Oliver’s Shezam Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Cider Name: Shezam
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Farmhouse/Ethanol
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Slightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 30/08/12

It’s been a while since I have had an Oliver’s cider and surprisingly the first I have tried from a bottle. I usually only come across the bag-in-boxes at festivals and not in the bottle form.

One thing I notice from the bottle is the honest labelling and they not trying to kid you. It’s made up of cider apple juice, water and sugar. It also notes it has been carbonated and pasteurised. So no real speculating with this one, it’s all clear black and white what it is.

The smell is clearly of apples with a hint of the farmhouse in the background, some woody notes and a slight whiff of ethanol. It definitely feels from that, that it is fresh from the barrel.

As for the taste, it’s got a nice, smooth, rich juicy taste with a good oaky touch to it. There’s a beautiful crisp taste and a nice dry touch to the end, but it feels like it is being held back a little bit. It’s just not really hitting its full potential. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good cider, but it just lacks a bit pizzazz to make it an awesome one.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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