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[QUOTE] The Queimada sounds right up my ally, like a leveled up mulled spice wine. What does it taste like? Does the fire change the flavor of the ingredients at all? [/QUOTE] It all depends on the orujo you use to make the blend. Plain Orujo is a crystal-clear, strong distilled liquor produced in Northwestern Spain since the middle-ages. It's similar in appearance and taste to tequila, vodka or kaoliang, so other ingredients such as honey or aromatic herbs are often added in the proccess to make it more flavoury. Thus, the 3 main branches of Orujo were born : [i]Orujo blanco[/i] (plain orujo), [i]Orujo con miel[/i] (honeyed orujo, similar to German, vodka-based Bärenfang) and [i]Orujo de hierbas[/i] (herbal orujo). I'm no expert on the subject but, according to my experience and my personal tastes, I'd go for honeyed orujo in my Queimada, as the sweetness of honey helps it to blend better with the rest of ingredients used in the concoction. Those ingredients include roasted coffee grains, cinnammon, apple dice, cane sugar, orange and lemon peels. By igniting the Queimada, most of the alcohol contained in it just evaporates, resulting in a softer drink, more suitable for everybody. It also heats the mix and helps the ingredients to blend. Last but not least, one should constantly pour the beverage while ignited, as shown in the previous video, because the heaviest ingredients tend to sink to the bottom of the pot. So, in order to get an even distribution of the flavours and to keep the beverage burning (via adding oxygen to the mix with each pouring), the [i]Escanciador[/i]'s (i.e. the pourer's) role is of paramount importance. In fact, [i]escanciar[/i], the verb used in Spanish to describe that particular way of pouring wines, [URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B4Ppc6b3nE]cider[/URL] and some other alcoholic beverages of the Northern Iberian Peninsula comes from the Goth term [i]comes scanciorum[/i] (circa. 6th century A.D.), a palace official who was in charge of the service people who poured drinks at royal banquets. You can't go wrong with a 1400 year-old pouring technique!! [QUOTE] Wow, thanks for pointing that out! I haven't played Grand Knights History (wish it could come out in the US!). Cool, now I know that the arch demon is kind of a recurring character/archetype.[/QUOTE] Well, as its release was cancelled both in USA and Europe I think that, in case you have access to a modded PSP, [URL=http://www.pspcollections.net/2012/02/grand-knights-history-eng-patch-v225.html]you should do it[/URL]. It was my third Vanillaware game and the one I enjoyed the most (Odin Sphere didn't get me and the language barrier forced me to drop Princess Crown). The battle mechanics were so similar to my beloved "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth" that GKH got me hooked right away. I didn't make much sense of the story (it was about three kingdoms vying for some holy relics to prevent a demon's awakening or something like that), but almost all the items, menus and tutorials were translated. Be prepared for some serious grinding, though. Difficulty romps up towards the end of the game, specially when reaching the last dungeon/mission. Plus, the final boss is pretty overwhelming: I couldn't beat it and, after a couple of weeks, I quit out of frustration but I really enjoyed the game nonetheless. EDIT: Here I come with some more possible references. Although you already covered the subject of the draped skeleton, I think you'd like to check those baroque paintings: [URL=http://elayl.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/h-holbein-cristo-nella-tomba.jpg][i]The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb[/i](1522)[/URL] by Hans Holbein the Younger (who seems to be one of Kamitani's main sources of inspiration, according to the amount of evidences you previously collected) and [URL=http://www.wallery.org/pictures/0000035/0008840/000000091461.jpg]Philippe de Champaigne's [i]Le Christ mort couché sur son linceul[/i] (1654)[/URL], a much darker rendition of the same trope (the colder color palette, and the head of Christ enshrouded in shadows gives the piece a much grittier mood, on par with Kamitani's [i]Defunctus[/i] portrait). Note the latin inscription written on the slab below the corpse: another veiled reference, perhaps?
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