Ashgrove Orchards Orchard Harvest Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ashgrove Orchards
Pider Name: Orchard Harvest Cider (with pear juice)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Pears
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Truffles Deli, Ross-On-Wye
Date: 18/03/13

It’s Monday now and I have the Monday blues already. Work wasn’t the best in the world and it has just dragged all day. Thankfully it’s now cider time and I have a friend’s birthday meal later. It looks like this day is looking up already. I’m now onto the bottled cider and up today is the Ashgrove Orchards Orchard Harvest Cider.

This is the 2nd time I’ve had an Ashgrove Orchards cider, having previously had the Orchard Ram cider. Though when they say cider, they mean a pider really for this one, as in the smaller print is that it contains pear juice too. I didn’t actually see that when I bought it, but have since seen it once I got it home! From looking at it in more detail, they seem to ferment the apple juice to start with and then use the pear juice to sweeten it before bottling. I can’t see nothing too much wrong with that myself personally, as there are plenty of ways to skin a cat, but if you prefer for your cider to just be cider then it is a bit annoying they used that method. Different strokes for different folks as they say.

I’ve opened this pider up and it was fairly lively out of the bottle, although it settles down very quickly to just a few bubbles. I take a whiff of the glass and it has a lightly sweetened apple smell, some pears there and possibly a bit of vanilla/oak touch to it too. It’s a decent smell though.

Onto the tasting and its very tangy on the tongue right from the go. This is certainly more of a cider than a pider, but you do have a little sweetness from the pears in your mouth briefly. There’s a good level of acidity, fairly sour, has moderate tannins and a long lingering drier finish, with a hint of oak too. This is a medium which is bordering on medium/dry and actually very exciting and tasty. It’s not one you could have many bottles in one session, but more of an occasional drink to appreciate.

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

1 Response so far »

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    Patrick Huff said,

    Not for cider but adding pear juice to other products is quite common here.

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