Product Type: Kopparberg Beer
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A good refreshing summer drink
Kopparberg Elderflower and Lime
Member Name: pumfster
Kopparberg Elderflower and Lime
Advantages: A nice flavoursome fruity cider
Disadvantages: A bit too sweet for some
I've never been a massive fan of cider, however a nice cold glass from time to time on a nice warm summers day can be just the ticket. Bearing this in mind, and given the fact that Asda are currently running a 3 for £5 offer I decided to try the elderflower and lime flavoured cider from Kopparberg.
Kopparberg are a Swedish company who specialise in mass produced cider products which I would generally not be a fan of, as I prefer to support smaller independent British, however I liked the sound of the elderflower and lime flavour over their better known flavours of strawberry and lime, mixed fruits or pear ciders.
A 500ml bottle of this cider costs in and around the £1.60 to £2 mark depending on where you buy from, and is generally quite widely available in supermarkets and off licenses. I would agree with those of you who think it is on the expensive side for a bottle of cider, however it is of a pretty good quality and as an ocacasional treat is well worth the extra money. The bottle itself is a brown glass one, with the Kopparberg logo on the front along with the name of the product along with the 4% alcohol content and a picture of an elderflower and a lime. The reverse of the product has a small amount of information relating to how the cider is made.
On opening the bottle, the first scent that hits you is that of elderflower. It's not overpowering in any way but it does stand out. There is a faint smell of apple in the background but it doesn't really smell like a regular cider. It should also be noted that the odour is incredibly sweet in nature and that pretty much sums up the way that the cider tastes when you take the first mouthful. The cider itself is clear in colour and has the appearance of a fizzy flavoured water drink.
The cider itself is very very sweet when you first take a sip. You firstly get a big hit of elderflower, which is reminiscent of an elderflower cordial. The elderflower stays on the palette for a long time, which just adds to the sweetness, however it does abate slightly with a lighter hit of apple and lime coming through at the end. You still don't really know that you are drinking a cider and there is no real hint of alcohol in there. As a result you do have to be slightly careful not to drink too much of this as it is pretty easy drinking material. The taste doesn't linger too long and become offensive or sickly in any way making it a perfect choice for a hot day as long as it is served ice cold. In addition at just 4% it is a pretty standard strength of cider which equates to just under 2 units of alcohol per bottle.
So to sum this drink up, I would say that it is a very good option for those who like a fruitier drink and are a big fan of very sweet things. If not you may want to avoid this particular flavour. It is a very flavoursome drink but again, if elderflower really isn't your thing then there is no say that you will enjoy this drink. For anyone else it is a really good choice for the end of a hot summers day and one which is well worth trying air you haven't already.
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Summary: A nice fruity cider but may be a bit too sweet for all.