“ Brand: WKD / Type: Cider „
This is a great cider for a party, i first tried this the other day as i was bought some for my birthday, it is unlike any cider i have had before and will definitely be having it again.
The WKD apple core cider is one you'd expect to not be amazing from a company who makes fruit flavored vodka beverages however it really is a great tasting drink. First ill start with the hindrances, it comes in a bottle, personally i don't care because i always drink from a glass however if i don't have one available i find this very annoying, however bar this it's a great drink. The drink really is a very Apple'y is the only way to put it, cider. If you have ever drunk appletiser that is what this taste's like, even down to the sparkly feeling in your mouth it really does seem to be tiser with alcohol. Definitely one for those who don't like a strong alcohol flavor to try.
I will mention that you should look out for offers as these can often be very expensive and also they are rarely on deals but i would definitely go for it.
Since becoming obsessed (not addicted - there IS a difference!) to cider I am forever itching to try new flavours and brands to see if I can unearth a new favourite. When I go out with friends I often find myself drinking WKD alcopops as they are often cheap, and as I don't go out to get totally off my head I find them ideal for when I socialise. The WKD Core Apple Cider is a product I only stumbled upon a couple of months ago on a visit to Liverpool. My love of cider and taste for WKD meant that I just had to give this drink a try, and I were left pleased that I had done so.
Costing something like £3 at the bar and around £2 at the supermarket it is a reasonably well priced cider. WKD have succeeded in bringing a lighter and sweeter cider to the table (pardon the pun), and with such an appetite for this kind of thing in the ever changing cider market the WKD Core hits the spot. Truth be told, I wouldn't imagine the well trained palette would really appreciate a much sweeter and lighter cider than average, but the taste is a little surprising. First impressions were that the drink would be very much like the WKD alcopops - very sugary/sweet with a synthetic taste. The WKD Core Apple Cider is certainly not like their alcopops, it tastes much more of a finished product with a more 'adult' appeal to it. The refreshing taste was of no surprise to my naturally sensitive tastebuds, nor was the fruity burst of energy which the WKD brand is renowned for. The only surprise here for me was the pleasant maturity and for that I am ever pleased I gave the Core a chance.
WKD Core Apple Cider is bottled in a bright green glass bottle, with the familiar WKD labelling. This reads 'Core' in large letters and at 500ml is a faily substantial size. There are 2.3 units of alcohol in the bottle, with an alcohol content of 4.5% ABV.
WKD have aimed this drink at the cider drinker and not the typical WKD consumer, but in all fairness these two markets do overlap. I think that consumers of this sort of drink are generally younger as more mature drinkers may not have a positive opinion of the WKD brand. Personally I am more than pleased with the quality of WKD Core Apple Cider and am more than happy to recommend it to both social drinkers and cider fanatics.
I'm not really a big drinker so when I do drink it tends to normally be alcohopops, so when a friend offered me one of these I was a bit reluctant as I really don't like the taste of cider but it ended up being totally different!
It is packaged in a large green transparent bottle, sort of like wine bottles but only thicker. It seemed like there was so much drink in the bottle but this will just be compared to the normal WKD bottle as there is only 275ml in them and in this there is 500ml, so effectively nearly two bottles of WKD! Make sure to recycle when you can, there will be a bottle bank for glass near you.
This drink is definitely best served cold as with most alcohols it just doesn't taste right when its warm, and when its really cold it is so refreshing, so good for a hot party or a garden party! It seems to be a mix of cider and WKD, taking the best things from each and putting it in a bottle! It isn't as sugary as an alcohopop would normally be so it means that you don't get really thirsty from them as I do tend to from the average alcohopop, and it has the apple flavour of cider and I really love this, it tastes so authentic and really nice. Also because of the nature of the drink its not very alcoholic - about 4%
In conclusion, it isn't really anything like cider, more like a really nice apple WKD! You can get it in supermarkets and sometimes pubs, it will cost about £1.80 for a 500ml bottle which I think is totally worth it!
I really like trying new ciders. It started when I discovered my love for Magners, and since then, I have tried as many different ciders as possible. If I ever see one sat on the shelf in Tesco, or on tap at the pub then I try it. Some of the time, this means I find a shitty horrible dry cider, like Savana Dry, most of the time, I find one that is passable, and not unpleasant. Occasionally however, I find something amazing, like Scrumpy.
So, when I saw that WKD were releasing their own Cider, known as WKD Apple Core cider, I thought it was my duty to try it. Knowing the ghastly sweetness of normal WKD, which is fine as a quick down, but not worth drinking normally, I did not expect anything amazing.
It took me quite a while to actually find the stuff to try, having told mum to grab me a bottle in Tesco, but today, I noticed it sat there, in the Cider section, for the price of £2.00.
The WKD Touch
I read a little about it, and WKD apparently wanted to "broaden the appeal of the WKD brand, and at the same time bring a new edge to the cider category" . Continuing that apparently "research has shown that there is demand amongst cider consumers for a sweeter, lighter cider drink with a more modern image". I am not sure what Cider consumers they have been speaking to, but a sweeter lighter cider? Hmm, I am sure that WKD will be going to the furthest end of the sweet spectrum and am fairly sure that the people they spoke to, would be the consumers of the shitty battery acid varieties of cider, which have a super ABV but have the harshness of drinking heroin needles.
So, it is fine to say, I'm not expecting anything amazing. What I am expecting is one of two things. Either, it will be like VK Apple, which is pretty much alcoholic appleade, which I had the unfortunate experience of drinking when I was in Newquay, and it was dirt cheap, and my friends went to the bar. The other option I expect, is something tasting like the Apple Kopparburg, which is really horrible as well. It tastes like, well, apple. But the artificial over sweet taste of apple.
But what will the taste test say?
Packaging, Availability and Such Jazz
The standard bottle, is 500ml, and is bright green in colour, with a black WKD label. On the back, is a small label, with the basic alcohol details. It contains 2.3 units of alcohol per bottle, which is as expected for the 4.5% ABV.
I have only seen it in this standard bottle form, though, as you can see in the picture, it is available in a box multipack. The standard bottle is just £2.00 which is average for this sort of cider.
I haven't seen it in a pub yet, and only today did I see it in Tesco. I did see it in Bargain Booze in Newquay last week too, so I should think that distribution is gradually rising. WKD have said that it should be placed with other Ciders, and not with the Ready to Drinks (like other WKD), I'll decide if that is right when I have tasted it!
The All Important Taste Test
It is best served chilled, so I left in the fridge for a day or so, to reach maximum coldness. Upon opening the bottle there is a distinct Apple smell. Like apple pie or something. Not like cider at all. It is clear coloured, maybe with a slight green tint.
I cautiously took my first sip and as I expected, it is flipping horrible. The initial taste is apple-like, but it leaves a vulgar aftertaste, and I actually grimaced my face when swallowing it. It isn't overtly sweet, which I had expected it to be, but is definitely sweeter than something decent, like Magners.
They said they wanted to give a new edge to cider, well they haven't. It actually tastes like gone-off apples. I don't know why anyone would ever want to drink this. I think it even tastes a bit like my mouth does when I throw up...
To the Core
It is horrible. There is no debating it. There is no question over the tastes, no querying whether it sits nicely on the palette. It is purely disgusting, and on that basis, I do not recommend it at all. If you feel curious, or don't trust my judgement on cider, then you are a fool. It is not something to try. Don't be hooked in by their advertising, the attractive green tint of the bottle, or the WKD name.
WKD have not done well here, and saying "Apple Cider made the WKD way to give a refreshing taste" is pure lies. This wouldn't refresh a camel.
Cider and wkd in one bottle. Doesnt sound like it works, But unbelivable it does. This refreshing drink is just fab. I first saw these on sale in my local shop and obviously just had to try one, I made sure i went back to the shop later that evening and stocked up. The taste is so refreshing and crisp.
I used to drink wkd alot but getting bored of the flavours I havnt drank it for a while, so this made a great change and for just 1.79 for a big bottle (bigger than the normal size wkd bottles) I think the price is a steal.
The only downisde of wkd core is that I now have to spend my money on it everytime I go to the shop, now me not being a drinker this does not look good hehe.
Def a must try I would never have dreamed of putting these two together but they are a great combination and def get my vote
I first heard of this on a billboard at the side of the road, even from just seeing the advert I wanted to try the drink, as I quite like WKD the alcopop variety, although it tastes artificial and sugary, I like it. So when I saw this advert I was looking for it everywhere I went.
The problem I had was actually locating it in the shops.
Everytime I went to Tesco and Asda I looked on the shelves but could never find it, either in the alcopop part or cider part. But then after a couple of weeks, I went to a little pub down the road and they sold it and I finally got to taste it.
WKD Core cost me around £2.50 in the pub, this is for a 500ml bottle which is bigger than a normal WKD but smaller than a large bottle of WKD. When I did eventually locate it in a shop, it was £1.85 per bottle, and as of yet, I have not seen larger packs (as shown in the item picture), but they must be sold somewhere, but I can only make a guess at the price, I'd say it would probably be around £18 for 12 bottles depending on where you bought it from, but until I got a proper price I wouldn't be certain on that.
WKD Core comes in a green transparent bottle (like wine bottles). With a black label and black top, the kind you get on a beer bottle. The bottle has the traditional WKD bottle shape, and is found in the cider aisle, either in the fridges or on the shelves.
Well to me, Core doesn't really taste much like Cider, but more like fizzy apple juice, more like apple VK, with a slight cidery kick to it. It's veru light in colour, and compared to normal cider, it's very very light and looks more like "white cider", rather than apple cider. Although it doesn't taste like it! As I said, it's more like pop than alcohol, which in a way is a bad thing as you'll probably end up drinking way too much of it!
If your a big cider drinker, and like ciders like Bulmers and Magners, you will definitely notice a difference between the tastes. And if your a white cider or scrumpy cider drinker, the difference will be even more apparent. I have heard it called artificial and sugary, but I don't really feel it is, and I really like it served over ice.
As long as you don't have high expectations of this tasting like real cider, then you'll enjoy it, it's not sweet and sickly like some ciders can be, but also isn't bitter and sour. But it's somewhere in the middle, and as I said it is lovely over ice and is very refreshing!
Where can I get it?
On the WKD Core website, it says the places which stock this drink are: Tesco, Yates, Threshers Group and Bargain Booze. But up to now I haven't seen it in my Tesco, which is in Warrington, and is a Tesco Extra. It seems it's only available in small quantities at the moment, but I found some in Bargain Booze last night for £1.85 a bottle and they had quite a few in stock!
A great refreshing drink which is gorgeous served over ice!
When I first saw the advertisements for this product I didn't hold out much hope for it, not being a fan of WKD's alcopops. As a cider drinker, however I knew I would have to try it at least once.
Pouring it out of the bottle, the first thing I noticed was that it was paler than apple ciders usually are. It looked more like a pear cider but had a refreshingly crisp apple scent to it.
The taste was what surprised me the most; I expected it to be sickly sweet and synthetic like an alcopop. Although this is an extremely sweet cider it is not sickly, and has quite a refreshing taste to it. There is a subtle alchoholic bite followed by and brief sour aftertaste which I quite enjoyed. My overall impression of the cider was of an alcoholic version of Appletize.
Before trying this product I thought it would have quite a synthetic, chemically taste, but it was not so. At 4.5% ABV it is of a similar strength to most other regular ciders, providing 2.3 UK units per 500ml bottle. Given It's clean and refreshing appley taste, I would say WKD have created a product that could well challenge the other big names in the cider market.
I would definitely drink again.