My love affair with cider first began during our honeymoon when we visited London, where the popularity of cider is huge! Since then I have watched Australia's cider market really take off - all within the space of 2 years. It's been an exciting ride, and I love sampling all of the new Australian ciders that have entered the market - there are some really talented cider makers here.
In stark contrast, comes this weeks cider from Ireland - John Kepplers Irish Cider. An interesting cider mainly due to its fairly lengthy ingredients list: cider, sugar, malic acid, tannic acid, apple aroma and several colours. Not the best way to start, I know.
That said, I was very surprised to read that this cider is one of the best sellers in Ireland and has a wide distribution around the world. Hmmm.
Firstly, you can't help but notice ( be blinded) by the bright yellow hue of this cider - but again this can be best attributed to the 'ponceau4R & tartazine' colours which have been added to the cider. The apple aroma is very pleasant and almost delicious, however, it too has been added.
In terms of the rest - Well this one has nice apple flavours and quite a nice balanced sweetness albeit added through the addition of sugar. It has a light to medium carbonation, is medium bodied and finishes somewhat dry.
Overall, an ok cider - but I couldn't get past all the added extras - especially the added colours and sugar. In my opinion, a good cider needs none of these.
At 4.5% a 568ml bottle will give you about 2.6 standard drinks.
The Food Mentalist purchased John Kepplers Irish Cider at The Wine Society, Ultimo.