Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glenlivet 21,
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenlivet 21, Scotch Whisky.
This was a very elegant and gracious gift.

A typical example of a dram of atypical whisky.

Fruit. Spice. Floral. Violet. Plum. Cranberry. Cobbler. Apple pie. Banana Bread. Molasses. Honey. Brown Sugar. Caramel. Butterscotch. Mineral-like. Melon. Clean, charred oak. Oak. Dry. Textured. Robust. Terrific!

Extra fancy packaging, involving mitered wooden bottle-holding aspect.

Monday, December 10, 2012

MoJoToGo Pro,
iPad App

Functional, intuitive, beautiful.

As of November 28th, 2012, VST has released MoJoToGo Pro for the iPad. Of all the excellent software tools VST has offered to design and calculate brews, I believe this one will be the most useful to the most users, and offer the best value. Along with my standard refractometer, I am enjoying more and better use from MoJoToGo Pro than any of the other software. It is on sale until December 21st, 2012 (link).

This app offers the brew design functionality of ExtractMoJo with the added ability to press, drag, and drop the design point on the graph. It includes coffee, espresso, and cupping modes, and easily toggles between drip and infusion. It greatly expands on all of the current features of the iPhone/iPod app, is very user friendly, and can go anywhere an iPad can.

Dialing in a coffee on a Baratza Maestro.

Recording and sharing recipe details is very simple, as well as sharing data with the CoffeeMetrix open data tacking project (link).

Having all of this functionality in a convenient, easy to use, very portable package is an extremely useful companion for designing, sharing, and keeping track of recipes when dialing in coffees, grinders, and brewing methods.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lagavulin 16,
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lagavulin 16, Scotch Whisky.

Intense peat and smoke. Iodine. The smokiness is complex, earthy, wood-like, and reminiscent of smoked game. Oak. Tar-like. Sisal rope. Molasses, brown sugar, and sweet, delicate fruit flavors. Very aromatic with extremely well balanced deep, complex flavors.

A typical example of a dram of Lagavulin 16,
served in a Glencairn Glass.

Friday, November 9, 2012

More Caffeine Crystals

Based on this post from Coffee Troupe, by Rich Helms,
Looks like more caffeine crystals inside my dirty Hottop roaster.
This is inside the rear end of the top cover.
First time was around the bean chute.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Buffalo China,
Bowl-Shaped Cups & Saucers

Buffalo China, approximately 7 oz cup.

Cup bottom stamp. Date Code I-11,
November, 1948 (link).

Detail of unique handle.

Saucer bottom stamp. Date code I-9,
September, 1948 (link).