Posts tagged Devon Cider

Sampford Courtenay Traditional Devon Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Sampford Courtenay
Cider Name: Traditional Devon Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 5.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: Sampford Courtenay (01179418543)
Date: 01/06/15

After yet again a busy few months with work/life getting in the way, I can finally settle down in the house with not a care in the world and crack open a good bottle of cider to enjoy on a damp and drizzly Monday evening. One that’s been staring at me from the cider shelf, but as yet untouched, is the delightful looking Sampford Courtenay Traditional Devon Cider.

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Ventons Skippy’s Scrumpy ‘Barrel 7’ Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ventons
Cider Name: Skippy’s Scrumpy ‘Barrel 7’
Region: Devon
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Lightly rustic/Fruity
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Lightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ventons Cider Farm, Devon
Date: 18/06/13

Today I’m carrying on with my West Country Cider Tour cider reviews and up today is another classic from Devon, which was bought on the Sunday leg of the tour. The next beauty to be reviewed is the Barrel 7 cider from Ventons.

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Hunt’s Medium/Sweet Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hunt’s
Cider Name: Medium/Sweet
Region: Devon
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Hunt’s Cider Farm, Devon
Date: 17/06/13

I’ve just about recovered from a manic West Country Cider Tour and I’m now drinking more fruits of my labour of that tour. I had a cracking pint of Naish’s Dry Cider yesterday and up today is the Hunt’s Medium/Sweet cider.

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North Hall Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: North Hall
Cider Name: Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Acidic apples
Colour: Dull golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: The Orchard Inn, Bristol
Date: 31/03/13

This weekend has been a mental one. Lots of football and drinking, an amazing Sunday roast and now a few pints in the best cider pub in Bristol. The Orchard Inn is like an institution and if I was a religious man, then I’d be here every week to pray to the cider god. Tonight’s tipple is the North Hall Cider from Devon.

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Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Lyme Bay
Cider Name: Sparkling Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 4.8%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Ripe apples
Colour: Golden/Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 29/01/13

Today has been one of those days for me that have actually been ok. Work didn’t piss me off as much as it sometimes can, I had a lovely spaghetti bolognese for dinner and now time to settle down with a few ciders, whilst I decide on what my next cider & food adventure will be tomorrow. My first cider of the evening is the Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider.

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Winkleigh Sam’s Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Winkleigh Cider
Cider Name: Sam’s Dry Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 6%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple/Ethanol
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Old Fire House, Exeter
Date: 29/09/12

So my final pint before I head off to home is a Winkleigh Sam’s Dry Cider. I wanted to go for something local and this was the one that I recognised. I wasn’t hugely excited with the medium I had previously, so could this be an improvement on that?

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Lyme Bay Jack Ratt Vintage Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Lyme Bay
Cider Name: Jack Ratt Vintage Dry Cider
Region: Devon
ABV: 7.4%
Taste: Dry
Served: 1 litre bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Oak
Colour: Amber/Copper
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: Lyme Bay
Date: 20/09/12

Lyme Bay are a producer I have heard so much about, but I’ve not had a chance to try until now. I really should have done a cider trip to Devon by now, as there are a lot of decent producers down there. Right, that’s on my to do list now.

Anyway, back to Lyme Bay…they are a producer based down in Axminster, which is around the Devon/Somerset border. They obviously take their name from the nearby Lyme Bay. Ah to be by the sea on a hot summers day with a cider. That seems a distant memory now!

The cider to drink today is their Jack Ratt Vintage Dry. Apparently a triple gold winner in some great taste awards and in the top 50 food/drinks in the country. So by it saying it has won all that, then it has a lot to live up to! Oh and for anyone wondering why the name ‘Jack Ratt’, it is apparently named after a famous former resident of Lyme Regis called Jack Rattenbury, who was a sea smuggler from the 1800’s. There does always seem to be a connection with cider and a pirate. Oh to be on the seven seas with barrels of cider on board, that must be the life!

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