Newest Review: ... screw top to undo the bottle, there is a label on the front of the bottle with the wording Lambrini and the flavour you have brought, the ... more
Niether one thing nor the other
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Advantages: Cheap, fruity if you like that
Disadvantages: Weak and a bit like a soft drink with a kick
Often marketed as a wine, this perry is possibly the widest available of its kind and is generally considered to be part of a staple student diet. I know I certainly indulged in some lambrini when I was a full time student.
It's a cheap drink, as you can get a bottle for under Ł2 at some places, and this is the same size as a wine bottle - it may even be slightly bigger if anything. It comes in a screw top bottle, once a sign of cheapness but now an equal indicator of quality, presented as such due to its bubbly nature. The slight fizz on opening indicates that this is lightly sparkling, and to be honest this fizz doesn't last long at all, disappearing after opening a few times. I suppose this is no different to a bottle of sparkling soft drink such as coke or lemonade really, although I suspect this loses its fizz a touch quicker.
The fizz pushes the smell out, and it's a very fruit smell. Lambrini does come in a variety of flavours, all of them seemingly quite fruity, and while I haven't tried them all, those I have tried are certainly fruit in flavour as well. The original flavour has a floral element to it, and without wishing to get into different grapes and flavours and aftertastes on a technical point, what you see is what you get here. There's no complicated structure to the drink, it's just cheap fizzy wine substitute that should suit students down to the ground.
The thing is though, if what you're looking for is like a wine, then this comes in at a lot weaker in terms of alcohol, and this does affect the taste. When wine is fermented, the alcohol percentage increases, and adds to the flavour and how the wine is ingested. Lambrini is around the 7% mark in terms of ABV, whereas most wines are just shy of twice as much and this does have an impact in the flavour. Alcohol tends to affect your taste buds the moment it hits them, and this has such a low amount and is so fruity that you can easily glug it and not sip. We used to have the occasional bottle of this after a sporting event as it was so cheap, but I almost always gave up and opted for something else as I just didn't like it.
Sadly this sits in the middle for me in terms of its point. If you're after something slightly alcoholic to take away an edge after a long day at work and you prefer fruity drinks, then I guess it's okay, but this isn't me. I either want a proper glass of wine or just a soft drink, and this is like a combination of the two. It may be cheap, but it falls short of the mark for me.
Summary: Low alcohol perry, often labelled as a wine