Sunday, May 11, 2014
Wines of the Giro Stage 3: Birthday Boy Kittel & Tyrconnell
Where are we: Heading South from Armagh to Dublin in a 187km cross border section that will leave Armagh and head south, crossing the border at Forkhill en route to Dublin, via Dundalk, Castlebellingham and Drogheda. Somewhere, probably my mother's basement, there are pictures of me in Drogheda, wearing a pink Esprit sweatshirt and the glasses that I thought were a good idea as a high school freshman. Yikes!
The route: 187 flat kilometers that are likely to end in a bunch sprint. But maybe a few crosswinds along the way to keep things interesting? Our favorite for the win, again, is Marcel Kittel.
The race: Happy birthday to Marcel Kittel and Adam Hansen! I've said it before, but Hansen is one of my favorite cyclists on Twitter. More on him here.
Neither of them are in our break of the day, instead: Yonder Godoy (Androni), Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin), Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia), Gert Dockx (Lotto Belisol) and Giorgio Cecchinel (Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo). The break is not being given much of a chance today, with 100 kilometers to go, they had only a bit over three minutes. With ninety kilometers to go, the gap was already under two minutes. Great crowds again, despite the wet weather.
Seventy five kilometers to go and the gap was out again to around four minutes. Also, more rain and very wet images of the finish in Dublin have been alternating with hints of blue sky.
Drogheda! And a Bernie Eisel sighting. Giro thought: Sky's lack of a gc (general classification) contender means less Eisel at the front of the peloton. Caduta! (crash) Lots of bikes on the road, but everyone was soon back up and riding.
Stage winner: Marcel Kittel
Pink: Michael Matthews
The wine: Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey: Named after a race horse. Seems like a perfect whiskey for a likely sprint stage. On the other hand, Guinness would have also been a fine choice.
From the producer: Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an historic Irish whiskey brand from the 1900’s named after a horse that won a legendary race at odds of 100 to 1. Made from 100% malted barley in traditional copper pot stills Tyrconnell has a beautiful fresh, fruity bouquet with a smooth sweet taste and a delicate dry finish.
Colour: Golden Yellow
Nose: Full and fruity aroma with a citrus – spiciness taste
Taste: Well structured with honey notes hanging from the nose. A tang of oranges and lemons, a strong malt presence that balances well with the oily sweetness
Finish: A long finish with the malt becoming more dominant to the end without the soft fruits and honey, which helped make up the middle.
Alcohol content: 40%
Serving Suggestions: The Tyrconnell can be served neat in a tumbler, or with a little water to taste.
I say: Neat in a tumbler indeed. Like the Bushmills, smooth and easy to drink. Honey and fruit dominate. My favorite of the three "Giro whiskeys."