This year Real Cider Reviews has reviewed nearly 50 Ciders and have tasted over 100 different ciders all in the name of research. So it’s that time of year again. When your favourite TV shows have basically given up for the year and the editors quickly throw together a half-baked collection of the “best bits of the year” instead of actually making something new. Well here at Real Cider Reviews we’re above that. So here is a list of my top 3 Best Ciders of 2014.
It’s about time I looked at this Crushed Apple Cider from the Hillbilly folks in the mountains. While this isn’t the first cider i’ve reviewed from Hillbilly, it is their original cider. In fact this was one of the first craft ciders I found in Sydney as I moved away from the big labels into proper ciders. Oddly never got to write a review about it.
Endless Cider, without a doubt is the stripiest cider I’ve reviewed so far. Inspired by a trip to the UK, The Endless Apple Cider takes apples from Gippsland and turns them into a cider designed to convert people into cider fans. What a great idea, but did they pull it off?
If you have done any reading on Australian Ciders you’ve probably come across an article written by James Adams. Adams has been writing about ciders for a few years now as well as judging the odd cider competition. Now he has turned his palate and cider knowledge to making his cider: Adams Orchard Apple Cider.
I’m in Melbourne, and as a true Sydney-sider I’m lost. I’m lost and I’ve been walking for miles trying to find this place. After a 2 mile walk I finally found it, The Brunswick Cider House, now I’m thirsty and now I’ve found what I’ve been hunting. Too Too Many Chiefs Pear and Apple Cider.
Spreyton Cider has a long history in the Tasmanian apple industry. First Spreyton Township grew the apples, then a juicing company, Spreyton Fresh, was formed. More progress came when Spreyton Cider was born. Now they are pushing the envelope, breaking new ground by adding hops to the Spreyton Dark Cider.
Apple Thief set themselves apart in the market by making ciders from single varieties of apples. The clue is in the name, Apple Thief Granny Smith Cider. David Purcell the owner and cider maker, grew up in the apple orchards of Batlow, New South Wales. He’s set himself a challenge making ciders without blending varieties instead it’s made exclusively from Granny Smiths.
Cider in a can, the last time I had cider from a can I was quite a bit younger and the cider was fake rubbish. Australian Brewery Fresh Press Cider wants to change this perception in the name of quality. By lifting the quality of the can and more importantly what goes into it.