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Brewed by Magners GB / Shepton Mallet Cider Mill (C&C Group)
Style: Cider
Shepton Mallet, England

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Canned, bottled & draught.

Bright amber colour; aromas of apple and pear; off-dry palate with crisp apple flavours.

Note: This is the export only version, which nowadays is the only one available at 6.0% (possibly lower on draught). Originally it was sold as Dry Blackthorn. Until 2009 it was 6.0% in can/bottle and 5.0% on draught. In the UK was then "reformulated" with a sweeter taste at a reduced abv of 4.7%. At some point prior to this the word "Dry" had been dropped from the name and renamed simply Blackthorn. Following a storm of protest in the area where it is made Dry Blackthorn was reinstated in it’s original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America it’s more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK it’s one of the others. The version available in other export markets is believed to be based on the 4.7% UK variant. Again, check ABV.

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3.8
Sharikov (1) - - NOV 16, 2016 does not count
This is a relatively simple dry cider that pairs well with food. It’s light bodied, highly effervescent and has pleasant natural flavor with a hint of bitterness/stringency that comes (as another reviewer mentioned) from using the entire apple, rather than just the juice, as most American producers do. While it lacks the funky complexity of the high end artisanal products, it’s very refreshing and great for casual drinking.

3.3
GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Listed as Dry but the ABV matches up with this one at 6%. Clear golden orange. Aromas of sweet apples, sugar. Tastes of sweet sugary apples. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

2.4
midovark (1074) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - MAY 2, 2016
0. 5 l can. Entry from older notes exclusively. --------&#

2.4
deanso (10101) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 25, 2015
50cl can at an Xmas party. Very thin white head. Clear golden pour. Very sweet. Obviously mass produced

4.8
MaltyCulturalist (1) - - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
This cider is being unjustly under-rated in these reviews .The distinctive flavor of this cider is entirely in line with the claim that it is made (as is written on the can) from English Cider apples, which have a flavor considered too bitter to be apples for eating. The "minerality", "rotten", or ’’sulfur" flavor are in fact likely because the cider has been be made using the entire apple, skin, core and all. If you have ever bitten too close to an apple core you could recognize the distinctive taste of tanin from the apple seeds in this cider . This authentic cider flavor, while being an acquired taste, is superior to the sweeter flavor of cider made from apple juice, which is very common in America. I suspect that other brands are at least removing cores and skins, resulting in a tamer flavor.

3
crossovert (13869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2015
500ml can. Clear pour, Tart funky apple aroma, perhaps some caramel. Flavor is relaitively dry, earthy, rotten, again some caramel sweetness. Passable.


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