Squashed Apple Cider by The Barossa Cider Co

This Squashed Apple Cider by The Barossa Cider Co escaped our notice on the numer­ous occa­sions we scanned the shelves of cider at the shops, and prob­ably have tried it earli­er if we’d noticed it as it was awar­ded the Sydney Royal Medal at the 2014 Beer & Cider Show. Awards must mean something!

The cider has a trans­lu­cent pale straw col­our with a sweet apple nose and mod­er­ate car­bon­a­tion. Served chilled, the sweet­ness of apples in the head of each sip devel­ops brightly — like apple juice — with flor­al notes in the body and a full creamy mouth­feel before a drier acid­ic fin­ish with no linger­ing after­taste. Despite its tart fin­ish, this is a richly sweet cider that leaves little room for the refresh­ing crisp­ness in oth­er apple ciders like that by Orchard Thieves or Somersby or Cider Lab. This cider may win awards, but it’s not entirely to our taste.

This bottle of Squashed Apple Cider by The Barossa Cider Co con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in Australia and gif­ted by fam­ily vis­it­ing South Australia, Australia in 2017.