Originally Posted by Vengeance47
Actually in Australia atm cider is getting huge.
The cider section is almost rivaling the beer section in a lot of stores I go to........and that is saying a LOT given how much we love our beer
Especially seeing as I live in the Northern Territory atm and apparently we drink the most alcohol of any region in the world per capita.............most of which is beer and cask wine. So seeing more cider up here is saying a lot about how cider is becoming popular down under
Personally I love Rekorderlig cider but don't mind strongbow from time to time. However I find the Rekorderlig to be far more refreshing since it comes in a larger variety of flavours and to me it tastes more "natural" than Strongbow. I guess what I mean is that the berries and citrus fruits used in Rekorderlig cider taste a bit fresher and more like there is real fruit used rather than Strongbow which tastes a bit more like a concentrate. However either one is fine for me when I want a break from beer.
Although the real king for me is a decent bottle of scotch. When I was coming back from Sweden last year I brought some 30 year glenfiddich home with me. Unfortunately I haven't had any worthy time or experience to drink it yet. Although my mates from Stockholm and coming for a visit next week so perhaps I might finally get to taste that amazing drop
Originally Posted by Taikero
I like a good apple cider but a good one is hard to come by. Most of them taste rather not like apples. I'd say my favorite is Hornsby's Crisp Apple Cider. Goes down easy and tastes great (better than Strongbow, Ace, and a few others I've tried).
The Swedish fruit ciders are great - Kopparberg, Rekorderlig, etc... are very sweet, but nice. Strongbow is pretty terrible, if I'm honest. It's drinkable, cheap and you can find it anywhere, but I'd much rather have a Bullmers or Brothers, if I'm given the choice.
I dunno if you can get Bullmers in the states, but that's my standard drink - nice, but not expensive. It's made by the same company that makes Strongbow, (along with a surprising amount of other drinks), so it seems likely it'll be there somewhere. Not to be confused with Bullmers in Ireland, which is called Magners in England (Which is all right, but not as good as Bullmers. confused yet?). Westons also make a huge range of ciders, those are always worth a look.
As to spirits, I'm a Congac man normally, I have a couple of bottles of Courvoisier around, which is what I prefer (Martell is decent, Hennessey I can't stand).
I also drink a lot of Crabbies (alcoholic Ginger Beer, very nice).
Edit: Bah, since other people are doing photos, I'll take the easy route. Here is my drinks cabinet as it stands:
Sorry for the dark photo - bit understocked at the moment, but that comes from being a student. I do also have two crates of Timmerman's fruit beers, which are extremely nice. And before someone mentions it, yes, that is Asda's own-brand gin - I'm not a gin drinker, only have it for the odd mixed drink XD.
From left to right, top shelf: Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime, Kopparberg Cranberry and Cinnamon, Bullmers Original, Bullmers Crisp Blend, Kopparberg Pear, Kingstone Press, Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer with Orange, St. Helier's Blueberry, Wychwood Brewery's Hobgoblin Beer
Middle: Some wine (I'm not a wine drinker, mainly for guests), Chivas Regal 12 year blended scotch, Courvoisier (yes, two bottles), Crabbie's Ginger Mae (Ginger wine and whiskey blended), Cointreau, Blue Curacao, Smirnoff Black Vodka, Grenadine
Bottom: Banana Liqueur, Ouzo, Eristoff Black (vodka based drink), Mickey Finns (Sour flavoured vodka based drink), London Dry Gin, Cherry Brandy, Amaretto, Borovincha (Blueberry Liqueur I bought in Slovenia, has real blueberries floating in it), some Skittles Vodka behind (Vodka with skittles dissolved in then filtered - as nice as it sounds, great for shots) and some small bottles of various spirits from Austria.Edited by lattyware - 6/20/12 at 2:02pm