Monday, January 11, 2016

Rocquette XC Exceptional Cider - Guernsey - 28-7-15

The Low down:
OK, OK, I know this is kind of cheating, but I couldn't find a beer brewed in Guernsey for the life of me, and as I got on the ferry to France, this was behind the bar. So in the interest of completeness I decided to give it a whirl.

Its actually quite drinkable, in an 10:30 AM on a boat bouncing around in the ocean kind of way, It tastes of caramel, apples and just a hint of something I can only think of as the flavour of Champagne.

And boy is it carbonated like Champagne, I'm pretty sure opening a bottle of this is considered an act of eco-terrorism with the amount of CO2 it releases into the atmosphere.

XC apparently stands for Exceptional Cider, but exceptional is spelled with an E. Pretty sure Guernsey is part of the U.K. which invented English, try and get it right.

Packaging: 7/10
looks good, bonus points for the Best before on the lid.
Refreshment: 7/10
Cider is by definition refreshing, unless you get that scrumpy stuff. This one is just above par.
Flavour 7/10
the brutal carbonation detracts somewhat from the enjoyment, but it still tastes pretty good.
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.5% which is a little more than your Swedish sugar waters, and a little less than your craft ciders.
Price: 5/10
$10.00 On a boat in the middle of the English Channel seems reasonable.
Total: 31/50

Not Pictured, girlfriend asleep on chair next to me because it was still pretty much the morning. The boat flopped about in the pretty big winds but we made it to France safe, where we found a good patisserie with amazing chaussons aux pommes, because it's probably worth comparing apples to apples.