Dick Willow’s Oaked Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Dick Willow’s
Cider Name: Oaked Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled pint
Smell: Apples/Acidic
Colour: Dull orange/Amber
Clarity: Lightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Dick Willow’s
Date: 30/12/12

We have made it to our cottage down on the Devon/Cornwall border for our New Year retreat. There was drama on the route to pick to get here, which finally turned into drama over missing ingredients, but finally it’s time to chill. Right, time for a cider me thinks! First up is the Dick Willow’s Oaked Cider.

I know relatively little about this cider, except what it says on the tin! It’s a cider, it’s matured in oak barrels and made by the guys down at Dick Willow’s. I’m a fairly big oak matured cider fan, so this should go down a treat!

This cider poured a dull orange/amber colour and had the aroma of apples, with a strong whiff of vinegar/acidity. You can tell just from the smell that this isn’t to be taken lightly! You dig in to this and wow what a taste. There’s a near instant hit of acidity to the back of the throat, though it’s not overpowering at the same time. It gives you a nice warming feel. It’s surprisingly easy to drink in my opinion. It’s probably too harsh for a lot of people, but it works so well for me. Once you have had that lovely acidic bite and the tannins hit, you feel a tasty oaky feel to the aftertaste. This tastes like a proper Somerset Scrumpy and I’m a big fan!

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

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