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Bovril Beef Stock Cubes 12 x 10 g

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Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. It can happen that I get the same kinds of aromas when I let some fruits ferment before distilling them, but with fruits, that’s not always good news. What I realise though, is that we’re also very close to the craziest mezcals, like true unreduced pechugas. So, this little Abelha is pretty grassy, it’s got these typical fermentary notes, notes of olives, agave, mead, old white Bourgogne, a touch of wood smoke… So it’s very nice, just a tad shy and that’s probably the lower strength.

Wonderful mustardy notes over pu-ehr tea, tobacco, gentian cordial (like Suze but better than Suze), and bitter oranges.

Nose: ah this typical sooty note, not quote smoky, or at least not quite peaty, rather around coal, then sour cigars, soot, ashes, shoe polish, diesel oil… Once again we’re on the axis of the waxy, which, as well know, starts in Campbeltown. Now we all know that ‘smart’ bacterial fermentation will soon be all the rage with many spirits, including Scotch, while that’s forbidden as of now, unless ‘it would just happen’. I think we’ll go back to French rhums, if you agree… Wood can mask many flaws, but when a spirit is white, truth comes out. The classic Bovril drink is simply made up of Bovril paste and hot water, however, the distinctive paste can also be used to add extra depth and flavour to soups and sauces. Mouth: it is a little oaky too, to be honest, but it’s still brighter than the 25, fresher, and simply nicer, in my book.

We have kept the Browse by Section in the top left hand corner and added some new sections Food, Drink, Baby, Toiletries, Household and Seasonal.Examples of other beef extract brands are Armour’s Extract of Beef, and Cudahy’s “Rex” Brand Beef Extract. Bovril continued to function as a "war food" in World War I and was frequently mentioned in the 1930 account Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War by Helen Zenna Smith. Now that Bloomberg have posted a rather strident public warning ('That Expensive Japanese Whisky May Be Mostly Scotch') about all those Japanese whiskies that are only partially Japanese, or sometimes not Japanese at all while the hardcore chatting whisky enthusiasts had been commenting on those issues for decades – including here - it’s time to have a little bunch of very carefully selected proper samurais, don’t you think! He organised a stunt for a launch of Bovril at the 1887 Colonial and Continental Exhibition in London by recreating a Montreal Ice Palace in frosted glass to encourage sales of Bovril from the chilly location. Orange cordial, curaçao, Turkish delights, oriental sweet bread, baklavas, vanilla… This works wonderfully.

Pumpkin soup, caraway liqueur, rotten bananas, mouclade (spicy mussels pot), sorrel soup, more model glue, other rotting fruits… Well this one talks! With water: back to sawdust, toasted wood, cloves, cinnamon… Yeah I guess you could say cask is king here; it’s dictatorship. Well, exciting for me, but maybe not so much for the non-mudlark who doesn’t quite get the passion for finding lovely, muddy things on the Thames Foreshore when the tide is out.

Roses, for example, mullein, violets… Comments: I prefer whisky, but this smart blended spirit works well. Single estates or parcels make even more sense with cane than with barley, but ‘singular’ doesn’t obligatorily mean ‘better’. Cod liver oil, engine oil, olive brine, fisherman’s rope, woodruff, wormwood, verbena, clams, crushed strawberries… With water: impeccable freshness. Mouth: a nice balance of sootiness, beefy notes, game meats, red chilli jam, hints of banana liqueur, mincemeat and wild strawberry. Unilever, the company that now produces Bovril, sparked anger six years ago by changing its composition from beef to yeast.

The ration came in the form of a pocket-sized tin can that contained the beef on one half alongside a dried cocoa drink on another half. Kerosene, diesel oil, brake fluid, tar, new tyres, hand cream, then broom and gorse, then fresh pineapples. Pinesap, resins, needles… But then again, the distillate keeps singing loud and clear in the background.Better than even put into meat or soya mince Bovril makes a lovely hot drink when you are or have been ill and need strength building back up again. A rather delicate texture but the balance between lighter ointments and medical notes with crystallised citrus peels and herbal cough mixtures is pretty excellent. Glues, fennel, horseradish, molasses, bottarga (fish eggs), coal smoke… Finish: rather short, and that’s rather a relief.

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