Cider 88 Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Cider 88
Cider Name: Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled glass
Smell: Apples
Colour: Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 25/12/12

I recently went to the Bristol Cider Shop to find my draught cider of choice for Christmas day, which I immediately found the second I went in the shop. The draught range was the usual suspects, with the exception of one, the Cider 88 cider.

Once I saw it I had to find out more, as they are new a company on me. I was told this was behind the guys at Pilton Cider and had only recently gone on sale. It gets its name Cider 88 from the fact their secret orchard (behind Shepton Mallet cider factory) contains 88 cider apple varieties. There is a method to their madness as they! So I picked a cider I’ve never heard of before, which has been chosen to be my Christmas day cider, what could possibly go wrong?!!? I seized the opportunity and bought 2.5 litres of the beautiful looking cider! After all, the Pilton Cider I’ve had previously has been of a great standard, so this should be too, right? Well there’s only one way to find out as they say!

This cider, being in the draught form, was very still and looking great with its bright amber colour. The aroma was of very nice apples, with a touch of a farmyard smell too. As for the taste, it has a gorgeous bittersweet feel to it, which leads to a long lingering dry aftertaste. It’s so well-balanced, has a good mix of tannins with a juicy bitter apple juice. This could so easily be a session cider, with it being so tasty and easy to drink. I would happily drink this all evening, which I no doubt will do tonight!

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

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