Ready to serve
Gunfire cold press coffee; Traditional and Reviver; Twentyfivefour; $59.95 x 12 250ml cans.
Twentyfivefour is a coffee start up owned by Australian veterans and the launch range is a nod to the Anzac tradition of drinking tea or coffee laced with rum, a "gunfire", often the last comfort troops enjoyed before entering battle. These ready-to-drink cans are made from single origin coffee beans sourced from a family farm in Colombia which have then been infused in aged rum (traditional) and whisky (revivier) barrels. No alcohol remains in the process but there's a definite flavour profile. The Traditional had a sweet rum and raisin kick to it which we liked. There are also single origin beans available at twentyfivefour.com.au, perfect for the at-home coffee connoisseur. The company also partners with organisations taking care of returning service personnel. Check it out.
A dream come true
Where Dreams Go to Die, Banks Brewing with Mountain Culture, DDH double IPA, $17 a can.
There are two ways a dream can die - it becomes a reality, or it becomes an impossibility. Once, the idea of Banks and Mountain Culture working together seemed unlikely. Happily for those keeping track of craft beer's machinations, that dream has ended the right way, it's a best-case scenario. Seaford's Banks Brewing are quiet performers that have become more common as the word gets out. Where Dreams Go To Die earns the drama of its title. It has a lean but ample mouthfeel chased with a bitter whisper of peaches and cream. The cross-pollination of Australian breweries appears to be in full effect. It's never lumbering, instead dashing nimbly across the palate in a way few beers of its weight class can manage. There's a new dream in town: that there's another one in the fridge.
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Broke's taste treats
Greenway 2018 Momento Merlot; $30; 4.5 stars (out of 6).
The Hunter Valley Region's Broke-Fordwich sub-region is a place of spectacular scenery and friendly, mainly family-owned wineries and vineyards. It's well-worth the extra travel on from bustling Pokolbin. This zingy merlot comes from the charming 6.5-hectare Greenway vineyard at 350 Wollombi Road, Broke. It is run by Anne Greenway, who describes herself as a "vigneron and architect" reflecting her dual roles in wine and operating a Sydney residential architecture practice. This 14 per cent alcohol, cassis-scented, bright garnet-hued merlot has juicy mulberry front-palate flavour. The middle shows cherry, spice, briar and savoury oak and a finish of minty tannins. Ideal for tapas and cellar nine years. At greenwaywines.com.au and the cellar door.
Zippy Spanish white
Mount Broke Estate 2021 Albarino; $30; 4.5 stars.
With its views over vineyards spreading down to Wollombi Brook and the distant Yellow Rock monolith, the Mount Broke Estate operation of Hunter coal mining executive Phil McNamara is a great place to visit for its alternate variety wines like this Spanish-origin albarino (al-bah-rin-yo). It is a grape that makes 90 per cent of that nation's whites and now is widely grown in Australia. The 2021 Mount Broke is green-tinted straw and has ginger blossom aromas and crisp kiwifruit front-palate flavour. The middle palate displays peach, star anise and gunmetal and the finish slatey acid. Buy at mtbrokewines.com.au and the 130 Adams Peak Rd, Broke, cellar door. It will go nicely with Mount Broke's weekend pizza lunches and dinners and cellar four years.
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