Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwynt y Ddraig
Cider Name: Black Dragon
Region: Glamorgan
ABV: 7.2%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

So up again pops a Gwynt y Ddraig cider to review, though this was never anything new for me at the Bristol Cider Festival. I felt like I needed to go back to something tried and tested, but also not reviewed either. I wasn’t left with much choice but to go for the Black Dragon.

The Black Dragon I would arguably say is the best cider Gwynt y Ddraig has to offer, so them winning the Silver award at the 2011 National Cider Awards was something that was not really unexpected by me. It is the type of cider that seems to appeal to all cider drinkers, which range from the borderline cider drinkers to the drier cider drinker. It is smooth, goes down far too easily and just has a nice mild twang to it. The taste is very similar to a proper freshly made apple juice, but has a small dry hit to it which lingers slightly. I have tried both the draught and bottled version and I would say the draught is a miles time better than the bottled version. Though to be honest, I can’t think of any bottled versions I prefer to draught! Carbonation just isn’t too much my thing.

Overall, I would just say try it if you haven’t already. It’s not quite a Somerset cider that I prefer, but it’s still a decent cider.

Update 14/09/12: Smooth, easy drinking, deceptive and has a slight bitterness about it. Not a huge long lasting taste but fairly decent and juicy. Could be a little more exciting, but does the job.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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