Doyles Irish cider has six varieties on the market, we managed to pick up three of these recently, so after a few days chilling to ice Cold we cracked them open over a couple of afternoons
According to their Facebook page Doyles Irish Cider is simply made from the freshest of Irish apples, hand picked for quality, & blended to enhance their natural unique flavours
Their website is still being developed so there isn't much other info available about this Armagh based craft cider, luckily we're drinkers and not local historians
Doyles Irish cider honey 4%
Pull the pint - Light pale yellowish colour.. Good fizz, no head... Less carbonation than most commercial ciders
Refreshing cider if not a bit tasteless. I could find no hint of honey, on initial taste or aftertaste! Oh wait hang on in there... It just hit me... Seven sips later.. Though admittedly I was eating some cheese and herb crisps while drinking, not to offend the purists, but all for the authentic bar experience! The flavouring Is subtle but it's there.
Doyles summer fruit
Pull the pint - Light pink colour
Cider and fruit juices have kissed, so says the bottle..
Once again it's 4%.. Personal preference I'll take this one over the honey.. It doesn't state the fruit on the bottle but my uneducated palate would guess strawberry and peaches!! It's not overly aromatic!
It's another easily inoffensive drink that goes down easy.. As said before I'm not a fan of cider with ice but ice cold on a summers day this would hit the spot
Autum berry 4%
Pull the pint - Light spritz warm pinkish colour
Another drinkable cider, thirst quenching, but then water does that. For me the berries are too soft, to subtle! It's not my cup of tea! A long pint in draught, if such a thing exists would be something to try.. And after a few you would be happy to drink on
But that's the alcohol content and not the Moreish taste..
I'm a fan of smaller brews and as such will happily give the other three varieties a go when they are available locally!
Maybe I am set in my old grumpy ways and like what I like, but this isn't for me. That said, try it out of only to support the smaller brewery and keep them innovating