Wilcox Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Wilcox Cider
Cider Name: Medium (Dry & Sweet mixed)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still


Those guys at Wilcox sure do have an easy way to attract you to their stand. When you see free local Somerset cheese samples being given away, then how can you resist that?!?! Cheese and cider make an amazing combination, which only can be bettered by proper pork scratchings in my opinion. So now I have been enticed in, what was the cider on offer?

Well they had 2 varieties available, which was the dry or the sweet, or in my case I asked for a mix between sweet and dry and got myself a medium. That’s the advantage of going for draught cider; you can ask them to make it just how you like it. With a bottle of cider you are stuck with what they expect you to like, which isn’t always your thing.

Based in Cheddar (which explains the cheese!), they have been making cider since 1868 using traditional methods. Being a Somerset cider, I had my hopes sky high, as it’s my favourite type of cider. You can’t beat a proper farmhouse cider.

Now onto the tasting and the cider was just so smooth and tasty and felt really rustic, like you tasted the cider right from the oak barrel. It really tingled the taste buds and left a complex lingering taste in my mouth. There was a mild fruitiness coming from the cider and for me it just tasted right. If I had just the dry or the sweet on their own it wouldn’t have been the same. All in all I loved it and I had to take a few pints home with me. Well recommended!

Update 16/08/12: Still as good as before. This time I went for the medium/dry, which was a beautifully smooth farmhouse cider with a nice small dry finish.

Would I buy this again?: Yes

Overall Rating: 9/10

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