Henney’s 2011 Vintage Still Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Henney’s
Cider Name: 2011 Vintage Still Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml
Smell: Lightly rustic apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsbury’s
Date: 07/11/12

Today I have raided the fridge again and surprisingly I have found another flat cider in a bottle. Up today is the Henney’s 2011 Vintage Cider, which is widely available in most supermarkets and based in Herefordshire. I’m always a little dubious and sceptical about cider that is available in supermarkets, but I have had heard good things about this one, so it was inevitable I’d have to give it a go sooner or later! Hopefully it can pack a better punch than the Tesco Finest Oak Matured Cider I had yesterday, as I was a little disappointed by that one.

The bottle has a nice and simplistic design and it is not going for any of the fancy graphics or gimmicks. Apparently their cider has won many prestigious awards in recent years, which is always encouraging to know and they aren’t going on this “premium” cider wording that a lot of supermarket cider does. “Premium” cider is usually anything but that! It then goes on to state that the cider is made from a single years harvest of locally grown cider apples, is matured through the winter to give it a rich and mellow flavour and that the only thing they do with it is coarsley filter the cider to retain as much flavour as possible. There’s no artificial sweeterners, colourings or flavourings in this bad boy.

This cider certainly seems to have talked the talk with what it says on the bottle, but can it walk the walk? It poured still as expected and has a gorgeous golden colour just glowing at you and begging to be drank. The smell is lightly rustic and certainly feels like there is proper cider apples in there and not just all appley with no substance. Now onto the taste, which I have to say is pretty satisfying; It starts sweetish, then certainly has a sour and lightly bitter touch to it, which is then followed with a nice crisp, dry bite and you can feel decent tannins shining through. It’s very drinkable and is actually quite moreish. This is probably one of the better ciders you will find in the supermarket, so if you have to buy from one, then this is as good a choice as any.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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