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Biddenden Special Reserve Cider (Bottle)

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Brewed by Biddenden Vineyards
Style: Cider
Ashford, England

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available in 75cl bottles.
Biddendens Special Reserve Cider is made from local apples fermented and matured in oak whisky casks shipped direct from distilleries in Scotland. Dark in appearance with a hint of whisky, this strong cider is best served at room temperature in winter and lightly chilled in the summer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6836) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle picked up at Biddenden, consumed to bring in the New Year. It pours clear deep amber with pretty much no head. The nose is rich, plenty of sweet apple, oily, touch of wood and whisky. The taste is smooth, juicy, unctuous apple, candied pear, oily, wood and some whisky in the background. Not actually as much whisky character as I was expecting. Good depth and drinks incredibly smoothly. Has a bit of ice-cider about it. A great sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13721) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Glass from a bottle at The cherry Tree Canterbury shared with Ang. Bright gold with no head. Some apple on the aroma. Quite sticky. Quite hot in moith. Some subtle whisky jotes. More like a grain whisky cask. Quite sweet and sticky. Finish has sweetish apples. But not unpleasant. Highland whisky orange notes. Quite impressive for the kick 3.5 bottle at The New Inn Canterbury. Clear amber colour no head. Eating apple aroma some caramelised apple. Remarkably smooth. Just a hint of heat on the finish. Wow. Sweetish apple. Like a caramelised apple tart. Pretty sweet. Rather good. Way too sweet. Worth it though.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2006
I was quite surprised about this one. Dark orange coloured. It has an extremely woody character. Aroma is wood and leather. Strong and round finish. Woody aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2006
Pale amber colour with a small of white head. Whisky and woody aroma with a light fruity note. Sweet berry fruity flavor with a light woody note.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2006
(Bottle) Clear amber, no head and quite flat.Fantastic and very intense aroma of whisky and fruit. Extreme fullness and a marked sweetness with the apple flavours lurking underneath - but they’re very downplayed. A very sophisticated "Grand Cru" cider. The King og ciders? 200106

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20776) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Aroma of apples and whisky. Sweet flavour of apples, whisky and wood.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with no head. Fruity, whisky, alcohol aroma and a sweet fruity, whisky taste. Medium body with a sweet warming alcoholic finish. Cider is not my strong side, but this one is ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29296) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
This cider caught me by surprise - inspite of knowing that it at matured in whisky cask - I had no idea, that the aroma would be so powerful and only of whisky - I imagined some apples in the aroma, but only whisky, so I was kicked back in the chair overwhelmed and not too satisfied - eventhough the whisky aroma is nice (for a whisky). The color is a dark orange and no surprise it has no head. The flavor is much more complex, than the aroma, since it has a really interesting combination of notes from the apples and the whisky, with some acidity from the apples as well as some woody notes from the cask, and a dry end. I would have like if the same combination of apples and whisky that is present in the flavor also was present in the aroma.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CiderMonster1964 (11) - IRELAND - SEP 2, 2004
This is a dark fuity cider, it fully packs 13% not a great spiritousness in it, but it tases wonderful. About £7 a wine bottle

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CidreMonstre (19) - Cambridge, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
This is a monster of a cider, but it does not taste like it. Apple is present slightly in the arome but more predominantly in the flavour, it does not taste like 5% let alone 13%, there is whisky on the nose (it is whisky casked) but this is not so apparent in the mouth. Give it a try but beware it is strong and expensive.


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