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Sheppy’s Vintage Reserve Oak Matured Cider (Bottle)

Brewed by Sheppy’s Cider
Style: Cider
Taunton, England


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottle only - available in 500ml bottles.
A sparkling, medium cider made with a blend of apple varieties.

A fine full-flavoured sparking vintage cider in a medium taste, created from the apples of a single harvest here at Three Bridges Farm. Winner of the prestigious Quality Drinks Award for cider category in both 2009 and 2010, and overall winner of this drinks competition in 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Echon (387) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2016
Golden. Full aroma and solid flavour, with apple, yeast, wood, tannins, and a bit of alcohol. Moderately sweet taste with a dry finish. Medium body. Overall, a good cider. Tasty, refreshing and somewhat complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8769) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle from Marks & Spencer, Manchester, as M&S Oak Aged Vintage Cider. Paler golden cider with a small dryness. Its apple is light, but its strength not overly evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (4353) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle. The M&S version. Clear, very pale gold. Nose has baked dessert apple. Some sweet oak. Some toffee apple. Taste is soft sweet. Minimal bitterness. Has a curious, rubbery thing going on. A bit of a flabby mouthfeel. Finishes light sweet, with a dry close. The oak seems to have mellowed out any apple tang or bitterness, and as a results feels a bit soggy, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (953) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Bright golden yellow colour. Aroma is winey, wood and Apple. Taste is mild with some wood and sweet apples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
angel77 (2498) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2016
Dulce Botella 50 cl tomada en el momento en Cimmeria 01..04..2016. (r83). Color dorado sin casi nada de espuma. Sabores ligeros a maderas que lo suavizan todo un poco. 7.4 vol. Buena.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - FEB 4, 2016

500 ml bottle as “Marks & Spencer Somerset Oak Matured Vintage Cider 2014” bought at M&S in Langham Place, Mong Kok.

Golden yellow colour; Near zero head and faint residual soapy white foam which fades in 5 seconds; No lacing with active and slow carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of apple wine, with fairly strong mustiness, strong wood barrel, light sandalwood, strong yoghurt tartness, strong oxidized apple flesh, apple juice, sugar, light alcohol and tannic; Close to light sweet taste of apple wine, with strong alcohol, strong cellar mustiness, funk, yoghurt tartness, wood barrel, sugar, liquorices, light carbo and tannic; Light body. Watery palate; Mouth feel is strong booze and cellar musty funkiness right in your face. Apple taste is subtle, simmered into the winey background. Woody barrel liqorices and tannin got ampfiied by the booze, which tastes mellower with further sips. Good!... Slightly dry after taste. Boozy and musty to mouth.

Comments: The strong barrel and cellar taste made this one taste like an evolved scumpy, but not quite sublime. Still the funk amplifies the aroma and taste to stronger, if not necessary an all round pleasant level. Drinkable if you are into strong cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle as M&S Oak Matured Vintage Cider 2015. It pours clear pale yellow with minimal head. The nose is quite earthy, apple skin, must, light funk, apple pie, touch of sherbet, hay and oak. The taste is crisp, relatively clean, apple skin, quite earthy, oak, apple pie sweetness, musty, barnyard funk and dry wood with a firm, dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but it is nice and dry. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fombe89 (2261) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 11, 2015
Botella. 10-12-2015. Color amarillo, sabor dulce, final seco y espero, cuerpo medio

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3232) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2015
500ml bottle. 10-12-2015.
BBD: not found.
In short: complex dry cider.
Pours clear golden with vanishing white head. Barnyard, apple nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Somw wood character, quite dry finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6072) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2015
50cl bottle of Marks & Spencers Somerset Oak Mature Vintage Cider from M&S Wokingham. 2014 vintage A pale straw colour with no head but a lively look; aroma of Dabinet apples; smooth dry taste, with apparent oaking, but a fresh dessert apple taste; and a clean finish.

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