青梅酒

Publié le par chrislzh

Greengage. That's what that other Fengshou/丰收 fruit wine was. My first impression is just as positive. It's 15% alcohol by volume, very slightly stronger than the haw wine, although I'm not sure how much of an effect that has on the flavour or drinkability, if any. Good, crisp, clear flavour, and clean, too. No nasty chemicals- at least, not in the flavour. But there's a delay- not an aftertaste, because it goes as you swallow, but a delay- most of the flavour holds back a few seconds, and you don't get the full flavour until just as you swallow.  Now how to describe it... It has a certain pungency and a hint of medicine, but not in any kind of uncomfortable sense. Indeed, the delayed full flavour adds to the enjoyment of the wine. And yes, you really do need to swallow to get that fullness. Swirling it in your mouth only gets that clear, crispness of the first part of the flavour.

I think my feelings on wine have already been expressed clearly enough and often enough, but just to make sure: Wine is only fermented grape juice, nothing more, nothing less. Nothing sophisticated, and certainly nothing to get your knickers in a bunch over. Fermented grape juice. Beer and whiskey, those are complex, sophisticated drinks. And now that that recap is out of the way: Fengshou's wines, in my experience, are drinkable at best- and then only if you're drinking the dry ones- but still have that skankiness that only Chinese wines seem to manage. I am, however, very impressed with their haw and greengage wines. No skankiness and good, well-balanced flavours. This greengage wine is almost comparable with your average Kiwi ale in terms of the complexity of flavour. Coming from me, that's very high praise, indeed. But yes, from that crispness as it enters your mouth to those hints of acid, fruit wood smoke (like what they burn to roast Peking duck)?, and something ever so slightly medicinal as you swallow, it's really quite an enjoyable drink.

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