Gwynt y Ddraig Gold Medal Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwynt y Ddraig
Cider Name: Gold Medal Cider
Region: Glamorgan
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Fruity
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 28/12/12

It’s smack bang in the middle of Christmas and New Year now, which means I can enjoy a good few ciders and just recharge my batteries before I party hard for our trip away at the New Year. There’s no work, there’s peace and quiet and it’s time to have the Gold Medal Cider from Gwynt y Ddraig

For anyone who hasn’t had a Gwynt y Ddraig cider before, they make a consistently decent cider from their farm in Glamorgan. I wouldn’t say they make a cider that ‘wows you’, but it’s all very drinkable and decent at the same time. They have become a fairly big producer nowadays, with supplying to Wetherspoons and some supermarkets too, if my memory serves me right. Their Gold Medal cider looks to be what they probably started with all those years ago and it is what got them the CAMRA Cider Champion back in 2004! Maybe this could be the cider of theirs that finally gets me all excited about it?!?!

This cider poured a bright golden colour and had very little carbonation going on. There’s enough to give the glass a little sparkle, but not enough to overpower the drink, by the looks of it. It had the aroma of rich apples and had that typical Gwynt y Ddraig smell. The taste is definitely decent and probably one of my favourite of their cider range! It’s light and fruity to begin with, has a good amount of acidity and tannins mixed in together and has a lightly sharp finish mixed in with some sourness. The aftertaste is fairly long-lasting and you can feel a bit of the oakiness within that. I would liken this to their Black Dragon, but has a little dryer feeling and a little more complexity/depth/flavour to it. Overall, I’ll certainly be going back for another of this.

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


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