Review of Strongbow’s Limited Edition Minis. I’ve previously tried their British Dry (original version), Gold (U.S. version), and Red Berries, Ginger, and Honey Apple.
Cider: Limited Edition Minis
How Supplied: four pack of 5.1oz cans
Style: American commercial cider (with color and flavor)
Availability: wide release, in the U.S. (see here)
Gold Apple Description: Crisp, refreshing taste with a hint of golden apple and a smooth, elegant finish.
Orange Blossom Description: Spring-like fresh orange blossom aroma with a touch of sweetness and a juicy apple finish.
Cherry Blossom Description: A cherry blossom aroma with a subtle sweetness and a ripe apple finish.
Artisanal Blend Description: Crafted with semi-sweet, cold-pressed heirloom apples.
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I had read about these online, but only saw them at Total Wine, several months after other folks talked about it.
Artisanal Blend Notes: Hazy hue. Low carbonation. Semi-sweet to semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acid. Apple-forward but mildly flavored, with hints of honey and citrus. I didn’t get any sort of heirloom apple flavor or complexity out of this.
Cherry Blossom Notes: Light pink/red hue. On the sweeter side of semi-sweet. Slightly cherry cough syrupy, with a moderate flavor intensity, and little to no apple flavor.
Orange Blossom Notes: Light orange hue. Semi-sweet. Reminiscent of orange soda, with a moderate flavor intensity, and little to no apple flavor.
Gold Apple Notes: Light gold hue. Sweet. Medium bodied. Overly apple juice like, with a moderate to strong flavor intensity.
My Opinion: The Artisanal was my favorite by far, and something I actually wouldn’t mind drinking again, unlike everything else Strongbow makes. However, it wouldn’t be anywhere near my first choice.
Most Similar to: The overall style/flavor and sweetness of Strongbow Artisanal reminded me of Angry Orchard Easy Apple, but Easy Apple was significantly more complex.
Closing Notes: I’d recommend these for folks who typically drink sweet commercial cider, like Angry Orchard or Woodchuck.
Have you tried the U.S. version of Strongbow? What did you think?