Dengie Medium/Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Dengie Cider Company
Cider Name: Medium/Dry
Region: Essex
ABV: 5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Wine like
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Lightly cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Essex Cider Shop
Date: 08/08/13

With my recent cider haul coming from a cider shop in Essex, it is only fitting to get a local cider to try out from that neck of the woods. Having previously tried a Paglesham Punch & Carters Cider from the region before, I was on the look out for something new from the region. Thankfully my friend came up trumps and up next is the Medium/Dry cider from Dengie.

Dengie are an Essex based cider producer, who look to now be soley produced by the Wibblers Brewery Company. The origins of the Dengie Cider Company look to have been with a local cidermaker, but for some reason or other Wibblers took over the production of it from them, after they were only initially going to sell/market it for them. Their website doesn’t go into much detail of the how or why, but it’s good to see it’s been carried on.

They have been going since only 2012, so they are fairly new on the scene. Thankfully the apple pressing is not done on the breweries site and therefore hopefully no cross-contamination between the 2. I’ve had some ciders made by breweries at the same site before where there was a slight beer taste in it, which is not what I go for a cider for! It only mentions that it is made in Essex and not that the apples are from there too. You’d hope that some of it was local at least, which would then make it an Eastern style cider. I could keep on speculating some more, but that’s not really my style and I’ll just open it up and see what joys it may bring.

It poured extremely fizzy and was so happy to see me it just jumped out of the bottle upon opening. After the initial fizzfest, it calmed down slightly, but still was very sparkling. Although it looked fairly clear in the bottle, it did pour slightly cloudy due to sediment and was a dull yellow colour. The aroma was wine like, very appley and certainly of the Eastern style from the smell.

I take in my first sip and you get a sour green apple feel and then dryness. There’s no bitterness to this, it’s fairly easy to drink and has absolutely no tannins. It’s a bit of a funny one really as it seems like it has the potential to have a nice Apfelwein/Eastern style flavour, but it just goes too quickly. Virtually once it’s touched the tip of my tongue it has gone before I can even try to enjoy it. For me it has also been a bit over carbonated and just would be so much better still. This one I feel has some potential, but falls well short of fulfilling it due to a lack of depth to it and lack of long lasting flavour.

Would I buy this again?: Probably not, though I’d be interested to try the still
Overall Rating: 6.5/10


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