Archive for January, 2013

Oliver’s Classic Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Oliver’s
Perry Name: Classic Perry
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Pears/Oak
Colour: Golden/Straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 30/01/13

I really am loving today. Work hasn’t been too big a hassle, I’ve had a lovely Chicken, Bacon, Potato & Cider Hotpot and I’m doing my usual pub quiz in a bit. Everything has definitely gone right for me today and to reward myself I’m going to have a Oliver’s Classic Perry.

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Pork, Chorizo, Bacon, Chickpea & Cider Stew Recipe Review

Pork, Chorizo, Bacon, Chickpea & Cider Stew Recipe

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Dish Name: Pork, Chorizo, Bacon, Chickpea & Cider Stew
Original Recipe Origin: BBC Good Food Website
Ingredients:

800g skinless, boneless pork shoulder , cut into large bite-sized chunks
120g cooking chorizo (Bath Pig Spicy Chorizo) , sliced into thin rounds
3 rashers of smoked back bacon, chopped into bite-sized chunks
125g bacon lardons
1 large onion , chopped
1 large carrot , finely chopped
4 medium-sized closed cup mushrooms , finely chopped
Small pinch dried chilli flakes
Small pinch paprika
2 garlic cloves , finely chopped
4 bay leaves
sprig of thyme
1 tbsp chilli tomato purée
1/2 pint of dry cider (Wilkins)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
400g tin chickpeas , drained and rinsed
Fresh chopped parsley

Cooking Instructions: Add all ingredients from above into a slow cooker, stir and then leave it to cook. I also stirred at 4 hours in.
Optional Instructions: Use plain flour/Corn flour around 10 mins from the end to thicken sauce, if needed.
Cooking Method: 3.5l slow cooker on low setting
Cooking Time: 8 hours
Serving Suggestion: Serve with bread or potatoes
Serves: 5-6

Review:

I’ve recently got myself a slow cooker to try to make cooking a bit more pleasurable and easy for me, rather than slog it out over a hot stove and hope it cooks properly! I love the concept of slow cooking. You just cut everything up, put it in the slow cooker before work and by the time you finish you have dinner waiting for you. Some may say that is the point in having a housewife/husband, but unfortunately I have neither, so the slow cooker it is! My first ever recipe using this was for the Pork, Chorizo, Bacon, Chickpea & Cider Stew.

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Fallen Angel Scotch Bonnet Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Fallen Angel
Cider Name: Scotch Bonnet Cider
Region: Sussex
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Dry apples/Chillies
Colour: Dull yellow/Light brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 29/01/13

Today will bring out a first for me and this blog; I will finally get to find out how a chilli cider really tastes. I was given a bottle of this by the guys at the Bristol Cider Shop, as I think they were a bit too scared to try it and they also know I have a love for everything hot. Without further ado, the next one on my list is the Fallen Angel Scotch Bonnet Cider

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Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Lyme Bay
Cider Name: Sparkling Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 4.8%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Ripe apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 29/01/13

Today has been one of those days for me that have actually been ok. Work didn’t piss me off as much as it sometimes can, I had a lovely spaghetti bolognese for dinner and now time to settle down with a few ciders, whilst I decide on what my next cider & food adventure will be tomorrow. My first cider of the evening is the Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider.

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Dunkertons Dry Organic Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Dunkertons
Cider Name: Dry Organic Cider
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 28/01/13

After a rather hit and miss Saturday at the Bristol Cider Festival, followed by an awesome roast dinner at a friends yesterday, then today means back to the real world and work! I really do hate it how the weekend goes so quickly and then the Monday to Friday slog just drags on! Can’t it be swapped?!?! Anyway, tonight is another chilled night in and time to sample the Dry Organic Cider from Dunkertons.

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Hecks Vintage Cider (Medium) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hecks
Cider Name: Vintage Cider (Medium)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Festival
Date: 26/01/13

Blimey, it’s gone 2 and onto cider number 7 already. Up next is number 86, which is the Vintage Cider (Medium) from Hecks

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Millwhites Dabinett (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Millwhites
Cider Name: Dabinett (SV)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples
Colour: Golden orange
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Festival
Date: 26/01/13

I’m now onto the 4th cider of the festival and only the 2nd new one. The selection of new ciders is pretty poor, but there’s still a good few old favourites here too. Up next is the last Millwhites I’ve never tried before (I’m not counting the strawberry one though), which is their Single Variety Dabinett

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