I’ve noticed lately that you can’t beat a good, refreshing drink. Easy to say, and I suppose everyone will have had the experience at some point in their lives, but if you’re like me, branching out and trying something different just seems to make it all a little sweeter.
It’s with this statement that I would like to introduce Luscombe to the table. An organic soft drink range from Devon, England with history stretching back to 1975, Luscombe offer an extensive range of flavoured drinks, with an ethos that owner Gabriel David says is “It’s all about the taste”.
Going direct to source, Luscombe pride themselves on working with the fruit producers over purchasing through fruit companies, meaning that they receive what they believe is the very best at the right times of year. Examples include UK growers (usually their own Devon orchards) for the apples and elderflowers, lemons from Sicily, ginger from Peru, Williams pears from France and apricots from Spain. Oranges from Sicily or Mexico and limes from Sri Lanka.
With the use of fresh ingredients, it means that it lacks a full consistency due to the seasons and weather conditions, but a tiny amount of variation, for me, really hammers home their idea of creating a true form of flavoured soft drinks.
So with this, below I give to you my tasting notes on my experiences so far –
Luscombe Sparkling Apple Crush – 0%
Soft baked apple on the nose, with hints of naturally sweetened apple pulp. Slightly sharp on the palate, with the fresh apple juice coming through. Bold red apple skin flavour on the lingering finish.
Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly – 0%
Lightly scented rose petal on the nose, with a soft citrus following. Very soft on the palate, with hints of the rose coming through, blended with freshly cut lemons and clementines.
Luscombe Madagascan Vanilla Soda – 0%
Soft vanilla notes on the nose, with the flavour thinning off once onto the palate. Light, scented and lingering on the finish.
Luscombe Lime Crush – 0%
Ripe lime on the nose, with a sharp hit of zest. Softer than expected, but a back-of-the-throat catch of lime creates a long finish.
Luscombe Sicilian Lemonade – 0%
Very light on the nose, with only hints of the lemon coming through. Subtle once again, with the dry lemon profile offering a scented finish.
Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly – 0%
Fresh elderflower on the nose, with slight sharp hits of the flavour following. Sweet start, with a softer ending, seeing the elderflower linger with bursts of freshness.
Luscombe St. Clements – 0%
Bold, dry notes of the orange and lemon combining on the nose. Slight sharpness to be gin with on the palate, following to a smoother finish with hints of the rind and zest of each.
Luscombe Strawberry Crush – 0%
Fresh, soft strawberry aromas on the nose, with a smooth offering onto the palate. Short, but a bold finish.
Luscombe Raspberry Crush – 0%
Bold raspberry notes on the nose, with a tart follow-up on the palate. A lively, long finish of vibrant, fresh raspberry.
Luscombe Cranberry Crush – 0%
Subtle notes of stone cherry, with hints of ripe vanilla coming through. Very soft, a little dry, with the cherry flavour coming through slowly. Short on the finish.
Luscombe Cool Ginger Beer – 0%
Created with less ginger.
Soft, fresh ginger comes though on the nose. Very soft on the palate too, with more of the root ginger present, followed by dry earth notes leaving a lingering finish.
Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer – 0%
Fresh, sparkling ginger on the nose, with lighter notes than its Cool expression. Ripe ginger, with a bolder profile, seeing a lingering, dry, passionfruit etched finish.
Luscombe Hot Ginger Beer – 0%
Bold notes of stemmed ginger comes through on the nose. Light start, but the ginger profile hits, bringing a warmth to the long, slightly spiced finish.
Luscombe Orange – 0%
Ripe orange rind on the nose, with a sun-kissed flavour on the palate which see’s the orange come though smoothly to a long finish.
Luscombe Apple and Pear – 0%
Pear notes dominate the nose, with the red apple flesh underlining. A more balanced profile on the palate, with the apple notes offering a rich, fresh experience, and the pear creating a long finish.
Luscombe Apple Juice with Ginger – 0%
Subtle apple on the nose, with only a dash of ginger coming through. The ginger hits a little more on the palate, offering a slight kick as it follows the bold, fresh apple.
Luscombe Apple and Apricot – 0%
Very dry notes of the apricot come through on the nose, with the apple scents following slowly. Slightly stewed combination on the palate, seeing the apricot dominate as it heads to a lingering finish.
Luscombe Carrot and Orange – 0%
Very subtle orange and carrot aromas on the nose, followed onto the palate with a smooth offering. Thin, with a short finish.
Luscombe Devon Cider – 4.9%
Made with Devon apples including Tail Sweet, Sugar Bush, Devon Crimson, Slack-Ma-Girdle. Subtle notes of rich apple, followed by a sweet vanilla profile. A good hit of fresh vanilla once again, with the apple scents opening a bold, rich finish that lingers.
A great range of soft drinks, with the flavours of each really offering that fresher profile that many of us ask for in our beverage. Serve chilled, the expressions cater i think for all, and could be one’s to impress with when pulling out of your fridge.
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