Aspall’s Draught is one of the most commonly available cider or cyder in Germany and probably other European countries as well. Besides the UK, perhaps. Anyway, Aspall’s Draught Cyder is certainly most spread in Berlin. Aspall Draught Cyder received Gold from the British Bottlers’ Institute 2011 and Silver at the International Cider Challenge 2014.Company: Aspall
Place of Origin: Debenham, Suffolk, UK
Apples: made from bittersweet, culinary and dessert apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, flute or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow straw. Lightly carbonated. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose has notes of tart and crisp green apples and unripe apples with pear and matches-like sulphur. The scent is rather weak.
Taste: it starts dry and very watery with low acidity and an overwhelming and lingering matches-like sulphur flavour. On the mid-palate overripe apples and a gentle smoky flavour with a touch of bitterness. No astringency.
Overall: I didn’t enjoy having it. It tasted watery with the persistent matches-like sulphur flavour making it drinkable only in gulps, but not in sips. I don’t think that anyone can experience pleasure from drinking this cyder. Hence, I can’t help but wonder why is this cyder so common in Berlin when it tastes worse than average. To all Berlin bars stocking cider, if you want my money give me better cider than this. 1.5/6
Availability: from their online shop, In Germany from Cider and More. On draught at HOME Bar, Beakers, in bottles at BadFish Bar Berlin in Berlin. In terms of shops locally in Berlin from Hopfen und Malz, Galeria Kaufhof or Bierlinie.
Price: paid 3.5 EUR for a half-pint at Beakers in Berlin.