Scott loves fried chicken so I thought it would be a good place for a quick birthday dinner but apparently when you turn 40 you suddenly lose your appetite. Everything was delicious but he barely ate anything. Strange.
We got tteokbokki (one of the things we fell in love with on our trip to Korea), chips, and boneless chicken (1/2 sweet chili, and 1/2 spicy).
This was way too much food for us, haha. And far too spicy. The tteokbokki was awesome and bouncy and saucy but also quite spicy, especially when your mouth was already hot from the chicken. The chips were good and the cold banchan was somewhat relieving from the spice.
I want to go back again soon and order better. I would still get tteokbokki but for the chicken I would get soy garlic sauce instead of spicy, and ask for the sauce on the side instead of slathered.
Yeah Christmas was over two months ago…. but better late than never?
Scott did a truly excellent job of making a DIY cider advent calendar for me this year. He went all over the city tracking down dry ciders that I mostly haven’t even heard of before. I was so excited to open the paper bag each morning!
Anyway for my own records I’m going to rate all of them. Note, I prefer quite dry ciders in general.
Caple Rd Cider – 9/10 – bit funky, quite dry, the can described it as “oaky, smoky with subtle notes of leather”
Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider – 7/10 – forgot to make any notes
Young Henrys Cloudy Cider – 8/10 – quite pleasant
Golden Axe Apple Cider – 8/10 – surprisingly nice? I thought it was going to be too sweet but it wasn’t
Colonial Bertie Brewing Co Cold Pressed Apple Cider – 8/10 – good
Coldstream Apple Cider – 7/10 – fine. They’re from the Yarra Valley
Blue Elephant Co Cider No 2 – 9/10 – really dry, really nice, one of my favourites now
Arquiteka Apple Cider – 8/10 – so hipster, quite dry, nice, not super strong flavour
Empire Apple Cider – 8/10 – nice, quite dry
Lost Pippin Raw Tasmanian Scrumpy 2016 – 2/10 – flat, bad taste
Barossa Cider Co Apple Cider Squashed – 8/10 – legit tastes like apple juice
Sidra Del Verano Spanish Apple Cider – 5/10 – too sweet, kinda yuck
Sassy Cidre – 7/10 – surprising! Like a traditional French cider not a hipster cider at all like the design would sugest. Funky
Fournier Poire Cidre – 7/10 – sweetish, tastes exactly like juice
Pure Blonde Crisp Apple Cider – 5/10 – reduced sugar, reduced flavour
Daylesford Cider Farmhouse Dry – 6/10 – meh. Don’t really care for still ciders
Treehouse Cider – 9/10 – one of my very favourites that’s not too hard to find
2 Brothers Little Apple Cider – 6/10 – just didn’t like the taste
The Hills Cider Apple – 8/10 – a good standard cider
Pagan Cider – 8/10 – nice
Harcourt Apple Cider – 9/10 – very tasty
Huon Farmhouse Cider – 6/10 – tasted fine, a little funky, but not really a fan of still ciders
Cidre de Fouesnant Pur Jus Manoir de Kinkiz – ?/10 – this one had a cork! It was the one on Christmas Day and I forgot to write anything down
Aspall Suffolk Draught Cider – 8/10 – nice
Fog City Cloudy Cider – 8/10 – good!
Overall very good!! A lot of 8’s and 9’s there. Lots of new ones that I will look for when I’m shopping for cider. No still ciders though please, they just taste so flat and bad. Bubbles for lyfe.
Will I ever give a cider 10/10?? I’m not sure what that would take.
PS I made Scott a comic book advent calendar which I think he also enjoyed quite a bit.
I really enjoyed last years cider advent calendar, but I didn’t want to order it again if the ciders were going to be the same. So instead Scott made me one himself! What a good egg. He put together a great mix, many of which I had never tried before.
Here are my thoughts, again mostly for my own reference.
Mercury Draught Cider – 8/10 – better than I expected, pretty normal tasting, not too sweet
Pipsqueak Apple Cider – 9/10 – dry, tart, natural taste, great
Rekorderlig Apple Cider – 1/10 – smells like nail polish remover and doesn’t taste any better, couldn’t finish
Saxton Apple Cider – 8/10 – a bit funky like French cider
Montague Cider House – can’t remember
Monteith’s Crushed Apple Cider – 7/10 – a bit sweet
5 Seeds Crisp Apple Cider – 8/10 – fine
The Cider Lab Pink Lady Apple – 6.5/10 – ok. a little sweet, a little artificial tasting
Orchard Thieves Apple Cider – can’t remember
Spring Cider Co Apple & Pomegranate – 5/10 – this is cider watered down 50% with soda water, tastes fine but gets a half score for only being half cider
Strongbow Dry – 8/10 – fine
Pressman’s Original All Australian Apple Cider – 8/10 – very apple juice-y, nice
Little Green Apple Cider – 3/10 – nooooo, fake apple flavour, sweet, like Sommersby (my least favourite cider ever)
Bonamy’s Apple Cider – 6/10 – don’t like it that much, don’t know why exactly
Willie Smith Bone Dry Apple Cider – 7/10 – dry but not sure about fermented flavour
Twisted Sister Apple Cider – can’t remember
Batlow Cloudy Cider – 8/10 – good
James Squire Orchard Crush Apple – 8/10 – tart, has chunks, I still like it
Cheeky Rascal Passionfruit Cider – 6/10 – fine I guess, a little passionfruit flavour, sweet
Sunshack Feijoa Elderflower Cider – 6/10 – i just don’t think i really like feijoa or elderflower
Dr. Pilkington’s Miracle Cider – 9/10 – light taste, refreshing AF
Renberg Apple – 7/10 – Aldi version of Rekordelig, tastes ok
Cheeky Rascal Apple Lime Mint Chilli – 6/10 – not as spicy as i hoped
This year I got myself a cider advent calendar, because… Treat Yo Self. I figured it would be a great way for me to try out a bunch of Aussie ciders and hopefully find some new favourites! It was mostly great, there was only one that I couldn’t finish (why would someone make a cider with hops in it?? blech). And it really was a fun way to count down until Christmas.
Here are my thoughts, mostly for my records. Note: I prefer very very dry ciders.
1. The Hills Cider Company Apple & Ginger – quite gingery, not too sweet 7/10
2. Bilpin Blush Pink Lady Cider – really tasted like pink lady, a little sweet 6/10
3. The Apple Thief William Pear Cider – fine 6/10
4. Pipsqueak Apple Cider – not too sweet, yum 8/10
5. Woolshed Utopia Hard Lemonade – not too sweet, but not a cider! 6/10
6. Napoleone Apple Cider – standard, not too sweet 8/10
7. James Squire Orchard Crush Pear Cider – tasty 7/10