Westons 2011 Vintage Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Westons
Cider Name: 2011 Vintage
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 8.2%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Ethanol
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsbury’s
Date: 01/10/12

So it’s a start of a new month and I think it’s time to start emptying out my fridge of the cider. First up is a bottle of the Henry Westons 2011 vintage cider for me to try.

This is one of the Westons ciders that try and play on its history and its original founder of Henry J Weston. The bottle is smart, sleek and even trying to make it sound classy by saying its a certain vintage too. It’s all very well doing that, but for me the taste has to deliver that too!

This smells very appley, like say a green apple but there is a definite whiff of alcohol in the air, but at 8.2% it’s not surprising.

Now onto the taste and it’s not too bad really. There’s a good apple feel, with definite sour and tangyness to it and a slightly mild bitter oaky end. It certainly tastes as strong as it is and puts a warm glow in you, but for me the taste is over that bit too quickly and it’s a little too fizzy. Overall, it isn’t bad for a Westons, but it’s not something to tempt me away from a proper Somerset scrumpy.

Would I buy this again?: Possibly
Overall Rating: 7/10


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