Tricky Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Tricky
Cider Name: Medium
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple/Ethanol
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still


Tricky cider is a cider producer from the Blackdown Hills, which is just on the Somerset/Devon border. They have been producing cider since 2004, with it being a 2 man team of Steve Watkins and Alistair Brice. This is a cider I have heard mentioned previously, but not really had much chance to taste it until now. The only place I know that serve it in Bristol is The Orchard, but with so many to choose from there, it is understandable why I haven’t touched it until now. Ah how I love cider festivals, you get to try so many ciders you previously not had a chance to!

This cider, although labelled as a medium, had a fairly dry kick to it. It wasn’t completely in your face dry, but it certainly dried out your tongue and gave you a mild burn to the back of the throat, which was then followed by a lingering bitterness. It’s a nice farmyard scrumpy, but it just wasn’t wowing me. It was like you were expecting something more than you actually got. My friend said “It’s a growing joy on the palate”, so I can see it appealing to some people, but unfortunately it is not up there with my favourite ciders. I look forward to trying the rest of their range though, and hope one of their ciders are what I am after, as this did have potential.

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