"Flavours" That Don't Taste Like The Actual Thing

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Prawn cocktail crisps. They don't taste like prawn cocktail.
I may have already said this.
 

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Alternatively - is it Prawn Cocktail which doesn't taste like the crisps?

There are those that will make this argument, so thought I'd better flag it up if it hasn't been done so already.
 

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Thanks for letting me know. I do have a habit of repeating myself.
Thanks for letting me know. I do have a habit of repeating myself.
 

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Most spirits in the UK are "governed down" to 40% by volume. You can get the export strength though, around 45-50%, which is closer to what you get Stateside. It's not that stronger stuff is banned - you can get 75% rum or vodka relatively easily- but 40% is the standard pub and supermarket strength.
I've heard that Gordon's is 37.5% in the U.K., but tastes better than the Canadian-made 40% stuff we get in North America.

Actually, the standard in the U.S. for most hard liquor is also 40% these days, although some smaller brands are stronger and some - large and small - offer stronger alternatives. You can get Everclear grain alcohol in many places - that's essentially 190 proof (95%) vodka - and 96% Polish spirytus (essentially the same thing) is not impossible to find. Obviously these are not meant to be ingested undiluted. Apparently 97.2% by volume is the theoretical limit.
 

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I fear we're drifting far afield of topic here, but...

North American Gordon's is more than sufficient for my gin and tonics. For martinis I prefer Bombay Sapphire, which I first tasted at a Tom Jones concert in Las Vegas. (Now that's the place to discover a new booze!) I think Sapphire has a certain attachment to Las Vegas because of former mayor Oscar Goodman, who was an outspoken fan of the stuff.

If I decide to go James Bond and have a Vesper, I try to simulate the taste of the 1950's original with Gordon's, spirytus instead of vodka (to raise the alcohol content) and Cocchi Americano instead of Lillet (for the extra quinine). I adjust the proportions to try and hit a period accurate alcohol level. I usually take a nap afterwards.
 

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I fear we're drifting far afield of topic here, but...
Not a problem, I'm happy with it :) .
Then let me drift a little more. Thinking of martinis and Vegas and James Bond makes me think of my first trip to Vegas - excluding a quick overnight trip to meet up with some online friends - in the early 2000s. The jet lag was making my companion (now my wife) sleepy, but I was feeling quite the opposite. I wandered over to the MGM Grand to play the slots for a while.

A DJ was on the floor, playing music for a couple of go-go dancers in cages. (I think this was to promote the Studio 54 disco that was on the premises.) To one side was a glass enclosure that earlier that day held live African lions. I was gambling happily as scantily-clad women brought me free drinks. And suddenly I thought back to my childhood in the 1960s, when Bond and Playboy magazine were big parts of pop culture. And I thought "this is what I assumed being an adult was all about!"
 
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