I was looking for a cider to add to the menu at work and because I was embarking on a couple of well deserved days off, I went cider shopping... who knew the choice at my local supermarket!
I haven't even scraped the cider surface there are so many.
My days of Diamond white and Strongbow are clearly behind me. I picked up some great Irish ciders and one from Worcester (because I have fabulous University memories from my time spent there and I drank a lot of cider in those days).
The first cider was the Craigies which I enjoyed despite usually looking for a sweeter brew. It was the 'clocking off' bottle so it had a slight advantage over the other ciders. Light and slightly cloudy and it reminded me of some of the strong cloudy Scrumpy type ciders I drank in the pubs in Worcester, way back.
The Worcester cider (Oldfields Orchard) was way sweeter and really tastey and I have to say I was probably beaming at this stage.
On I went trying the Longueville, Doyles, Little Island and falling Apples ciders..... Each very different but there wasn't a cider without it's own lovely features, characteristics and personality. Most brews stated 100% apples and no additives however the Longueville House cider has no Colourings, sweeteners, sulphites, additives or preservatives which might be the kind of cider you can avoid painkillers with the next day....maybe.
I'd open taste, draw (with my new bamboo Spark) and then after trying them all I finished them. I was in great form the next day but my head did hurt a little
It took me a while to get through all the bottles but I had a really really good time and there was dancing...proper summers here night off x