13 April 2024

Titanic Iceberg American Pale Ale (Morrisons) By @SpectreUK

Titanic Iceberg American Pale Ale

I'd say I was going with a theme tonight by having a salad with Iceberg Lettuce in it with my steak and chips, but it looks like I've got vegetables instead. This 4.1% in volume Iceberg American Pale Ale was first produced by Titanic Brewery in 1993. Heavy on the wheat, it was one of the first UK beers to use American hop varieties in its production.

The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic was a British ocean liner, owned by the White Star Line. It sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15th April 1912, after it hit an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, United States. It's one of the most famous ship accidents in history, with great loss of life, and many movies both good and bad.

Titanic Iceberg ale was produced with Maris Otter and also Pearl malted barley, as well as wheat, with Herkules and Cascade hops. There should be a citrus, zesty and floral aroma, with flavours of grapefruit and citrus bitterness from the hops. So on opening the bottle there certainly was a zesty citrus smell with a slightly floral aroma from this bright golden American Pale Ale.

Titanic's Iceberg ale started with a sharp bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit, as well as knife like citrus with underlying sweetness of malted barley trying to batter off oodles of wheatiness. This was a very refreshing Spring feeling pale ale, with lashings of citrus bitterness and sweetness of malts and wheat into the aftertaste. It was scrumptious washing down my steak and chips.

12 April 2024

Shloer Summer Punch Sparkling Fruit Drink (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

Shloer Summer Punch Sparkling Fruit Drink

The weather might not quite be saying summer, but this new drink is the Shloer Summer Punch Sparkling Fruit Drink. I can’t resist a new flavour of Shloer; it is my favourite posh soft drink, and I do buy them quite often as an alternative.

This version simply declares itself to be a summer punch, which wasn’t nearly enough detail for me to understand the flavour. There is a bit more description on the back of the bottle that says it is a sparkling juice drink with strawberry, cucumber, and mint. It also suggests pouring the drink over fruit and ice, but I didn’t go that far, even though that would look super pretty if there were people coming around.

I did pour the drink straight into the glass; it has a light pink colour and a nice fizz. I gave it a try and was super impressed with the flavour. This drink is all about the strawberry, which we just don’t get enough of in soft drinks. The flavour then went onto a lovely blast of herb mint, and that worked so well with it; it was fresh and well balanced, and it did taste very grown-up. As I said, I drink Shloer regularly and always get the limited edition flavours, but this one would take some beating; they should make it all year round. This Shloer Summer Punch Sparkling Fruit Drink is very different, and the mint flavour and sweet strawberry were an absolute delight. 

11 April 2024

Muller SKYR - Raspberry & Hazelnut Granola [@NLi10]

 I wanted a quick post-supermarket snack and realised I’d not had a posh yogurt in ages. My god they’ve gone up in price!

I settled on a SKYR, as it was different enough to pique my curiosity and yet still basically a fruit corner.

It’s made of Quark! Well - isn’t everything? This just means the strange milk derivatives and not the sub-atomic particle, but I guess technically it’s both.

The lid sounds enough like a cat thing that both cats were summoned, they were both very briefly interested in the lid - but neither liked the taste so I was left to tip my granola into my quark.

It’s got a different texture to that which I expected, but it’s really nice. Not too sour, not too sharp. The granola was properly nutty and fruity in all the right ways.

I discovered on a future trip that if I’d bought a multipack these aren’t that expensive, but I think I’d rather just have them as a secret late night treat occasionally than have a stash ready.

Makes me wonder if they do vegan style ones made of coconut or similar because I’d be very interested in that.

10 April 2024

Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake (Ocado) @SpectreUK

Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake

I could definitely be accused of having a sweet-tooth. I have been known on many occasions to balance my calories, after eating all my fruit, carbs, protein and veg, more towards my evening pudding. This Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake sounds right up my street, unfortunately I have to share it, but sometimes that's the case.

New for Spring and Summer, Mr Kipling's Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake is pretty much a differently flavoured Battenberg cake. Whereas the Battenberg is a combination of sponge, apricot jam, and soft almond paste (Marzipan), this Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake is sponge, with strawberry jam, covered with a sweet strawberry icing.

Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake

There was an amazing aroma of strawberries on opening this Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake. The smell made me think of hot summer days watching tennis at Wimbledon on the box. The strawberry icing was super sweet, not sickly, but pretty much uber sweet. There was a great deal of fruity strawberry taste from the cake. The strawberry jam provided extra moisture, and the sponge was nice and soft.

Like a birthday cake, this Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake was super sweet and super indulgent. If you want a super sweet treat, maybe even for sharing, that reminds you of Spring and Summer, even if it is constantly raining outside, this is definitely your cake. Some of it was mine.

Information on the packet; Per 1/8th of a Cake (32g): 125kcal. Please see photograph for further information.

Mr Kipling Strawberries & Cream Chequered Cake

9 April 2024

Heinz Beanz Curry Edition (Ocado) By @Cinabar

Heinz Beanz Curry Edition

Recently, Heinz has treated us to a wonderful new product, the Heinz Beanz Cheesy Cathedral City Edition. This wonderful can of beans had the grated cheese pre-mixed in for the ultimate lazy cheese and beans combination. I loved them; they are so quick to heat and add to a jacket potato, which makes a great meal. The cheese was plentiful and had such a nice taste. 

The next new variety to hit the shelves is this Heinz Beanz Curry edition. I bought a can and waited for my jacket potato to cook in the oven. The contents warmed quickly in a pan; they smelled nice, and I poured them over the potato. I love this kind of food. 

The beans are nice, but they didn’t wow me. The tomato-based sauce is there, and the beans have the usual nice texture. The curry element is mild and has a slightly sour, spicy taste. It reminded me of a curry dip flavour rather than a proper curry taste. I think I was expecting more of a softer, warming taste like a proper curry sauce, and although the taste was pleasant, I wouldn’t run out for another can. I may have also been spoiled by the Heinz Beanz Cheesy Cathedral City Edition, which was absolutely yummy, and these Heinz Beanz Curry Edition were just nice.

Heinz Beanz Curry Edition