Product Type: WKD Beer
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Rotten to the Core
WKD Core Apple Cider
Member Name: obscuredbykep
WKD Core Apple Cider
Advantages: Tastes like sick?
Disadvantages: Tastes like sick...
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.
Summary: Tastes like sick