Wine review: Best mulled wines

13 12 2013

Glögi - reijosfood.com

First two important questions: Is mulled wine a wine at all? Are mulled wines available in your country or is there some other Christmas drink more popular?

Mulled wines (Glögi or Hehkuviini in Finnish) are really popular in Finland during Christmas time. They can be purchased at Alko’s already at the end of October. As the assortment of mulled wines is quite wide it is important to select right ones. Many of the mulled wines at Alko are too sweet, too strong or strangely flavored. Once we had to pour present down the drain because it was so awful.

So, we have picked two best mulled wines available at Alko: Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi and Hehkuviini.

Mulled wines - reijosfood.com

What is odd that both come from Denmark, which seems to be THE country of mulled wines, if conclusion is based on Alko selection. So, most of the mulled wines are not made in Finland. As a matter in fact, most of them are imported or specially manufactured for Alko and bottled in Finland. This was actually new information for me, without writing this post I would not have paid any attention.

THE LOOK

The labels of both bottles look similar, same red ground and golden decorations.

Hehkuviini is a little bit darker red than Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi. However, the difference of the look of mulled wines is usually negligible.

THE NOSE

The aroma of Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi is softer due to amount of less alcohol. Clove dominates but not disturbingly. Hehkuviini smells like raisin and Christmas spices but alcohol tries to come up. The scent of both wines is christmassy which is most important savor of mulled wines.

THE TASTE

You can find cardamon form Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi. Taste is well balanced and spices are in harmony. In Hehkuviini mostly you can taste almond and gingerbread. As it has more alcohol that can also be noticed.

Facts and figures:

Perinteinen Hehkuviini**
Punaviinigögi*
Alcohol: 13,00 % 22.00 %
Extract: 130 g/l 175 g/l
Acidity: 5 g/l 5.1 g/l
Sugar: 110 g/l 150 g/l
Energy: 130 kcal / 100 ml (520 kJ / 100 ml) 190 kcal / 100 ml (800 kJ / 100 ml)
Closure: metal screw cap metal screw cap

Mulled wines are part of Christmas time, at least in Finland. It is a pity that Alko does not provide wider selection of Gluhweins, only one choice available which is one of the worst ever tasted. Gluhweins are quite close to mulled wines, but not so sweet.

One option is to buy mulled wines from super markets but then you also to need to know which ones to pick. Most of them are actually juices. Good choice is Blossa Lingon which is almost non-alcoholic and therefore suits for drivers also.

Blossa glögi - reijosfood.com

REVIEWS: OVERALL GRADES 5/5* AND 4/5** – BANG FOR THE BUCK +++/+++* AND ++/+++**





Best Finnish Glögi

7 12 2012

Wine reviews is proud to present best Finnish Glögi (glögg, mulled wine) available at Alko! In Finland it is a must to enjoy mulled wine at least once in December. -10 C – -30 C degrees frost makes it tempting because beverage must be warm. You also add some raisins and almonds; excellent appetizer before dinner.

The best mulled wine is Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi (Traditional Red mulled wine). This mulled wine is most affordable in Alko but it brings the best out of the Christmas. There are dozen different mulled wines available at Alko, but most of them are too sweet and taste synthetic.

Appearance of the bottle is rough and ready, label even a little bit skewed.

Perinteinen PunaviiniglögiGlögi

Glögi is dark red and of course it is sweet, but not too much. Hint of tart and enough “spicy”, flavors of cardemom and clove. Simple but it works!

All mulled wines available in Alko. Prices in euros. In restaurants glass might cost almost the same.

Perinteinen Punaviiniglögi 660437 0,75 6,98
Blossa Vinglögg 611797 0,75 7,29
Herrljunga Klassinen Punaviiniglögi 656227 0,75 7,29
Herrgårds Vit Vinglögg 649737 0,75 7,39
Jouluglögi Vadelma 337267 0,75 7,98
Tähtiglögi 348977 0,75 7,98
Dufvenkrooks Choklad 366766 0,5 8,40
Gerstacker Glühwein 628288 1,0 8,90
Herrljunga Glögi Manteli & Viikuna 395737 0,75 8,99
Hehkuviini 325927 0,75 9,76
Jouluglögi Rommirusina 334867 0,75 9,98
Juhla Glögi 363967 0,75 10,99
Snälleröds Starkvinsglögg 379177 0,75 11,98
Blossa 12 325397 0,75 12,48
Loimu 2012 386587 0,75 13,98

Unfortunately only one Gluhwine available. This wine type is great and common in Central Europe.

Gluhwein

Many restaurants serve self-made mulled wine (like Lasipalatsi; picture below taken at bar before dinner) and basically most of the time they are drinkable. But still, I would always prefer this winning (by reijosfood.com) red mulled wine, if it would be available. However, recommend to try Glögi if you dine at the restaurant in Finland between about 20th November and 26th December.

Mulled wine

Facts and figures:

Alcohol: 13% by volume
Extract: 130 g/l
Sugar: 110 g/l
Acidity: 4,8 g/l
Energy: 130 kcal/100 ml (520 kJ/100 ml)
Closure: metal screw cap

Best way to forget cold winter is to enjoy mug of mulled wine.

REVIEW: OVERALL GRADE 5/5 – BANG FOR THE BUCK ++++++ /+++ (comparing mulled wines)

Another test http://nyt.fi/20121211-sesongin-viilein-gloegitesti-voittaja-tuoksuu-dallaspullille/








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