White star cider review (0.5/10) ” Do not try !!!”
” Cheap way to achieve the recommended alcohol limit.”
” It is not dry and doesn’t claim to be.”
” Everything else … It has a horrid smell that doesn’t last, a watery feel, lack of carbonation, character, acidity, dryness, sweetness, fruitiness, maturity, floral notes or anything positive at all except the positives mentioned above.
The packaging of a dark can with blue writing gave an impression of an artificial commercial cider. On reading the can, very limited information for the taste experience was provided which generally does not bode well. This is especially the case when combined with lack of a back story. There was no cartoon emblem or character and no real slogan.
It did however have a “big value” sign to make you notice it’s low cost.
All there was was a note stating “produced in Somerset” on behalf of Brookfield drinks.
It announced it was apple cider with sugar and sweetener which suggested a sweet taste experience should be expected. It also announced the word “refreshing” on the can front which suggested it was more moist than dry. No expectation for the source of the apples was announced; A little disappointing.
After a little digging on the website, it mentioned itself as crisp and that it has been made using real apple juice. This hardly provided much detail or a backstory it would perhaps have benefited from. It did not appear to have any real history. As for the date of origin, even Wikipedia didn’t know …
The can capacity was 500ml, and at a solid 7.5% alcohol, this equated to the entire 3.8 units you would require for a days drinking. At £1.00 from my local corner shop (Loco), this was very good value and practical in terms of alcohol content for getting you close to the limit, yet not exceeding it from the single can.
The 7.5% ABV made it the strongest cider I had reviewed to date. Stronger than Jonathan Blair at 7.3% by a whisker and the same for Thatchers Katy at 7.4%. These ciders however were bottled, making this certainly the strongest canned cider I had sampled.
I was therefore expecting a pleasantly sweet cider which had a fruity taste and a bit of a tang to it. I was also expecting no dryness. I would have expected it to possess carbonation and a full bodied feel as well as some uniqueness to it’s flavour although none of this was promised on the can or website.
On opening, a slight pale mist emerged and on smelling the smell was not pleasant at all. It almost had a fishy, salmon like quality. Thankfully the smell cut off quickly … Just in time to prevent gagging …
On the first sip the cider did not appear very carbonated. It certainly did not taste or resemble apples in any way. It was not full bodied and highly watery. The flavour seemed analogous to vomit and was very disgusting. No fruit could be detected and there was no acidity probably due to it’s watery nature.
After a couple of sips without any real sweetness as expected, no carbonation, no acidity and a watery feel, I could declare that this cider had nothing pleasant. No dryness was apparent which was okay but didn’t add anything.
A cider which wasn’t dry as expected. It was cheap and had a horrible smell. There was no carbonation, no acidity, no dryness, no sweetness and you would honestly be better off drinking vomit. This drink tasted highly similar to that.
Except price there was nothing positive. I would not call this a cider. I am not talking about a proper cider … Just a cider at all. Do not buy ever unless you feel the need to try everything !!!
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I have drank White Star Cider for twenty years one of the best in my book
Don’t knock it till you have tried it.G Lansing.