Ross-On-Wye Brown Snout (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ross-On-Wye
Cider Name: Brown Snout (SV)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Oak/Light sweetness/vanilla
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ross-On-Wye Farm
Date: 28/03/13

It’s not often I get to say it’s the weekend already when it’s only Thursday, but thankfully today is one of those days. 4 days off work is planned for Easter, which means a bit more rest and recuperation. Well, it will probably mean a bit more cider drinking, but those 2 go together like ying and yang. Up today is the Single Variety (SV) Brown Snout cider from Ross-On-Wye (or Broome Farm as they also like to be called).

This is one of the final 2 new ciders I have left from my Herefordshire trip and from a producer most people should know. Ross-On-Wye have been making ciders/perries for many years and do a damn good job at it too. They have to be up there as one of my favourite Herefordshire producers, though that region is spoilt for choice with decent cider. It’s hard to pick a favourite between the Herefordshire and Somerset regions and is more about personal choice. I personally marginally prefer the farmhouse style of Somerset.

Anyway, back onto the cider. This has been packaged in brown beer style bottles and has a thorough description of the apple. The description of the Brown Snout is as follows:

“A mild medium bittersweet apple from Herefordshire. It is a small greenish yellow fruit with russet around the eye. Has a soft tannin and makes a nice rich single variety. Harvested late November”

Well there you have it, you get an education from the bottle as well as no doubt a decent cider to follow. I love it when a producer takes the time to give you more information, rather than have it as a dark secret. It helps educate the masses and gets you to understand what you are drinking. The bottle also lists that the cider has an SG (specific gravity) of 1003, so I’d expect this to be on the drier end of the scale. There’s only one way to find that out isn’t there. You guessed it, it’s cider drinking time!…

This poured a golden/amber colour and has a rich apple smell and a definite hint of oak too. The aroma has a light sweet edge to it and maybe a little touch of vanilla in the air. I take my first sip and there’s a deep apple flavour, fairly bold in taste and has a drying bitter end to it, with a touch of oak in the aftertaste. Unlike the Gillow Brown Snout I had the other day, the acidity feels a lot lower in this cider and the tannins are coming through a lot more prominently. It’s an exciting cider, yet without being too overpowering in tannins/dryness and is actually fairly smooth. It’s probably not something I’d have a session on, but I could certainly enjoy one of these periodically. It’s well worth a try if you like your ciders on the drier side.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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    Patrick Huff said,

    I just ran into a Ross On Wye but didn’ get it. Why was that? well next time.

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