Burrow Hill Cider Bus Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Burrow Hill
Cider Name: Cider Bus
Region: Somerset
ABV: 5.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Dull yellow/Golden
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 05/06/13

This is probably one of my last ciders I’ll be reviewing before heading to Frankfurt on Friday in pursuit of Apfelwein. Hopefully I can go out with a bang with this selection. Luckily for me I found it hidden in a bag I completely forgot about and lo and behold I find a cider! Don’t you just love it when that happens?!? The treat for today is the Cider Bus cider from Burrow Hill.

The cider gets its name from the long tradition of Burrow Hill selling their cider from a cider bus at Glastonbury. This is the cider they sell there and probably about the best one you will get there away from the usual over commercialised rubbish like Strongbow. Though this year I think I heard Tricky & Handmade Cider Company might be selling their cider there now. Someone who goes to Glastonbury this year will no doubt correct me of the cider goings on down there!

It’s labelled as a medium/dry cider and farm pressed from Somerset apples. It sounds very similar to their Farm Pressed Cider they sell already in bottles, though that’s 0.5% stronger at 6%. If it’s on par with that then they’ve done a good job. Is it just a name to sell it or is it actually different from that one? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to open it up, which is what I will do now…

This was extremely fizzy to begin with and was doing its best to jump out the bottle before it had even got to the glass. Some minor spillage later and it actually poured a lot cloudier than I was expecting. It’s not like pea soup visibility in the glass, but it did definitely make it hazy. I take in the aroma and it’s got a really gorgeous rich rustic apple feel to it. Lovely jubbly! My first sip is fruity, lightly thin in texture, has a lovely apple taste and then the tannins and dryness take over. There is a fair level of acidity too, but I feel that is taking more of a backseat compared to the tannins. To finish it off, it has a drying finish and a lovely oak taste. It’s very similar to their Farm Pressed Cider, though it feels a little more fruity, a little less bitter and marginally less long lasting drink. Both are great in their own right and I’d gladly have either again.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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    You picked a winner there. I look forward to your German reviews


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