Gwynt y Ddraig Dabinett (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gwynt y Ddraig
Cider Name: Dabinett (SV)
Region: Glamorgan
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Fruity/Apples/Light dryness
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Corks of Cotham, Bristol
Date: 30/04/13

Wow it’s been a while hasn’t it since my last review?!? Time didn’t fly because I wasn’t having fun, but at least I’m on the road to recovery now and have managed to find a couple of new ciders at my local off-license. Nothing too glamorous was found in there that I hadn’t tried before, but I did manage to find a couple of new Gwynt y Ddraig ciders. Up first is the Dabinett Single Variety (SV) cider.

As has been mentioned in previous reviews, Gwynt y Draig are probably the most well-known cider producer from Wales and can be found in many shops and even the likes of Wetherspoons too. The Black Dragon is their biggest seller and in general their ciders are of a good quality, though not always the most inspiring to drink. Though their Gold Medal cider is probably one of the exceptions to the rule. That was a great cider and certainly worth trying!

The Dabinett apple itself needs no introductions, as it’s probably the most widely known cider apple, along with the likes of the Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill. It’s what is known as a vintage cider apple and one of very few apples that producers dare to make a SV cider from. Though I’ve seen a good few more crop up in the last couple of years.

My experience of a Dabinett SV cider to date has been fairly good, though I have yet to be blown away by one yet. I guess that’s what can happen when you make a SV cider, as you are limited in the ways you can adjust the taste. At least if you can blend the apples, then you can adjust the taste a lot easier if needed. The bottle doesn’t really add much more details, except the fact it is a well-balanced bittersweet apple, which has a soft astringency and a full body.

Right, I’m about to start dribbling at the mouth at the prospect of a new cider, so I better get opening this and trying it out! It poured a bright, clear, golden/amber colour and had a heavy fizz to begin with. That’s a slightly disappointing start, as I prefer my cider still, but the fizz was fairly short-lived and settled down to the occasional few bubbles. The aroma was fruity, floral, lightly dry and definitely smelt like the Dabinett I’ve tried previously. The first taste was a little ballsy, has a crisp dry edge to it and ended with a softer, sweeter finish. Acidity levels were moderate to low and had a fair few tannins in the mix, though not overpowering at the same time. It’s one of those ciders that are not the most challenging, yet still satisfying and easy to drink. I have to say this is one of the better Gwynt y Ddraig ciders out there and certainly worth a try.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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