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?

This cider is made up in Herefordshire from apples grown on their family farm, but they also collect some apples from the surrounding areas too. They heavily market this on a hedgehog theme; This seems to originate on the Celts calling the area Ergyng, which means ‘land of the hedgehogs’. So that pretty much explains their crest and the reasoning behind the branding. It’s a different and original story at least!

This cider poured with fairly big head which disappeared quickly, but you can see it has a fair bit of fizz in it with there being a constant stream of bubbles fighting their way to the top. The smell is of sweet ripe apples and is fairly satisfying. As for the taste, it’s got a sharp tang/tartness that hits you straight away with the apple taste, which follows with some mild dryness and nutty feel, but just tastes fairly thin on the ground and is lacking depth to the flavour. It’s the kind of cider if you drink it too quickly, then you miss it altogether. It is also a bit too over-fizzy for my liking and just doesn’t have that wow factor for me to want to go back to it too often. This is just lacking something for me and I’d certainly prefer the still version a hell of a lot more than this one. However, it’s got potential and could fair better if they gave the flavour more depth and oomph to it

Would I buy this again?: Possibly if it was less fizzy.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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