Carey Organic Whitethorn Medium (Sparkling) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Carey Organic
Cider Name: Whitethorn Medium (Sparkling)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.4%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Dull yellow/Orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Truffles Deli, Ross-On-Wye
Date: 22/11/12

I’m back on the Herefordshire cider again today, with the next one being the Whitethorn Medium (Sparkling) cider from Carey Organic. This isn’t the first time I have had one of their ciders, where I had their still cider at GBBF 2011, but it’s the first one I have had in a bottle. From colour and ABV alone, this looks to be similar to the one I had last year, but of course this is sparkling and not still. I’m personally a traditionalist who loves their cider still and as natural as possible, but I can see the appeal of why people like bubbles in their booze.

The bottle is a very simplistic design and contains very little information to be honest. It says it might contain sulphites, it is a smooth easy drinking blended organic cider and that it is made at their own orchards. I personally like to be given a bit more information, like say a story on the cider or the apples involved, but this had none of that. It’s not the end of the world though, as it’s all about the cider after all. Can the cider do all the talking instead?!?!

Without further ado, I opened the bottle and BOOOOM….damn this one is really sparkling and it was just wanting to burst out of the bottle. I even had to wait for the froth to calm down before pouring out the full bottle. As people may know, I can be very impatient and just want to get to my cider without waiting! Do not let anyone get between them and their cider, not even you Mr Froth! This has a very deep and pleasant apple smell, where it feels like it has come straight from a farm. It also feels like the apple is really ripe and has been left for a while and is just waiting to jump out the glass to your mouth

As it feels like it so needs to be drunk, I had to oblige and let it fulfill its destiny. This cider certainly tries to take your mouth on a rollercoaster ride; Firstly it feels juicy and lightly sweet, then the sourness kicks in, with a hint of bitterness, and feels like a little slap to your face to keep you on your toes. This then seems to calm down at the end with a little more sweetness, then the oak taste carries on well into the aftertaste with a touch of dryness, which is gorgeous to be honest. As expected, the sparkling in this bad boy spoils it a bit, with what could have been a really awesome cider. This is not as bitter and dry as I remember their still cider to be (maybe being chilled and sparkling has toned that down?), but it just has that taste about it that makes me want to come back for more. Very easy to drink and very drinkable. Well worth trying if you’re a fan of Western farmhouse style cider.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, but prefer the still (if available)
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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