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.

I am fairly familiar with the Browns & Kingston Black apple, from having them in Single-Variety form, but the Sweet Coppin is quite a new one on me. From having a little read, this appears to be one of the few vintage cider apples with a sweet flavour. So this is probably going to be slightly sweeter than the Dabinett, Kingston Black & Yarlington Mill Cider, but I wouldn’t expect this to be by too much.

So less of the rambling and more of the trying and off I go. It’s poured into the glass as quiet and still as a mouse. I give this a good smell and has a beautiful apple aroma, with a pleasant hint of toffee in the air. I guess that must be the Sweet Coppin apple getting in on the mix! I take a swig and damn it’s really nice. It’s silky smooth, very full apple flavour and just very tasty. It does start slightly on the sweeter side, but then the taste twist and turns in your mouth and takes it on a ride. It finishes plenty drier than it starts, is very well rounded and has fair tannin levels. The sour and bitter levels are not really high at all, which is surprising but good at the same time. All I can say about this really is just how easy drinking this is. It’s slightly sweeter (more the sweeter side of medium) than my perfect cider, but it’s not far from it.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Mark Venton said,

    I thought you liked apples but not that much ! 😉 I would have expected a fairly sharp, tannic and fruity juice from this mix with a sweet background if slowly fermented. Sounds like a good mix.

    • 2

      TheCiderBlog said,

      It was definitely fruity, sweet and fairly tannic…..but I couldn’t feel much sharpness in it at all, which was quite surprising. It was a good mix though, just not entirely my favoured tastes 🙂

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