The modern Hillbilly is a true bohemian, not restricted by the mainstream and living by the rules of the land. Our hillbillification began when we moved to Bilpin in the Blue Mountains. A simpler life called for a simpler drink: 100% whole crushed mountain apples. No added sugar or concentrates, just crisp and refreshing. The natural bohemian cider.
ComradeK (857) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours a clear straw yellow. The aroma is straightforward sweet apple, with a touch of lemon and a little tartness. Mild apple skin tartness leads into a mild lemon flavour. Medium dry apple in the mid-palate gives way to a fruity finish. It’s a commercial cider, but not a bad one.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Bilpin apple orchard region of the Blue Mountains is suddenly home to two ciderys. Hillbilly came second and to my mind is the lesser of the two producers based on their first efforts, but not by much. It’s interesting just how similar the two ciders are when the apples are sourced from the same terroir. This is an honest, clean sparkling cider with no additives. It’s probably the palest I’ve come across - almost watery in appearance but is that necessarily a flaw? Busy champagne-like body. Ultra-clean aroma, by no means sweet. Soft apple acids and some creamy notes. Fizzy palate. Very simple and clean with no obvious flaws but not offering much excitement, either. (330ml bottle from Carrington Cellars.)
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