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The last lesson before the exam concerned the New World of wines and fortified wines. Fortified wines are wines to which alcohol is added, and commonly known as sherry or port. Well, what I learned is that sherry and port can be ab-so-lu-te-ly heavenly. Particularly with the right kind of cheese, oh.... a beautiful marriage!
The part of making sherry and ports was most interesting. And there seems to be a lot to learn about these types of wines.
Fortified wine, distilled wine, oak-aged grape brandy, bourbon, white rum.... my lord, just when I started to get a mild grip on wine, I was introduced to the second topic of the course: spirits.
The spirits, such as whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila and liqueurs were left to be studied at home. So I paid a visit to my favourite distillery in town: Wynand Fockink and studied some liqueurs. I also visited L&B whisky bar near Leidseplein, but whatever I learned there I forgot, for obvious reasons...