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Sheppy’s Vintage Reserve Oak Matured Cider (Bottle)

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

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1299) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10641) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fombe89 (1403) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 11, 2015
Botella. 10-12-2015. Color amarillo, sabor dulce, final seco y espero, cuerpo medio

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2859) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5513) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle @ Van Moll. Clear golden colour with no head. Smells apple, dusty, slightly white wine. Tastes dry, apple, sweetish, white wine, cork, oak. Medium body, soft carbo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2015
500ml bottle. Gold cider color. Very nice tart, funky, earthy, medicinal aroma. Just a hint of oak. Flavor has a sweetness up front but finished bone dry, vanilla like maybe form a mix of the barrel and the apples, it is medicinal and mild overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chris337 (40) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
2014 vintage tasted. Golden honey colour with soft carbonation. Aroma of apple with a light flowery background. Fruity taste with dry, smoky finish. All rounded nicely by the maturation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with visible sparking bubbles and an amber taint. Nose is wood, yellow apple peel, sawdust, red fruits, apple juice and hints of flowers and mild pears. Taste is apple peel, wood, sawdust, yellow apple juice, oak tannins and hints of alcohol, straw, flowers and pear. Light body, medium carbonation. Quite pleasant and rather complex cider with a noticable barrel aged profile.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (937) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2015
Fairly mild aroma with a massive taste. Quite dry tasting and a lovely honey appearance. Syrupy but dry. A great combination that keeps you guessing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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