How do you like them apples?
Pagan Cider, Alc. 4.5% WINNER!
The brand: A craft cider producer founded by fourth-generation orchardists, promising no added sugars or artificial flavors.
The taste: Clean, crisp, refreshing, light, with just a little tang and sweetness. We could easily drink three or four of these in one sitting.
Verdict: The Champagne of ciders.
The price: B195 (330ml)
Magners, Alc. 4.5% RUNNER UP!
The brand: One of the first sweet ciders introduced in the UK is available in pretty much every pub imaginable.
The taste: Got a sweet tooth? This is your winner. Caramelized, peachy, easy drinking—we just want them to tone down the sweetness and amp up the fizz.
Verdict: Ride that sugar high.
The price: B80 (330ml)
Zeffer Crisp Apple, Alc. 5% SPECIAL PRIZE!
The brand: Premium craft cider from New Zealand, and winner of awards including the World’s Best Cider from International Cider Awards 2017.
Origin: New Zealand
The taste: Slightly sour, crisp—like biting into a promising-looking apple that just doesn’t deliver. As a side note, we tried the Red Apple flavor after the blind testing, and it would’ve been a title contender.
The price: B130 (330ml)
Orchard Thieves, Alc. 4.5%
The brand: Part of the Heineken portfolio, with a cider-making history that goes back over 125 years.
The taste: Soft, inoffensively sweet but ending on a sour note.
Verdict: Historically average.
The price: B129 (330ml)
Somersby, Alc. 4.5%
The brand: By Danish brewing giant Carlsberg.
The taste: The fizzy version of Malee apple juice screams “artificial flavoring.” It smells like a lollipop and tastes like one, too.
Verdict: Kid tested, mother approved.
The price: B55 (275ml)
Moose, Alc. 5%
The brand: Thailand’s Siam Brewery.
The taste: Strong aroma, very sour, thin at the end. Looks and tastes like a sour beer.
Verdict: We mooset’ve missed something.
The price: B55 (330ml)
Strongbow Gold Apple, Alc. 4.5%
The brand: Backed by brewery giant Heineken and claiming 15 percent of the global cider market.
The taste: Artificial. No apple to be found, just cloyingly sweet, mouth-drying yellow liquid.
Verdict: Water, please!
The price: B55 (330ml)
Aspall Suffolk Premier Cru Cyder, Alc. 6.8%
The brand: This 300-year-old cider maker comes to us by way of Smiling Mad Dog.
The taste: The most unique flavor of the lot. Inoffensive, but you can really taste the alcohol.
Verdict: Booze cruise.
The price: B260 (500ml)
Ace, Alc. 4.8% YUCK!
The brand: Founded by a UK producer who moved to California.
The taste: The promising pale color proves deceitful. This cider tastes like it’s been aged with Sour Patch Kids.
Verdict: Drain pour.
The price: B220 (500ml)