Two intense, non-wine flavours this evening. [I love flavour, in general.]
The first: a cheese. It’s a Caerphilly from Neal’s Yard (Gorwydd, Wales). Tangy, slightly sour and bitter, but also creamy and rich. Lovely intensity, without being in any way overpowering. Slightly crumbly, dry texture.
The second: a beer. Bew Dog’s Punk IPA (£1.40 from Tesco). It’s one of the most interesting beers I’ve tried, with incredible aromatic intensity, including a wild fruit spectrum and some lovely tangy, bitter herb notes. So much interest – it reminds me of the craft beers from the USA. They aren’t afraid of flavour.