25 April 2015

Hooper's Alcoholic Dandelion & Burdock (Sainsburys) [By @SpectreUK]



I haven't drunk Dandelion & Burdock for a while. I used to drink it all the time as a child and when I was growing up, and know what it's supposed to taste like and know I used to like it. Fizzy as it was and leaving a long lasting taste in my mouth, in more recent times I'd often regret drinking it as Dandelion & Burdock made everything I tried to drink or eat afterwards taste of Dandelion & Burdock. It's a little like Olbas Oil when you have a heavy cold. Daub it on a hanky and clear your nose, but everything for the rest of the day tastes of Olbas Oil. Here, possibly a little like fancying a cigar when I was younger and used to smoke, I'd generally regret starting it half the way through after I'd licked all the sugar off the end of the King Edwards, and become fed up of the smoky taste of tobacco, I'm now trying Dandelion & Burdock again, but this time there is a kick. There's booze in it...

On opening the bottle there was a pleasant energetic fizz. The aroma of Dandelion & Burdock assaulted my nostrils making me wish I hadn't left it so long to go back to a childhood haunt. The fizzy almost black liquid bubbled into my pint glass encouraging me to take a good swig. Instead I gave it another hearty sniff, with fond memories fumbling over days of mischief in my mind I then took a swig. To start with I couldn't taste the booze, only the fizz and the usual Dandelion & Burdock with fruity undertones of aniseed winning through from so many soft drinks from years gone by. Then came a kick and a not so little dizzying punch from the booze that caught the back of my throat overshadowed by a warming spice, all of which was missing from the soft drinks of the past. This is grown up Dandelion & Burdock, and don't forget it. It tastes good. It feels good as it's spices and wicked boozy kick joyously tickled my throat and other senses, and it's coming to my fridge as a regular!

Information on the bottle;
William Hooper established Hooper's in 1817. Served in a 500ml bottle at 4% volume. Sparkling, with natural flavours of Dandelion & Burdock, made by fermenting Dandelion and Burdock thistle roots.
By Spectre

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