A Cider Conversion

Today I stopped off at McHugh's off license in Kilbarack today on the way back from walking the dog on the beach. The dog loved the sand and playing with other dogs aspect of the beach but he wasn't keen on the water side of things.

We got a bottle of Duche de Longueville Cidre de Recoltant single varietal cider. I usually don't like cider and have never had one that I thought was great until today. I have obviously been drinking the wrong ciders. This stuff was absolutely lovely.

It's from Normandy. I've been in France many times and know that they keep a lot of the nicest wine for themselves. So this probably isn't even the best cider you can get. I can see a trip cycling around Normandy touring the cider producers in my future.

So does anyone have any recommendations for other great ciders? And if anyone says Bulmers/Magners I will be very angry and you wouldn't like to see me angry.

4 Responses to "A Cider Conversion" (Leave A Comment)

The Beer Nut says
February 16, 2009 at 1:10 AM

I'm not an expert at all, but I've always like the Bayeaux stuff. And of course our own Double L if you can get hold of it.

Thomas says
February 16, 2009 at 7:55 AM

I didn't like the Bayeaux stuff. It tasted very strongly of sulphur to me. I don't know a whole lot about cider but sulphites are often added, and were listed on this bottle.

Bionic Laura says
February 16, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I've never had the Bayeaux cider. I must look out for it. I'm not crazy about the Double L cider unfortunately.

This cider was bottle conditioned so it wasn't very fizzy which I liked. Lots of ciders are over carbonated.

Yep sulphites are used in most ciders.

Anonymous says
February 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Not a cider expert at all and don't really drink it, but I do like the Copperberg Pear Cider, surprisingly refreshing...but you can only drink a couple at a time as they are so sweet.