The Oxford (My Review)
Because I am not a sweet tea fan, it may surprise you that I order cocktails that feature it anyhow. But in cocktails, you see, a little sugar never hurt. Okay, it sometimes hurts, but that’s not the case for the Oxford’s Southern Tea. It’s made with Southern Comfort, spiced rum, peach liqueur, lemon juice, and that sweet tea.
The alcohol counteracts the tea’s sweetness, even with the also-sweet SoCo and peach schnapps involved. The rum flavor could be stronger, and adding something to contrast with the drink’s smoothness, like ginger, would take it to the next level of drinkability—yeah, that’s probably not a word, but I’m keeping it. As is, this Southern Tea improves on sweet tea and makes for a pleasant end to an evening.
Reviewed 12 May 13.
Comique Revolution Blanc 2010
Central Coast, CA
Look at this — another wine that won me over with its label artistry! I’m so predictable. This time, that art is an alluring blend of golden tones with black lines portraying some odd lords and ladies along with exclamations that they had to “cut the fluff!” apparently leaving nothing behind but flavor notes. It’s all rather confusing, but that generally only serves to heighten my curiosity.
The Comique Revolution Blanc smells like crème brulee, or rather, it smells like cream, butter, vanilla, and a bit of peach for kicks. It tastes like crème brulee as well but a dry version of it with no overwhelming sweetness. Oak is definitely present, and it’s nicely balanced with that rich buttery flavor. For fruit, green apple comes out swiftly, taking dominance, but peach rounds out the sip.
It’s a pretty tasty white wine. Don’t be afraid of nonsensical labeling; give it a try!
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Sweet Peach Mead
The color of this mead is gorgeous—no, it’s not peach, but more of a gold with a pink hue to it. I could stare at it for hours. Okay, that’s a lie; I could never refrain from drinking a poured glass for that long.
It smells first of honey and then of peaches, and the honey comes back for an aftertaste I’m growing familiar with from these wines. Sweetness dominates the glass, but the peach wades through and surprises you after a few seconds. It’s not complex, just a simple, lovely dessert wine that works wonders on a hot Sunday afternoon.
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:
I think I’m still the only blogger fascinated with this Pittsboro-based winery. That won’t last for long as they get more and more well known.