The usual time for my ape'retif is in the evening, but today I thought I should complete an important task - comparing the two bottles of aged Spanish sherry given to me at Christmas.
Among family and friends I am well-known for my liking for a nice dry-ish sherry. My efforts to convert others to share a glass with me have been in vain. Despite plenty of trial tastings of bottlings from other more illustrious vineyards, my preference has rarely wavered from the good old Australian, near bottom-of-the-range, McWilliam's Royal Reserve Dry Sherry NV. And, most conveniently, I can purchase it by the flagon (yes, I would like that in a bag please) from the local bottle-shop.
From time to time my status-conscious daughter appears with a bottle of a very special imported drop to tempt my palate. This Christmas there were TWO bottles; so to honour her efforts, this morning I decided impulsively to down the duster and sample them. I poured a small glass of each - plus one of my usual for comparison.
Mmmm ... both quite interesting, and indeed very, very dry.
The jury is still out. Another tasting is scheduled for this evening.
Now, in a somewhat relaxed mode, I will get on with the rest of my day.
Did I say Happy New Year?