Review of Honesty Box Cidre with Pear, from New Zealand. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.
Cider: Cidre with Pear
Cidery: Honesty Box (which appears to be made by Boundary Road Brewery)
Cidery Location: Auckland New Zealand
How Supplied: 440ml can
Style: New Zealand commercial cider, pear-flavored apple, with added sugar
Availability: wide release
Cider Description: Honesty Box Cider with Pear is a refreshing pear cider with the flavours of Bartlett pear. Honesty Box Cider with Pear from New Zealand is light with a dry, crisp finish. It is crafted with only the most succulent pears. The sort you might find in a local honesty box only we paid for ours.
Cidery Description: At Honesty Box we do things differently. We only use the juice of single varietal apples to craft an authentic taste you can recognise. The result is a cider with true depth of character. Honesty Box has a range of ciders that vary from semi-sweet to dry, complex and full flavoured. Now there’s an apple cider variety to suit everybody’s taste.
Price: $3.39 CAN / can ($2.64 USD)
Where Bought: The Strath in Victoria B.C. Canada
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing, while we were on a cruise port stop
First Impression: Dark gold yellow hue. Moderate carbonation. Smells mild, of pear & apple juice.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet to sweet. Medium to full bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of apple juice, green apple, canned pear, pineapple, and honey. Quick finish. Moderate apple flavor, pear flavor, and flavor intensity. Low to moderate complexity. High sessionability, but moreso in that it is easy to drink, not that I’d want to drink multiple cans.
My Opinion: For what it was, I liked it, although it was obviously commercial (processed) tasting, and syrupy sweet. However, it did have a touch of complexity, which was unexpected and appreciated.
Closing Notes: It looks like they have redesigned their cans since they manufactured this.
Have you tried Honesty Box cider? What did you think?