St. Ives Clodgy Cloudy Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: St. Ives
Cider Name: Clodgy Cloudy Cider
Region: Cornwall
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic Apples/Lightly sweet
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: St. Ives
Date: 29/04/14

It’s been a while, but I am finally back on the cider reviewing wagon and raring to go full steam ahead. The last few weeks have been filled with cider adventures/tours, moving house and still being stuck without broadband at home. How BT can’t sort that out within 6 weeks of moving in is beyond me, but that’s a rant for another day! Luckily I’ve managed to tether the laptop to the phone (but shh don’t tell Three, as I’m not meant to!) and can finally sort out some reviews. Up first on the backlog of reviews is the Clodgy Cloudy Cider from St. Ives

St. Ives Cider is a family-run business, which as been run by David and Kate Berwick since 2011. As the name suggests, they are based in St. Ives, Cornwall, and they like to make cider the traditional way. Though as David was once a winemaker, then maybe it could be towards a wine style of cider? Fingers crossed some traditional cider apples made it in to the blend, though Cornwall isn’t necessarily hugely blessed with them as other regions in the country.

The first good thing to notice from looking at the bottle is they say it’s a dry cider and it’s cloudy (not filtered). That’s always a great start and oh no sign of the word ‘premium’ too, which is overused generally when it is anything but that. They’re off to a flyer aren’t they? Though they let themselves down a little by saying it is ‘brewed’ (they look to make beer too, so that mistake is easily made). Well, I can’t really fault them for that too much to be honest. The only thing mentioned about their ciders on their website, which might not be to everyone’s taste, is that they sweeten their fully fermented cider by using pure apple juice. They also pasteurise the cider after bottling. As this is listed as a dry cider, I am hoping that isn’t too noticeable with this one. It’s that time again people…..it’s cider tasting time!!!

This poured exactly how i was hoping; Cloudy and not a bubble in sight! It’s dull yellow in colour and has a funky rustic twang to the smell, with a bit of sweet, fresh apples coming through. I take in my first sip and hmm I can’t really make my mind up about it from that. It’s medium/dry initially, has a sharp/citric/pineapple feel to the taste, moderate acidity and edging towards more of a wine style to cider, than west country farmhouse. It’s lacking a little in tannins and tastes more of dessert/cooking apples. The aftertaste is a bit of sweetness, more bitterness going on too and lots more sharpness, with a little hint of ethanol feel to it.

It’s a bit of a strange one really, but definitely not unpleasant. The taste isn’t the most long-lasting either, which is a shame. I guess that maybe down to the pastuerisation and/or adding of apple juice? I’d be intrigued to see what the fully natural cider is like from the barrel, as I could see that being a step up from the Clodgy in the bottle, in my opinion. Overall, it’s a decent enough cider but lacking a bit of the wow factor for me.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, though I’d be interested to try straight from barrel.
Overall Rating: 7/10

Disclaimer: This was a free sample from St. Ives Cider, however this had no bearing on my review of this cider.

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