Twisted Cider Misty Cider (Medium/Dry) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Twisted Cider
Cider Name: Misty Cider (Medium/Dry)
Region: Dorset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apple pie
Colour: Dull yellow/Orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Somerset Cheese & Cider Fayre, Ring O Bells, Compton Martin
Date: 09/05/13

After just finishing the Nempnett Piglets Choice Oak Matured Cider, the next cider was always going to have a tough act to follow. I used the powers of the random cider selecting to bring the next challenger to the table and it brought in the Medium/Dry Misty Cider from Twisted Cider.

I first remember hearing about Twisted Cider when they held a festival a couple of years back at The Beaufort in Bristol. Back then they were in the early days of their cider producing and from memory they are based in Dorset and used to sell their cider a lot in Somerset or London. They mainly sold other people’s cider (such as Gwynt y Ddraig and Thistly Cross) previously, but since started making their own too. Having now consulted the ‘In Search Of Cider’ book, he is making a few thousand litres on his homemade press and sounds like he is a full juice cider producer. All in all that’s all a positive sign.

The Misty Cider looks to be named as it’s a cloudy cider. If you took the label off the bottle now and told me to name what was in it, you would have a guess at orange squash from the colour. Not that it is a bad thing, but the colour does remind me of that. The bottle is labelled with the basics you expect from a cider (brief description/ABV %/contact details) and has their distinctive apple peel type logo. I do actually like their logo, as it’s fairly unique and new-age looking.

I opened the bottle and it poured a heavily cloudy yellow/orange colour and certainly looks like an orange juice or similar. There was heavy sediment in the bottom of the bottle too and probably one of the cloudiest ciders I’ve ever had the pleasure to try. Once I get past that, it smells like a gorgeous apple pie your grandma would make.

My first sip is a sour apple taste and follows with a dry lingering finish. There’s plenty of sourness to this, sharp and tannic too. I do like this cider, but it just doesn’t have the complexity/taste I’m usually after. It’s a little on the sharp side for myself, but certainly could appeal to people who like that. There’s just something missing for me (maybe lacking a little acidity? maybe also due to it being pasteurised?). This is certainly a good cider, though not quite a great one.

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

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