Archive for October, 2012

Celtic Marches Abrahalls Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Celtic Marches
Cider Name: Abrahalls Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire
Date: 28/10/12

I’m still currently on holiday in Tunisia and I am now onto my 3rd bottle of cider that was taken on holiday with me. Yes I know some people see that as a bad thing, but I find it necessary to take some of life’s luxuries when travelling to make it a home from home. This time I am on the Abrahalls cider, which is made by Celtic Marches. They appear to make liqueurs too and by the sounds of it they are finally branching out more into the mainstream. Apparently their history goes back around 100 years in the drinks business, but before my friend Jon gave me this cider, then I had heard nothing about them at all. Possibly they are known more just in their local area at present?

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Robinsons Fine Dry Vintage Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Robinsons
Cider Name: Fine Dry Vintage Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire
Date: 26/10/12

I’m over half way through my holiday to Tunisia now and surprisingly have been very restrained in my cider drinking. This is only my 2nd bottle I have had in just under a week, which is probably the lowest amount of cider I have drank in years. Don’t worry though, it has not been through choice, but I have just been abusing the all-inclusive too much!

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Brook Farm Medium Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Brook Farm
Cider Name: Medium Dry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.2%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire
Date: 21/10/12

So today is apple day, I’m all the way in a hot and humid Tunisia and I luckily happened to have packed a few ciders for the occasion to celebrate. Well, I can’t go too long without having a decent cider, so I have packed 4 for my 10 day trip.

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20th October – Apple Day Festival @ Dick Willows Cider Farm 2012 (Bath) Preview

Address: Dick Willows Cider Farm, Box Road, Bath, Avon, BA1 7LR (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 20th October: 12pm-6pm (Free)

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Perry’s Farm Pressed Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Perry’s
Cider Name: Farm Pressed Medium Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 5%
Taste: Medium
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples
Colour: Dull orange/Hint of red
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 18/10/12

This is another cider I recently got on my trip to the Bristol Cider Shop, which was recommended by them to try out. Being the nice person I am, I duly obliged and I’ve finally got round to drinking this one. From not reviewing a Perry’s at all, to 2 in just over a week is pretty good going! This is one of the few of their varieties I have not actually seen sold elsewhere before. You can usually find Perry’s in some supermarkets or even some restaurants, but surprisingly this one hasn’t featured in my experience. As with all of their ciders, this was made on their farm in Dowlish Wake and has been maturing for at least 6 months before it has been let loose on the public.

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Dunkertons Organic Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Dunkertons
Perry Name: Organic Perry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Pears
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 17/10/12

After finally getting back from holiday and giving the cider a rest for a couple of days, I thought I’d get myself a perry. It’s been a while since I had a perry and luckily for me there was a Dunkertons perry in the fridge just begging to be drank.

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Pips Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Pips
Cider Name: Dry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: 750ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 15/10/12

I’m still on the train back to Amsterdam and I couldn’t resist but crack open another cider. I am on holiday after all and I need to enjoy myself with what time left before the daily grind starts tomorrow.

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