It's alright Dark Andy if you don't drink. But I want to share with the Kocsma my favorite drinks just because I want to and I drink a little now and then.
, Tokaji Aszu
- agrueably the world's most famous wine comes from the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, this beverage is so famously admired that's its vineyards are protected by United Nation's world-heritage UNESCO laws and mandates.
Few wine enthusiasts are aware that the Tokaj region gave the world its first ever vineyard classification system.
The 16th century
: Major breakthrough of Tokaji wines on the international scene, establishing Tokaji as the world’s most expensive and most sought after wine.
The 17th century
: The Rákóczi era, Tokaji is famous all over Europe. The Russian and Polish export markets drink up almost half of the production.
Wines have been cultivated in Tokaj since 998 Anno Domini, and the wines of Tokaj were cherished by European nobles, royals and all lovers of the best and finest for centuries, including Goethe, Oliver Cromwell, Beethoven, Liszt, Madame Pampadour, Schubert, Catherine the Great, and Joseph Haydn.
Voltaire was a private connosuier of 200 cases given as gifts, once commenting: "Amber beverage with gleaming hues that weaves the golden threads of the mind and makes the wittiest of words scintillate!
Austria-Hungary had a tradition of sending Queen Victoria of Britain a gift of Tokaji Aszú every year on her birthday, twelve bottles for each year of her age. By her eighty-first birthday (1900), this totalled an impressive 972 bottles.
Gustav III, King of Sweden is reputed never to have had any other wine to drink.
Napoleon III, last Emperor of the French, ordered 30–40 barrels of Tokaji for the Court every year.
Royal rivals Louis XV and Frederick the Great tried to outdo one another in the excellence of the vintages they stocked when they treated Voltaire or Dumas to some Tokaji.
The Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, even stationed a small garrison in Tokaj to ensure supplies of the prized nectar to St. Petersburg.
The Papal devotion to the Tokaji treasure is such that when Pope Benedict XIV received a gift of Tokaji from Empress Maria Theresa of Austria he famously punned: "Blessed be the soil that hath grown thee, blessed be the woman who sent thee, and blessed am I who drink thee!
Tokaji was so universaly beloved by Europe's elite, that it was ultimately crowned by one of Europe's most ostentatious and famed rulers for immortality by Louis XIV of France. The "Sun King" was served at the Court of Versailles where it was proclaimed the:
"Wine of Kings, and King of Wines!"
An joint Anglo-Hungarian investment group, The Royal Tokaji Wine Company in 1999 produced one of the finest harvests ever recorded.
Wine & Spirits Magazine wrote in 2006 - "It’s easy to run out of superlatives when talking about thrillingly complex wines such as the Mézes Mály or Nyulászó from the Royal Tokaji Wine Company…Royal Tokaji’s 1999 Essencia rendered our panel speechless with its seamlessly complex array of flavors. Our critic Tara Q. Thomas had no choice but to give it 100 points, the first such score in our magazine’s history
In my estimation, the greatest beer in the world is Spaten Optimator. The world's greatest wine is Tokaji .
Next up I'll weigh in on liquors and see what's the No. 1.