Oliver’s Red Pear Cocktail Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Perry Name: Red Pear Cocktail Perry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Sweet
Served: Chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Sweet pears
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Oliver’s
Date: 30/12/12

We’ve just had a great meal and it’s time for dessert. With a good dessert you can have a dessert wine, so why not a dessert cider/perry? Thinking along those lines, I thought I’d choose to have a Oliver’s Red Pear Cocktail Perry.

This was bought a good month or 2 ago when I last went to Oliver’s and have been saving this for a dinner party. Today is that day and it is certainly coming out to play! It’s listed as a medium/sweet perry, which is a blend of the Blakeney Red and Red Pears. They were blended at pressing and wild yeast fermented through the cold winter of 2010. Now can it live up to a good dessert perry? Well there’s only one way to find out!

It poured crystal clear and a light straw colour. The aroma was of very sweet pears and had a rich pear taste. Just drinking is not enough to even know it’s gone through your lips. It’s too smooth and easy to drink. Have a lovely blue cheese and this and it feels amazing and silky smooth as it slips down the throat. I think it’s lacking a little depth to class it as a true dessert perry, but it’s very close. It’s not any sort of a session perry, but can be the after dinner drink you desire. There’s just lacking anything to grab you and shake you up. It’s another one a wine drinker loves to enjoy.

If this perry was a car, she would look great but lacks any speed or grunt about her. She’s a simple city car that you can love and appreciate but just not take on the open country roads. It’s smooth and simple the journeys you go on, but don’t expect the time of your life.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, but not a first choice
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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