Advent calendar – summary

Day 25 – Summary

That’s not another cider, there were just the 24.  I’m also writing this one on Christmas eve, but I thought if I did it now, I can take tomorrow off without breaking the chain.

List in order

Here are all the Lilley’s Cider advent calendar ciders in order:

  1. Raspberry Mojito (4% lightly sparkling) – 3/5
  2. Fire Dancer (4.5% lightly sparkled, cloudy) – 4/5
  3. Pineapple (4% lightly sparkling) – 3/5
  4. Colider (4% lightly sparkled, cola cider) – 4/5
  5. Mulled (4% still) – 2/5
  6. Bee Sting (5.8% slightly sparkled, perry) – 4/5
  7. WooWoo (4% lightly sparkling) – 2/5
  8. Select (4.8% lightly sparkled, medium dry) – 5/5
  9. Mango (4% lightly sparkling) – 3/5
  10. Cheeky Pig (7.5% still, cider and perry blend) – 5/5
  11. Elderflower (4% lightly sparkled) – 5/5
  12. Peach (4% lightly sparkled) – 2/5
  13. Gladiator (8.4% still, medium) – 5/5
  14. Santa (6% still, cloudy, medium sweet) – 3/5
  15. Lemon & Lime (4% lightly sparkling) – 5/5
  16. Rhubarb (4% lightly sparkled) – 3/5
  17. Strawberry (4% lightly sparkled) – 3/5
  18. Gingerbread (4% lightly sparkling) – 5/5
  19. Apples & Pears (5.2% lightly sparkled) – 3/5
  20. Crazy Goat (6.8% still, cloudy) – 5/5
  21. Cherries & Berries (4% lightly sparkled) – 2/5
  22. Piña Colada (4% lightly sparkling) – 3/5
  23. Star Gazer (4.5% lightly sparkled, dry) – 5/5
  24. Tropical (4% lightly sparkled) – 2/5


I already knew that I favoured dry ciders, and that’s definitely been reflected in the scores that I gave.  I also knew that I liked Crazy Goat, as I’d had that one before.  So the stand outs for me where the Cheeky Pig, the Elderflower and the Gingerbread.  The Gladiator and Star Gazer will also be on my purchase list in future!


Looking at the website, there were some noticeable absences, which I would have loved to try:

  • Darkcider – “it has woody and caramel notes and has been carefully crafted to appeal more to ale drinkers” (7.5%)
  • Red Rabbit – “a rich and fruity rustic cider bursting with apple flavour. Cloudy and Medium Dry” (6%)
  • Wild Dog – “a traditional vintage cider left alone to ferment and mature creating a more wild and rustic cider” (7.5%)
  • Rum – “this unfiltered cider is smooth and mellow with a hint of rum” (4%)

This has definitely been a good way to try lots of their different flavours, and get in the mood for Christmas!

Advent calendar – day 24

Day 24 – Tropical Morning The last day of my Lilley’s Cider advent calendar has revealed a Tropical cider,  lightly sparkled and 4%.  The picture on the bottle looks like pineapple, pink grapefruit, passion fruit and mango, but the back lists lime instead of passion fruit.  There’s quite a bit of sediment, so this one…

Advent calendar – day 23

Day 23 – Star Gazer Morning My Lilley’s Cider advent calendar bottle today describes itself as dry and crisp, which sounds very promising. It’s another lightly sparkled one, this time it’s 4.5%.  Not much more on the website, nothing that explains the name, but it says that it’s a “slowly matured dry cider” and the…

Advent calendar – day 22

Day 22 – Piña Colada Morning Another cocktail flavoured cider my Lilley’s Cider advent calendar today.  This one is a Piña Colada, so I’m expecting tastes of coconut cream and pineapple.  As I lover of rum, I quite like a Piña colada, so I’m definitely interested to see how this will play out when mixed…

Advent calendar – day 21

Day 21 – Cherries & Berries Morning This morning I have pulled out a Cherries & Berries cider from my Lilley’s Cider advent calendar.  Based on the label alone, this will include the taste of cherries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.  My son loves cherries and berries squash, so perhaps this will be better than it…

Advent calendar – day 20

Day 20 – Crazy Goat Morning An excellent cider in my Lilley’s Cider advent calendar this morning.  This was the first Lilley’s cider that I ever tasted, the one that led me to visit their website and find this advent calendar in the first place.  It’s 6.8%, cloud and still.  It’s a blended cider and…