Thatchers Katy (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Thatchers
Cider Name: Katy (SV)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 7.4%
Taste: Medium
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Dessert apple/Lightly wine-like/Floral
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsburys
Date: 03/06/13

Without any cider festivals to go to today, I’m really struggling to find any new cider at the moment. Luckily Sainsburys have come to the rescue this time and I have a few big name producer ciders to try. Up first is the Thatchers Katy Single Variety (SV) cider.

Thatchers are one of the big producers in the market and can make a decent cider, though that’s not always the case. My recent experiences of Old Rascal and Green Goblin have quite frankly been disappointing. It’s been a while since I’ve had a Katy (SV) cider, so it will be interesting to see how it gets on today.

Katy is the name of the cider and also the name of the dessert apple used within the cider. This is labelled as a light, fragrant, softly sparkling medium dry cider with a distinctive character of its own. The origin of the Katy apple is interestingly from Sweden, where it is known as Katya. That’s the first time in a while I’ve seen an apple grown over here that didn’t originate here. It’s a dessert apple and also is noted for its acidity. It doesn’t sound the worst apple when on paper, though it’s not a cider apple and thus will be lacking in tannins. Right, it’s time to open this up and see how it fares…

This poured sparkling, bright, clear and golden/yellow in colour. The aroma was sweet, very dessert apple like, with it nearly bordering on smelling like wine. It has a very fragrant and floral smell too. I take in my first sip and it’s fairly sweet, has mild acidity/tanginess/sourness and a lightly drying, crisp finish. It’s a lot better than the likes of Old Rascal, but it just doesn’t have enough depth to it. It’s certainly lacking that va va voom! Also, this isn’t really my type of cider, as it’s certainly more Eastern counties than West Country style. There is no tannins and it is lacking in excitement, though it is fairly easy to drink (which could be lethal at 7.4%!) and smooth in taste. It’s fairly good for what it is, but it just doesn’t do enough for me. It’s by no means a bad cider. It just isn’t that great either.

Would I buy this again?: Possibly if there’s no other decent real ciders
Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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    Paul Marriott said,

    I think it is a nice cider light for a warm day


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