As I was saying…


So it has been pointed out to me there has been a certain slackening here as of late. A certain great lumbering slackening which no amount of illness, tribulation, prior engagements or demonic visitations can justify. Though believe me, I shall try. In the meantime it’ll take a little while to get back up to speed while I try and remember how this works so bear with me while I distract you all with a month-old-article I totally would have brought up if I wasn’t…er…bringing all sorts of other stuff up at the time.

Meggles Short & Sweet Cider Review

Green Goblin Oak Aged Cider

Green Goblin

Rating 6/10, 6% alcohol

This time I have a cider from the home of cider, Somerset England. So it has got to be good … right.

Green Goblin oak aged cider is brewed by Thatchers Cider Company. The cider is made from English cider apples using traditional methods and matured in 100 year old old oak vats. On the bottle it is described as “a unique blend of strong cider, beautifully balanced to give a fresh character with a  medium dry finish”.

I have only rated it 6/10 as I am not a big fan of apple ciders. I know this is weird as apple ciders are the traditional ciders. If you like a dry apple cider then this is a good one for you. It is good quality and a full bodied drink. Not surprising there is an apple aroma when first opening the bottle. In the glass it is clear and a golden colour with a subtle fizz. The taste is fruity, dry and not too acidic. very drinkable although a bitterness does come through after awhile, which I am not a fan of.

And of course I can’t pass up mentioning the cool medieval style goblin on the label, even through the goblin is aqua/blue not green it still looks cool.

I found this really hard to match to music. After some searching I have decided to go with Michael Bublé because he has an old fashioned feel like Frank Sinatra, is very smooth with a modern twist, the Green Goblin is a traditional cider with a blend of modern technologies.

Back in the saddle

Good things come to those who wait. On the other hand, as Smile, Chinese Democracy and the equally earth-shattering return of Robbie Williams to Take That all show, sometimes the result is just sad and underwhelming, a reminder of broken promises and faded worth, of endless apologies and meaningless excuses, all tinged with the ennui that recognises the joyless fulfilment of expectation that has long since lost any sense of anticipation or excitement and serves only to deprive us of our commonly held experience of hope; to remind us now that in its place is only the memory of better times that slowly twists and fades into irrelevance, mediocrity and anachronism.

So, anyway…Yay! I’m back!

Idiot windbag (part 1)


A little background reading music for you if you like (“The Rain Dhun” by producito from Cocolinaga Producciones Ociosas, available under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence).

Ok, am trying to put some order to all this so if things suddenly look a bit different you’ll know it’s me just going over a few things. First up, I’m changing up the marking system a bit. Appearance and mouthfeel are now worth up to 15 instead of 10, and the x-factor/bonus points thing is plus or minus up to 10 based on whether a beer rocks my world or pisses me off, and from here on in I’ll say why it gets what it gets as far as that goes. Aroma, flavour and value are still worth 20 each. I’ll be going over old posts to adjust the mark accordingly [update: they’ve all taken a bit of a hit, particularly the Coopers which always look awful] and giving them a number while I’m at it so they’re easier to find if I have to. This stuff is riveting, I know. As you read this try not to think about the fact that downloading a single web page uses about 1.9 Watt-hours. Meh, I don’t care about carbon footprints anyway. Bring on global warming, I’ve always wanted a house on the beach.

Also if anyone’s got any requests for stuff they want me to try I’m up for ideas. Since I know pretty much everyone who reads this thing and most of you are reasonably trustworthy if it’s recommended and I can get a hold of it I’ll give it a go. I won’t touch the Cave Creek Chili Beer though, I do have some standards. Cheers peeps.