Tis the season, and that means only one thing – mulled wine.
If someone offered it to me any other time of the year I’d think they had lost the plot, but now, when the weather’s convincingly turned, there are few things better.
But, with the seasonal popularity of mulled wine surging, it’s particularly important to make sure you’re not caught out with some of that sub-par drink that’s swilling around out there.
So, for the sake of science I set out to compare the good stuff from various supermarkets to see which came out top.
Unfortunately I could only find a Tesco, an Asda and a Costcutter, so the mulled wine cross section was pretty small but I cracked on.
One was clearly the best and as chances had it, it was also the cheapest.
The first impressions of the Tesco mulled wine was just how sweet it was.
There were few hints of spice so it tasted kind of like a hot Ribena.
But maybe a hot, sweet drink is exactly what you want on a cold day?
At £3 for a 75cl bottle I could hardly complain but it wasn’t a promising start to the test.
Just as sweet as the Tesco one which had me worrying my teeth would dissolve by the time this experiment was over.
Spices actually came through in this instance but they were still nothing of particular note.
Also at £3.99 it cost a pound more, which is fast approaching a normal bottle of wine territory.
Despite this its alcohol content is only 5.5 per cent so doesn’t hold much bang for your back.
Last but not least we had Asda.
Usually you save the worst wine until last when all the guests are too drunk to notice but with the Asda mulled wine we should have had it first.
It had the sweetness I’d come to expect from the pre bottled stuff but the promised spices did come through.
Even if this was only marginally better than the Costcutter one, it’s price tag catapulted it ahead.
At only £2.50 it was by far the cheapest and you can’t really argue with any booze that cheap, except of course Lambrini.
So Asda wins.
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