In June 2017, Adam’s Cider Company/Na Cuana have launched a new cider called Cooney’s Cider. The Cooney’s Cider was named after the founder, Pat Cooney, who used to own Ireland’s #1 drinks distribution company before he sold it to C&C (Bulmer’s owner). In 1994, Pat identified a cider niche and decided to bring his own cider to the market. So Pat planted his own cider apple orchards in Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary and Meath, County Tara with apple varieties such as Dabinett, Michelin, Ashton Bitter, Gilly and Yarlington Mill.
The Cooney’s Cider is the second cider after the Devil’s Bit I’m trying from Adam’s Cider Company/Na Cuana.Company: Adam’s Cider Company, a subsidiary of Na Cuana
Place of Origin: Lagavooren, Platin Rd., Drogheda, County Meath, Ireland
Ingredients: fresh apple cider, sugar, malic acid, sodium metabisulphite
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear straw with a light green hue and a little white fizz that quickly dissipates. Low to medium artificial carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: I can barely get anything. Notes of sour yellow and green apples with a distant hint of vinegar and cinnamon.
Taste: it starts very sweet of sugar with a low acidity of lemon and a hint of vinegar. On the mid-palate a strong watery taste with faint hints of bittersweet apples, yellow apples, a touch of astringency and distant grapefruit. Finishes very quick with a touch of grapefruit-like bitterness leaving a light metallic aftertaste.
Overall: Cooney’s Cider is basically a sugary lemonade with a faint apple taste. It must be strongly diluted with water as the watery taste is very prevalent on the palate. You can tell that indeed cider apples were used for the production of Cooney’s but these cider flavours are unfortunately far in the background. Also, there is almost nothing on the nose, the finish is quick and leaves a metallic aftertaste. I’m sorry to say but Cooney’s Cider was barely drinkable to me. I’ve shared a bottle with a friend. And, although she has a sweet tooth, she didn’t enjoy having Cooney’s Cider as well. For the brave ones. 2/6
Availability: all over Ireland. In Germany from Ciderei.
Price: a sample was provided by Matt from Na Cuana.