- ABV: 16.5%, Style: Tonic Wine
- Manufactured in Newport West, Jamaica
- Best before April 2013
- Served: 200ml bottle poured into a BrewDog teku glass
- £2.49 from a cornershop in Stretford
Bottle description: “Magnum Tonic Wine with iron & vitamins. Made with Vigorton 2. Shake Well. The name “tonic wine” does not imply heath giving or medicinal properties. Enjoy in moderation.”
I was trying my best not to include tonic wine in my Tramp Juice Reviews, but then I saw this. Tiny bottle, stylised people rutting on the label, cheap. What’s not to like?
When I bought it the man at the shop said, “does it work?” I said that I had no idea, but I like strange booze. Watching the adverts for it, it appears that it’s being marketed as liquid Viagra so that makes a bit more sense of his question. I’ve already tried some at this stage and I assure you that it has not got me hard.
Look: Viscous, syrup with a dark red tinge. Leaves legs on the side of the glass. Looks like cherry coloured cough syrup.
Aroma: Smells like cherry flavoured cough syrup. Synthetic sweetness and alcohol.
Taste: Unsurprisingly, cherry flavoured cough syrup. Loads of sugar and just a hint of red fruit with a focus on cherry at the end. It’s so thick and sweet it masks the alcohol as you’re drinking it, but you feel the alcohol after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: Like drinking a simple syrup. Gaggy.
Overall: Well, this is the end of the bottle, I don’t think I’ll be re-buying. Is it worse than Buckfast? I’m not sure, Buckfast is not as thick. It’s the thickness of the liquid that really makes drinking this wine unpleasant. In terms of flavour, it’s lighter than Buckfast, so I suppose that’s a positive too. I don’t think I’d volunteer to drink either again unless it was for something stupid like a blog. Not recommended. /5
- 23rd April 2013, Sustainable Alcoholic