Henry Weston’s Vintage Rose review – “Character and nature, in a slightly thin body” (8.25/10).

Henry Weston’s Vintage Rose review – “Character and nature, in a slightly thin body” (8.25/10). The Good “Consistent branding”. “Good backstory”. “Informative bottle”. “Fairly practical”. “Good woodiness”. “Natural flavour”. “Natural aftertaste”. “Smooth”. “Session-able”. “Natural smell”.   The Bad “Not well-balanced”. “Acidity too strong”. “Carbonation too light”. “Thin mouthfeel”. “Expensive”. “No dryness”. “Smell not floral”. “Sweetness […]

Blackthorn Reserve cider review “Harsh and unbalanced. Traits present, but in anarchy” – (5.5/10).

Blackthorn Reserve cider review “Harsh and unbalanced. Traits present, but in anarchy” – (5.5/10). The Good “Sweetness present, as promised”. “Light carbonation, as promised”. “Great price”. “Some acidity present”. “Full flavoured”. “Fairly practical”.   The Bad “Thin mouthfeel”. “Taste not natural”. “Too much sweetness”. “Acidity too strong”. “Dryness too harsh”. “Unbalanced”. “No bottle backstory”. “You […]

Wyld Wood Organic cider review “Fruity, Natural, and Full-bodied” – (7.5/10).

Wyld Wood Organic cider review “Fruity, Natural, and Full-bodied” – (7.5/10). The Good “Smooth smell”. “Natural smell”. “Pleasant full-bodied nature, in taste and aftertaste”. “Persistently pleasant aftertaste”. “Medium level of dryness, as would be expected from a good Herefordshire cider”. “Nice, subtle tang”. The Bad “Slight bitterness, lack of sweetness or carbonation”. “Brand doesn’t advertise […]

Henry Westons Medium Dry “Organic” cider review – “Woody and tangy. Distinctive, but not exceptional” (9.25/10).

Henry Westons Medium Dry “Organic” cider review “Woody and tangy. Distinctive, but not exceptional”- (9.25/10). The Good “Lots of woody character”. “Distinctive USP”. “Good value”. “Practical”. “Helpful bottle design and backstory”. “Distinctive orange label”. “Plenty of tang”. “Woody and natural smell”. “Natural taste”. “Well balanced, as promised”. “Some natural sweetness”. “Delightful medium mouthfeel”. “Full flavour […]

Brothers Toffee apple cider review – “Rather disappointing with confused identity. Not session-able” – (5/10).

Brothers Toffee apple cider review – “Rather disappointing with confused identity. Not session-able” – (5/10).     The Good “Highly practical”. “Colourful bottle”. “Extensive history”. “Medium to thick mouthfeel”. “Pleasant smell”.     The Bad “Doesn’t smell of cider”. “Not session-able”. “Too sweet”. “Apple barely noticeable”. “No dryness”. “No tang”. “Carbonation too light”. “Pricey”. “Aftertaste […]

Capel road (Blend no.3) review ” Yellow can compensating for lack of character”- (6.5/10).

Capel road (Blend no.3) review ” Yellow can compensating for lack of character”- (6.5/10). The Good ” Practical units per can” ” subtle carbonation and oaky notes”. ” subtle yet pleasant sweetness”. The Bad ” no real USP except packaging”. ” showy branding not applicable to subtle taste”. ” lack of depth of flavour” ” lack of […]

Strongbow Rose cider review “Sweet, cheap, fruity. Tasted good though” – (8.75/10).

Strongbow Rose cider review “Sweet, cheap, fruity. Tasted good though” – (8.75/10). The Good “True to it’s promises”. “Pretty colour”. “Fantastic value”. “Very practical”. “Highly session-able”. “Natural taste and aftertaste”. “Pleasant aftertaste”. “Good level of natural sweetness”. “Natural scent”. “Good backstory”. “Visually appealing branding”. “Full flavoured”. “Nice medium mouthfeel”. “Smooth”. The Bad “Backstory not on […]

Kopparberg Rose cider review (5.5/10) – “Didn’t taste of apple. Sickly, with harsh acidity”.

Kopparberg Rose cider review (5.5/10) – “Didn’t taste of apple. Sickly, with harsh acidity”. The Good “Appealing bottle design”. “Practical alcohol level”. “Fruity smell and taste”. “Moderate acidity level”.   The Bad “Lacking clear brand identity”. “No cider-related backstory”. “Expensive for a session”. “Tastes of black currant … ugh”. “Harsh acidity and sweetness”. “Sickly aftertaste”. […]

Mallets cider – “Woody and incredible value !! – Better than many luxury ciders” – (9.25/10).

Mallets cider – “Woody and incredible value !! – Better than many luxury ciders” – (9.25/10). The Good “Good value”. “Quite practical”. “Interesting backstory”. “Attractive colour scheme on branding”. “Light carbonation, as promised”. “Confident natural tang throughout tasting”. “Natural sweetness”. “Well-balanced”. “Lots of woody character”. “Distinctive USP”. “Pleasant medium mouthfeel”. “Lasting woody aftertaste”. “Very session-able“. […]