Springfield Cider Sledgehammer Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Springfield Cider
Cider Name: Sledgehammer
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 8.2%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples/Oak
Colour: Orange/Brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 09/04/13

After a few days on the painkillers and lacking any cider, I have finally been allowed off them now. What better way to get off them than to have a good few new real ciders to celebrate. Up first is the Sledgehammer cider from Springfield Cider.

This is the 2nd time I’ve had a Springfield cider within the past week, with the Wobbly Munk going down amazingly well. They are a small-scale producer from Monmouthshire and deservedly have been awarded the overall Champion Cider of Wales at the 2012 CAMRA Festival in Cardiff. As with anything in life, repeating a success can be hard (just how many one hit wonders do you see in the world of music!), so I’m hoping they can with the Sledgehammer.

Sledgehammer is apparently one of the stronger ciders in the Springfield range and is left to mature for several months in oak barrels. The barrels themselves formerly held either bourbon or whiskey. I’m liking the sound of this cider already. Some of my favourite ciders are ones that have been matured in oak barrels. It just adds a lot of flavour to a cider in my opinion.

The bottle itself is very simplistic and has very little details to give away. There’s an image of a horse, which I assume it is what this cider is named after. A little more information on the bottle would have been a great help! I do notice there’s a layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so be careful in pouring this if you want it to be clear.

I open this cider and it poured still, a dull orange/brown colour and has the aroma of rustic apples and oak. Wow it smells amazing and so inviting! The first sip follows this on perfectly and you have a smooth, gorgeous apple taste to begin with. This turns sour/acidic, fair levels of tannins (though not too heavy) and the most gorgeous oaky aftertaste. Oh wow they are on to a winner with this one. Flavours are deep and rich, lovely tingling feeling left on your tongue, has a gorgeous aftertaste and is devilishly moreish. I’m kind of glad I only have 1 bottle of this, otherwise it could get very messy, with it being a whopping 8.2% ABV! Yet again it’s not too dry or sweet and fits my palate like a glove. I will certainly be going back for more.

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

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