Orchard Pig Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Orchard Pig
Cider Name: Medium (Still)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still


In continuing my cider journey at the International Craft Cider Festival, I returned to the English cider tent to get a feel for our own cider again. There’s no place like home as they say, which can equally be said here. So to keep to something local to me, I went for an Orchard Pig Medium cider, which is based down the road in Somerset. I was actually quite surprised it has taken me this long to write a review on them, as it’s not as if it was the first time I had it before.

Orchard Pig is named after the Gloucester Old Spot pigs that live in their orchard down near Glastonbury. What started as a plan for a smallholding to keep pigs, turned into the cider making we know today when they made some up in a barrel (their pigs could only eat so much apples!) and then forgot about it until a BBQ the following year. It turned out well and the rest is history as they say.

At the festival they had a few sparkling cider/juices, but I opted for the still medium cider. It was the obvious choice, as the fizz just doesn’t do it for me. This tasted, to put it simply, like a mildly bitter apple juice. It was a very smooth cider that goes down oh so easily and it felt fairly mellow, with a nice lingering aftertaste. This is one of the ciders that you can only but appreciate and it would appeal to a vast amount of people, but it’s just not challenging enough on the taste buds for me. This is the kind of cider that would really work chilled, on a hot summers day, and it would certainly refresh you.

2 Responses so far »

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    @kathieauton said,

    I was just seeing if you’d reviewed these guys. Met them last night and rather liked this cider – deceptively neck-able I thought.

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      TheCiderBlog said,

      Yeah I met them a year or 2 back for a cider/beer/wine taste off and they were great people. Their cider is definitely very easy to drink and a nice tipple. I just like my ciders a bit rougher in general 🙂

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