Burrow Hill Farm Pressed Medium/Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Burrow Hill
Cider Name: Farm Pressed Medium/Dry Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling


Burrow Hill are what I call one of the famous cider makers, which unless you have been living in a cave, you should really have heard of. Some say they are more famous for their cider brandy, but they will always be to me one of the old great cider makers, which apparently have been going on for at least 150 years.

The farm pressed sparkling cider is probably one of the more common ones to be found in pubs/bars, which is why I am reviewing this one today. Popping into a bar on Whiteladies Road in Bristol I surprisingly found this. Going into a bar is usually an experience of avoiding the cider, as they are usually Magners or something similar and dirty to that. However, this time I struck gold in finding some Burrow Hill.

I was told this is a sparkling cider, but I found very little sparkle to be found in the bottle, which is good as I prefer my ciders still. The cider is very smooth, easy to drink and you can notice the oak from the barrels in the taste straight away. It was refreshing, dry and I was definitely wanting more and more from just the initial taste. There is a slight bitter over tone, which does linger on your tongue for a good minute or so after. This wasn’t quite like having one of their scrumpys down at their farm shop, but definitely something I will be having again soon.

Update 26/12/12: Sweet to start with, very oaky, good levels of bitterness and mouthpuckering tannins, which go well with the dryer aftertaste. Feels a bit more bitter than when I had this previously, but still a refreshing and satisfying drink.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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