It’s a long weekend Hurrah!!! We all know I am all for supporting British made products and today’s review is exactly that. The lovely Hooper’s offered to send me some of their ‘true British’ refreshments to review and before I knew it 12 bottles of their Alcoholic Brews arrived.
So who are Hooper’s I hear you ask? Hooper’s came about after William Hooper spent the early 19th century globetrotting and was inspired to create a new range of refreshing alcoholic beverages; from there Hopper’s was born. Proud to be British, today Hooper’s has a range of 4% ABV traditionally British alcoholic brews available in 6 sparkling flavours: Plum & Sloe, Dandelion & Burdock, Raspberry & Nettle, Cloudy Lemonade, Strawberry & Elderflower and Ginger Brew. Created with all natural flavours and no nasties, Hooper’s sent me 4 varieties to try. What I love about their website is not only do they explain a little about the drink they also give recommendations how best to serve with food. So with that in mind lets get tasting.
This was the one that I was not all that sure on. Now I love a good old lemon drizzle cake, the more lemony the better, but when it comes to lemon flavoured drinks I tend to steer clear. Pale yellow in colour there was a subtle lemon aroma once opened. Taste wise I was mighty surprised, it was delightful! A strong taste of lemon that wasn’t a suck your cheeks in sour number, but perfectly balanced with a little sweetness.
Dandelion & Burdock*
Dandelion and Burdock always reminds me of my Grandad and the smell alone of this one took me back to my childhood and the fun times I had with him. The least fizziest of the lot, Hooper’s have hit the nail on the the head with this, it really is the perfect dandelion and burdock flavour. With a slight aniseed taste that is more subtle than the smell and has a lovely depth of flavour, this is one you really could drink all day long.
Raspberry & Nettle*
Oddly this looked and tasted a lot thicker in consistency than the other 3 flavours. A fruity raspberry flavour hits the palette first and is almost immediately overpowered by sweetness, which is a little odd given raspberries generally have a sharpness to them. I could only manage a few mouthfuls before I had reached sweetness overload. Not one for me I’m afraid.
Plum & Sloe*
A rich ruby colour the plum was very evident with slight undertones of sloe. Sloe berries can be bitter which works in favour of the plums sweetness to give it a good balance between the two. With a slight fizz this was lovely and refreshing ice cold. A certain winner and would be perfect on a summers afternoon barbecue or sitting in the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
There we have it, four of the Hooper’s Alcoholic Brews. My favourite was definitely the Dandelion and Burdock followed by Plum and Sloe for when I’m feeling a wee bit fruity, and I can see myself sipping away on these two come barbecue weather. A big thank you to Hooper’s for sending me all of these to try, for all things Hooper’s Brews visit their website here.
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday Everyone!
Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles x