- My Rating: D+
Somersby Blackberry flavoured Cider, 4.5% ABV, 500ml, (Denmark)
Ingredients: water, apple wine (water, glucose syrup, apple juice concentrate), sugar, apple juice concentrate, carbon dioxide, natural flavour, citric acid (acidifier), potassium sorbate (preservative), colour (ammonia caramel, anthocyanins and carmine). Contains sulphites.
- Style: (flavoured) Apple Cider
- Taste Profile: soapy sugariness -> artificial candied blackberry/apple -> cloying/candy-sweet finish.
- Where I got it : Port Moody Liquor
- How much: $3, August 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no
Visual: Judging by what they put in the ingredient list, it looks to be a whole lot of sugar and apple juice, with several chemicals to enhance the flavour, appearance and texture. It pours clear rosé-orange with a quickly dissipating bubbly head, thin ringed retention, countable steady streams.
Nose: Pure soapiness. Aromatized liquid soap, bar soap, you name it. Though not completely unpleasant, all the naturalness of the apple juice is gone.
Attack: sugary (9/10)sweetness, fizzy crispness
Mid-palate: (MAIN) soapy-candied artificial blackberry, dense apple sugars
Finish: medium-cloying, thickened saliva, fizzy burpy candied-sweet finish
Summary: Sadly, the apple in the cider has been highly masked and covered up by artificial (despite “natural flavour” being in the ingredients) blackberry flavouring. McCashin does a much better job with their Fruté flavoured ciders by adding real fruit to their ciders; be sure to grab a 3pack of theirs if you ever see them at your liquor store.