Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Dunkertons
Cider Name: Breakwells Seedling (SV)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples
Colour: Dull yellow/Golden
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 12/12/12

The second cider I’ll be having tonight is the Breakwells Seedling Single-Variety (SV) from Dunkertons. Before I trotted down to the Bristol Cider Shop earlier in the week, I had heard absolutely nothing of it before and did not even know it existed. Ah it’s good to discover new apple varieties all of the time. Learning about this at school would be far more educational than some of the pointless things they are taught.

Breakwells Seedling is named after the farmer George Breakwell, who discovered this apple a century ago at Perthyre Farm in Monmouth. The legend goes that he liked the apple so much he propagated the seedling and planted it across Herefordshire orchards. So that explains why Dunkertons are doing this particular SV cider, as it was also planted in their own orchards. The bottle is given a classic design, like the Browns I reviewed recently, and is just simple and easy on the eye. No gimmicks here, just good honest cider!

The cider poured with a little sparkle in the glass, but this was gone in no time at all to just a few bubbles. As for the aroma, it is full of apples and lightly floral, with a slight rustic smell too.

Onto the taste and its something I do like. It starts fairly juicy, smooth with a light sweetness, but then the bitterness and sharp bite kick in not long after, with a good level of dryness to follow. It doesn’t kick in with huge proportions, but it’s subtle and tasty. There’s also some sourness in the aftertaste, but I like it. It’s not one of my favourite Dunkertons, but it’s a decent easy-going cider and I’d happily go back for more.

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

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