Archive for October, 2011

Orchards Blakeney Red (SV) Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Orchards
Perry Name: Blakeney Red (SV)
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 6.4%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Pear/Ethanol
Colour: Straw/Hint of red
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

As it was The Apple’s 5th birthday and they were throwing a huge cider party to celebrate, then it would be rude not to turn up right? So, of course, I went on down to sample the ciders/perries they brought out for this very special occasion. There were plenty of new ones, both on the top and lower decks, so I opted for perry to begin with, with the Orchards Blakeney Red single-variety perry being my tipple of choice.

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Combyne ‘Arvester Gigs Preview

Band Name: Combyne ‘Arvester (Website)

About the band: A metal band who accidentally picked up wurzels instruments. They play rock and pop covers which have been re-arranged to be played in their style and have re-worked the lyrics to a more ‘zumerset’ style. A good majority of their songs are about the drinking or worshiping cider and they have one album out already called ‘in zider’ and a second being launched tomorrow called ‘pressed in the West’

Session times/Location:

Fri 28th Oct ’11 9:00pm The Waverley (Weston)
Sat 29th Oct ’11 9:30pm The White Hart Inn (Chilton Polden)
Thu 3rd Nov ’11 8:00pm Scallys (Weston)
Fri 4th Nov ’11 9:30pm The Crossways Inn (West Huntspill)
Wed 9th Nov ’11 10:00am Keeping It Live! (Coventry)
Sat 19th Nov ’11 8:00pm Kameleon (Weston)
Fri 2nd Dec ’11 9:00pm Stonegallows Inn (Taunton)
Sat 3rd Dec ’11 8:00pm The White Hart (Taunton)
Sat 10th Dec ’11 7:00pm Hutton FC xmas Party (Hutton)
Sat 17th Dec ’11 9:00pm Westend Inn (Melksham)
Mon 26th Dec ’11 6:00pm The Catherins Inn (Bleadon)
Sat 31st Dec ’11 8:30pm The Brewers Arms (Banwell)
Sat 21st Jan ’12 9:00pm Kameleon (Weston)
Sat 17th Mar ’12 9:00pm King William Inn (Glastonbury)
Sat 18th Aug ’12 9:00pm King William Inn (Glastonbury)
Sat 25th Aug ’12 9:30pm Social Club (Winscombe)

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West Croft Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: West Croft
Cider Name: Dry
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

To finish off The Portcullis cider festival, I wanted to go out with a bang. I wanted something that I would remember the festival by and to leave on a sky high note. I searched through the line of bag-in-boxes, and then I saw it, there was a West Croft dry right with my name on it. Well ok maybe not literally having my name on it, but there was a sign I should have it. After all, it was made by the same people who make Janets Jungle Juice, so it had to be good right? This was to be the chosen one for me and I asked the barman to get me my half.

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Gwatkin Squeal Pig Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwatkin
Perry Name: Squeal Pig
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 4.5%
Taste: Medium/Sweet
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Amber/Slight red hint
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

I’m going back for more at The Portcullis cider festival and guess what I am going for this time? Yep you guessed it, it will be perry this time. I was just in the mood to alternate between the cider and perry all day long. One that really jumped out at me, or should I say squealed at me, was the Gwatkin Pig Squeal perry. Just having a name that sounds that cool, you just have to try it don’t you?

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Millwhites Hedge Layer Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Millwhites
Cider Name: Hedge Layer
Region: Somerset/Hertfordshire
ABV: 4.8%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Next on my list at The Portcullis cider festival was to go down the cider route and have something with a bit more bite. After being impressed previously by Millwhites, with their Rioja Cask in particular, I was keen to see if all of their ciders were that good and scrumpified. The day was still only young, but how i yearned for a nice pint of farmhouse cider. It would just help my pre-birthday celebrations go from good to great.

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Mr Whitehead’s Midnight Special Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Mr Whitehead’s
Perry Name: Midnight Special Perry
Region: Hampshire
ABV: 5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

To even things out at The Portcullis cider festival, I next went for perry instead of the usual cider. The choice was fairly vast, but I opted for the Mr Whitehead’s Midnight Special Perry. I’ve tried their ciders before, but never their perry, so this was as good a time as any to see how it matches up.

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Brislington Brain Twister Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Brislington
Cider Name: Brain Twister
Region: Bristol
ABV: 7.1%
Taste: Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Once I had come back from the International Craft Cider Festival, the last thing you would expect to want is another cider festival, but that’s exactly what I did. It was the day before my birthday and I was in a mood to celebrate, so I headed down to The Portcullis (Clifton, Bristol) for the last day of their cider festival. The place had just opened for the day and they probably thought we were strays, but no we just loved a good cider.

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