Worley’s Mendip Hills Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Worley’s
Cider Name: Mendip Hills
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.4%
Taste: Medium
Served: Light chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 08/10/12

Having run down my recent cider stocks to a very bare minimum, it was time for another visit to the Bristol Cider Shop to put that right. You can always rely on those guys for something new and different for me to try and experience, and this time was no exception, with a brand spanking new Worley’s cider available. Having loved their Medium cider, which I had at the International Craft Cider Festival last year, it was now time to try the new Mendip Hills cider.

The Mendip Hills cider is a blend of 12 vintage cider varieties, which are picked at the end of the cider season. The late season varieties mean there is a higher level of sugar in the apples and apparently this gives it more flavour in the fruit. It sounds like it is talking the talk, but can it now walk the walk?

This poured out with a very fizzy frothy head, which settled very quickly to a virtual standstill. So it looks like there is a minor carbonation going on or just some natural fizz. Either way, it’s a good start, as I am not a fan of anything too sparkling…….as you may have gathered by now by my past reviews! Just having a quick smell of the cider and it has a very deep apple smell and is rather gorgeous.

As for the taste, it’s smooth, easy drinking and just got a lovely mix of tannins and mild bitterness shining through a decent deep juicy apple taste. There feels like there’s some slight sourness there too, but also some oakiness and possibly smokey/nutty feel to it, with a good length linger to the taste. There’s a fairly unique balanced taste (although on similar lines to a Burrow Hill bottled cider) and it’s a very fine tipple indeed. It feels like a rollercoaster ride for your mouth to go on and I like it! Although it won’t keep me off my farmhouse cider forever, it’s a very good alternative to a good old scrumpy. I can imagine myself enjoying this on a summers day, if we ever got a summer that is!

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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