Old Bristolian Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Richs
Cider Name: Old Bristolian
Region: Somerset
ABV: 8.4%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Light golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still


There are 2 ciders that drew me into cider back in the early 2000s. The first was Westons Old Rosie and the second was this cider, though back then it was made by Broadoak (exclusively for The Apple), but now made by Rich’s. This was mainly due to the fact they were the easiest ones to come by that wasn’t part of the Strongbow/Blackthorn crowd.

The first thing you will notice about this cider is the fact it’s very rarely ever sold in pints. At 8.4%, then I can understand why it is sold in half-pints. You wouldn’t want a lot of drunken idiots in your pub now would you!?! For me this is probably one of the smoothest ciders I have ever had. It just glides down your throat so easily. It does have a slight dry and bitter after taste too, which just adds to the flavour. My friend had the impression it tasted like apple Hubba Bubba, which I cannot see at all. The only down point for me is it can feel a bit too sweet.

Update 19/01/13: Still pretty sweet but very easy drinking and has a nice dry bittersweet finish.

Overall Rating: 7/10


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    TheOldBristolian said,

    Taste: slightly like soil. Aroma: slightly like soil. Texture: wet. Price: nice and cheap. Foaminess: average. Concluding comment: A good buy for those who don’t mind a soily tasting beverage.
    Recommendations: consume in plant pot, for rounded notes of soil with earthy tones. 8/10

  2. 2

    Gordon said,

    Found by accident…accidents do happen with brilliant consequences…yes drunk in pints hollybush makeney derbyshire highly recommmended

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