Chant Cider Lady J Belle De Jersey (SV) Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Chant Cider
Perry Name: Lady J Belle De Jersey (SV)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: 750ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Light pears
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Chant/Naish Farm
Date: 01/01/13

It’s New Years Day, the cottage holiday has been a great success so far and now it is time to bring out the exquisite once a year type drinks. Next up on the list is the Chant Cider Lady J Perry.

This is a perry made by Paul Chant, who has previously made the amazing Badger Spit cider. If this lives up to the levels of that, then I’ll definitely be in for a treat. The perry is made from the rare Belle De Jersey perry pears, with there only thought to be a few in the West of England. It takes up to 3 years to make this perry and is made in only small quantities, which makes me part of a very select few to actually have had this! What does puzzle me is they call this a cloudy perry, but it looks anything but that, as it’s crystal clear. Not that it bothers me at all, It’s more of an observation more than anything.

It poured a very light straw colour and was perfectly still. The aromas was of lightly sweet pears, but also smelt like a bit of oomph about it. The taste was of sweet pear to start with, but then a ballsy light acidic feel comes through, but ends up back with a fairly smooth light sour pear aftertaste. This felt exciting, but not over the top at the same time. If you have had their badger spit cider before, then it’s similar in style, but is lighter and has a really gorgeous pear taste. I’m not usually a huge perry fan, but this is delicious.

If this perry was a car, she would be fast, amazing fun to drive but also practical and has everything inside it to make it a nice fun everyday car. I’d certainly be happy to have this car!

Would I buy this again?:
Overall Rating: 9/10

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