Springfield Cider Wobbly Munk Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Springfield Cider
Cider Name: Wobbly Munk
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 6.7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Sweet/Rustic apples
Colour: Amber/Orange
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 03/04/13

The bank holiday weekend was certainly a spectacular one and I’ve just about recovered from a dodgy cough and aching all over. Normal cider duty must be resumed and it will start with one of my recent purchases from the Bristol Cider Shop. Up first is the Wobbly Munk from Springfield.

Springfield Cider has been produced by the Wordsworth family since 1998 at Springfield Farm, Monmouthshire. From having a read of their website it looks like they make cider the traditional way, with no added sugar, yeasts or sulphites. There’s not even any filtering either, so it’s just a pure 100% juice cider. Just the way I like it! Around 7,000 litres is produced yearly of their cider, which means they’re a fairly small producer, but not tiny at the same time.

This particular cider, the Wobbly Monk, is actually one of their newer creations and won the overall Champion Cider of Wales at the 2012 CAMRA Festival in Cardiff. That either means it should be of a good quality or it’s set itself up for a fall.

Looking at the bottle itself, there’s not a huge amount of detail on there at all, though the picture of a munk getting plastered under a barrel of cider is a decent design. It’s all very minimalistic in design (i.e. nothing else there but a logo) and therefore my rambling will stop and the cider drinking will commence…

The cider poured an amber colour, which was bordering on orange, and had a lightly sweet, rustic apple feel to it. As to be expected, it was a completely still cider once open and was just begging me to drink it. Being a kind cider drinker that I am, I let it fulfil its destiny and boy it helped put a smile on my face too! It has a sweet, fruity, & rich initial sensation to begin with and then an almighty sour feeling came through after, which is moderately acidic. It was like it was giving you a slap to the face and then plenty of tannins came rushing through too, with a lingering drier finish (possibly a little woody too). Whilst it is all of that, it’s actually a smooth and balanced cider at the same time. It’s just a cider that doesn’t seem too much initially, but then a sudden rush of amazing flavours just hit you and you get that wow factor. This is one of those ciders that is just on my wavelength. It’s not too sweet, it’s not too dry, but it’s just right! I’ll certainly be going back for another very soon.

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

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2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    cidermonger said,

    Sounds like an awesome cider! Love the name and design too!!

  2. 2

    Patrick Huff said,

    Wobbly Monk. I like this guy. Good pick. Get some more


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