The Drink Directory : Sainsburys : Low Alcohol English Cider

If you are a cider fan, I have something for you! 

This was another find that happened purely by chance as I was scanning the shelves for interesting things. If anyone saw me in there they would probably have wondered what my problem was, but little do they know I'm a blogger on a mission!

Much to my surprise, Sainsburys have produced their very own non-alcoholic cider. I must confess I was not expecting greatness from this product, but at £1.05 a bottle it was worth a shot.

As you can see, there's plenty of bubbles going on, and it definitely fits the 'medium dry' description. I'm not a huge fan of this type of drink, and it took most of the bottle for me to decide whether or not I liked it. I also couldn't figure out what the taste reminded me of until I asked the boyfriend to sample it; low and behold, it's Aspalls!

It has such a strong flavour and an after-taste that is almost woody. You can't drink this quickly. It's vastly too intense for that nonsense. The aroma is not like anything I recognised; it was just very potent!

If you're a recovering alcoholic, and cider was your drink of choice, I would advise you not to drink this until you are firmly settled into your sobriety. It's very, very similar to the stronger alcoholic ciders on the market and it could set off all sorts of triggers.

With that being said, I have to say how impressed I am with the similarity. This drink really did grow on me, and by the end of the bottle I really liked the flavour. It certainly is a light drink, but I couldn't really pick up on the fruity side of the product description. Everyone is different and my sense of taste has been dramatically altered due to my medications, so someone else is much more likely to find the fruit flavour in this bottle.

I don't know if I could drink more than a couple of bottles, but that makes for a very cheap night and where's the downside to that? Exactly! 

 I would certainly recommend you give this one a go and see how you get on with it; but just be mindful of it's similarity to 'the real thing' and whether you are able to cope with it. 

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