Marks and Spencer’s 0% alc Botanicals review

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Review of Marks and Spencer’s 0% alc Botanicals.

Product information

Available at Marks and Spencer for £12 (500ml bottle)

Alcohol content: 0%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy TBD Carbohydrate TBD -of which sugars TBD

Ingredients

Springwater, botanical distillates and extracts, juniper, cardomom, pink peppercorn, rose, lavendar, all spice, grapefruit peel, lime peel, ginger extract, wormwood, citric acid, preservative.

Summary

Very floral with aromas of rose petals and lavender. Also has strong notes of citrus and a restrained juniper character. Very good.

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Brewdog Lost AF Alcohol Free Lager Review

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A review of Brewdog Lost AF Alcohol Free Lager.

Product information

Available at Waitrose for £4.00 for four 330ml cans

Alcohol content: 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy TBD Carbohydrate TBD -of which sugars TBD

Ingredients

Hops: Cascade Malts: Carapils, oats, Pilsner, caramalt

Note: Other ingredients are TBD

Summary

Very clean, with a pleasant hoppy bitterness and a citrusy lemon finish. Ends with a satisfying subtle bitter hoppy note. One of the best alcohol free beers and indistinguishable from an alcohol-containing beer. Very good.

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Asda Extra Special Spanish Low Alcohol (<0.5% abv) Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Review

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A review of Asda Extra Special Spanish Low Alcohol (below 0.5% abv) Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.

Product information

Available at Asda for £3.50

Alcohol content: <0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy 33Kcal Carbohydrate 9.9g -of which sugars 1.3g

Ingredients

De-Alcoholised Sauvignon Blanc Wine, Glycerol, Concentrated Grape Juice, Milk Proteins, Carbon Dioxide, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, E242, Potassium Metabisulphite, Sulphur Dioxide), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)

Summary

A lightly flavoured wine with aromas of grape, lemon citrus and apple. Very drinkable. Medium dry. Fair.

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Peroni Libera Review

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A review of Peroni Libera.

Product information

Available at Majestic Wine or Tesco for £4.00 for four 330ml bottles

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy TBD Carbohydrate TBD -of which sugars TBD

Ingredients

Water, Barley Malt, Italian Maize, Hops, Natural Flavourings.

Summary

A light, easy to drink lager, with light lager malts, a touch of hoppiness and a subtle lemony undertone. A clean but slightly sweet finish. Good.

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Stryyk Not Rum Review

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A review of Stryyk Not Rum.

Product information

Available at Tesco for £18 (£15 when reviewed)

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy TBD Carbohydrate TBD -of which sugars TBD

Ingredients

TBD

Summary

Inviting aroma of ginger, nutmeg, molasses and wood. Light flavour intensity, with a satisfying ginger kick. Works well with ginger ale and a slice of lime. Good.

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Stryyk Not Gin Review

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A review of Stryyk Not Gin.

Product information

Available at Tesco for £18 (£15 at time of review)

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy TBD Carbohydrate TBD -of which sugars TBD

Ingredients

TBD

Summary

Aromas of subtle juniper, cucumber, coriander seed and basil. Excessive coriander burns the back of your throat when tasted neat. Better with tonic. Fair, borderline poor.

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How to open a bottle of sparkling wine

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Opening a bottle of sparkling wine

Step by step:

  1. Make sure your sparkling wine is nice and chilled (6 – 10 degrees C is perfect). There are 6 bars of pressure in a bottle of Champagne. Chilling reduces this, and also ensures your wine will be at optimum serving temperature.
  2. Remove the foil
  3. Loosen the wire cage while holding the cork in place with your thumb
  4. Tilt the bottle at an angle of around 30 degrees, gripping the cage and cork in one hand, and the base of the bottle in the other
  5. Rotate the bottle, not the cork
  6. Hold the cork firmly, resisting its urge to fly out, and slowly ease it from the bottle
  7. The bottle should open quietly, not with and explosion, people screaming and a flying cork (although granted, this is more fun!)