I discovered some very interesting facts about bathing. In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, I learned some spas in Georgia (the country not the state) allow you to bathe in wine. Since they have been brewing wine in Georgia for four thousand years, it would make sense that it would become an integral part of their culture in unique ways. I do not drink wine (I taste and spit it out instead) so this would be a preferable alternative. Also, there were some baths that involved sprinkling rose petals in the water. The Egyptian queen known as Cleopatra would bathe in water that was marinated in the petals of damask roses. I am thinking of introducing a combination between these two bathing methods in my third volume in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. The combination would leave you smelling citrusy with a rosy fragrance.
I participated in wine tasting for the first time in my life. I asked for the closest thing they had to French Bourdeaux and they provided it. I am all for tasting the wine and spitting it out, but I NEVER swallow. So I took a taste, analyzed it, and spat it out in a jar. At first, it was smooth and sweet, but I was soon struck in the jaw with a sledgehammer of spiciness and my teeth were left tingling with a tangy aftertaste. Bourdeaux is what was sometimes used to make hypocras in medieval times. Due to this, I can imagine this wine being a lot sweeter and spicier than it normally is if it was converted into hypocras. I will keep this in mind when I mention hypocras again in my fantasy series.