthfeel gives you a bit of vanilla. It’s quite full-flavoured. Not altogether unlike gew├╝rztraminer. Great with curry or spicy food. Or probably with fish I imagine, although I’ve yet to try this.

This is pretty good. And I’m not usually mad on white wine. Guilt-free, too – it’s organic, and made in Upper Egypt by Copts. Try it. 8/10.

Boozelog XVII – Vat 1884

I’m not expecting much here, but for the price you can’t really argue even if it’s shit. 18g. 33% ABV.

Doesn’t smell too bad. Smells like a generic brandy/cognac, really – think Martell, Courvoisier, etc.

The taste is palatable. As with the smell, it’s a brandy, it does what it says on the bottle. Probably a bit stronger in flavour than Vat 20, but otherwise indistinguishable.

Alright, I reckon. And very cheap. 5/10.

Boozelog XVI – Grand Marquis

My third dry red from Gianaclis. Carignan-Grenache. 70g, 12.5% ABV

Nice aroma. Chocolate and a definite vanilla undertone.

Not as tanniny as you might expect, but it is pretty tanniny. Black fruit with a bit of a blackcurrant flavour specifically, slightly spicy, hints of chocolate and vanilla. All flavours you would probably guess to be found in such a blend.

This is pretty good. Would drink again. It’s about 15g more expensive than Omar Khayyam bottle-for-bottle, but definitely worth it at least once in a while. 7/10.

Boozelog XV – Obelisk

One of the slightly cheaper normal-strength wines. Gianaclis, naturally. The grape isn’t named, not a good sign. 41g, 12.5% ABV

Smells like wine. No distinctive features.

No distinctive taste either. Somewhat dry. Red fruit. A little bit tanniny.

Not bad. It’s wine. That’s it, really. Omar Khayyam is probably better. 5/10.