Aspall Draught Suffolk Cyder Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Aspall
Cider Name: Draught Suffolk Cyder
Region: Suffolk
ABV: 5.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Green apples/Wine like
Colour: Bright golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsburys
Date: 25/06/13

The cider shelves are looking bare again, therefore whilst out on my supermarket shop today I was scouting out if there was any different ciders I could buy. Luckily for me today there was a different bottle of Aspall cider on the shelves and I grabbed it whilst I could. The bottle up next is their Draught Suffolk Cyder.

Aspall are an Eastern Style cider producer based in Suffolk. They’ve been making cider since 1728 and therefore makes them one of the oldest producers out there. My previous experience of their cider hasn’t been the best in the world, but that’s probably more due to their style of cider more than anything. Though also being a mass-producing cider maker probably hasn’t helped matters either! I’m surprised this is the first time I’ve come across their Draught cider and fingers crossed it is what it says on the bottle. It’d be nice to try a cider of theirs that is not sparkling, though I suspect when they say Draught they just mean a style like it and not actually still!

This particular cider was created in 2003 to celebrate their 275th year anniversary and according to the bottle is “clean and crisp with an incredible fresh apple aroma”. That is the same old marketing speak I see on most bottles to be honest. They really aren’t that original are they? Anyway, it’s time to crack this open and see what it has to offer.

It poured unsurprisingly sparkling, bright golden in colour and has a wine like aroma mixed with green apples. The fizz is fairly short-lived though and looks very mild by the occasional bubbles floating to the top. My initial taste was sweet, crisp, acidic/tangy and then a mildly dry aftertaste. It’s a very fresh, fruity cider and feels so easy to drink. The aftertaste however is very short and barely has one there at all. You need to continue drinking this to continue the moderate enjoyment it gives you. At the end of the day it’s a harmless, simple cider and never one to challenge your tastebuds. I could easily drink one, though to be honest there is a lot more ciders out there I’d prefer, which includes even in their own cider range. If you like a sweeter Eastern Style cider then this could be what you’re looking for.

Would I buy this again?: Probably not
Overall Rating: 6/10

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