Hartland Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hartland
Perry Name: Perry
Region: Gloucestershire
ABV: 5.8%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Pear/Ethanol
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still


My first perry at the Great British Beer Festival had to be something new and different to me. Having already tried a Hecks and Gwynt y Ddraig perry before, I decided to opt for a Hartland Perry. With it being part of the Three Counties for perry, then it had to be good right?

Based up in Gloucestershire, the Hartland family have been making cider and perry since the 1950s. This first started off on Flat farm near Staunton, but they had to move in 1994 to their current location of a farm in Tirley Villa due to a dispute with the council (more detailed story is here).

So onto the tasting, the GBBF had this as a medium/sweet perry, but I probably have to disagree slightly, as it tasted slightly more medium than a medium/sweet. The perry I found to be rather rough farmhouse perry, but also goes down very smoothly. It’s like it has a mild burn to the throat to start with but then the sweetness shines through. It felt like it was treating me mean to keeping me keen and i was just wanting more of it. I found this to be decent perry personally and I could easily have 2 or 3 of these in a session.

Update 21/06/13: Tangy, lightly sweet, rich and very exciting. Light zesty aftertaste. Possibly too acidic for some but I love it

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


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