Kirin Fuji Apple Cider & Pear

Kirin makes a range of ciders that are most quint­es­sen­tially Japanese. The most basic is their Fuji Apple Cider, but every year or so, Kirin comes up with a fla­vour pair­ing with a fruit that cap­tures a tra­di­tion­al Japanese fla­vour, such as mik­an (man­dar­in), ume (plum), momo (peach) or ginger. This year, it’s the nashi in the Kirin Fuji Apple Cider & Pear. Nashi pears are deli­ciously juicy, crisp and eas­ily a favour­ite. The pack­aging on these bottles is beau­ti­ful and evoc­at­ive of Japan.

The drink has a bright and clear golden col­our with strong hints of alco­hol against a more mel­low apple in the nose. Served chilled, a dry apple fla­vour comes through in the head before the pear notes emerge in the body, bring­ing much needed sweet relief with a slight acid­ity into the fin­ish and leav­ing a fresh and sweet apple and pear after­taste long on the pal­ate. The notes of nashi pear come through faintly as a sweet­ness rather than as a bold instantly recog­nis­able nashi pear fla­vour. Here, it har­mon­ises well with the medi­um dry style of the apple cider, mak­ing it easi­er to drink. For those who prefer their apple ciders very crisp, though, the sweet­ness — as is the case here — takes the edge off the crisp­ness.

This bottle of Kirin Fuji Apple Cider & Pear con­tained 330ml. It was bottled in Australia and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.