Jollydale Medium/Dry Cyder Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Jollydale
Cider Name: Medium/Dry
Region: Lincolnshire
ABV: 5.9%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Light toffee
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

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

The new cider stocks are finally depleting again and I’m down to my last 2 bottles. Whilst I wonder where my next new cider will even come from, I better get around to actually drinking these 2! Tonight the Jollydale will be coming out to play in the form of their Medium/Dry Cider.

Having last week tried their Dry Still Cider, I am not expecting their Medium/Dry to have much of a huge difference in taste, with the exception of possibly being slightly sweeter. Though I’ve tried a medium and dry from a producer before and they have been like chalk and cheese. That’s the beauty of a proper cider, no 2 drinks are always the same. The only difference on the labelling between the 2 is this one doesn’t mention still, so I can only assume it is probably sparkling.

Jollydale are a Lincolnshire based cidermaker and use bittersweet apples from a Shropshire orchard. It’s an interesting and different way of doing things, as most producers either like their local ones or ones from the big cider counties (Herefordshire/Somerset and all). They have been in the cider game since 2002 and like many producers they stumbled in through making a homemade batch of their own. The cider is traditionally pressed and then left to naturally ferment. All in all it sounds like a recipe for success. Will this be a success is what you’re thinking? Well the proof is in the pudding as they say or in this case the bottom of the glass! It’s time to crack this open and see what joys this may bring.

This poured lightly sparkling, as I expected it might, but settled to just a few bubbles in the glass. It certainly doesn’t look over-carbonated at all. It was golden/amber in colour and had a very nice bittersweet apple smell, with a hint of toffee about it too. It smells similar to the Dry version, but less dry on the nose. I take in my first sip and it’s definitely a lovely little drop. There’s a gorgeous, crisp, bittersweet feel to it to begin with and lightly sweet. Then towards the end the taste turns drier, moderately bitter and has a good level of tannins about it. There’s a slightly more bitter taste than I would ideally love, but it’s not too distracting from the overall nice drink this is. I didn’t feel the offputting alcohol taste much in this one, like I did the Dry, which is definitely a bonus. It’s not the best cider in the world, but certainly is worth trying out and seeing if it’s your thing.

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

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