Gwatkin Norman Cider (SV) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwatkin
Cider Name: Norman Cider (SV)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium/Sweet
Served: Chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Sweet apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Unknown
Date: 14/09/12

So another Friday night approaches and that can only mean its cider o’clock! I’ve opted to start off with a Gwatkin Norman. This is the single-variety cider from Gwatkin made from the Norman apple, which originally came from Normandy (although apparently that’s an urban myth; however it is what it says on the bottle). Kinda makes sense really. Though they do love naming apples after women, so it’s only fair a few have blokes names too!

This cider smells fairly sweet and appley and very similar to other Gwatkin ciders I have had. They seem to have their own unique smell really.

As for the taste, like most Gwatkins, they always taste slightly sweeter than they say they are. It says it’s a medium, but definitely doesn’t feel drier than a medium/sweet. It feels very smooth, slightly thick and syrupy and a hint of dryness at the end. It has a slightly sour and sweet going on but personally too sweet for me. There is a nice fruity aftertaste though. It will be nice for someone who likes their cider sweet, but that’s not me.

Would I buy this again?: Possibly, but prefer it drier.
Overall Rating: 7/10

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