Archive for November, 2012

Burrow Hill Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Burrow Hill
Cider Name: Medium
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Fresh apples
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: My local pub in Bristol
Date: 30/11/12

As it’s Friday and one of my locals wanted a new cider, I was only too glad to visit the Bristol Cider Shop with them to help them on their way. After the huge success of the Black Dragon and Tumpy Ground previously, I thought I’d try something different this time. I went for the Burrow Hill Medium as something that’s fairly easy on the palate but different at the same time.

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Oliver’s Scrumpy Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Cider Name: Scrumpy Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled pint
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Dull orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Oliver’s
Date: 30/11/12

I’m now onto my final Oliver’s cider on draught, from my recent trip to Herefordshire, which is called Scrumpy Cider. This from my knowledge is very similar to their Medium draught cider, but it has been left to be naturally cloudy and not racked off to make the cider clearer.

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Gregg’s Pit Thorn (SV) (2011) Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gregg’s Pit
Perry Name: Thorn (SV) (2011)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Pears/
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Gregg’s Pit
Date: 29/11/12

My 2nd perry of the evening (after the Oliver’s Medium Perry) is the Single-Variety Thorn Perry by Gregg’s Pit. Perry is what is their bread and butter is, so I have high hopes they can deliver. I have my fingers crossed it can!

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Oliver’s Medium Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Perry Name: Medium
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Rustic pears
Colour: Dull straw/Yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Oliver’s
Date: 29/11/12

I thought I’d give the ciders a miss tonight. I know, I know it’s a shocking thing to do, but at least I am not off the fermented fruit completely, as I will be going for a few perries. First up is the Medium Perry from Oliver’s, which was bought straight from the farm on draught.

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Gregg’s Pit Browns Apple, Kingston Black & Sweet Coppin (2011) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gregg’s Pit
Cider Name: Browns Apple, Kingston Black & Sweet Coppin (2011) Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: 750ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Rustic apples/Toffee
Colour: Amber/Copper
Clarity: Clear/Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Gregg’s Pit
Date: 28/11/12

The 2nd cider of the night is yet again a Herefordshire one, but this time from Gregg’s Pit and their Browns Apple, Kingston Black & Sweet Coppin Cider. After the resounding success of their Dabinett, Kingston Black & Yarlington Mill (2011) Cider, I have yet again got high hopes for this one.

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Oliver’s Medium Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Cider Name: Medium
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Citrus
Colour: Dull yellow/orange
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Oliver’s Cider Farm
Date: 28/11/12

Tonight I’m sticking again to Herefordshire and this time a trip back to Oliver’s, for a good glass of their cider. I have a plenty of theirs left on the shelf, so it was only right I brought another one out to play. This time it is their middle-of-the-road Medium Cider, which I got on draught when I was up there last week.

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Gwatkin Stoke Red (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwatkin
Cider Name: Stoke Red (SV) Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Sweet
Served: Chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Sweet apples
Colour: Amber
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Festival in Bristol
Date: 27/11/12

Tonight sees me back to exploring Herefordshire again, with today’s cider of choice the Stoke Red Single-Variety cider from Gwatkin.

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