Somersby Pear Cider

Up to now, all the pear ciders that D and I have tried have tasted like alco­hol fla­voured with pear, rather than alco­hol­ic pear juice. While those two descrip­tions may sound like dif­fer­ent ways of say­ing the same thing, there’s a world of dif­fer­ence between the two descriptors. And Somersby Pear Cider explains it per­fectly.

The cider is a trans­lu­cent pale straw col­our with a sweet nose of fresh pears and mod­er­ate car­bon­a­tion. Served chilled, bright notes of crisp pear comes through from the head of each sip with a sweet­ness devel­op­ing into the body ahead of a light acid­ity at the end of the body. A hint of astrin­gency picks up in the tail as the sweet­ness of the pear fla­vour gives way to a drier, crisply clean fin­ish and refresh­ing after­taste.

This Somersby Pear Cider is eas­ily our favour­ite pear cider to date. Whereas The Cider Lab Packham Pear Cider — anoth­er pear cider we enjoyed immensely — picked beau­ti­fully on the com­plex fla­vours of the pear itself, this one has the advant­age of tast­ing more like a fresh pear juice that hap­pens to be alco­hol­ic than a cider that hap­pens to pick up on the fla­vour of fresh pears.

This bottle of Somersby Pear Cider con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in Australia and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.