Orchard Thieves Apple Cider

Orchard Thieves is a brand of cider from New Zealand that D’s aunt intro­duced in 2013 with their Cider with Mandarin & Lime, a refresh­ingly sweet cider with bright cit­rus notes and none of the char­ac­ter­ist­ic bit­ter­ness of alco­hol. In early 2017, Dan Murphy’s star­ted stock­ing the more basic Orchard Thieves Apple Cider. We were eager to con­firm our pos­it­ive memor­ies of this brand.

The cider is a golden straw col­our, well car­bon­ated and bright with the crisply sweet aroma of fresh apples. Served chilled from the bottle, the apple fla­vour is sus­tained through­out each sip with a vibrant fresh apple sweet­ness that’s well bal­anced by the crisp apple acid­ity devel­op­ing in the body before leav­ing a mel­low and sweet apple fla­vour in the after­taste. It recalls the (non-alco­hol­ic) Apple Cider by Bundaberg, but crisper and less sweet, mak­ing it very easy to drink on a hot, sum­mer after­noon. Served over ice, the cider takes on a more mel­low apple fla­vour — without being watered down — and makes it even easi­er to drink.

This bottle of Orchard Thieves Apple Cider con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in New Zealand and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.