This berry cider just screams Christmas

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  • Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

For a twist on the cider on ice drink, you can also try the Somerita, which is a fun drinking ritual that involves a Somersby bottle turned upside-down inside a glass of crushed ice. — JAROD LIM/The Star

Get ready to have a berry merry Christmas, thanks to Somersby Blackberry Cider.

If the Somersby Blackberry sounds familiar, that’s because it isn’t exactly new. The variant was launched in 2015 as a limited edition variant only available in November and December 2015 at two major supermarket chains, Aeon and Cold Storage nationwide.

Fans of the berry-licious cider can rejoice though, for the Somersby Blackberry was recently relaunched into the market, and is now a permanent addition into the Somersby family, which includes the original Somersby Apple Cider, and the Somersby Pear Cider.

The Somersby Blackberry Cider is now a permanent addition to the Somersby family. Photo: Somersby
The Somersby Blackberry Cider is now a permanent addition to the Somersby family. Photo: Somersby

Before we get into the flavour of the Somersby Blackberry, let’s just recap what a cider is. It’s a common misconception that cider is a type of beer. However, being fermented from fruits rather than malted grains like beer, cider is actually closer to wine than beer.

While the Somersby Apple Cider is made from fermented apple juice, and the Somersby Pear Cider is made from fermented pear juice, Somersby Black-berry is not fermented purely from blackberry. It is actually an apple-based cider flavoured with blackberry juice to give it distinct berry notes while still retaining that signature Somersby cider taste profile.

When I first heard of the Somersby Blackberry, I thought it would taste like a certain popular blackcurrant cordial drink.

But to my surprise, it was nothing like that.

The blackberry notes here are not the full-forced syrupy-sweet blackberry flavour, but more of a mild, slightly tart blackberry-ness that goes perfectly well with the fresh and sweet fruity notes you’d expect from a cider.

Like its apple and pear brothers, Somersby Blackberry is best enjoyed over ice.

In fact, the colder it is, the better, as the colder temperature really brings out the tartness of the fruit flavours.

There is also a certain satisfaction to having a nice cold cider over ice, especially in the hot Malaysian weather, and the Somersby Blackberry’s added blackberry flavours add a different dimension to the cider.

For another twist to the regular “cider on ice”, you can try the Somerita, which is a fun drinking ritual that involves a bottle of Somersby cider turned upside down in a glass of crushed ice.

Just to add a personal twist to the drink, I decided to try it out with a slice of lemon, which I squeezed, then put it into the glass along with the cider. Surprisingly, adding that little twist of lemon into the drink really made a difference – the sourness of the lemon was a nice balance to the sweet cider notes, and added some tangy citrus flavours to the drink that made it an even more refreshing tipple for a hot afternoon.

Somersby Blackberry is currently available in 330ml bottles in stores nationwide.

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