Ross-On-Wye Ashton Brown Jersey (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ross-On-Wye
Cider Name: Ashton Brown Jersey (SV)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Sweet apples/Rich/Toffee
Colour: Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 22/05/13

Crikey, it’s Wednesday already? The week is just flying by at the moment and only one more day at work before I’m off camping for the weekend. I’m certainly looking forward to that and fingers crossed I can visit a cider farm or 2 along the way as well. Thankfully I have a few ciders to keep me ticking over until then. Up next is another single variety (SV) cider from Ross-On-Wye, which is the Ashton Brown Jersey.

After a fairly disappointing experience yesterday with the Ball Bittersweet (SV), I’m giving them a chance to redeem themselves today with the Ashton Brown Jersey. This is a medium bittersweet apple and apparently produces a high quality, full-bodied juice. It sounds very similar to the Balls Bittersweet description, though this one seems to say it has more kick to it. Fingers crossed that is exactly what I’m looking for. The SG comes in at 1003, which should technically make it a dry cider. There’s no messing about now with anymore talk, it’s time to just dive in deep and see what it’s all about…

This poured crystal clear, amber and has a rich, sweet apple aroma, with a hint of toffee about it too. My first taste was fruity, lightly bitter/acidic and has a long drying finish. It’s one of these ciders that it gets drier the more you drink it and doesn’t have a huge amount about it than the bitterness and lingering dryness. There is very little acidity, apart from the initial burst. It’s a little too dry for me personally, though that doesn’t take away that it is a pleasant cider for those who like it dry. I can’t say I will be rushing back in a hurry for another. I’d definitely prefer this in a blend personally to it being on its own.

Would I buy this again?: Possibly, though they do much better ciders than this
Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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