I’m always on the hunt for a cider that I haven’t tried yet. The options for readily available ciders are far and few between in the Big Smoke that is Vancouver. Enter Savanna Dry Premium Cider. It hits a couple of criteria for my need to try;
1) It’s a cider.
2)I haven’t tried it.
That’s enough for me to drop $21.95 on a 6 pack.
From the website: “Savanna Dry is a clear 100% apple cider packaged in a see-through bottle. Our apples are yummy and all-natural, but they’re even better when crushed, fermented and packaged in a Savanna bottle.”
- Appearance: Dark Straw Colour.
- Aroma: Fruity nose. Smells Dry.
- Taste: Crisp, Sugary Sweet, and very bubbly.
- Mouthfeel: Nice, reminds me of Prosecco.
True to its slogan, “Dry, but you can drink it”. YES! It’s a drinkable cider! I can’t help but think when I drink it that it reminds me of an African Strongbow. Very quaffable, light and easy drinking Cider.
First taste is bubbly, dry, earthy, and very sweet. The more I drink this cider the more it tastes like a bubbly apple jolly rancher. The bubbles hit you strong like a Prosecco and there is a noticeable nice Cider flavour. There is a crisp granny smith apple flavour with a strong glucose finish. NOTE: There IS a definite glucose taste. I looked on the bottle for ingredients, but says nothing only; SULPHITES.
Upon further review I find the ingredients as follows: Apple Cider, Glucose Syrup, Apple Juice Concentrate, Flavourings, Carbon Dioxide, Color and Antioxidants.
Ah HA! that makes more sense….
Overall I’d like to give the folks at Savanna a pat on the back. They have an easy drinking, crisp, semi-dry cider. It’s not easy trying to win people over to the Cider market so I understand the business decision to make something that will appease the masses.
If you’re looking to quaff a few back while kicking it on the boat on a sunny day. Or you have a few guest coming over for a BBQ and you really want to throw them for a loop? Then I would definitely recommend that you pick up a 6-pack of these puppies and throw a lemon in the neck of the bottle as recommended on the website.
Would I buy it again? No, probably not. I prefer my cider to have 100% apple juice in it without additives like Sulphites. That being said, I had a cider from Africa…which is pretty cool!
Where to get it? Savanna Premium Dry Cider was purchased at Legacy Liquor Store. $21.95/6 pack.
Rating: 5 Drinking Gorillas out of 10
X-Factor – For a cider that I was luke warm about I had 3 of them back to back. I guess that’s a compliment to it’s drinkability!
Full Disclosure – I didn’t drink it in a bottle with a lemon as suggested on its website. I like to keep my fruit in salads or on the label of my underoos.