(tasted on Oct. 6, 2023) Thatcher's Haze (4.5%, 500ml). Thatcher's, along with Somersby, Bulmers and Strongbow, is practically synonymous with budget supermarket cider that's being produced in huge quantities. Thatcher's Gold I think is their standard outing IIRC, and I vaguely recall it was being an option at JD Wetherspoons pubs at one point or another. The addition of the juice of Jonagold apples is responsible for this cider's cloudy appearance - if I interpret the back label correctly.
Anyway, this cider is made from Discovery, Falstaff, Gala, and Jonagold apples, so dessert rather than cider apples.
The appearance is indeed quite hazy, with a pale greenish yellow colour. In contrast to the ciders of the past few days, the aroma is rather meek, with a touch of acidic Granny Smith apples, with a more mellow fruity note in the background. The carbonation is medium, nowhere near as strong as I remember it from Strongbow e.g. It certainly has a strong fruitiness at the start, sweetish but not cloyingly so - at first. Tannins are very mild indeed, and it's low on vinegar. As I keep drinking, the sugary notes keep adding up, and while the finish is a little drier, it's world's removed from the previous two ciders I tried. Aftertaste of very mild apple skins, faint red apples, and equally faint lemon.
This is an easy to drink, easy to forget mainstream cider that I think might seem too sugary (Nothing on the label indicates they added sugar though) for some, it certainly lacks the edge of the other ciders. Still better than Strongbow though, but a tad one-dimensional. Won't order this one again. 5/10.
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2023