Worley’s Premium Vintage (2011) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Worley’s
Cider Name: Premium Vintage (2011)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.2%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Lightly floral
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 13/12/12

After a great start to the evening, with the Severn Cider Dry Sparkling Cider, I thought I better try to find something that matches up to their high standards they have just set. So here I go scrambling through the fridge frantically trying to find something decent, and then I found it, it was the Worley’s Premium Vintage Cider.

I’ve always had a decent experience with a Worley’s cider. Last year the still medium cider was just divine. This was then followed by the Mendip Hills cider, which I had not too long ago, that was also decent. So this Premium Vintage must surely be fantastic too, right?!? Well the proof will be in the pudding, when I get round to drinking this!

This cider is made from apples right at the start of the season (mainly Somerset Redstreak, Browns Apple, White Jersey, Ashton Bitter, Major and Ellis Bitter), which are then slowly fermented through the winter under natural yeasts, before quietly maturing until the bottling takes place in the early summer. It’s lightly sweetened, filtered and carbonated when they bottle this bad boy. They obviously don’t want to rush this process, but then again that’s the way to do it in my opinion. It has definitely talked that talk, so now it is time for it to walk the walk.

The aroma coming from this of intense apple, but also it feels mildly floral on the nose. It’s like the feeling of finding an apple on a tree on a nice summers day, with a field of flowers nearby, and just wanting to bite right into it! All very interesting and unique, which is just how I like it. Onto the taste and it has a fairly deep, juicy, rich apple taste, which then hits you with mouthpuckering tannins and a decent level of dryness. It feels like your mouth is going on a very exciting rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily favouring sweet, dry, sharp or bitterness in the taste, but a nice combination of all 4 at some point during the experience. It’s very well made and is extremely delicious. I shall certainly be stocking up with more in due course. My only major fault with this is, if I had to give one, is the fizz in the glass and using the word premium in the name. Premium usually means bad in the cider world, but this certainly isn’t that!

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 9/10

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2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Neil Wor said,

    We’re reclaiming the word ‘Premium’ to mean premium! Thanks for the great review. 🙂

    • 2

      TheCiderBlog said,

      Good luck in your quest to reclaim it! It’ll be a hard task, but I’m sure you can do it 😉

      No problem for the review. Just glad I finally got round to trying it after so long. Will certainly be back for more soon!


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