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Well I'm going to keep this review short and sweet which is exactly the opposite of what I found of the drink last night.
Over the last few years I've really started to enjoy a glass of Cider of all flavours ie Berry, Pear, Plum, Apple etc and usually buy a few bottles for about £5.
Last night whilst in Home Bargains I noticed this 'Premium Cider' by Kopparberg labelled NAKED APPLE and noticed it was only a £1 a bottle. A bargain I thought and put a bottle in my basket. I'd considered taking advantage of the cheap price and buying 1/2 dozen but I only had £20 on me and had left my cards at home. I didn't think the wife would take kindly with me coming back with no tea.
The bottle is green and has a metal bottle top. It also looks expensive and it says on the bottle it is 4.5% VOL. It boasts on the bottle that Kopparberg is 'famous for fruit ciders' and this bottle was the original. It is 500ml and says it is clean, crisp and refreshing.
So last night I sat down to watch Piers Morgan. The bottle had been chilled for a few hours and I was ready to enjoy it. Well that's what I hoped. The first 'swig' told me that this wasn't my normal cider. It was bitter. In fact I could hardly see how any sugar had been added at all to the recipe. In fact it tasted like all the sugar had simply been removed.
I took another swig and by this time my eyes were watering and in my opinion it tasted awful. I'm not sure if the cider gremlins got in this on it's way over from Sweden or if the sulphites used to preserve it had reacted but I couldn't drink any more.
So this morning two thirds of a bottle are cleaning out my pipes in the kitchen after being poured down the sink.
I wouldn't recommend this drink at all and give it a massive 1 star - only because I have to.
Copyright stebiz 2013 - also on Ciao.co.uk
I am not normally a fan of cider but I was offered a bottle of Kopparberg Apple Cider at my friend's barbecue. It was a baking afternoon and I was thirsty so decided it would be rude not to!
I was really pleasantly surprised, it was delicious and I could really taste the apple flavour which is so lacking in other traditional ciders. It tasted so natural and not artificial like some of the cheaper brands.
At 4.5% proof, it was not too strong, I drank a good few of them and am pleased to say that I did not have a hang-over the morning after.
It is stocked at my local supermarket so I don't have to venture out to the pub to enjoy it. I think that the cider is also available in pear flavour, will look forward to trying that.
I think I paid about £1.50 for each 500ml bottle, so not the cheapest cider around but well worth the extra spend for such a cracking tipple.
I have to admit that I like a drink or two (or ten) and enjoy a wide range of drinks from wine to whisky to woo woos. I do usually drink non-sweet drinks such as gin and tonic and wine (I abhor sweet wine) but occasionally I'm in the mood for something a bit on the sweeter side. When this happens I often choose a Kopparberg cider as I like their fruity yet light taste and find them much nicer to drink than other ciders. I used to only drink the original pear cider but then grew to also like the other flavours such as mixed fruit when they came out, and now I have become a fan of the apple variety.
== Kopparberg Ciders ==
Kopparberg is a Swedish cider company, which makes fruit ciders that are much sweeter than average. They have pear, mixed fruit, strawberry and lime, elderflower and lime and now this apple flavoured cider. The pear and mixed fruit varieties are also available alcohol free, which is good if you like the flavour but are trying to cut down on your alcohol intake. They are best drank with ice and in pubs and bars they are usually served in a pint glass filled half way with ice. The bottles are made of green glass and are very attractive looking and are neither manly or girly, so I doubt either gender would be put off drinking this.
== Kopparberg Apple ==
This is one of the Kopparberg flavours that I've just become familiar with. It's not as widely available in pubs as the pear and mixed fruit ones so it's a bit of a rarity to find it and therefore I haven't had it all that many times. On the occasions that I have had it, however, I've found it to be a really nice drink and a nice alternative to the other Kopparberg flavours. It does have a very similar taste to the pear cider (as similar as real pears and apples) but with a nice different edge to it. It does have a noticeable apple flavour and tastes more like the fruit than many other 'apple flavoured' things do. It's still a sweet drink but like the other Kopparberg ciders, it isn't overly sweet and doesn't taste artificial. It tastes lovely and refreshing with ice and it's easy to drink a pint bottle of it rather quickly if you're hot and thirsty, although its fizziness will slow you down a bit. I usually find that after one of these, or any other Kopparberg cider, I found that I've had enough and that my sweet craving has been satisfied and then will usually go onto another drink, but if you were so inclined, it is nice to enough to continue drinking all night.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely apple cider which has a sweet and refreshing taste. I have to say that I do prefer the pear version to this, but that isn't to say that it isn't a very nice drink. It's not very widely available in bars or in supermarkets, but if you manage to get it, it will cost about £2.00 for a 500ml bottle in a supermarket and a bit more in a pub. I would say that it's worth it for such a nice drink that does last a decent while.
tried this in a restaurant..............as it came to the table i could smell the apples !tasted superb, chilled, smooth and immediately refreshing.I was told that it is also available in pear and a mixed fruit flavour.this is by far the best cider i have had for many years and the fact it is possible to buy swedish cider in kensington shows that cider has come of age and no longer just the recluse of bums on street corners with 2 litre bottles !i will endeavour to source a supply for my summer bbqs and impress my friends and colleagues.
Kopparberg Apple Cider is naturally light, mild and deliciously easy to drink. It is the perfect alternative to the more dry tasting mainstream apple cider brands.