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A couple of years back I was staying away for a weekend with family and I was introduced to pear cider. I couldn't quite believe that it had taken so long in my life, to have tried it. But it was delicious. I often drink it now when it is really warm outside, and I keep a few bottles in the fridge.
A few months back when it was hot, I saw Blackthorn cider on offer in our local shop. Two huge 3 litre bottles for £6.00. I thought the price was extremely good, and bought two bottles. My belief was that all ciders were the same. How wrong could I be?
This cider is made in Shepton Mallet in the heart of the west country. It is made using bitter sweet English cider apples to give it a distinctive crisp, dry taste. It is 4.7% vol.
The bottle itselfis black and has an attractive label with a picture of a tree against the back drop of a sunset. It really can't be confused with any other cider.
The first problem I had was refrigeration. The bottle itself was huge and my fridge isn't all that big. However I did find a space and was looking forward to a drink. So one night I poured myself a glass. How disappointed I was.
I am no cider expert. But this cider just did not have the killer punch. It was dry in taste, but it never had that sharp taste that I liked. It was jus not sweet enough for me. I poured my wife a drink too and she also said it was 'distinctly average'.
I have since seen this advertised in pubs. It is available on draught and in cans/bottles. Price varies but it is not very expensive. Can's range upwards of 60p and bottles average about £4.00 for a 3 litre bottle, although smaller bottles are available.
Last night (after 3 months) I finished the bottle. The other bottle is still in the cupboard, and doesn't deserve a place in our well stocked fridge. Would I buy again?Not a chance. I've learnt by my mistake.
Sorry Blackthorn but we have parted company.
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Blackthorn, of course is synonymous with cider and I pick up a bottle of this particular supermarket from time to time in 2 litre quantities and the price is quite reasonable for a bottle this size and is priced at this moment, at Somerfield supermarket, for £2.99 a bottle.
I think this type of cider is best served chilled, so I usually put a bottle in the fridge for enough time for the cider to chill.
The taste is, of course, a cider taste and is sparkling and quite sweet too. Of course, this is a commercially produced cider and has been tailored to appeal to a majority, rather than a hardened cider drinker, although, 6% alcohol content is plenty for most people. I must admit that the colour of the Blackthorn cider does slightly put me off for a few seconds, as the liquid appears to be a very orange colour when poured into a glass, but this is soon overcome and I very much enjoy the flavour and I like the fizz which accompanies the taste.
Blackthorn cider is great for a summertime drink in the garden or for a refreshing drink inside with a few friends. I sometimes have a drink of Blackthorn cider with my Sunday dinner, especially if I am eating pork or perhaps chicken, but of course this type of drink can be enjoyed on many occasion or clime.
Blackthorn Cider is a dry cider with sugar and sweeteners. The alcohol volume is 5.5% and it is made using English cider apples.
I came across Blackthorn Cider at a weekend in Haven and after asking cider prices for Magners and nearly having a heartattack at the price, I asked what other cider was going. Thus, I was introduced to Blackthorn. I am not a massive beer drinker and cider is my main choice of tipple and Blackthorn has made it into my top 3. Unlike other ciders the taste of Blackthorn with every mouthful really hits the spot and is very strong tasting. It leaves a strong apple taste in your mouth and the taste does not seem to go away which is a good thing if you like the after taste of apples. With other ciders I have found that I get bloated pretty quickly when eating and drinking fast but Blackthorn seems to fill the gap and is a nice accompaniment to any evening meal.
As I mentioned this is a strong cider and due to the taste you can find yourself consuming that bit too much very quickly as I have on more than one occasion lol! This is also a good time to start drinking Blackthorn if you are a cider drinker as it is very cheap in comparison to Magners and Bulmers in my local pubs and supermarkets. I picked up 15 cans the other day of 450ml each at the cost of about £7 - really good value for this great tasting cider.
As with any drink I would serve this extra chilled as it really does bring the taste of the cider out. Having it warm, as I have had on the occasions when I've not filled the fridge up, it just does not do the cider justice. To anyone who's looking to try something with a little bit more strength and taste and a pick me up refreshment, give Blackthorn cider a go.
You either love it or hate it. And I loves it! This fruity little number is my favourite on a night out. Strong and fairly sharp it takes some mastering, the inexperienced cider drinker need not apply. Dry Blackthorn or Thorn/T-horn as it is known can be an enjoyable drink when enjoyed in sensible amounts. Too much can cause vomiting and injuries, too little can leave you gasping for more. That said, I never tend to drink it during a week night. As even if I drink just the right amount I usually get a bit of a head ache the next day. It can be bought it can form but in my opinion should be avoided. Compared to a pint pulled inside a pub it is bland and flat. It's quite expensive per pint, but when considering that you shouldn't be able get as much of it in you as you would another drink I guess it evens out. As most Ciders Thorn has been known to "anger up the blood". It can turn your best friend into your worst enemy. If you are one of the people that this happens to then stick to a lager or ale. If on the other hand you remain placid when indulging in Cider, I urge you to take the first train to ThornCentral!
Reading some other opinions i feel like i was supposed to do something about this! For me Blackthorn is the best cider although the scrumpy cider is usually very nice, nothing can beat the taste of a cold pint of blackthorn. Is well known that is not a drink that everyone can handle, i knowthat after a couple of pint people got mad. But if you are used to this great drink, there's nothing to fear. The bad thing about it, is that is mainly from the west country area so you can not find pub that sell it so easily if you are not near here. Have a pint, enjoy it, and about tastes there's nothing to say, but if you love it as much as me you won't understand either what was all about.
On a recent supermarket trip I was examining the drinks section, looking for a reasonably cheap cider. The stock was running low, and many brands were out of stock, but quite a few bottles of Dry Blackthorn were left. That evening I found out why. The colour (a dark brown) is enough to put you off before even tasting it. Let it, because after taking a sip you'll want to pour the whole bottle down the sink! Imagine every horrible medicine you took as a kid mixed into one, and this is worse. I imagine there must be some people out there who enjoy this - either gluttons for punishment or who have had their tastebuds removed, I assume - because presumably it keeps selling. I can't recommend this to my worst enemy, because I'd get murdered afterwards.
I don't know what they put in this vile stuff but it's pretty potent. Dry Blackthorn is 6% alcohol, which is admittedly stronger than other ciders (e.g. Strongbow, Scrumpy Jack). However, I don't think this fact alone is responsible for the effects it has. I'm a real cider fan and nothing, not even really strong white cider or scrumpy, affects me in quite this way. I've just got rid of a 24 hour migraine brought on by drinking ONE can of this cider. The whole experience is unpleasant, from the first mouthful till the last. It has a strange, bitter, very un-ciderlike taste. It kicks in very quickly after only a small amount and is thus very unsuitable if you're considering driving. Moreover this effect lasts almost the WHOLE evening after drinking just one can - please DON'T have even a bit of this stuff if you're considering driving! Then only half an hour later after the first few gulps comes the headache. And the 'feeling like death' syndrome the morning after. The cider is a very dark colour, which makes me suspicious. I think there's a lot more rubbish in there than just alcohol. My advice - drink this if you like, but keep gallons of water and a pack of paracetomol within easy grasp....and maybe call in sick in anticipation. And if you are prone to migraine or have a sensitive stomach - steer well clear.
This, in fact, is about as far removed from the cider you're looking for as can be. Cider has quite a bad press at times - it's associated with underage drinks at parties, and bitter tastes, and generally not being that nice. And this is a real shame, since most cider is lovely stuff - it can be refreshing, light, easy to drink, and very tasty. However, most bars serve Dry Blackthorn. This is not refreshing; it leaves you more thirsty than when you started. This is not light; after half a pint you're left wondering if you'll be able to finish it. This is not easy to drink, and it's not very tasty - it's revolting. Dry Blackthorn doesn't taste of apples. I've no idea what it *does* taste of, but I wonder if any apples were involved in its creation at all. Apples may not be allowed within a mile radius of the factory for all I can taste. Whatever you do, try to go to a pub or bar where you can buy another cider - Scrumpy Jack or Strongbow preferably. Even better, find somewhere which does proper scrumpy, and you'll never go back to Dry Blackthorn again.
6% alcohol. Blackthorn Cider is a processed commercial cider produced by Matthew Clark plc. Previously it was known as Blackthorn Dry or Dry Blackthorn, but dry has since been dropped from its name.