“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
As a whisky drinker on occasion, some of the older folks I know recommended I try some ginger wine with it. The 'whisky mac' is something to be experienced.
Ginger wine is the same colour of whisky and smells just as bad if not worse. Imagine fermented raisins and you have the smell of this stuff. I figured that it must taste better than it smells so I poured a little and sure enough it was dreadful, it tasted like it smelt but burned slightly.
Quite why I then mixed it with my whisky I will never know but I did. This is one of the nastiest drinks I have ever tasted. My friends looked on at me in horror as I took a sip of the dreaded golden brown liquid which I'd made them all smell pre-sip. My face contorted into something I never knew possible. Surely only the most vile of substances could make my face perform such an act!
So anyway .... I finished two of them because I am a student and will drink anything despite it being awful. My friends also treated themselves to one and most of them had the same opinion as me bar one. He loved the "fruity goodness" but he did then mix it with red wine so I don't think he's the best judge.
There's plenty of people that do like this drink I'm just not one of them. Do try it if not just for a laugh. Ginger wine is cheap especially this brand so go for it!
I was introduced to this product by my dad a few years ago as he is an advocate of the winter cocktail "whisky mac" that is, whisky mixed with a proportion of this -ginger wine.
Back in the day, I used to drink the main branded version by Stones. However, that has changed since Sainsburys launched their own version. Stones in itself was never really that expensive, always being around the £4 mark. However, at £2.96 for this own brand version it seemed positively scandalous to ignore it!! anud the texture itself is not too different from a normal spirit.
When it hits your tongue you get this slight heat from it and a sweet gingery taste. The Sainsbury's version in particular is proud of its raisiny taste which adds an unexpected sweetness and richness. The spiciness and all round depth of flavour means that, in general, when drinking, a little goes a long way. And I have to be honest, this is not a drink for the middle of summer - you will get the best out of its warmness on a cold evening. The warmness of the ginger just lingers wondefully and travels down your throat. I often drink it when I just fancy a little something warming and alcoholic without going right for the spirits.
So, onto the drinking. Essentially, it smells gingery and quite sweet. The colour is almost a light browny bourbon type colour
Aside from the aforementioned Whisky Mac, the bottle also advises you can use them mixed with vodka and brandy. Be careful here, because as nice as they are, they can blow your head off if you are not a fan of neat spirits.
I also use this in my Christmas cake recipe, on the advice of a Good Housekeeping Christmas recipe. Essentially, I soak all my fruit in a generous proportion of this and brandy. With the addition of stem ginger chopped, it gives an absolutely divine rich, warming, deep flavour to your cooking.
At 13.5% vol alcohol, it does in itself have quite a lot of potential to get you quite recked in quantities. But you are likely to find, like I did, that the warming and depthness of flavour that its not exactly something that you knock back.
If you like this product, I would also advise that you seek out the non-alcoholic ginger wines, particular the hot versions, that are available at many independent health food shops, but in particular is often on special offer at Julian Graves stores.
Please note that the packaging is now slightly different to that shown in the photo.
In conclusion, this is a lovely warming tasty drink - perhaps not for everyone but a definite must try for fans of ginger. This maybe doesn't have the depth of flavour and heat that Stones has, but at this price it is a more than worthy competitor!
Brand: Sainsbury's / Beverages Type: Wines