2018 Ciders #2: Magners Original

On Tuesday, I went out with the family to our favourite Italian restaurant in Edinburgh, the Bar Italia, where my mum and dad have been going since the ’70s.  The pizza there is great, but like most Italian restaurants, they don’t offer a huge deal of choice on the cider front, so a Magners it was.

Magners Original
Magners Original.

Magners is pretty ubiquitous so there’s not much to say about this one, other than the fact I expect I’ll be drinking it at lots of restaurants during 2018!

Thirty-three

It’s my thirty-third birthday today.  I have celebrated reaching matching digits again (only happens once every eleven years!) with birthday cheesecake, prosecco, filthy Dominos takeaway and a resolve not to care what the scales say at Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow (back on plan from tomorrow afternoon!).

2018 Ciders #1: Thistly Cross Traditional

It’s probably fitting that my first proper post is about cider; I do drink a lot of the stuff.  I did originally think about doing a blog where I tried a new one every day for a year, but in recent years I’ve realised that I do need to have dry days most of the time.  Still, I’m going to review them here when I do drink them.

Thistly Cross Traditional
Thistly Cross Traditional. Apologies for the terrible photo!

I like pretty much all flavours of Thistly Cross, but some of them can be a bit heavy.  This is a nice, lighter option at 4.4% (the Original and Whisky Cask flavours are both over 6%, for comparison), so it was very welcome yesterday when I was starting to get that really sluggish, boozed-out feeling you have towards the end of the Christmas period.

Scotland isn’t typically known for cider production, but Thistly Cross is most definitely one of my favourite ciders.  Expect to see a few different flavours of this posted over the next wee while.

A new venture!

It’s a new year today, so time for a few new projects.  Including this blog, which I’ve been planning for a while.  I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about music, ’80s stuff, TV, food and all the other things going on in my life!