I’ve been taking an interest into how the lower price range of spirits have reacted to the Minimum Unit Pricing Of Alcohol – MUP.
Now there’s been stories of beer being brewed to a lower ABV to keep to a certain price point. This isn’t an option for spirits with legally enforced alcohol strengths.
Which leaves bottle sizes.
Lidl were ahead of the pack offering their tasty Liberté Rum, Captain Cook Spiced Rum & Rachmaninoff Vodka in 500ml versions to keep prices low.
Buying & consuming less alcohol is one of the stated aims of MUP. Lidl appear to be facilitating this.
Personally I’m all in favour of smaller bottles.
As a blogger I enjoy tasting far & wide. Smaller pack sizes allows a bigger variety for a smaller outlay.
Environmentally it’s a bit of a no no.
Smaller containers means more of them, more packaging, increased costs & ultimately – more waste.
Having said that – when Queen Margot 3yo Scotch appeared in 350ml for just over €11 – I thought I’d give it another spin!
I admire the no nonsense, utilitarian approach & unpretentiousness of this whisky.
There’s a caramel rich nose with a spirity sensation.
Smooth palate, quite rich with hints of warm woodiness.
Suggestions of tannic prickly spice on the rear slowly fading away.
Queen Margot is a perfectly presentable easy drinking dram of a whisky. No rough edges, the usual whisky flavours with an alcoholic warmth too.
If only more brands offered 350ml alternatives I’d probably be inclined to purchase them.
Would you agree?
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