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.


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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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March 2021 DegustaBox : Review

Woohoo my March box arrived and I couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside.

About Degusta Box

Enjoy 10 to 15 products, many are completely new to the market! Receive your Degusta Box every month filled with goodies.

All for a cheaper price than you would pay in the shops!

This Months Sweet Treats!

Each product is available in your major supermarket chains.

Esprala : Apple & Plum

“wonderfully refreshing and lightly sparking vegan fruit drink”

I chilled the can and poured it.

This smelled really nice and wow very very nice to taste. As they say it is really refreshing and fruity and I enjoyed every sip.

I could easily have this again, and if I see it in the shops its one I will be buying again.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mallow & Marsh : Vanilla Marshmallow bar coated in Milk Chocolate

I am not a big Marshmallow fan but I decided to give this a shot.

For me personally it was actually ok, the chocolate was very nice and it worked with the marshmallow.

Overall and its a personal thing I don’t think I would have this again, but as I said I am not a marshmallow fan.

My Rating :

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Maynards Bassetts : Fruit Smoothie Jellies

Visually these looked like they would be lovely just from the package….so now it was time to taste.

I don’t know why, but I expected these to be a little harder in texture but I was so glad they weren’t as they were lovely and soft and packed with flavour.

This bag was finished very fast as they were really nice, and lovely flavours.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PITCH : Bloc’O’Choc

This was another product from the DegustaBox that just looking at the packaging I couldn’t wait to open.

I love brioche and I love chocolate, so the two combined had to be a winning combo?

I tried one as is and one warmed up, and both were AMAZING!!! the brioche and the chocolate mmmmm

I highly recommend these!!!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Enervit Protein Bar

Normally these types of bars I don’t tend to buy or enjoy, they either are super dry or zero flavour….or worse both so I was very hesitant when trying this one.

Ohh I was very surprised with this as it had both flavour and nice and smooth.

I really enjoyed this and if your searching for a nice protein bar then this one is 100% for you.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kellogs Crunch Nut Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter, and could easily say I am addicted to the stuff so when I saw this and from Kellogg’s ohhh I couldn’t wait to pop a slice of toast on and get spreading.

WOW this was perfection in a jar!!!

Its smooth and crunchy at the same time, perfectly sweet, amazing flavour just so so good!!!

This is now my favourite peanut butter and I HEIGHLY recommend it if you love peanut butter.

A solid 5/5

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Brynmor Flapjacks : Apple & Raspberry

I love flapjacks, and love trying new ones and this brand for me was new to me.

Taste time…

Oh wow this was very nice, the flavour of the apple and raspberry was subtle but just enough and the texture perfect.

This is another product from this months DegustaBox that I would buy again.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Organic Cheerios : Honey & Chocolate Cereal

I have never had Cheerios before and was interested to see how these tasted especially since they are organic.

I popped open the box and poured out some cereal for my breakfast.

Ohh these were lovely, they had a nice subtle flavour and a nice little crunch to them.

I could see me easily buying these as a nice change from time to time from my usual cereal.

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lucozade : Tropical (zero sugar)

I like grabbing a bottle of Lucozade every now and then, so I was very happy to see this one plus it was zero sugar and Tropical flavour sounded yum

I don’t mind drinks that are zero sugar, most taste ok….granted some very bland so it would be interesting to try this one.

I decided to take this to work, and enjoy it during my day.

Ohh wow this was lovely, the zero sugar did not impact on taste and it was very tropical mmm I can see myself getting this again and again.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hippeas : Chickpea Puff Snacks (Salt & Vinegar)

I have had Hippeas products before and enjoyed them.

I have had this one before and just like last time they were nice.

The salt and vinegar flavour is very subtle, and the texture is really good. Personally if the flavour was just a little bit strong they would have been perfect….but that’s a personal thing.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Filippo Berio : Extra Virgin Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

I have been doing a lot of home cooking recently and always use olive oil, so when I saw this I thought woohoo lets try that next time I cook (see my recipes here)

This was lovely oil, and worked really well with my home cooking.

I have still to use the balsamic vinegar, but I have a few ideas what I can use it on or with so keep watching my posts.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mug Shot : Mighty Chicken & Mushroom Noodles

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy snack, so I popped the top and added the hot water and waited…

oh boy, now before I start this is a personal taste review so please do try it and see what you think.

For me there was very little flavour, and I even tried adding some salt but still for me it lacked flavour. It also left me with an after taste for a while after I finished it.

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Smarties : Orange Chocolate Sharing Block

They say this is a sharing block, but I didn’t share this one as I needed a chocolate fix.

Who doesn’t love smarties, and who doesn’t love chocolate orange so lets see how this is…

Yum Yum Yum Yum!!! this was soo good! the flavour the texture everything about it was perfect and very moreish.

I will 100% be getting this again.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Website :

This is a great subscription box as every month you are introduced to some products you may know about and some new ones 🙂 plus its always fun trying different items.

I highly recommend you check them out as I have loved every month so far 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

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