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I like my cider. Although I love Magners and Bulmers I was curious of a stronger alternative and came across K cider. Initially I wasn't a fan and it took me a while to get to like it. Here in the UK it's primarily sold in 500ml cans and at 8.4% contains 4.2 units of alcohol, nearly twice an equivilent can of Bulmers or Magners. The surprising thing about K cider though is that it's cheap in comparison to it's compatriots, working out at around a pound a can if you buy it in bulks of 24.
The taste is quite sweet for a cider of it's strength but there is an element of dryness to it. Quite difficult to specify. It's something you have to be drinking long enough to appreciate the taste because like a lot of my friends who I've introduced it to they didn't take to it to begin with but over time began to appreciate the taste and now whenever available and if I fancy an alternative to my usual Magners I get a crate and see how long they last me. Quite refreshing I have to say, though I've only ever drank it from a can. I can imagine it would taste considerably better from a bottle, and it definitely tastes better chilled!
I would introduce this to someone who is prepared to try something different but you'd have to be a pretty big cider fan to appreciate the taste. Don't make the mistakes I do sometimes and drink the same amount as normal because the strength gets away with you! I have introduced it to friends who drink cider and over time they have come to like it. Give it a go!
K cider is brewed by The Gaymer Cider Company UK.It is availlable in 275ml bottles or more commonly in 440ml cans, the cider weighs itself in at an impressive 8.4% ABV which makes it stronger than the Diamond White and White Lightning brands and is to be drank responsibly!
The design of both the bottle and can is quite distinctive in that it is black with a red "K", you could on first impressions not think of it as a cider at all, the front of can doesnt even say cider but simply the quote "the ultimate in quality".
When opening a can or bottle of K cider I did get a strong whiff of alcohol as well as apples, there isn't a chemically smell unlike the 7.5% white ciders. Upon pouring the cider I noticed that there isn't much fizz and that the cider has a darker appearance than say strongbow; perhaps this is an indication of the higher content of apple juice.
This cider is very dry so if you prefer a sweet cider then I wouldnt recommend it, despite the dryness of the cider it is also surprisingly smooth and not too acidic and I found it pleasant to drink, I did feel the alcohol effect after one can of this, it's strong stuff!.
K cider usually sells for about £3.50 for 4 cans and is availlable at most supermarkets.
Cider is undoubtably the drink which introduced many of us to alcohol when we were first dabbling in such things. It has that sweet, fruity appeal that something like beer and spirits do not have and whats more it is cheap to the point where you can pick up a litre of the stuff for under £1 from any supermarket, offlicence etc. See a bunch of teeanagers hanging around on a street corner and its probably a bottle of cheap cider they are passing around... However, not all cider is cheap and nasty, there is also some rather expensive and nasty cider. K or Y2K, or however they are marketing it right now is just one of those ciders. It is a dry cider, which comes in a stylishly alluring jet black, opaque bottle emblazoned with a bold K...mysterious. Perhaps this is what explains its allure amongst clubbers, because this seems to be the drink of choice (well of the ciders) in such establishments. Or perhaps it is the 8.4%vol which is attractive because this is one strong cider. Tastewise its a dry cider but rather more palatable than something like Diamond White which is another of the popular strong ciders. It also gives you slighty less of that distinctive 'got drunk on cider' effect the next morning...once described to me as having a stomach which felt like you had downed a bucket of rhino snot - Diamond White is by far the worst for this. :o) Well, there you have why I rarely drink this stuff in quantity although it is rather nice. Another reason is because its so ridiculously expensive. I have been charged £3+ per bottle in regular clubs and we are talking nothing fancy here. I am not a big cider fan anyway and to be perfectly honest, I actually prefer the taste of the cheap nasty stuff which comes in the plastic bottles like White Lightning than that of the more expensive tarted up K cider or Diamond White for that matter. I suppose its personal taste and if you like dry ciders then you'll probably like this. I do, but I prefer them sli
ghtly less 'rough' than this and I prefer slightly sweeter to be honest anyway. Overall - tastes ok, packaging is great, very posey and perfect for clubbing, but not really for me. nb. I visited the K website. Very poor guys, very poor indeed. 3 pictures and a contact address with the occasional pointless text flashing up? I think I could do better!
K Cider - Matthew Clark plc Whitchurch Lane Bristol BS14 0BJ United Kingdom. Telephone 01275 836100. Facsimile 01275 836726 E-Mail : info@MatthewClark.Co.UK