De Toren

We participated in the tasting of the De Toren blends for the Fusion V 2009 Directors blend. This blend will be released in 2011.

There were a total of 12 guests at the tasting. Each guests was given two flights of seven blends, a score sheet, a pencil and a spittoon.

The first five wines were relatively easy to score but after these I started to battle. I had to focus and work hard not to find and identify the same characters in each wine. Given that we were working with the five bordeaux blends this was very challenging.

At the end of the process we were asked to rate our top three blends and our least favourite blend. The combined scores (provided by the 12 guests) were saved and the process was repeated in Johannesburg and Durban. The two overall top scoring wines will be the ones that are released in 2011.

By the end of this tasting I had earned myself a set of purple stained teeth, spittoon back-splash in my left eye, a myriad of flavours swirling around my mouth and huge respect for those that taste professionally. It’s definitely not easy work!

The day finished off with a perfectly paired menu – created by Margot – where the Fusion V 2002 and the Z 2004 were highlighted; and then I was introduced to a rum … I am not a rum drinker. I have always associated rum with hooligans but I have been converted.

Pyrat Rum XO Reserve, a sipping rum from Jamaica that – with each sip – makes you think of secluded tropical island beaches, hot sun and a sexy waiter bringing on the cocktails.


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