mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a clear orange amber with no head. Nose is decadent, with toffee, caramel apple, and candied sugar. Flavour is very sweet, with treacle toffee, caramel, and sweet red apples. Sweet but not cloying. Wonderful stuff.
Theydon_Bois (12709) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Tropical Croydonia tasting on melt day, thanks to LKS, 01/07/15.
Luxurious golden orange with booze fumes a dancin, some bubbles putting in a shift.
Nose is apple pie, vanilla, cherry icing, Bakewell tart.
Taste comprises sweet apple, vanilla custard, booze licks, caramel.
Full bodied, oily and massageing on the throat, sweet licks in the close.
Solid cider boost.
The_Osprey (3218) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share in Croydon. Thanks to Leighton! Reddy orange, still, no head. Aroma is apple, strawberry, plastic. Body is medium, smooth, no carbonation, oily. Taste is very sweet, face-scrunchingly tangy with some acidic burn, tart, spicy and appley. Certainly a nice drink, just a little slower-going than some ice ciders.
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. It pours clear deep orange-amber with a tiny, bubbly head! The nose is soft, sweet apple pie, stewed pear, candy, honey, toasty brown sugars and toffee. The taste is smooth, oily, nice fruity tartness upfront, apple pie & ice-cream, pear, toasty sugars and some warming alcohol with a slick finish. Full body and oily mouth-feel. Very tasty stuff indeed. Yum.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Croydonia. Light amber with a tiny head. Nose smells of apple, honey and concentrated peach juice. Taste of tart apples and honey. Nice earthiness that keeps the sweetness in check. Medium body, oily. Very drinkable.
Leighton (13954) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in London - sourced from Vermont. Vintage 2011. Pours rich, clear amber-gold with a bubbly head. Dense apple juice aroma, a bit of apple pie, cinnamon. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with meaty, ripe apple some spices, hearty alcohol, cognac, mild tartness, caramel. Full bodied, oily and chewy, soft. Hot finish with more ripe apples, apple pie filling, subtle wintery spice, a bit of bread, decent acidity. Quite robust, but the acidic bite really takes the edge off. Wonderful stuff.
GRM (3304) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, bottle, at Binny’s, trip for Dark Lord Day with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on April 24 2015; eye: deep gold, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: concentrated apple, acidity, woody; mouth: concentrated apple, acidity, woody, finale in concentrated apple with woody presence, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, bouteille, chez Binny’s, voyage pour Dark Lord Day avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 24 avril 2015; œil : doré foncé, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : pomme concentrée, acidité, boisé; bouche : pomme concentrée, acidité, boisé, finale en pomme concentrée avec présence boisée, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
popery (1665) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 The cider is a relatively deep amber gold. It’s flat and clear. The aroma has a lot of excellent apple flavor and complexity. It has a full fruitiness. Strawberries, peaches, kiwis. The taste is sweet with more apple flavor. There’s a bitter edge of apple skins. Maybe some oak dryness from the barrel. Quite sweet but that sweetness packs a ton of flavor. Full feel. A bit syrupy but not sticky, just big and full. Not much booze to it.
ineedbeer (1218) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rich apple, mostly sweet but also a bit of tartness. Light oak notes with some nice alcohol character.
Pours a still copper amber color and its very clear. Fairly long legs.
Flavor is very sweet with great apple character. Light tannins from the grape skins with a light tart green apple note. Faint oak character.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with no carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a very nice ice cider and the best American version I have had. Great apple notes with nice sweetness.
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden cider with aroma of tart apples, light mineral notes, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity apple sauce with, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, very nice and complex yet smooth. Bottle at binny.