Today we will be trying mulled wine that was prepared three different ways:
A: Mulled wine made with pre-mulled apple cider
B: Mulled wine made with pre-packaged mulling spices
C: Mulled wine made from scratch (wine, apple cider, honey, cloves, peppercorns, rosemary, orange slices)
I generally don’t like to mess with tradition so I have a feeling that the mulled wine prepared from scratch will win hands down. But I do hope that the version made with mulled-apple cider will be a strong contender! The mulled apple cider tastes delicious on its own and wouldn’t it be nice to have a simplified version of mulled wine that tastes just as good? I think that the pre-packaged mulling spices will be too overpowering (I think the recipe on the back of the label is totally off).
Please try a sample of each wine and comment on appearance and flavour. Which one do you like most? Is it worth taking short cuts?
People generally found the mulled wine made with pre-mulled apple cider or pre-packaged mulling spices to be flat and one dimensional. Some taste testers mentioned that the pre-packaged mulling spices overpowered the wine and made it taste burnt and bitter. Wine A with the pre-mulled apple cider didn’t fare much better. It also tasted flat and the mulled spices didn’t carry resulting in a flat and somewhat overpowering flavour.
It`s definitely not worth taking any sort of short cut when wine is involved. Wine has this wonderful volatility that really carries flavours and essences. When we tried just using mulled apple cider the mulled wine tasted flat and one dimensional.
The pre-packaged spices were expensive and gave poor results as well (tasted bitter). To be honest – I would try tweaking the recipe on the back of the label next time to see if I could get better results. A recipe isn`t provided for mulling wine (only for mulling apple cider) so you`ll need to experiment.
Multi-dimensional is the word that best describes the mulled wine that was prepared from scratch. The flavours of the ingredients really come out when simmered with the wine and compliment each other. The result is a full, well rounded flavour that is really brought when tasting the wine.