What's Your Favourite Not-Too-Sweet Cider?

I've been really ejoying Kirin but I'm looking to branch out into something that's not sickly sweet like Somersby, Strongbow, 5 Seeds et al.

Any suggestions?


  • +1 vote

    Batlow Cloudy cider.

    James Squire Orchard Crush - more tart than sweet.

    The Hills Cider Company Apple Cider is a refreshing, delicious drier cider too.

    • +1 for The Hills Cider. I'm generally not a cider drinker but on the rare occasion I do feel like a cider, this is the one I'll go for.

  • Savannah Dry

  • I don't drink alcohol anymore, but when I did I used to like Mercury Cider best of all the Australian ciders - the dry one with the green label.
    Addlestones was my favourite British cider - not sure how easy that is to get here.

  • Three Oaks Cider Co.

    Only the red bottles, the red cans taste different.

  • Pure Blonde Cider. Most others I've tried are much too sweet

  • Coldstream.

    The bottles are way better.

    • My wife loves Coldstream, wont drink anything else. I use her leftovers to make a really nice apple cider vinegar.

  • https://www.danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_795216/thatchers-go...

    This is the stuff you need to try, not sweeet at all.

  • I cannot buy cider there's no free pillow included!

  • Saxton Cider from NZ. Last I bought a case of 24 for $52 at Dan's.

    They market themselves as No added sugar, preservatives, sulphites etc etc and I confirmed this with a rep from their Facebook Page.

    • No added sugar… Interesting - any idea how many grams of sugar per bottle? For a company that proudly states no added sugar it's quite difficult to find the actual volume per 100ml or 330ml etc.

      • My Q: Just to clarify, you do mention the no sugar and no additivies. Is there any artificial sweetners added to the cider instead of sugar?

        Their A: No artificial sweetners. We just add back a little of the apple or pear juice after the ferment. Cheers emma

        From their Facebook page: TL;DR, In Apple 10.9g sugar and Pear 4.6g sugar for the bottle.

        Nutritional Information

        Servings per package 1 Serving Size 330 ml

        Saxton Apple

        Average Quantity Per Serve Average Quantity Per 100ml

        Energy 627kj 190kj
        Protein <0.3g <0.1g
        Fat 0.6g 0.2g
        Carbohydrate 15.5g 4.7g
        -Sugars 10.9g 3.3g
        Sodium 11.6mg 3.5mg
        Gluten <3ppm <3ppm

        Saxton Pear

        Average Quantity Per Serve Average Quantity Per 100ml
        Energy 646kj 196kj
        Protein <0.3g <0.1g
        Fat <0.3g <0.1g
        Carbohydrate 16.2g 4.9g
        -Sugars 4.6g 1.4g
        Sodium 14.2mg 4.3mg
        Gluten <3ppm <3ppm

  • I like Dr Pilkington's Miracle Cider.

  • My fav is Custard&Co but might be too sweet for you. I also love Frank's! Their cherry cider might be a bit sweet but the others are great. The ones I don't like (because I like sweet) and therefore you might would be Napoleone, Hills, Bulmers…
    Here's a good explanation! https://www.danmurphys.com.au/liquor-library/beer/styles/cid...

  • Mercury Hard or get out of the country you soft bellied ponse