ALLOVATE (2771) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent and radiant sunny gold in colour and stilla side a few stray bubbles rising to atmosphere. Nose hints at pear and honeydew with a floral, earthy background similar to lavender, bay leaves and saw dust. Dry and parching on the palate. Earthy with plenty of farmhouse funk like chaff, soil, wood, tart, bitter berries, green, leafy herbs. Light bite on the swallow. There is definitely something bitter about this one. Very lean in body; almost watery safely showing enough character to not be a thin waste. The apple is there but held at bay nicely by the funk and junk. Drinkable but so, so dry I needed a pint of bitter for a chaser. Strange! (50cL, L3059A, Luckies Liquor)
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours apple juice gold. Aroma is pimento olives, vermouth, BANDAIDSģ, mild apple aroma. Taste is herbaceous white wine with strong olive / vermouth / medicinal notes. Dry finish. The slightest taste of apple skins (maybe). Interesting but mostly unappealing (yes, I spared you from an arrangement of terrible puns here).
VamboladeTolly (1084) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours golden. Aroma is apples, fruity, dry. Taste the same. Really easy to drink for a dry cider. I liked it.
whynot44 (10) - Independence, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2015
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Golden honey color with a very breif small white head. The aroma is medicinal, no real hint of apple. The taste is really strange - Phenol, very strong - hints of watered down apple, a bit like watered down apple flavored lysol. One taste is all I could handle. I can only assume something went wrong with their bottle washing. I canít believe itís supposed to taste like this.
Travlr (18662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear deep golden color. Aroma of fruity apple. Taste is sweet apple flesh. OK.
Liamrua (49) - Waterford, IRELAND - NOV 23, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
500ml bottle from Redmonds of Ranelagh 5.8%. pours red golden with a slight carbonation dissipating to being completely flat. He aroma is tart and musty with an aroma of dry apples. There is a slight carbonation on tasting which gives it a lift, a taste of dry apples with no sweetness and a very dry dead finish. It certainly does what it says by being dry but I think they could have done more to make it more appealing.
GoufCustom (1301) - HONG KONG - AUG 13, 2014
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
500 ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.
Golden-light honey colour; Near zero head and residual white foam which fades in 5 seconds; No lacing with quite notable, slow-rising carbonation; Strong tart and sweet aroma of apple wine and juice, with musty cellar, yoghurt, sugar, light alcohol, barrel and tannic; Very faint sweet and tart taste of very thin apple wine, with soda water, strong mustyness, alcohol, light tannic and hint of yoghurt; Light body. Watery palate; Mouth feel is quite boozy cider de-appled: very faint apple juice or wine element remained, but strong mustiness and booze verging on band-aid but not quite, a hint of medicine to the mouth. Not uncomfortable but just overall itís void and weird. Low youghurt and tannic, not really dry at all. HmmÖ Slightly dry after taste, Soda-ry and thin to mouth.
Comments: The biggest drawback of this one is the price for having stronger booze and supposedly drier taste is to do away more than 95% of apple character. The result is very un-cider-like, too thin and water-ish, too musty and chemical. And itís not dry, just not good at all. Avoid!
Marduk (4780) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear golden color. No head, non expected. Minerals, apples, sweet notes in aroma. Sweet, apples, fizzy notes in taste. Dry as hell.
FatPhil (12189) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle (Drink Bar, Tallinn)
Nice fruity apple aroma. Sharp taste. Dry,very dry. a touch yeasty. it does have a nice sharpness, but palate is yeasty.
danlo (2016) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Clear yellow golden colour, foamy white head which slowly dissipates away and aroma of apple, barnyard, oaky vanilla, leather. Taste is dry sourish apple, light barnyard, woody oak with vanilla, rubber & leathery notes. Slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, dry light tannic tangy finish. Quite drinkable.