Thatchers Traditional Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Thatchers
Cider Name: Traditional
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden yellow
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still


After a hard day working on a Saturday, the sun was shining, and by now for me it was pub o’clock. I wanted something refreshing and to chill me out, so a Thatchers Traditional was my cider of choice. Well the pub I was in, it was the only cider worth having frankly!

Thatchers Traditional is based on the original recipe from 1904, which was when Thatchers first went into making cider. My initial impression was that it was a slightly fruity cider, but it tasted a bit watery. This wasn’t the worst thing in the world, however I would have liked it more if it had a bit more depth and flavour to it. The taste was a little too short for my liking, but from the taste it did have, it was pleasant and easy to drink.

Update 26/08/12: Still got a nice dry fruity touch, but still slightly watery. Not a hugely amazing pint, but a good stop gap. Has more character than your magners and the like

Would I buy this again?: Possibly

Overal Rating: 6/10

4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jim Irwin said,

    I agree with you on the watery side to this cider. On all but the hottest days, I think I would prefer something with a bit more body. Their Heritage brew is (for me) an improvement flavour-wise, and at 4.9% lends itself to more of a session.

    If you find yourself London-way at any point, I’ll happily take you to some of Walthamstow’s more cider-blessed pubs.

    • 2

      TheCiderBlog said,

      Yeah I’m a fan of their Heritage cider for a session. Can’t go wrong with that! Still think it lacks a bit more flavour though.

      Will have to pop onto London soon and have a cider guided tour of Walthamstow. Always been disappointed with the cider there, so would love to be proved wrong!

  2. 3

    Stuart said,

    Tasted this for the first time on Saturday (5/5/2011). My eldest daughter and I had walked the canal from Stourton juction to Stourport on Severn (14.1 miles), we needed a drink. Found “The Angel” on the river-side and popped in. We surveyed what was on offer, spotted this and went for it – wish I’d noticed the alcohol content as I was surprised when I drank it! Couldn’t stay long as we still had a three mile walk to the railway station to catch a train home. Enjoyed it immensly and it reminded me of my first experiences with “real” cider in Evesham back in 1970.

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