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I've always had this weird love-hate relationship with ginger beer.......in as much as I don't actually "like" ginger but at the same time I fine myself compulsively drinking it when it's put in front of me..........as I do for Twiglets incidentally! I had never actually seen ginger wine before until I saw Stone's Original Ginger Wine in Asda and so I was keen to try it to see if whether I liked it any more or if I had another weird compulsion! A bottle contains 700mls of the wine and cost me £4.89 from Asda - which I don't think is a bad price really.
This looks like one of those old-fashioned drinks because it comes in an old-fashioned looking bottle - which is quite nice actually because it looks traditional and a quality product. The look of it is quite distinctive and I think would be pleasing to most. The bottle itself is a green colour, but the wine itself is more of a deep peach colour which can't really be determined through the bottle itself.
The wine itself has a nice deep and rich look to it and it looks quite appetising. It looks clear and non-cloudy and so it seems fresh and pure. It has a lovely aroma that is also refreshing and smells fruity and peppery with a strong aroma of fresh ginger. First impressions were very promising! However, i just didn't particularly like the taste as I found it just too sweet and far too peppery and it was just too bold for me. I'm not saying that there was anything wrong with it, if you like your ginger wine very peppery then I'm sure you'd love this as it does seem to be good quality.......but it's just not my cup of tea. It does have !3% ABV but I couldn't really taste the alcohol in it.....and I like my alcohol.
Overall, this seems like a good quality product.....but it's simply not to my taste.
If I have a nice single malt whisky in the cupboard, I don't drink it with a mixer, but I often have blended whisky, either with ginger ale or, particularly at Christmas, Stone's Green Ginger Wine - typically known as a Whisky Mac.
I have also been known to sip a glass of this on its own as it has a nice warming feel to it. It isn't like other wines and you really can't slosh down glasses of the stuff.
It is something of an acquired taste and is best sipped gently from a wine glass to properly appreciate the taste and flavour. It's a strong drink and if you have two or three, you'll know about it and you'll sleep well.
The alcohol content is 13.25%. Calories are relatively few at only 150 per 100ml.
The drink dates from 1740 and is supposedly still made to the same recipe which comprises a blend of ginger and raisins.
It feels rather sticky on the lips and will taste too strong for many if drunk on its own. It has a lovely smooth aftertaste and some people, including me, believe it to have a positive effect on the symptoms of a cold. It certainly makes me feel better - especially when the weather is cold outside and you're snuggled up in front of a log fire.
Whenever I do a stock check before buying the Christmas booze - which I have done this morning - I always make sure I have some of this in the house. Not many others like it - which is one reason why I buy it. One bottle lasts all year!
It comes in a 700ml bottle and costs around £4.50. It is currently on special offer at Sainsburys at £3.99. I'll be popping in there tomorrow!
** Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine **
My mother got me into Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine. She always gets a bottle in every so often and serves a glass to us after meals occasionally. My girlfriend and I do like to get the odd bottle of Stone's in too. There is something just that little bit different about ginger wine. Just like Marmite it is a love it or hate it relationship for most people when they first try it.
But before I get on to the taste I must tell you about the bottle. The bottle containing the ginger wine is a beautiful green shade of glass. It looks really old fashioned, warm and homely. Warm being the operative word once you have tasted it :o)
THe bottle size is 700ml and a quick look on wikipedia tells me that ginger wine has been with us since 1740 but in 1751 in order to comply with the then law for distillers the ginger wine production had to be linked to a retail network. One of the biggest buyers and more important links in this chain was one .Joseph Stone, who was a grocer. So for some reason the Stone's brand name was derived from him... Enough of the history lesson. The important thing is you can get a bottle of Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine for around £8 in most places.
Returning to the taste. I find that Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine is a drink to be sipped rather than swallowed. As you can imagine the ginger gives this wine a real stinging bite of a taste which is great when sipped slowly but is far too overpowering if you down it too fast.
I think Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine is ideal for cold nights or one of us has a cold as it seems to clear the sinuses wonderfully.
Alcohol wise it is 13.5% so not one to drink if you haver any driving to do. Be warned also that it is a very sharp tasting wine so if you don't like ginger or the thought of a kind of liquid equivalent of curry doesn't appeal to you then this isn't the drink for you. You don't have to drink it neat though. There is the famous and very tasty Whisky Mac drink you can make by combining it with whiskey. You can also mix this ginger wine with lemonade to soften the effects of the ginger and alcoholic content.
Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine
** In conclusion**
Personally I love Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine. It's my mom's fault :o)
Thanks for reading my review.
Mm, green ginger wine. I love this stuff, but I'd be the first to admit that it's a bit of an odd drink: basically, it's fortified wine made from a blend of fermented ground ginger and raisins. First produced in 1740 at the Finsbury Distilling Company in London, Green Ginger Wine was subsequently marketed as variously having protection against cholera and being a powerful aphrodisiac! (I must admit that I'm not too sure about the last bit... maybe I'll have to give it a try ;)
Like everything else about this drink, the origins of its name are a bit unusual too. Once the ginger wine went into production, High Holborn grocer Joseph Stone was its best customer, and so the distillery decided to name this drink in honour of him. It stuck and today every bottle still bears Joseph Stone's name - it just goes to show what a bit of consumer power can do!
There are other green ginger wines out there, but Stone's is by far my favourite and it's got a lot of history on its side - according to the website, the recipe hasn't changed at all since it first went into production, and the distillation method is basically the same too.
As befits a product with such a distinguished pedigree, Stone's Green Ginger Wine comes in a proper old-time green glass bottle with an equally quirky old-fashioned label. The top is a metal screw-top with "Stone's of London, Est. 1740 anno" written on it. The label on the back is full of helpful information, including a bit of history, the website to look at and even a recipe to try.
~ Colour ~
This ginger wine is rich amber in colour, not too dark, and very clear.
The first thing you smell is a big rush of amazingly zingy, really peppery ginger! Underneath this is a layer of sweet syrupiness which probably comes from the raisins - the closest thing I can think of to this is the smell of stem ginger in thick syrup.
~ Taste ~
The smell is a pretty good guideline as to what you'll get on the tongue: a substantial fiery kick of ginger tempered almost immediately with the rounder, richer flavours of sugar and raisin. At 13.5%, it's strong enough to have a slight edge of alcohol which cuts through the sugar, but not so much that your mouth burns with it. I'm not a fan of neat spirits as I find them far too alcoholic (they make me wince, I can't help it!) but I'm quite happy to drink this one neat or on the rocks.
~ Drinking Suggestions ~
Stone's Green Ginger Wine is a pretty versatile drink - as I've said, it's great drunk neat at room temperature or on the rocks, but it's also absolutely delicious warmed up.
One of the traditional ways to enjoy this is in a Whisky Mac:
1 shot whisky
1 shot green ginger wine
Warm gently and add sugar to taste
For summer drinking, it's also a great (not to mention cheap!) alternative to Pimm's - make yourself a Stone's Lemonade Cup instead:
2 shots green ginger wine
3 shots lemonade
Ice and fruit
You can also add it to champagne for a really lovely gingery kick which sets off all the bubbles!
~ Nutrition Information ~
If you're watching your weight or like to keep an eye on calories, be aware that 100ml gives you about 150 calories, which is quite high for a drink. I only ever drink this as an occasional treat (let's be honest, it's not much of a binge-drinker's tipple) so I'm not too bothered about it.
~ Price and Availability ~
It's cheap and cheerful as well as absolutely delicious, plus you can get your hands on it pretty much everywhere. I got a 70cl bottle for £4.69 at Sainsburys, but I've seen it in loads of other places such as Tescos, Oddbins and even some corner shops.
~ Verdict ~
The original and best ginger wine on the market. Really versatile, delicious and not too expensive - if you're a ginger lover, make sure to treat yourself to a bottle! And who knows, it might even be an aphrodisiac...
Brand: Stone's / Type: Wines