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Mulled wine is very much part of the winter tradition, a red wine that has being spiced with citrus, cinnamon, amongst other spices, typically served warm. Typically it is made by heating the wine with the spices yourself but sometimes when feeling lazy there is a number of bottled mulled wines available for consumption.
The ‘Winter Warmer Mulled Wine Drink’ is available from Morrison’s for £3.99, now of course of this according to customs and exercise, £1.68 is in the form of duty, plus another £0.69 per bottle in vat giving a base price of well about £1.62. So let’s be honest about this if you buy a bottle of this with high expectations you are likely to be disappointed, so the real question is, is it worth the £3.99 per bottle .
Each bottle of ‘Winter Warmer Mulled Wine’ comes in a typical green wine bottle with a metal screw top lid, a red label on the front, and a description of the product on the back. Each bottle comes in at 10% alcohol or 7.5 units per bottle. No country of origin is stated for the wine used suggesting that it is likely the very cheapest of the cheap possibly from multiple countries of origin. It is listed as produced and bottled (i.e. the adding of the spices and bottling) in the UK. Like most alcoholic drinks it does not outright list its ingredients, although suggests that the wine has being spiced with cinnamon cloves and citrus fruits, fairly standard mix for mulled wine actually.
The smell upon opening the bottle is pleasant although is very much dominated by the spices, it can technically be drunk cold, however I have always drunk it warmed. It can be heated in a pot over the stove, or placed in the microwave, about 60 seconds brings it up to a reasonable drinking temperature. The taste is largely dominated by the spices, and you can taste the cinnamon and most certainly the citrus fruit in it. All in all the taste is quite pleasant.
The adage is always you get what you pay for, this is a cheap bottled mulled wine, it is the kind of wine best served at parties to large numbers of people you don’t know very well, or you can occasionally purchase at outdoor events in the winter. It is not fine wine, yet if you honestly expect that from a bottle costing £3.99 you are either hopelessly naïve or an idiot. It is a pleasant warm drink enjoyable at parties, or at evening events, the spices are overpowering enough to make up for the cheaper quality of the wine, and so yes it justifies the £3.99 price tag.