Scopey (7869) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Corkscrew St Helier. First up I had this cold.. It pours clear golden with minimal head. The nose is sweet Apple, candy, fruit pie, tart tatin, light earth/barnyard, light must, straw and dull vinegar. The taste is tart, mild acidity, Earth, barnyard, sweet apple, pear skin, mouth-pucker, wood and light vinegar with a drying finish. Medium body and low carbonation. It is a bit more acidic than their normal stuff. 3max overall. Then tried hot direct from their stall. Species seem to work a lot better and it taste sweeter and less vinegary. More like 3.4 for the latter. Drink it mulled!
Erzengel (4461) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Coop Grand Marché, St. Helier. The cider starts very dry and tart. Interesting, as there is not much appley fruitiness left. Quite hints of water behind sour apples. The spices are only very far away in the background - but there was a bag of spices attached to the bottle to put into the cider when warming it. So I think it also will need a bit of honey to be great for the winter. The aftertaste is long, sourish apples with hints of water and only hints of spices.
Nice idea, but I think a bit too sourish and way too watery.