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Don't flock to Hock
Member Name: Larrabee
Date: 08/11/12, updated on 08/11/12 (62 review reads)
Disadvantages: Tastes foul
Times are hard, there's a recession on, unemployment is high. Its times like these when you really need a stiff drink from time to time but because you're skint you can't afford to shell out for a nice £8 bottle of Pinot Grigio. You may find yourself drawn to the cheaper end of the wine aisle in Tesco and your eye might be caught by a £3 bottle of Tesco's own 'Hock'.
Walk away, walk away now, quickly, just don't do it!
Tesco's Hock was strangely popular back in my uni days, probably because the halls of residence were right by a huge Tesco and back then it was always on special offer. I don't think they're allowed to sell it as cheaply now as they did back then! Its a perfect student drink to be honest, one for gritting your teeth and getting on with chugging it down while trying as hard as you can to ignore the taste!
Its not the classiest looking bottle, a very plain label and a screw top, plus you can buy this wine in two sizes. The normal standard size doesn't look too bad, I mean I wouldn't want to bump into anybody I know while it was in my trolley but you could get away with pretending its perfectly normal socially acceptable wine. However the big fat obscene looking 'plus size' bottle puts you firmly in student territory, no point pretending its for anything other than getting drunk before heading out to the union!
Hock is obviously not the most sophisticated wine out there, I'm no wine buff and don't like to spend more than £5 or £6 on a bottle if I can help it but even I can't bring myself to buy this since I've graduated. Maybe its a psychological thing, unpleasant associations with awful hangovers and drunken mishaps. Its not something most people would choose to serve at a dinner party.
Hock is not a wine you buy for the taste, its weirdly bitter with a nasty aftertaste and there's a very specific screwed up face that most people make after taking a sip. I don't remember ever enjoying any of the substantial amounts of it I used to drink back in the day. While it is sweet, there is no discernable fruit flavour to it and it didn't have the substance and satisfying flavour of a decent medium dry white wine. I don't plan to buy it again in the near future, even though I'm now a student again, this is one part of the uni experience I won't be reliving!
I do hope I haven't offended any Hock lovers with this review!
Summary: Great for uni students, bad for everybody else.