The Rum Slinger Subscription Box 004 (Govanhill): Review

This Months Box

Inside each months box you have your 3 rums to try, plus an information leaflet to tell you about each rum and its tasting notes.

This Months Rums:

R.L. Seales

ABV : 46%

Style : Dark, 10 years

I started with this one, as it was the first one to grab my attention.

This was a new rum name for me, so I was excited to give it a try and see what I thought.

Firstly the smell I got slight hints of caramel, so it was off to a good start.

Taste-wise ohh this was a strong one, first I got a kick from the strength of this which disappeared fast. Then the flavours started to come through, a nice vanilla caramel subtle hint ending on a nice aftertaste.

This is a nice rum, and I could easily see me drinking this one again.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Plantation 3 Star

ABV : 41.2%

Style : White

I liked the white rum from the previous box, so I was interested to see how this one was.

I opened the bottle and poured it out, and took a smell.

This has a really lovely and sweet and light flavour, even the aftertaste was very nice.

I actually preferred this to the R.L Seales, as I think its sweeter which hits my tastebuds better.

I am now away to add this one to my Amazon Wish List.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Foursquare Spiced

ABV : 37.5%

Style : Spiced

This one I saved for last as I like a nice spiced rum, due to the sweetness.

This had a very subtle caramel sweet smell, now time to pour it.

Oh ok, this caught me off guard, with my first taste I was expecting a caramel or vanilla flavour which I didn’t get. For some reason, I got cinnamon and just a mix of spices aftertaste but I couldn’t pinpoint what ones.

There is zero burn, and its very very smooth.

This is a really nice rum, it’s not one I would say is your typical spiced rum but its one that I could easily enjoy again and again.

This is another one I am adding to my Amazon Wishlist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

This was probably the most surprising box for me, as I really enjoyed the white rum and the spiced rum caught me off guard with its taste.

I have loved all these rums, and as you have seen even added a few to my wish list on Amazon.

Unfortunately this will be my last box review, as I am now watching the money as I am looking for a mortgage but please do subscribe and support these guys.

If you like rum and fancy getting some each month delivered to your doorstep then check them out.

Overall Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Hidden Lane Brewery and Wood Winters Wines Pop-up (West End, Glasgow) : Review

The Visit :

I was invited to pop along to the Hidden Lane for that Saturdays pop-up shop event with The Hidden Lane Brewery and Wood Winters Wines and Whiskeys.

When I used to live in the West End I have popped down to the Hidden Lane a few times, for either Afternoon Tea or the little shops. I then kept seeing signs for the brewery and I guess it was so well hidden I couldn’t see where it was.

Today when I visited I am glad to say I found it.

For me, Wood Winters is a new name, but I always like to learn about new places shops etc as it’s always fun to find something new.

Hidden Lane Brewery

Let’s start with the Hidden Lane Brewery.

If you have been following me on my Instagram, or seen a few of my 2019 now posts (thanks to lockdown) I enjoy a nice beer and have taken a few groups for a Brewery tour in Glasgow so I was very excited to see these guys today.

I got chatting to the guy behind the brewery and he definitely knows his stuff, plus he told me a few of the things that he wants to do once lock down ends….and one of them I will 100% be going to do.

I did get gifted some beers today (the top 6), but I also purchased some (the bottom 6) as I always like when I am invited to events to purchase something as every little helps.

The beers I got :

Tropical Ale 4.4% abv

This was the third beer I tried.

So the name “Tropical” I started to think what could this taste like? would it be sweet? well I popped it open to find out.

Firstly the smell was lovely, again it had a nice sweet fresh aroma

The taste was again fresh, and yes tropical a subtle hint of pineapple which was really nice.

This is definitely a perfect summer drink.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Raspberry Saison 4.5% abv

I actually started with this one, as it sounded very interesting and also sweet which is good for me as I have a sweet tooth.

I chilled it for a few hours, then popped it open.

This looked interesting and smelled really nice, so only one thing left to do is taste.

ohhh yes this was nice, fresh and yum! this hit the right spot for me!

This is a great summer beer, and for me all year round beer as its got sweetness, flavour and very refreshing.

My rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Al’s Session Lager 4.2% ABV

Most beer drinkers like a good lager, as they are an easy drink, refreshing and perfect on a warm day.

This beer is very light, nice first taste and nice after taste and refreshing.

I really liked this one, but the Nitro and Raspberry ones are still my favourites.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

80 Nitro Shilling 4.5% abv

The second beer I tried was this one.

Wait a minute! this was just as good as the first one I tried!!!

It had a great flavour, not too light or heavy and had a really nice aftertaste.

I am now really looking forward to trying the other beers.

Another solid 5

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lager Lager 4.5% abv

So by the name I am guessing its a Lager…

The other lager was nice, light and refreshing so lets see how this one is…

For me this had a nicer flavour than the other lager, and again very light and easy to drink.

The aftertaste again was pleasant and tasted really nice chilled.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wood Winters Wines & Whiskey

I enjoy my beers, rums but I have never really got into wines and its something I would really like to get into.

Today I visited them at their pop-up and had a look at their wine list, they all looked good and sounded good but I didn’t know what to get…..this is where I need to learn more about wines.

I opted to purchase the following :

Durello Spumante Brut Palazzi (Italian) £8.00

I poured this out, sat down and relaxed with a glass with Netflix.

Ohh I really like this one, it reminds me of a prosecco but deeper if you get me. It has a lovely flavour and is very light and easy to drink.

Tonight I drank about half the bottle, as I wanted to leave some for another night.

I can see myself buying this again, it hit all the right spots for me.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thank you to The Hidden Lane for the goodie bag.

I really liked todays event as I found somewhere new, and got to try products from two new places…well new for me.

Both the wine and the beers were really good, as you have seen from the review above.

Please do check them both out, and follow them on their social media accounts to get updates.


Promo : Gifted

The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted (some of the beers), all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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Mango Lassi : Recipe

Lassi is a popular, traditional, yoghurt-based drink from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. 

Makes : 4 servings


  • 500ml of fresh chopped mango pieces, (3 to 4 medium-sized mangoes) 
  • 500ml full-fat fresh yoghurt or curd
  • 2 to 3 tbsp full-fat cream or Malai
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (Optional try without first)
  • 4 to 5 tbsp sugar or honey or add as required. this also can be skipped if the mangoes are very sweet, I prefer sugar.


  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes
  2. Pour into individual glasses, and serve. 

NOTE : The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours

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