Bristol Ciderworks Sparkling Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Bristol Ciderworks
Cider Name: Sparkling Dry
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Brown/Copper/Orange
Clarity: Cloudy (Clear if you’re careful with the sediment)
Carbonation: Light natural fizz and then fairly still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 23/01/13

The snow started up again earlier and I thought it might be another day without a proper cider shop, but luckily that wasn’t the case and the snow was only light and brief. Off to the Bristol Cider Shop I went and I came back with 8 bottles to keep me going for a little while longer. There was a perry, a couple of chilli ciders and plenty of dry ciders. Up today is one of the dry ciders, which happens to be the Bristol Ciderworks Sparkling Dry Cider.

I can’t say I know an awful lot about the guys behind this, even though they are local and are just down the road in Backwell, but it’s always good to try a new cider out when I can. Whilst in the cider shop earlier all I was told to do was just not to shake this bottle up, as there is plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Personally, sediment doesn’t bother me at all, however I’m sure there are a few people out there who prefer their cider clear.

This cider is made in the traditional way and uses apples such as Somerset Redstreak, Yarlington Mill, Ashton Bitter, Sweet Alford, Hangdown and Crimson King. It is then bottled fermented using the natural sugars within the apples, which explains the amount of sediment found in the bottle. The label on the bottle is simple and effective and tells you exactly what you want to know.

I pour the cider and the first thing you notice is the initial fizz and then the brown colour of the cider. It’s probably the darkest cider I’ve ever seen! I’m guessing some of that is the sediment, but it would probably have been nearly as dark if I was a bit more careful in the pouring. The smell is of some very ripe apples and it has the farmhouse feel to it that I know and love. Ah good times! I delve in for my first sip and it has a really lovely fruity dryness virtually from the off. However, it’s a pleasant dry taste, which is more of a lightly sour dry hit before the lovely faint oak aftertaste kicks in. There’s a decent level of tannins in this bad boy, and it is pretty easy to drink if you like your ciders drier and just has a great taste. I’ll certainly be going back for more of this in the future.

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


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