Guess that Booze!

Okay then – new competition / announcement / sort of thing…

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If I told you that these images represented the ingredients of a brand new concoction we’re currently putting together, would you think:

a)    We’ve employed a Wizard.
b)    We’ve finally lost it, and are on the slippery slope towards wandering around Norwich shopping precinct with slippers on our feet and a Cornish pasty in our hand shouting “get away, it’s a bomb”…
c)    There’s some kind of superb boozy concoction lined up for release in the future which we’re going to ask you chaps to guess about?

If you guessed ‘c’, then well done. Well done indeed.

So – based on these ingredients – what on earth could we be making?

First person to guess the correct answer by adding a comment below, and identify enough of the ingredients to make me impressed (this is an arbitrary number, I’ll be honest) wins the very first bottle off the production line, duly signed by its creators.

Ben.

Categories : Competitions, News

12 comments on “Guess that Booze!”

  1. Looks like some sort of gin or bitters! The ingredients are:

    Orange peel
    Nutmeg
    Star Anise
    Coffee
    Dried cranberries
    Bitter orange peel
    Cherries
    Dates
    Raisins
    Candied orange peel?
    Coffee
    Chocolate
    Wormwood?
    Cinnamon or cinchona bark
    Cardamom
    Cloves
    Vanilla
    Myrrh
    Nuts (walnut, brazil nuts, almonds)
    Licorice
    Chestnuts
    Pedro Ximinez sherry
    Pine essence / distillate
    Star of Bethlehem essence / distillate

  2. G-LO says:

    Yo Ben!

    I must admit, I am soooo intrigued. Here are the ingredients from left to right, starting with row 1 and working my way down:

    Row 1: Orange zest, nutmeg, star anise, ground cardamon, dried cranberries.
    Row 2: Toasted coconut, dried raspberries, dates, currants, candies orange rind
    Row 3: Cocoa powder, shreaded tree bark, cinnamon, wood chips, pumpkin seeds.
    Row 4: Clove, whole vanilla pod, white raisins, pecans, walnuts, brazilian nuts, loose black tea
    Row 5: Dried figs, Pedro Ximenez sherry,candied ginger, Scots Pine needles,Star of Bethlehem bulb.

    I am going to guess that you are attempting to make a batch of fortified wine (like a Carpano Antica) or perhaps a digestif.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  3. Ben Ellefsen says:

    D’you know what, you’re all so nearly there it’s painful…

    Okay, if I tell you that the full list of ingredients (left to right, then top to bottom are):

    1 Clementine peel
    2 Nutmeg
    3 Star Anise
    4 Allspice
    5 Cranberries
    6 Dried Orange Peel
    7 Cherries
    8 Dates
    9 Raisins
    10 Mixed Peel
    11 Cocoa
    12 Liquorice
    13 Cinnamon
    14 Gentian (this one on its own should be a giveaway)
    15 Cardamom
    16 Cloves
    17 Vanilla
    18 Frankincense
    19 Mixed Nuts
    20 Lapsang Souchong Tea
    21 Roasted Chestnuts (combine this with the last one’s smokiness)
    22 Pedro Ximenez
    23 23-Carat Gold Dust
    24 Pine extract
    25 Star of Bethlehem Extract

    That should set you on the right course…

    Concentrate on ingredients 23, 18, and 14, and I reckon you’ll get it in a second.

    There’s also one more ingredient to come (not pictured, as we’re using the tiniest pinch of it due to its overwhelming potency – InWithBacchus has actually got this ingredient in his list)…

  4. peer locher says:

    Hi Ben

    The ingedients are:
    Row 1: Fresh Orange peel, nutmeg, star anise, ground cardamon, dried cranberries.
    Row 2: dried lemon peel, dried cranberries, dates, raisins, candized orange peel
    Row 3: Cocoa powder, licorice, cinnamon, ???, cardamom.
    Row 4: Clove, vanilla, white raisins, pecans, walnuts, almonds, brazilian nuts, black tea
    Row 5: Dried figs, Pedro Ximenez sherry, ground ginger, Pine needle essence, Star of Bethlehem essence.

    for gin usually sloe and/or juniper berries are used, my guess is some sort of essence for mulled wine, where i come from (denmark) its called gløgg

    KR Peer

  5. peer locher says:

    probably its a kind of Angustora bitter then

  6. James Williams says:

    Sounds like a very festive bottle of bitters to me…

  7. Mohit Goyle says:

    since the ingredients are out already, Herbal Gold Bitter?

  8. fearghal says:

    Christmas drink of some sorts. Could be a mulled wine, but I’ll guess Christmas bitters aperitif.

  9. Sounds like a magic potion. A love or youth potion 😉

  10. G-LO says:

    Yo Ben!

    This is killing me! Working on a Master of Malt digestivo that resembles Fernet-Branca?

    I need to know! 😉

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  11. Huzzah!

    Yes – I can announce exclusively that what you’re looking at is the beginning of the production process of our brand new Christmas Baby:

    Master of Malt’s Christmas Bitters – with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

    I think it’s probably only fair that all those who’ve come ‘close enough’ get a free bottle when they’re released, so InWithBacchus, G-Lo, Peer Locher, Fearghal and James Williams will all be notified when they come out, and will get a free of charge, signed bottle 🙂

    I’ll pop a proper post up about it in the next few days. Expect stories from years gone by, tinsel, fairy lights, a guest appearance from Brian Blessed, an explanation of "why on earth we’ve put all that gubbins in there", and insight from yours truly and ‘that handsome bloke off of http://www.caskstrength.net and whisky magazine’ Neil Ridley on how the concept was born.

  12. DARREN says:

    have not got a clue….but assume the PX means you will accept part exchange???

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