ManVsBeer (8765) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Marks & Spencer, Manchester. From the 2013 crop. Golden-yellow coloured cider. Has a very mild dryness to it, with a light apple flavouring. It’s a tad tarty, with vinegar evident in its nose and aftertaste, although a little less stated in the latter.
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from m&s, Walsall. Yellow cider, moderate to high carbonation. Aroma of light wood and apple core. Taste is medium dry, some dry wood, Apple juice and some raw apple flavour. Decent
GoufCustom (1649) - HONG KONG - FEB 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle “2014 Vintage” bought at M&S in Langham Place, Mong Kok.
Light golden yellow colour; Near zero head and thin residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; No lacing with active and slow carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of apple wine, with strong mustiness, strong wood barrel, strong yoghurt tartness, oxidized apple flesh, sugar and strong tannic; Light sweet taste of apple wine, with notable alcohol, fair mustiness, yoghurt tartness, apple pulp, strong barrel, carbo and tannic; Light body. Watery palate; Mouth feel is runny but full of winey apple goodness. Booze come first but not as strong as typical scrumpy, followed by some mustiness, stong oak barrel, carbo and yoghurt tartness. Sweetness is light with some good tannin in the end. Nice!... Slightly dry after taste. Woody and winey to mouth.
Coments: This one doesn’t have much in looks, but it packs a punch of strong aroma and flavours in oak barrels, apple core, yoghurt and tannin. With further aging this may even be better. Recommended!
danlo (2596) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from M&S Darlington. 2014 vintage. Clear golden colour, short-lived white foam head and aroma of straw, oil, funk, mellow apple. Taste is bittersweet, fruity apple, barnyard, woody, tart with some dry tannin. Medium bodied, low carbonation, drying tannic finish. Quite OK.
berkshirejohn (6065) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from M&S, Wokingham. Vintage 2013 A straw colour with no head and little carbonation; muted apple aroma; medium body with a fresh apple taste; and a medium dry finish. Rather average.
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share, thanks to Leighton. 2013 vintage. Clear yellow, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is apples, elderflower, glucose syrup, tinned fruit syrups. Body is medium, smooth, low-ish carbonation. Taste is apples, some elderflower with a crisp, slightly acidic finish. Decent enough cider.
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours clear gold with a small, bubbly white head. The nose is earthy, light funk, touch of cider vinegar, must and some dirty barnyard. The taste is sweet, candied apple, icing sugar, sweet pear and a touch of alcohol with a short, sweet finish. Light body and fine carbonation. Aroma is good, but taste is a bit sweet and thin.
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London - picked up from the M&S in the Whiteley’s on Queensway. Pours crystal clear gold with a fizzy white head that fades out real quick. The nose has lightly ripened apples, some apple peel, very slight must. Mediums sweet flavor with sugary apples, some honey, nips of dry and bitter skin. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Somewhat crisp on the finish, moderately acidic, with more ripening apples, subtly musty peel, a bit of honey. A nicely refreshing, very drinkable sparkling cider.
Gurthnar (5018) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013 from M&S. Clear golden colour. Moderate carbonation. Not too rich apple character, but nicely balanced in terms of basic flavours - balance of sour, tart, sweet, a bit of bitter. Slightly thin feeling. Dry sourish finish. Very easily drinkable, refreshing, moreish. Very good.
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with a spattering of off white bubbles.
Nose is earthy, sharp apple, straw.
Taste comprises apple orchard, light smoked notes, light dung.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close.
Decent cider, good balance, never got too sweet.