Archive for July, 2011

Ross-On-Wye Farmhouse Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ross-On-Wye
Perry Name: Farmhouse Perry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Pear
Colour: Dull light straw/Yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

My final drink at the festival had to end with being a perry. I got the cider shop guys to line me up the 3 perries on offer at the time and I’d go for my favourite. The perries of choice were Newtons Perry, Olivers Perry and Ross-On-Wye Farmhouse Perry. It was a really tight call, as all 3 were delightful in their own ways, but in the end I opted for the Ross-On-Wye Farmhouse Perry.

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29th-31st July – Penny Farthing (Bristol) Traditional Cider Weekend 2011 Preview

Address: The Penny Farthing, 115 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PB (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 29th July: 11am-12am (Free)
Sat 30th July: 11am-12am (Free)
Sun 31st July: 12pm-11pm (Free)

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19th-20th August – Bishopston Supper Club (Bristol): Cider Dinner 2011 Preview

Hosted by: Bishopston Supper Club with Bristol Cider Shop (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 19th August: 7:30pm arrival (£40*)
Sat 20th August: 7:30pm arrival (£40*)

* = £10 deposit to be paid in advance to Bristol Cider Shop and the remaining £30 to be paid on the night.

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Totterdown Press Dry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Totterdown Press
Cider Name: Dry
Region: Bristol
ABV: 7%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple/Ethanol
Colour: Dull amber/orange
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

The small surprise at the Bristol Cider Shop Cider Festival was the guest appearance of the Totterdown Press Dry Cider. I had previously heard of this cider when I was reading the book “The Naked Guide To Cider”, which I got last year on trying to expand my knowledge of cider. This cider was one of its first commercial batches, so it was exciting to try something, which most had not tried before.

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Royal Oak (Bristol) Cider Festival 2011 Review

Address: The Royal Oak, 385 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8TN

Date: 22nd-23rd July 2011

Date Visted: 23rd July

Review:

Having heard great things from friends who visited the festival last year, I then made it my mission to visit it this year. The festival is all about the pork, music and most importantly the cider. How can you not like a festival that has all that goodness involved?

The festival started on the Friday night, which was free entrance and their ‘warm up’ session, but I opted for the Saturday session. This was mainly due to having prior commitments on the Friday, but I was also gambling on having a cider festival in the sun, rather than a low key one on the Friday! Luckily it did not disappoint and the sun was out for all to see and it was a beautiful day.

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Once Upon A Tree Tumpy Ground Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Once Upon A Tree
Cider Name: Tumpy Ground
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room Temperature
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

After having a rather nice pint of Olivers Yarlington Mill at the Bristol Cider Shop Cider/Perry Festival, my next pint I was just looking for something a bit different, which I found with abundance in the Once Upon A Tree Tumpy Ground.

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Olivers Yarlington Mill (SV) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Olivers
Cider Name: Yarlington Mill
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Dull amber
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

When I got to the Bristol Cider Shop Cider/Perry Festival, I just had to try every cider there to see what was on offer. After going through around 10 of them, I opted for a pint of the Olivers Yarlington Mill cider. This isn’t the first time I have had an Olivers cider, but it was the first time I had tried the Yarlington Mill range. The cider is a single variety cider, which is made from the Yarlington Mill cider apple (from 5 different orchards) and then matured in old oak rum barrels.

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