Rich’s Golden Years Lambrook Pippin (SV) (2011) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Rich’s
Cider Name: Golden Years Lambrook Pippin (SV) (2011)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 5.6%
Taste: Medium
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Sour apples
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Rich’s Cider (at Bristol Cider Fest)
Date: 28/06/13

It’s been another quick week at work and thankfully that’s over with now and the weekend has begun. Before my cider pub crawl tomorrow, I’m having a quiet night in with a few new Rich’s ciders I got last week at the Bristol Cider Fest and lots of old favourites. Up first is the Golden Years Lambrook Pippin (2011) Cider.

After a really lovely experience previously with their Yarlington & Lambrook Pippin cider, I just had to buy more of the ‘Golden Years’ collection the next time I saw them. These appear to be a lot more different to their usual farmhouse cider and I always like trying something new.

The Lambrook Pippin apple is noted as a mild sharp apple and can be used as a cooking apple and also for making cider from it too. From the description it sounds like it is will make more of an Eastern Style cider or at least blend it with other apples. Can it actually do well on its own 2 feet though? Well the tasting will see if this has what it take to succeed.

This poured with a light sparkle going on, clear, golden in colour and had a very odd sour apple type smell. It’s very hard to pinpoint the smell to something in particular. The initial taste is actually fairly sweet, lightly sharp/acidic, fruity, minor citrus and a toffee like feel to the taste. It’s kind of odd and different on one hand, but also tasty and lightly sweet on the other. I would say the sharpness is only mild and definitely not overpowering. There’s also a light bit of bitterness to it too, though there’s any huge amount of tannins to note. It’s definitely a decent cider, though it’s lacking something to make it a great cider. Certainly more of an apple to blend than use as a single variety.

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

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