Brewed by Magners GB / Shepton Mallet Cider Mill (C&C Group)
Style: Cider
Shepton Mallet, England


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Canned, bottled & draught.

Bright amber colour; aromas of apple and pear; off-dry palate with crisp apple flavours.

Note: This is the export only version, which nowadays is the only one available at 6.0% (possibly lower on draught). Originally it was sold as Dry Blackthorn. Until 2009 it was 6.0% in can/bottle and 5.0% on draught. In the UK was then "reformulated" with a sweeter taste at a reduced abv of 4.7%. At some point prior to this the word "Dry" had been dropped from the name and renamed simply Blackthorn. Following a storm of protest in the area where it is made Dry Blackthorn was reinstated in itís original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America itís more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK itís one of the others. The version available in other export markets is believed to be based on the 4.7% UK variant. Again, check ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Appley aroma, as would be expected. Looks like a sparkling cider. Flavor is fruitty and likable...cant knock a cider...usually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Can purchased at track side liquor in Medicine Hat. Pours golden color with next to no head. Plenty of bubbles.Aromas of apple juice and sugar. Taste is similar to apple juice, somewhat dry. A bit of a crab apple taste. Drinkable, but in moderation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SamP01 (567) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours a sparkling golden yellow with minimal short lived white bubbly head. Aroma of sweet ripe apples, fruity. Taste is slightly sweet dry, with some tartness. A crisp light body with light carbonation. Finish is crisp, dry, some tartness, surprisingly not very sweet, almost like a dry white wine. Overall an ok cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2012
(500 ml can from Rising Tide) Clear gold-amber with a fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of apple, faint yeast. Mouthfeel a bit spritzy and prickly, not far from soda pop. Flavor of apple juice, faint yeast. Less sweet than most macro-ciders Iíve had from the US, otherwise itís about the same.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
500ml can. Pours clear yellow with a thin frothy white head that quickly dissipates into an almost non existent white rim. virtually no lacing to speak of. Aroma of apples, fruit. flavour has notes of nuts,and dry apples. Aroma overall is quite weak.Taste is minimal sourness and bitterness, this one is predominantly tart and dry. Of note, this cider has virtually no after taste. The flavour comes on strong and suddenly itís all gone.Weird. This would be about your average cider except it has some unique characteristics to it that differentiate it...slightly..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Little head, gold body and lots of carbonation, just about "blah" for a cider. Very, very soft apple aroma, not too exciting for a cider. Flavour is white wine with apples, complex and welcoming in fact. Soft finish. Not one for looks, but this stuff is in fact tasty and worth a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chipalsa (1309) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
This cider was fresh and sweet. From the mellow-yet-musty aroma you could tell it was something different. While presenting a crisp and fairly dry flavor, the aftertaste left the taste buds wanting more. Altogether a pretty good cider, but too bland and simple compared to most.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cuso (4603) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2012
Can. Artificial aroma of apples. Taste like cheep apple juice with yeast, tartness in background. Sour finish. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (925) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Tap. Very light blond. Doesnít smell too sweet but also has a little off note in the aroma. Light, not too sweet. Could be crisper.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
levih4pres (6) - USA - OCT 15, 2011 does not count
500ml can in texas. Flat, bland, not much body. Barely any apple in the nose. Slightly sweet taste that dissipates quite quickly.

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