Gwynt y Ddraig Cider, RCT, UK

picture of Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Black Dragon Welsh Cider submitted by ThomasM
picture of Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Black Dragon Welsh Cider submitted by ThomasM

Black Dragon Welsh Cider

ABV: 6.5%
500 ml serving:

English style cider. Dry, plus smooth tasting.

Taste Properties


reviewer david
david (4878) said:
Lovely amber color, with more funk in the aroma than in the taste. This advertises itself as a “Traditional Farmhouse” cider, so you expect a bit of funkiness. This delivers nicely, with a balance of a bit of funk, good body, not too sweet, and a clean finish. At 6.5%, this is a moderately strong cider, but this does not taste at all “boozy”, and is quite a pleasant drink.
Reviewed on 11 Jul 2018

reviewer Riamonckton
Riamonckton (71) said:
Light, smooth apple taste. Still and tastes so light and flavoursome. Have had this from box and bottle. Often very high in ABV, but doesn’t taste strong. By far my favourite cider press I have ever tasted
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018
reviewer RorySkywalker
RorySkywalker (616) said:
If you like Irn Bru, you’ll like this. It has a syrup taste which is ok but I’m not going to sit here raving about this one. It’s medium dry as it says on the label and at 6.5% packs a fairly solid punch. It has a good solid body to it with a hint of clementine, but the farmhouse side of it tastes very manufactured and mass produced. It’s short on the palate and decent enough for a session cider, but I won’t be elbowing anyone out of the way to reach for this one again. 3/5. I feel I may be harsh but it’s more of a disappointment than anything. Welsh ciders are hit and miss in my experience.
Reviewed on 08 Jun 2022
reviewer Sharikkamur
Sharikkamur (362) said:
A deep amber colour with a very good aroma, but unfortunately the taste doesn’t live up to these, being a bit nondescript. It’s not objectionable, but not something I’d deliberately choose.
Reviewed on 18 Dec 2021
reviewer Holton
Holton (163) said:
an amazing cider light and refreshing yet strong with a sweet apple after taste. warning it does not taste as strong as it is !
Reviewed on 16 May 2021
reviewer IanWhitlock
IanWhitlock (1631) said:
super smooth and lightly carbonated, dark colour with wonderful strong apple taste
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2019
reviewer Al-pulpt
Al-pulpt (12) said:
Deepish amber colour, soft sparkle, good mix of sweetness and dryness, easy to drink with a good fruity apple taste, not a particularly long aftertaste
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2018
reviewer danlo
danlo (1224) said:
500ml bottle. Golden amber colour, foam white head that diminishes and aroma of apple skin, woody oak. Sweetish fruity apple flavour well balanced with a dry tartish edge and oaky notes. Slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, clean dry finish. Very drinkable cider.
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017
reviewer RichardH22
RichardH22 (1740) said:
Black dragon has a rich deep amber colour with a very light haze, and it's lightly carbonated with a funk on the nose. It's medium dry and has a depth of mature, earthy apple skins and a farmyard funky character. It's full-bodied with a smooth taste and has a certain aged whisky flavour about it. For me, this is an autumn evening cider at home accompanied by a hearty meal.
Reviewed on 13 May 2024
reviewer ThomasM
ThomasM (926) said:
Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon Farmhouse Cider (6.5% ABV, 500ml). Crafted exclusively from cider apples in older orchards. Matured in oak barrels. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Deep, clear golden amber colour. Aroma of ripe apples with hints of vanilla and honey. Not overly sweet on the palate at first: slightly tart apples for a little while with some floral notes, a touch of oranges, then mild oak bitterness, drying out the palate towards the finish, which is moderately bitter. Mild tannins, apple skins and a wee bit of honey in the aftertaste. For an oak-aged cider it's relatively light and fresh-faced; I do miss notes of vanilla and caramel, and an added depth. Good, not great. 7/10.
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2023
reviewer GaryG
GaryG (997) said:
Clear amber colour. Little aroma on the nose, slight oak notes. Starts off fairly dry with oak notes and a little tannin. This is then overwhelmed by a sweet finish which tastes a little artificial like a Thatcher's gold or a Westons Stowford press, but it is better than both.. I prefer the still version that I've had in various pubs. Although this is the most common/popular Gwynty Ddraig cider is is not their best.
Reviewed on 13 May 2023
reviewer juliepowell30
juliepowell30 (135) said:
Semi sweet tasting than semi dry as described.
Reviewed on 02 May 2023
reviewer Peta-Libbymob
Peta-Libbymob (91) said:
Not for me this one. Had this one on tap and was completely still. Funk of dirty socks but still drinkable. Amber colour and slightly cloudy. Might be funky but still smooth.
Reviewed on 13 May 2024

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reviewer Judge
Judge (19366) said:
Dark amber colour, clear and still. Baked apple aroma with a hint of funk. Tangy flavour with earthiness and leather.
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019
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reviewer ZANENEWITT7
ZANENEWITT7 (13) said:
Best cider in the world!
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

reviewer BushWalker
BushWalker (13102) said:
Copper colour, with an aroma of barley and apple skin. Lager-like flavour and gassiness, with an apple tang becoming evident in the aftertaste. Drinkable, but the flavour profile just doesn't grab me.
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2018

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