Archive for December, 2011

Sandford Orchards Devon Mist Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Sandford Orchards
Cider Name: Devon Mist
Region: Devon
ABV: 4.5%
Taste: Medium/Sweet
Served: Chilled pint
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden orange
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review:

For my 2nd cider at the Euston Cider Tap, I opted for the Sandford Orchards Devon Mist. I wanted to try a good variety of cider that night, so next on my list was to try the chilled and lighter end of the spectrum and this seemed like the perfect one to choose.

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Olivers Rock (SV) Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Olivers
Perry Name: Rock Perry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Pears
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Now I’m not new or anything to Olivers cider, but it is a first for me to get in a review on their perry. As I have heard so many good things about their perry, then it would be a crime not to have tried and reviewed it. This perry is single variety which is made from the rock perry pear grown on Olivers orchard. Single variety perries in my opinion seem to work a lot better than a single variety cider, but maybe that’s because I have yet to find a truly bad one yet for perry. The Blakeney Red one is a great variety, so how will this match up to the likes of this?

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Orchards Farmhouse Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Orchards
Cider Name: Farmhouse Dry
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 6.7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Having previously enjoyed Orchards Blakeney Red perry, I was keen to see if their cider had as much bite as the perry did. I always love a drink where there is never an easy ride with it and you feel challenged and want to come back for more. After all, would you rather go on a safe roundabout ride or a highly exciting rollercoaster? For me that is a no brainer!

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9th-11th February – 30th Fleetwood CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: The Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 9th February: 7pm-11pm (£2)
Fri 10th February: 12pm-11pm (£3)
Sat 11th February: 12pm-11pm (£3)

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27th-28th January – Bristol Winter Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Brunel’s Old Station, Old Clock Tower, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 27th January: 7:30pm-11pm (£7 Advance/£8 on the door)
Sat 28th January: 11am-4pm (£7 Advance/£8 on the door) & 7:30pm-11pm (£7 Advance/£8 on the door)

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Hecks Browns (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hecks
Cider Name: Browns
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull straw/Yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

My experience with single variety cider up until now has been a bit mixed. Some have got it so right and tastes really amazing and you wonder why you had never had it before. However, some has been a bit of a letdown, where it was like you had been given a puzzle without all the pieces; there was satisfaction to a point, but there something missing that you knew it couldn’t be completed. A new single variety cider I had recently stumbled upon was made from the Browns apple. How would this fair in the whole scheme of things? Could it be another decent one to compete with the likes of Yarlington Mill and Dabinett in being my favourite single variety apple?

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Hecks Dunkerton’s Late Sweet (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hecks
Cider Name: Dunkerton’s Late Sweet
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull yellow/Amber
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Back in September I was at the 5th birthday party for The Apple here in Bristol and tasted many splendid ciders they had on offer. Somehow a few of these reviews escaped through the net (and not onto the internet!) and I have finally found them again to share with you all.

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