Rosie’s Black Bart Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Rosie’s Triple D
Cider Name: Black Bart
Region: Wrexham
ABV: 7.2%
Taste: Sweet
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Ethanol/Rum/Oaky
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: International Craft Cider Festival
Date: 31/08/12

This is yet another one I found from last year and this time it’s one from the guys at Rosie’s Triple D. The Black Bart was apparently a Welsh pirate working out of Barbados, which they found named on a stone in their cider barn. So they are trying to recreate a bit of that history by using a rum barrel from Barbados to mature their Welsh cider in. The label on the bottle does look pretty damn good. Being a Bristol Rovers fan I’m using to loving pirates!

The smell of the cider is a mixture between the apples, a strong ethanol smell and a bit of the rum cask coming through. It says the cider is made from Kingston Black, Michelin and Dabinett apples, whilst also adding extra sugar.

I have to say the taste is fairly unique to this one. Some cask matured ciders do not have much of the cask taste to it, but this one certainly does. You can feel a good smokey rum taste coming through in what is a fairly sweet cider. There is some bitterness in there too and mild acidity. Overall you need to like your ciders sweet and don’t mind a hint of rum to your drink. It’s nice for once in a while to drink, but I couldn’t have more than a couple pints in a go. I’d be interested to try it if they didn’t add the extra sugar to it if I’m honest.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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