Gillow Knicker Dropper Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gillow
Cider Name: Knicker Dropper
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Dull yellow/Straw
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

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

After quite an experience with my first cider of the evening, the Old Grove Bramley (SV), it was time to tuck in to my second cider. The next one on the list is the Knicker Dropper cider from Gillow, which are again another Herefordshire producer. It’s not the first time I’ve had one of their ciders, as I had the Tom Putt (SV) previously, but hopefully this one is more to my palate than the last one. According to their website, this cider is a slightly sweeter blend and aimed at the ladies. Hmm, would a lady really go for a cider called Knicker Dropper? I’d have thought it would have the complete opposite effect!

What I noticed initially whilst opening this cider was the silence……ah not a bubble in sight! Brilliant start there! This poured a dull yellow/straw colour and very like how you’d love to see a proper cider to look. You can even see some sediment in the mix too, which I personally like than the completely clear ciders you can get. Next is the aroma, which has a deep apple smell in the air and a light hint of vinegar. It’s not a bad smell at all, but just different to what I was expecting.

Now onto the actual tasting and I do quite like this one. It’s fruity, smooth (some would say silky smooth), sweet to start with, has a light acidity feel to it and very easy to drink. I can’t feel any bitterness at all as the drink goes down and there’s a moderate level of tannins fighting their way through the acidity. This is one of those ciders that seems to get more flavour to it the longer you drink it. It does have a deep tangy/sour taste to this one after a while, but it’s not overpowering, and compliments it more than anything else. This is certainly a decent drink, but feels like it is slightly lacking something. Though that’s probably more due to my love of scrumpy from Somerset, than anything else really. If you like your ciders to have a decent astringent acidic bite, then this could be right up your street!

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

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