Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Vintage (2010) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Sainsbury’s (Made for them by Thatchers)
Cider Name: Vintage (2010) Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 500ml
Smell: Light sweet apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsbury’s
Date: 24/12/12

It’s the night before Christmas, all work has been finished and it is time to laze about in front of a good (or probably very cheesy!) Christmas film and get right into the Christmas spirit. This means cracking open another cider, which today is the Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Vintage (2010) Cider.

After yesterdays disaster, I am hoping a bit more from this one. It’s yet again made for Sainsbury’s by Thatchers, but this one actually names the apples used, which this time is the Dabinett & Redstreak from a 2010 harvest. I guess they put this under the ‘Taste The Difference’ brand, as it is probably actually half-decent cider, unlike yesterdays Original Somerset Cider. The bottle looks fairly classy and has a nice image of someone harvesting apples from the tree. It looks like they are trying to portray that this is the real deal. Well we shall see if they can deliver the goods too!

This cider poured fizzy at first, but that settled down pretty fast, but there’s still a good level of bubbles rising in the glass. The aroma coming off this cider is very light and is of sweet apples. There really isn’t too much good or bad about the smell, but at least it doesn’t smell all industrial! The initial taste is of light sweet apples, which then turns mildly sour and the fizz enhances that slightly. This then turns drier as the taste goes on, with a little sharpness and there’s a mild cheesy type feel to the aftertaste. I’d say it is fairly easy to drink and feels quite balanced, but just feels a bit held back to show its true colours. It’s a whole lot better than yesterdays cider, but it doesn’t match up to my favourites at all.

Would I buy this again?: Probably, but not a first choice.
Overall Rating: 7/10

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