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I discovered St Helier pear cider at a bbq last summer, and wow what a refreshing change, I enjoy woodpecker as that is easily found however when I come across st helier I tend to stock up, I can only ever find the fruit varieties in my local Netto, so when I come across it I think I keep the shop running until they sell out. The blueberry version comes in a darker bottle than the one pictured a taller thinner bottle with a long neck, the surprise is the electric blue colour when you poor the drink into a glass, it resembles the WKD blue.. The drink is 5% so a little stronger than woodpecker but not much. The flavour is really refreshing very sweet almost bubblegum like! It is not too fizzy so doesn't make you feel full/bloated like a lot of ciders do, also it has no bitter whatsoever. If served ice cold on a summers day this could very easily be one of my favourite drinks. I pay £1.19 a bottle from my local Netto it s a 500 ml bottle, I thinkit is worth every penny.
St. Helier's Pear cider has to be one of the best drinks I've ever had. I have always been partial to a bit of the 'normal' apple cider, but now i always choose the St. Helier's Pear if i have the option. This drink takes cider drinking to another level. and i find it far superior to apple. Since drinking this i've also sampled other pear cider products such Bulmer's, but no other brand quite hits the spot like St. Helier's. It isn't a sweet flavour but is very smooth and fruity. The taste is pleasant and very refreshing. You can really taste the pear, it's much less bitter than apple. It's not too fizzy, but very juicy. It has 5% alcohol content so be careful how many you drink. The original St. Helier's pear cider also comes in a variety of alternative flavours. There is raspberry & lime, blueberry and peach. I have managed to get my hands on the blueberry flavour, but i found that it detracted from the pear taste rather than adding to it. Two new flavours; cherry and blackcurrant are due to be released this summer. I've not been able to source the other flavours anywhere, i only hope i can find a stockist that will sell the new ones. Sourcing St. Helier's has been a bit of a problem for me. The only place I can find it now is Sainsbury's and they don't seem to stock it all the time. This is an adorable drink that can be drunk on any occasion.
One of my favourite alcoholic beverages of recent times is the mighty fine pear cider. I have become rather attached to the stuff and though used to love my red wine that seems to have taken a back seat. I have tried a few different pear ciders since discovering how tasty and refreshing it is and along with Kopperberg (see seperate review) this is one of my favourites. So all pear ciders taste the same, right? Erm, no. And here's my opinion on this wonderful tipple.. Price and packaging~ St. Helier Pear Cider comes in 3 different sized bottles (to my knowledge): *275 ml *500ml *1 litre The prices all vary depending on where you shop, but at my local supermarket they are 49p (275ml); £1.63 (500ml) and £2 (1 litre) respectively. The design of the bottle is nothing overly fancy (and differs in colour from the one above) but is enough to grab your attention on the shelves. The shape of the glass bottle is tall and thin with a stubby neck and is a deep dark brown in colour. The two smaller sized bottles have gold caps that require a bottle opener, but the larger 500ml has a convenient screw top which makes it the better option to buy. On the front of the bottle are the words St. Helier and a picture of a pear - like I said nothing too exciting but the basic design does the trick. I prefer to buy the 500ml, not for alcoholic tendencies (honest!), but it works out cheaper and the bonus being you can have a glass then close the screw top and it lasts for a while without going flat (as long as the lid is screwed on tight). The taste~ The first thing you notice on opening the bottle is the fizz. This brand of pear cider tends to be very fizzy but once the bubbles have dispersed a little that's when the flavour kicks in. The colour of the drink is a golden yellow and looks the same as most other ciders so nothing exciting there. Unlike Kopperberg pear cider, St Helier has much less of a sweet taste. It doesn't have the tang of apple cider but is a near perfect medium between sweet and tangy. Once the initial bubbles have gone the cider can go flat pretty quickly which makes it a little less appealing but tastes nice just the same. I have searched for any calorie related information but alas there is no reference on the bottle or the website - so sorry but I tried! A 500ml bottle contains 5 units so drink sensibly. Other flavours by St Helier are: *Raspberry and Lime pear cider *Blueberry pear cider *Apple cider Summery~ I enjoy this pear cider a lot as it's so crisp and refreshing. It's not too sweet but just perfect in my opinion..plus the blueberry and raspberry & lime are gorgeous..give them a try!
Brand: St.Helier / Type: Cider