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Tokaji Eszencia: Simply Miraculous

Posted by hitnerwine on August 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Tasting the 2000 Oremus Tokaji Eszencia (12 August 2009):

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Within the realms of all that is magificent and pure, there is Tokaji Eszencia, one of the most glorious sweet wines known to enthusiasts worldwide.

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Incredibly rare and expensive, Eszencia ranks right up there with the most prestigious clarets and Burgundies that are often talked about by wine enthusiasts, yet seldom tasted by the vast majority of those concerned.

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At LCBO store #452 (located at 1838-1844 Avenue Road), about every month or so, the product consultants there open up a couple of very special wines for costumers to taste. With a fee of only $5.00, it seems that only a handful of wine enthusiasts are actually aware of this remarkable deal, and I am thankful to be one of them.

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For such a minor fee, I was thus able to taste the astonishing 2000 Oremus Eszencia (half-bottle).

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At only nine years of age, it remains incredibly youthful. Starbright, light orange colour. Beginning with exquisite scents of nutted orange marmelade, apricots, tangerines, and honey; later switching to more spicy aromas consisting of dried caramel, maple-amber, and a hint of fruitcake. Clean and inescapably smooth, with heavenly sweet fruit, brilliant structure, and a gorgeous, ever-lasting hint of orange maple on the finish. Miraculous in virtually every respect, this will continue to age for well beyond my lifetime. 97/100

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Sadly, there are only two bottles left in the LCBO system (online inventory checked on 29 August 2009): the price is $399.00 (#93567). For those interested in obtaining a keeper, good hunting --- both bottles are located at store #452.

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