Glögg is Swedish mulled wine that the Swedes enjoy during the Jul season. It comes in either a stronger version available at the systembolaget and a lighter version (2.2%) available at the grocery store. We decided to try out a few of the lighter version and report on how they faired. I have to say that after this taste test I was inspired to make my own (strong) glögg ... a little closer to the weekend. So you lushes will have to sit tight until later this week to bust out the real booze. Until then, let's keep it lagom*.
Dulvenkrooks Chili Choklad
|Dulvenkrooks Chili Choklad|
The top place goes to a flavoured glögg and with that Design Stockholm's findings fail to meet the requirements of a controlled study but this isn't exactly dissertation material either. So Dulvenkrooks Chili Choklad is my favorite. It has lots of punch and character. You don't drink a lot of this stuff so you might as well make it count.
Last Christmas some Swedish friends of mine broke out into song with "B-L-O-S-S-A, glöggen heter Blossa". So there it is. Blossa is the go-to glögg over here. They have that catchy tune and they make different labels for each Jul season. I guess we need to give them some credit for their marketing clout but how does it taste? Good. I like it. In fact it has a piney flavor that reminds me a bit of Greek retsina (I think I may have revealed something very telling about myself with that).
Dulvenkrooks Original is a tasty glögg with a bit of a kick so you know it will warm you up on a cold December night. Nice.
Upon further research on this glögg I discovered that it is made by a very famous (and temperamental ) actor and chef here in Sweden and I think the picture on the label is supposed to be an elf version of Per. So here I am giving it the No. 4 spot. If he were here right now I'd be in deep sh*t but I'm sticking to my decision. It is just simply too mild. Ok fine, we'll call it "smooth" but its elegance is lost on me. I guess I'm just not refined enough to appreciate it.
Didn't think it had much kick at all. Maybe a little closer to retirement.
* Lagom is a Swedish term meaning "just the right amount", a constant reminder to "keep yourself in check".