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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Aspall Peronelle's Blush

     
Aspall Perronelle's Blush 
Posted: 22 November 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Aspall Peronelle's Blush from UK Aspall Perronelle's Blush cider is inspired by balding 48 year old Barry Chevallier Guild's grandmother Perronelle (1902-2004), "who loved foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows around the orchards at Aspall."  Perronelle's Blush is a tasty cider and hits all the right points.  It's reasonably priced.  It's not drowned in sugar or fruit juices from concentrate.  And it's refreshing.         
Avg price/liter: USD 8.49   ABV %: 4.0 Type: Cider   
       


Aspall Perronelle's Blush cider is inspired by balding 48 year old Barry Chevallier Guild's grandmother Perronelle (1902-2004), "who loved foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows around the orchards at Aspall."  That's how Aspall markets this one.            

Perronelle ran the cider operations from 1940 until the late 1960's, and I suppose if you have to think of a person to name a new cider after, you could choose a grandmother who actually ran the business before you. 

Perronelle's Blush was added to the company's lineup in 2007 as an alternative to rosé wine.  The original version had 5.4% ABV and was made with crème de mure, a blackberry liqueur.  But increasing alcohol taxes in the UK made the alcohol more expensive than Aspall liked, so in 2013 they substituted blackberry juice for the liqueur, knocking the drink down to 4%.  The 5.4% version is still meant to be exported, but if that were true, why was the Perronelle's Blush that was exported to Thailand only 4%? 

Would Grandma Perronelle prefer the blackberry liqueur or blackberry juice version? Grandma Perronelle is described as "resolute" and "determined."  I reckon she would have been pissed off with the alcohol reduction.       

Perronelle's Blush is a tasty cider and hits all the right points.  It's reasonably priced.  Spell it cyder or cider, you can afford it; and let's get real.  Cider was never a premium drink selling for $1,000/bottle.  It's not drowned in sugar or fruit juices from concentrate.  And it's refreshing.    At 4%, Aspall could pass Perronelle's Blush off as a session cider.      

If Grandma Perronelle really liked blackberries and was as athletic as her grandson remembers, she wouldn't be blushing over a bottle of Perronelle's Blush.                  

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