RorySkywalker

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Picked this up along with 3 other ciders (from Pershore Press - Dry, Sweet, Discovery and Traditional Vintage Cider). The nose is lovely - hint of sweet vanilla, hint of farmyard and a hint of wood. Very balance. Taste? Is sweet - but very smooth with a silky caramel texture. The length is medium with an easy finish making this cider very drinkable. It says that it’s made from 10 to 12 apple varieties from Pershore Press’s Avonbank Orchard with vague tartness ans some tannins. It says on the label it’s ‘stronger in tannin and body and typical of a three counties or West Country cider’. (The 3 counties being neighbouring Herefordshire and Gloucestershire). I’d say it’s lighter in tannins that perhaps the back label would leave you to believe making it all the more drinkable. The colour is light golden yellow and the fizz is just there (it’s definitely not still). The taste is full of flavour and quite complex as the vanilla, caramel and honey kick in with hints of sweetness resembling an old sweet shop! It’s medium-bodied with plenty of light apple to kick it along (and more of a red apple variety than green apple flavour). For a vintage cider it’s sweeter than I expected but don’t let that put you off. If the sweetness was a tad lighter I might have even gone for 5/5 with this one - but it’s a solid 4/5 in my eyes and very well crafted. It’s 7.4% so it packs a bit of a kick - I’d say it’s very similar to Weston’s Medium Dry Vintage Cider (that’s 8.2% though) - and overall is very pleasant, easy-drinking if a tad too sweet for a traditional vintage. I’d also say it’s medium-sweet in taste with a tail-end of a dry finish 10 seconds or so after swallowing. Another great effort from Pershore Press. See my other reviews of their ciders here on Cider Expert. Best had by itself as any snacks will interfere with the flavour and enjoyment too much and wouldn’t provide any necessary accompaniment.
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2023
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Oooh. Lovely! A very sharp, fruitful dry cider. Under the nose - you can smell the manure! But don’t let this put you off! It’s so alive with organic life and vibrancy. There’s hints of hay under the nose as well - and a really complex aroma with a surprise dwelling of pineapple (I know, stay with me!) and so much ‘orchard’ and farmyard. It’s just superb. (Depends how you were brought up, but a farmyard to me was a pleasant smell, not repulsive). Fizz wise, this is on the money. Not too much, not too little - so many ciders these days offer something either side of the balanced see-saw of carbonation. To the taste - it’s great, hence my 5/5 score. This is a very special dry cider and an absolute pleasure to consume and review. It’s apply taste and dry finish is so complex and divine it needs to be tried to be compared. The taste hits so broadly - so wide - it’s amazing - and then it settles in and provides a rewarding apple fruit depth that is so rare in a cider. This one deliveres. And then some… It’s dry, yes - and I like that - but there’s a wonderful kickback of sweetness at the end that is then overcrowded by the apple aroma and broad taste of pure apple loveliness. The sweetness is natural, it never once tastes manufactured - and that - is this cider’s secret. This is cidermaking at the highest level. I’ve often argued the toss between which county in England is ‘king’. And I must say over the years, I’ve often swayed to Somerset - but I’ve always held a candle (a very British phrase!) for Herefordshire. This, for me, is the ultimate effort from Herefordshire and the Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry Company and if I had to present one cider from Herefordshire to represent them all (and I appreciate that sounds like a line from The Lord of The Rings), then this cider would be it. A superb cider. It has it all - particularly if you are a dry cider fan, and I am - it’s just sublime. It’s complex and medium to heavy bodied. The nose, the taste, the finish - the hints of lemon, citrus, hay, earth, apples, it’s all there - it’s golden-hazy colour is to be adored - it’s just nigh-on perfect in my eyes. I’d give it 6/5 but we can’t do that - so I’ll settle for 5/5 - and at 6.0%ABV you could chance this one on ‘all day session’ and be in love with everyone you meet by the end of the day! (I reviewed this cider by itself, no snacks, cheese or additives - just some ice and as it was poured).
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2023
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