Mad Apple Cider Traditional Farmhouse Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Mad Apple Cider
Cider Name: Traditional Farmhouse Cider
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Sherbet
Colour: Dull yellow/Orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Somerset Cheese & Cider Fayre, Ring O Bells, Compton Martin
Date: 08/05/13

After a successful tasting of the Harry’s Dry Cider, I’ve got my thirst for new cider in full swing now and want to try one more before I head off to the quiz. Up next is the Traditional Farmhouse Cider from Mad Apple Cider.

This is yet again from another new cider producer I discovered at the Somerset Cheese & Cider Fayre last Sunday. They are named Mad Apple Cider due to one day when over in the Channel Islands he got drunk and his other half found him and asked if he had been on those mad apples again and thus the rest is history and the name stuck. That’s roughly how the story went, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong! It’s run by Ian & Heidi Cunneen and done so from the foothills of the Quantocks in Somerset. They are a small producer and make a 100% full juice cider. Nothing is added or taken away……just how I like it!

The labelling on the cider is fairly decent and informative. There’s a brief description about them, they list that the only thing added in the cider is the apples and it also has a really nice logo. The logo is of a tree that looks a bit bonkers/mad and has half a tree full of apples and the other half is night-time and bare. The only thing lacking would be a bit more info about the apples that went in there, but then again that’s more of a wishful thing than something the average cider drinker wants to know.

I crack open this bad boy and it pours cloudy, dull yellow/orange and has a gorgeous apple aroma and even possibly a little sherbet in there too. That smells absolutely divine and it’s time to see if it tastes it too. My first sip is just so tangy, tasty and has a light farmyard feel. I was having a word with Ian at the fayre on Sunday and he said the tangy sensation was due to the malic acid in the cider. I absolutely love that tangy feeling it leaves on your throat and tongue! Once you get past that, it’s actually on the sweeter side of things, sour and definitely is a medium at best. There’s also moderate tannins in this (not as much as it smells), is not dry or sharp, and has a decent oaky aftertaste.

This cider tastes like you’ve added that crazy sherbet you had as a kid with the cider and it just takes you mouth on a journey it won’t forget. This might not be to everyones taste, but it certainly works for me. It reminds me of the Bennetts Cider from last year. I will certainly be going back for more soon.

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


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