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Monteiths make really quite good beer. And yet the ebst description I can come up with for their cider is inoffensive. It's not bad it's jsut bland. IT's like the supermarket white bread of ciders.

On the other hand, Toohey's 5 Seeds is suprisingly drinkable and flavoursome. It's not my ideal cider by any means - and it bills itslef as the crisp dry cider when really it's a fruity draught, but nonetheless, it's gove flavour. And yet Toohey's beer...not so much.

Also the pricing of the 5 Seeds is broken. By the individual bottle it's 10c more than Mercury. Bu the 6 pack it's the same price. By the slab it's $7 more. WTF? And in bottles about 30ml less than the Mercury too. Borked.

That said, I'm all for there being more cider on the market. It's really nice to have more choice than just *cough* Strongbow, or Mercury.

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Date: 2009-10-11 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] damien-wise.livejournal.com
I'm a huge fan of cider (almost never drink beer)...so I know your frustration with the lack of good cider in Australia.
Strongbow and Mercury are available most places but are dire.
Pipsqueak is inoffensive but kinda lacking, and the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.
Bulmers Irish Cider is apparently alright -- if you get the real thing. Here, it's owned and made by Foster's. *gurgle* Having said that, it's a big step above Strongbow (hardly saying much).
On a more positive note, there's a handful of places around Melbourne that have cider on tap and it's a completely different breed. :->

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Date: 2009-10-14 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lirion.livejournal.com
Mercury is a long step ahead of Strongbow, which is pear flavoured lolly water. I drank Mercury Dry for any number of years cos it was crisp enough to be a refreshing summer drink.

I'm quite a fan of Coldstream Cider if you can get it - aside from a trip to the brewery :) Dry, crips, potent.

Pipsqueak is my other go to.

Mercury Atisan is awful.
3 Oaks is too sweet
Newtons is dry but lacking in flavour.

Trying to think if I've left off any that I've come across.
As we can see, I will try at least once, every brand I find :)

There are a couple of English and Irish ones at Dan Murphy's which I should investigate again.

THe crepe place in Fitzroy which I always forget the name of...Breizon, that's it! Sell French Cider which is pretty good - and they will sell take away bottles too. For drinking in - and finding somewhere else if I can - the Harcour Perry is tasty, though the Harcourt ciders themselves are lacking.

I do love my cider.

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