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Castaway Classic Pear Cider

At the tail end of our sampling vari­ous ciders, we came across this Castaway Classic Pear Cider on sale. We’d passed over it on pre­vi­ous occa­sions, mostly due to the lack of inform­a­tion on the pack­aging and in store as well as it’s lacklustre pack­aging.

The cider is a trans­lu­cent pale straw col­our with a sweet cider nose and gen­er­ous ini­tial car­bon­a­tion that quickly peters to a mod­er­ate effer­ves­cence. Served chilled, bright notes of fresh and juicy pear emerge with a smooth and round fla­vour in the head and into the body before the sweet­ness devel­ops in intens­ity with a slight acid­ity in the second half of the body before leav­ing a lightly sweet, flor­al fin­ish.

The sweet­ness of this cider make it both easy to drink and afford­able, but its fla­vour lacks the crisp­ness in both The Cider Lab Packham Pear Cider and the Somersby Pear Cider, as well as the com­plex­ity of fla­vour in the former and the refresh­ing light­ness of fla­vour in the lat­ter.

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