2018 Ciders #45: Ernest

This was the cider I had at the bar on the Toronto Islands.


Yes, you can REALLY taste that honey in the cider.  It’s so strong, it actually reminded me of mead.  I’m not the biggest fan of honey, so I wasn’t hugely keen, but it did have a nice light refreshing aspect as well.

2018 Ciders #43: Brickworks 901

This was the first of the two ciders that I had while out for drinks with Mum at Pogue Mahone on the Tuesday in Toronto.

I was pleased to find that a plus point of the Pogue Mahone management change is that they’ve started serving Brickworks 901 in a regular pint glass, because when I was in Toronto two years ago, they used to serve it in a jam jar!

Unfortunately I did not escape the jam jar, because I found they were still using it at the Elephant & Castle three days later:

Brickworks 901
Brickworks 901.

Anyway, the cider.  Brickworks is one of the most prominent cider companies in Canada – they make a good few different ones – and the 901 is probably the most common on draught in bars.  It’s got a lovely medium sweetish taste – you just have to try and avoid the ‘jam jar as glass’ thing!

2018 Ciders #42: Somersby

The first cider I had in Canada was Somersby.  I was actually surprised that I hadn’t already had it this year, because it’s one of my favourites.


The above can is the Canadian version – it looks a little different in the UK.

Somersby, for me, is associated with Resistanz Festival, which Geth and I went to for four years running between 2013 and 2016 (it hasn’t been run since then, but rumours of its return are ever-present).  Corporation in Sheffield, which was the venue for the festival, would sell Somersby for £1 per can during Resistanz weekend.  £1 per can!  I would typically drink about forty cans over the course of the weekend.  I couldn’t do that nowadays.

A British can of Somersby, Resistanz 2014.


Somersby at Resistanz
Me and Geth with a can of Somersby, Resistanz 2015.


Hoard of Somersby
Me guarding my hoard of open cans of Somersby, Resistanz 2016. You had to order lots on the Sunday before they all sold out!

You can see from the 2016 picture (and on the website) that the most recent British can is similar to the Canadian one, but not quite the same.

As for the taste – well, it’s a very artificial taste!  It tastes exactly like fizzy apple sweets.  This isn’t what I would usually look for in a cider, but I’ve grown to love it.  If I see Somersby on draught, that will always be my choice.

2018 Ciders #40: Sheppy’s Classic Draught Cider

On visiting my parents’ house recently, I found that Dad had collected a whole load of different Sheppy’s ciders while on a trip to the West Country.  Expect to see lots of them reviewed here over the next few weeks!

Sheppy's Classic Draught Cider
Sheppy’s Classic Draught Cider.

Sheppy’s Classic Draught has what I would consider a perfect medium taste.  It’s also very refreshing without being too watery-tasting – absolutely perfect for summer.

2018 Ciders #39: Aspall

Still shopping the Sainsbury’s cider aisle!


Aspall is another cider that’s very light and refreshing, so good for this time of year.  The taste is a bit generic, but it’s not bad – it’s perfectly serviceable, and I’m always happy to have it if it’s on draught at the pub or on sale in the supermarket.

2018 Ciders #38: Scrumpy Jack

I’ve been drinking quite a few cans of Scrumpy Jack the last few weeks, as Sainsbury’s always have it in and it’s a bit more interesting than Strongbow.

Scrumpy Jack
Scrumpy Jack.

It’s not as sweet as Stella Cidre, but it’s smoother than Strongbow.  It’s actually got a very light taste, almost to the extent of being a bit watery.  In the summer, this is a good thing – it’s very refreshing.  I expect this will continue to be my go-to for the next couple of months.

2018 Ciders #37: Henney’s Dry Cider

This is another cider that I picked up at Sainsbury’s recently.

Henney's Dry Cider
Henney’s Dry Cider.

It’s another cider that is just as dry as the bottle suggests.  It’s got a slightly cheesy taste that reminds me of West Country real ciders, but there’s still something very smooth about it.  Probably a bit too dry to become a regular in my fridge, though.

2018 Ciders #36: Old Mout Berries and Cherries

I believe this is a new flavour of Old Mout – it’s certainly not one I’ve had before.

Old Mout Berries and Cherries
Old Mout Berries and Cherries.

This is a lovely fruit cider with that typical perfect Old Mout level of sweetness.  It’s also divinely brambly (brambles = blackberries if you’re not Scottish), which gives it one of the best tastes of any new cider I’ve tried this year.  It’s not quite up there with Kiwi and Lime, but it’s definitely a strong contender for my second favourite Old Mout flavour, which is impressive after just one bottle.