yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 31/012/2008. Shared a 750ml bottle of this with friends on New Years Eve as our kids played in the back yard. Stunning. Short of the quite humorous "earwax" call, which may be Kieran’s "plastic", there’s nothing bad to say about this cider. It is a delight. Complex, enjoyable and so so moreish...
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky rustic gold with a raging carbonation driven head which abruptly collapses 1/2 way through drinking. Aroma features a complex blend of tannic wood, hint of plastic, wild ferment notes and a rich apple fruit character. On the palate there is sweet juicy red ripe apple fruit, loads of oaky tannin, a spicy wild note and a tart long finish. Awesome cider.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a cider as it should be. Nice and dry, but not puckering. Fruity, but not sickly sweet. Could drink a lot of this.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of fresh cut golden delicious with a smidge of brown sugar sweetness on top. Bit of crab apple acidity. Quite lovely. Pale gold with fine bubbles and looks very appealing. More apple and some vanilla to taste, maybe some hibiscus too. Finishes a lot drier than you’d expect leaving a trace of apple sweetness. Wonderful cider and only 5% abv. Soft, subtle and beautiful
biggirlpanties (155) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL 2011 ed shared with GT2. Aroma is light fruity, dusty, woody, hay, lightly floral. Taste is sparkling white wine. Very dry, tannic bitter. Mild sweetness at the front. Heavy carbonation. Reminds me of the good old days cider hunting in Normandy.
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle offered.
Pours a hazy straw color, lots n’ lots of bubbles keeping a persistent ring of head on the outside of the glass, there are some little floaties dancing around in there… but not too many. Seems like this is exactly what rustic Norman cider is supposed to look like.
The aroma offers apple, but most particularly apple skins, some leather & a little bit of wet limestone.
The flavor is really very nice, plenty of apple skin, plenty of white grape, wonderfully dry with just light little hints of fruitiness to trick the palate. It’s got a fairly mild minerallity to it, what’s there is nice but it’s pretty focused around earthy and tart apple flavor, it’s not especially funky or sour which I was sort of expecting from the aroma, but it’s really well done letting the apples do all the talking, keeping it dry, subtle nuances within are kept pretty well just that subtleties but they provide a very nice depth to the ciders flavor.
Yeah, it’s a pity it’s not on a shelf near me.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle with many thanks from yalnikim, what can i say it was the perfect drink on a scorching hot day perfect balance between tart and sweet an amazing cider!....set the tone for the weekend...this cider and then homebrewed cider and rhubarb wine with my dad and a big bottle of rodenbach grand cru to finish. GOLD!
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 750ml at Bushwhacker Cider in Portland, 2011 cork date. There’s a good amount of yeast sediment in the bottle but a careful pour yields a hazed golden body with a short-lived bubbly head. Spicy and phenolic ginger and herb-scented apple aroma. Medium sweetness is not at all what I would call brut, more like sec or demi-sec. Lightly malic and astringent green apple skin with sharply effervescent carbonation and mild hints of alcohol. Quenching, salivating acidity with a lingering zesty peppered apple finish. Zero flaws. Very expressive and elegant with a faint touch of barnyard / must. Very similar in nature to the L’Hermitière Cidre Demi-Sec but with more restrained mustiness and lower sweetness.
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 11/19/13, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin ring of head. Aroma of dry apples, mild barnyard, hay, glue and vinous notes. The taste is sweet apples, tannic notes, mild must and vanilla. Medium bodied, good balance, soft carbonation. Nice cider.
GT2 (7898) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL 2011 c&c from Whole Foods in Bend, OR. Cork shoots up opening unwinding the cage. Pours a low haze, deeper golden with fizzing out white soda foam. Nose is excellent Norman terroir with starfruit, apricot, heavier phenols, fresh Bosc pear. Taste is probably not super fresh so it is a overly dry and tannic instead of bright and juicy. Still, the palate is not stale, papery, or oxidized. Heavy effervescence explodes in the mouth with Bosc pear, apricot, and starfruit. Really there is no substitute for real Normandie cidre.