Honesty Box Select Apple Cider – Independent Liquor (New Zealand)


Honesty Box Select Apple Cider – Independent Liquor Ltd., 7% ABV, 440ml, (Auckland, New Zealand)

printed on the back of the can:

“From a farm where you can purchase fruit from an unattended stand at the end of a laneway, by simply putting your money into an honesty box, we bring you this crisp and refreshing cider.

It’s lovingly crafted by our ciderers with the tastiest fruit. The sort you might find with an honesty box. Of course, we paid for ours.” (-interesting info on what exactly an honesty box is)


  • Style: (apple) Cider
  • Taste: Bubbly cloying dense sugar red apple juice/cider vinegar acidic tart
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $2.50 – 440ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados:

Visual: Aluminum can, odd size. Pours straw yellow with a smallish dissipating head, a very thin layer of micro retention, several slow steady large CO2 streams.

Nose: filtered apple juice, hints of yeast (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, large CO2 fizzy, incoming dense sweet

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, dense sugars, high acidity, medium tartness, (MAIN) mild apple cider vinegar, red apple juice

Finish: mild alcohol bitternesss, cloying sugars, micro bubbly apple exhale.

Summary: Almost guaranteed to give those who are prone to it like me, heartburn. Lots of acidity as well as added sugar in this, best with a meal or snack. Too sweet-cloying with just a basic apple/apple cider vinegar flavour, decent bubbly mouthfeel.