Sir Perry Berry – William’s Orchards (England)

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  • My Rating: C+

Sir Perry Berry (flavoured Pear Cider) – William’s Orchards, 6% ABV – 500ml, (Bristol, UK)\

Ingredients: Fermented Pear Juice, Strawberry flavour, colour, yeast, ascorbic acid, carbon dioxide.

  • Style: (strawberry) Flavoured Pear Cider (perry)
  • Taste Profile: fading sharp sweetness -> fizzy/fake strawberry/yeast/pear -> crisp/light cloying/tangy fake strawberry finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: ~$12 for a 4pack, Sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: had this laying around, finished 3 of the 4pack without reviewing, might as well since I’ve had this can for awhile. Pours pale red/orange with no head, very thin ringed retention, some activity.

Nose: half-candy/half decent strawberry aroma (but we know it’s artificial because of the ingredients list), pleasant and inviting.

Attack: 8/10-gentle fading sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, candy strawberry, yeast, fleeting pear flavour,

Finish: crisp, mild residual cloying sugars (chilled glass), light tangy fake strawberry finish.

Summary: It’s half-decent and okay. Nothing to rave about but decent compared to say Growers (BC cider) ciders.

Rekorderlig flavoured Pear Ciders (Sweden)

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Rekorderlig flavoured Pear Ciders (Vimmerby, Sweden)

  1. Elderflower flavoured Pear Cider: Rating = C+
  2. Wild Berries flavoured Pear Cider: Rating = C

1.) Elderflower flavoured Pear Cider, 7.0% ABV, 500ml

  • Style: (elderflower) Flavoured Pear Cider
  • Taste Profile: sweet floral fizzy -> elderflower/pear/green apple -> tangy/floral/cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$4, Sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not fully

Visual: aluminum cans of anything usual suck imo, but hey elderflower + sweden could be a win. Also noted in the ingredients, “elderflower” is nowhere to be found. Pours almost colourless but just a hint of yellow, soda-like CO2, lots of activity.

Nose: light elderflower, gentle hints of apple and pear. Pleasant.

Attack: 7/10-controlled sweetness, fizzy

Mid-palate: cloying, elderflower, sugary pear, hints of green apple, sourness

Finish: tangy, decent lingering elderflower, but still cloying apple/lime-citrus finish.

Summary: While the elderflower aroma and apple/pear flavours are decent, the sugars are just too heavy and gradually overwhelm the palate.

2.) Wild Berries flavoured Pear Cider, 7.0% ABV, 500ml

  • Style: (wild berries) Flavoured Pear Cider
  • Taste Profile: aggressive sweetness -> artificial strawberry/raspberry -> cloying/tangy crisp finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$4, Sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: again with this one, no wild berries are found in the ingredients. Pours crystal clear pink with no head and a few countable streams.

Nose: faint strawberry-raspberry on the nose

Attack: aggressive 9/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: faint apple/pear, predominantly sweet candy-like (artificial) strawberry and raspberry

Finish: medium cloying sugars, light-medium tangy crisp finish.

Summary: Not much here in terms of pear flavour; it’s mainly fake red berry flavour that is decent and barely counterbalances out the aggressive sugars. Still nothing here that I particularly like.

Magners Pear Cider (Ireland)

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  • My Rating: C

Magners Pear Cider, 4.5% ABV – 500ml, (Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland)

Ingredients: pear juice from concentrate, glucose, sugar, citric acid, pear flavour, sulphites, colour.

  • Style: Pear Cider
  • Taste Profile: sweet fizzy yeast -> light pear/light apple -> burpy/med-sweet/light rough finish
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), Jan 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light  white wine yellow with almost no head, no retention, but lots of activity. Bright, sugary pear juice on the nose.

Attack: 9/10-sugary sweetness, fizzy yeast

Mid-palate: light pear, light apple, crispness

Finish: burpy, light-bodied, med-sweet/light rough finish.

Super-drinkable yet overly simplistic. Not much depth of flavour nor complexity of taste. This is more for the non-drinker/casual drinker crowd. Decent with a meal.