Three Choirs Medium Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Three Choirs
Cider Name: Medium Dry Cider
Region: Gloucestershire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Wine-like
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Truffles Deli, Ross-On-Wye
Date: 21/11/12

Taking a break from Herefordshire ciders today, I am going to try one from over the border in Gloucestershire. This is one from a producer called Three Choirs, who are more well-known for their winemaking, than their cidermaking. The cider itself is made from Bramley & Dabinett apples and is cold fermented in temperature controlled tanks, with the help of wine yeasts. Then it is bottled at low temperatures to help protect the fruits character. Never really heard of anyone else do it this way (though it’s possible some do), so it will be interesting to see how this turns out.

This poured a lovely clear golden colour, with minimal fizz in the bottle. There’s just enough to give it a brief head at the top, but not a fizzy reverse waterfall you see with some. Having a whiff of this one and you could be mistaken for thinking this was an apple wine. There is a crisp apple smell in the air, but it has a very wine-like smell to it too. It’s not how I like a cider to smell, but it won’t put me off tasting it!

Having got over the smell of it, I now go on to taste it and it’s surprisingly nice. It’s definitely not my usual type of cider, but it has a lovely crisp apple taste, lightly sour/acidic and a smooth dry end, with some tannins shining through. It isn’t the most long-lasting in taste, but it’s good for what it is. I can appreciate this as a decent cider, but it’s all too eastern style for me and not something I would necessarily choose out of choice. This could certainly help convert a wine drinker to the pleasures of cider though. Also, I can imagine this being very refreshing on a hot summers day when chilled a lot more than the 30 mins it had in my fridge.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, but not really my style of cider.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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