Ashgrove Orchards Orchard Ram Medium Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ashgrove Orchards
Cider Name: Orchard Ram Medium Dry Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Acidic apples
Colour: Dull copper/orange
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Truffles Deli, Ross-On-Wye
Date: 20/11/12

Onto cider number 2 of the night and this time it is the Orchard Ram from Ashgrove Orchards. Yet again, they are Herefordshire based and it is all natural, with no chemicals or additives (with the exception of sulphites). This particular cider is named after their Pedigree Ryeland Sheep and it adds a bit of character to the bottle. I love it how so many producers like to keep any and every animal on the farm/orchard. It ranges from sheep to pigs to even alpacas. The cider business definitely is good for the environment!

This poured a fairly cloudy cider, has a touch of fizz to it, but not overpowering at the same time. It’s a very gentle trickle of bubbles for this one. There’s a good apple aroma, but also feels acidic in the air too. I’ve not felt that with too many ciders before, but it’s not an unpleasant smell either at the same time. I’ve taken the plunge and tasted it and I have to say it definitely woke me up! It’s sour/citrus and acidic from the start, which turns into some bitterness and the taste does linger for a while. It’s hard to say too much more for this, as the sourness does take centre stage for this cider more than anything else. It could certainly split opinions this one, but I am on the side of liking this more than hating it. If you don’t like a cider that twangs and makes your mouth pucker, then it’s probably best to walk away now.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 7.5/10


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