Clive’s Fruit Farm Worcestershire Wobblejuice (Dry) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Clive’s Fruit Farm
Cider Name: Worcestershire Wobblejuice (Dry)
Region: Worcestershire
ABV: 5.6%
Taste: Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples/Vanilla/Oak
Colour: Dull yellow/Straw
Clarity: Lightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 14/10/13

Time has really flown by since my last review (nearly 2 months ago!) and life has just got in the way of a good cider blogging time! Thankfully I’ve now got cider completely back on the agenda (including a trip to Asturias later this week!) and it’s time to kick start those cider reviews. Up first is one of a few cider related birthday gifts I got, which is a bottle of Worcestershire Wobblejuice (Dry) Cider from Clive’s Fruit Farm.

Clive’s Fruit Farm are a fairly new producer for me, which i have heard increasingly more about over the past year and thankfully all good things. They are based up in Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire (which explains the Worcestershire Wobblejuice name) and their family look to have been in the farm business for a long time. I’m not sure how recent the cider production has been going on, but I definitely don’t remember hearing about it a few years back. Oh how I love we are in a time of a cider revival and new names crop up all the time!

Their 100 acre orchard is split over 2 sites, which is their farm site at Upton and another site at Cropthorne. From reading of their website, they are very much a fruit farm (as the name suggests) and cider is a nice little thing on the side they do amongst other things, such as pick your own fruit. All in all it sounds like a nice little company they have going there with a good farm shop amongst other things. Anyway, today is all about the cider and I better crack this open and see how it tastes.

It poured lightly cloudy, yellow and has a huge wafting aroma of apples mixed with say a little vanilla/woody feel to it. It smells rough and ready, yet also different and interesting too. It’s certainly got off to a great start! My initial taste is appley, bitter and dry. This turns more sharp, has a woody feel to the aftertaste and has a very spirit type taste to it. It’s like possibly a rum feel to this one coming through, where it maybe was a rum barrel beforehand. For some this feeling maybe too much, but I’m not feeling too bad about it. The bitter/sharp/tannic/dry feeling is quite something though and can be slightly overpowering at times. Overall this is something I can like, but not something I’ve fallen in love with yet. If you like your cider on the dry side, then this could well be what you’re after.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, though not a first choice
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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