Millwhites Rioja Cask Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Millwhites
Cider Name: Rioja Cask
Region: Somerset/Hertfordshire
ABV: 6.7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull amber
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still


On my recent journey to discover The Lazy Dog, I noticed they had the Millwhites Rioja Cask cider on tap. I’ve never had a Millwhites before that day, so it was something I was looking to try, so I at least knew if it was worth looking for more of.

Millwhites look to be a Hertfordshire based producer, but get all their apples from Somerset orchards. By the sounds of things, it looks like it was created to celebrate their ancestors cider making over the past 100 years.

When I first tasted this cider, it was quite obvious it had a fairly unique taste, which I would assume was because it is from a rioja cask. It’s not something I have really come across before, but it had a certain hint of an oaky bitterness that hits you later, but not overpowering at the same time. I wouldn’t say there was a heavy scrumpy taste to this, but just enough to get the enjoyment from it. It definitely is fairly dry, as it drys your tongue out, but again not too much. Some friends said it was like drinking the cider straight from an oak barrel, but without getting the splinters that go with that!

Overall, I do like this and I am certainly looking to try my next Millwhites cider to see if the others are up to the job like this one is.

Update 17/09/12: I bought this straight from the farm shop and it feels even better from there than it does from the pump. Fairly smooth, but also has a great acidic kick before it starts to dry your mouth out. There is a lot of oakiness, a hint of Rioja and just an amazing taste. Well worth trying if you like a proper farmhouse scrumpy.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

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