Given 4/5 by many and I agree. It’s the flavour and short length that leaves this just short of a 5/5.
Bought this in the Pewsey (UK) Co-op along with the Sheppy’s 2021 Vintage Reserve.
Very light in colour and very light in fizz, it almost has a champagne taste to it which lingers for about 5-10secs and then fades. It has a nice fruitiness to it but is just shy on a bit of complexity, body and depth. The apple taste is very sharp and velvety at the same time, slightly acidic - but fresh and crisp. It’s more medium-dry than ‘dry’ I’d say with a sourness that’s pleasant and vibrant. It’s short on length but there are some tingles that linger around the back of the mouth.
On the nose, there’s more going on here than in the taste. Lots of floral hints, burnt orange, oak, earth, straw and a bit of toffee - it’s all over the place. Had me sniffing it for ages trying to work it all out!
It’s 6.5%ABV so you need to keep an eye on it - during my tasting session ans review it went down like water and I’m sorry now that I didn’t purchase another.
I’d definitely buy it again - and as some other reviewers have suggested, may try it with a nice strong cheddar.
If the taste was more interesting and deeper, this single variety Kingston Black would be heading towards a 5/5 with conviction - alas, it’s a 4/5 from me but still a very worthy, drinkable and decent medium-dry cider.
Reviewed on 29 Dec 2022