Just when I thought that I’d covered all of the alcoholic ginger beer available in the UK, I find another! This, like Brother’s offering, is a ginger cider and is made for the supermarket Morrisons.
The Ginger Cider is made by H Westons & Sons of Much Marcel, Herefordshire, who are well-known for their range of cider and perry, including their organic selection, Stowford Press and my favourite, Old Rosey, a really great, scrumpy-style cider.
This ginger cider is bottled at 4%ABV and is made with the first cider apples from the 2010 season; it’s traditionally matured in oak vats and ginger flavour is then added. I noticed, from their website, that Westons also make a Sparkling Raspberry-twist Apple Cider, as well as a Ginger Twisted one. This latter variety is also bottled at 4%ABV and so my guess would be these are one and the same product.
On to the taste:
Nose: Jammy, citrus and ginger. A bit like ginger marmalade.
Taste: Rather pleasant; dry, juicy and, whilst the ginger is there, there’s no definitive burn or fire. Finally, there’s a little vanilla at the end. There’s some muskiness and hints of almond, too. It’s very refreshing, not too sweet and, although initially the ginger is faint, as you drink more, its effects builds up.
Morrison’s New Season Cider with Ginger Flavour is available form Morrison’s for £1.50 for 500ml.