Blockley (100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Vintage bottle @ home
A rather fine cider. Pours a pale golden yellow with no head. Nice fruity apple aroma, nothing artificial. Has a full body, with a dry palate. The oak aging is slightly noticeable in the flavour, and is a nice touch. Recommended.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - APR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
For me this is about as good as a cider will get.The tart, wild finish is kept to a minimum and a perservering sweetness balances the final bitter finish. Easy drinking and while not amazing, shows what a GOOD cider can do.
ComradeK (731) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pale gold in colour, with a pleasant fruity aroma. Nice crisp apple flavour, with a relatively dry palate and nice mouthfeel. A very good cider.
wheresthepath (1285) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[500ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe] 2008 vintage, which I suspect is identical to other vintages. Very pale, clear sparkling gold. Aroma a little vinegar-y. On tasting it’s rather more appealing - it’s very smooth with very little carbonation and a growing dryness. Apples (obviously!). Only a slight hint of woodiness - nothing like an oak-aged beer. The alcohol is not at all apparent in the mouth, yet goes swiftly to your head! There’s some hint of lambic-like tartness in the finish. Not bad for a cider, but had hoped for more sign of the oak-aging in the taste. Made a rather good cider sauce for a pot-roast pheasant.
Quack-Duck (6811) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, vintage 2008, bought at Waitrose Monmouth. Clear deep golden colour. Tart apple nose. Full-bodied, slightly astringent with full apple flavours and a pleasantly tart and dry character.
Pinball (9656) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear yellow, small smooth white head.
sour, vinagra, sweet apple, very nice dry cider aroma.
flavo ris sour , vineagra, faint bitterness, sour apple. nice flavor. a real cider. alc. totally hidden, i thought it was 5 or so.
Muggus69 (885) - Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. 2008 vintage.
Pale yellow colour, clear, reasonably lively with fine beading. Thin ring of white foam persists, headless otherwise.
Quite pungent apple aroma. Get that sort of ’mature’ apple element in there, like an apple that is on its way to deteriorating. Some citric acidity hits high in the nose, peppery perfumey alcohol presence too.
Very full body, with decent length comparable to a white table wine. Carbonation is subdued, bit of tannin and acidity present, along with alcohol, drying out the palate.
Red delicious apple flavour on the body, starts quite sweet, bit of ripe pear in there, becomes more tart and spicy with odd savoury grassy/woody notes and alcohol-derived peppery notes which linger on the finish.
Quite a potent cider, doesn’t hide the abv all too well, but has a nice bit of tannin and acid that add some complexity to the flavour and mouthfeel. Couldn’t drink much more than 1 bottle.
renffisch (643) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. 2008 vintage (if anyone cares...) pale yellow colour, fine carbonation. tart apple nose. medium sweet in flavour and actually quite tasty, no mouldy undernotes and generally very clean
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear pale gold in colour, no head and very little visible carbonation. Aroma is light and sweet as is the flavour, although there is a little sourness in the flavour. Mouthfeel is slick, slightly thin, with a lingering sweet/sour finish. A pretty good cider all things considered.
saxo (11215) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. No head. Color is pale golden. Aroma and taste are tart apples, notes of wood. Semi dry and sweet.