It said “Heston” on the label so I knew it would be different but good; how wrong I was in this case. The Heston Spiced Mulled Cider is a Christmas special at Waitrose. I took a few bottles to entertain friends this evening, along with some nibbles. I first sampled the cider to make sure I had an opinion on it. I was disappointed; no I was disgusted. It tasted horrible. Hot it was pure chemical taste, cold it was sharp in apple but then left a lingering chemical taste too. But now too late, friends round. We tried it at different temperatures, boiled on the stove, microwaved, chilled in the freezer. The feedback was:
Hot – “Its like drinking a swimming pool”
So not just me, this is one to be avoided. It doesn’t work with anyone I know at any level. Somehow the mix of ginger and clove, pre processed for the bottle leaves a terrible chemical taste. If made fresh on the hob you just don’t get that effect.
I hate writing a bad review; but in this case I cannot avoid it. Heston food at Waitrose is amazingly good. Up until now, if it had the Heston name on it then I knew it would be good.
The label says – “good heated or good over Ice”. Many such drinks say that, but I think it should have warned me. It like saying a supercar has “great performance, and great economy”. Either one statement is wrong or it is just a compromise to both.
|Contains:||apples, cloves, cinnamon, ginger|
|Closure:||Bottle Top, 500ml|