Sheppy’s 200 special edition cider review (9.25/10) – “Freshly balanced, with a unique combination of luscious attributes.”

Sheppy’s 200 special edition cider review (9.25/10) – “Freshly balanced, with a unique combination of luscious attributes.” The Good “Plenty of tradition and history”. “Branding message clear”. “Expectations for drink easy to establish”. “Medium dryness as promised”. “Good levels of natural tartness”. “Great balance”. “Lasting, natural aftertaste”. “Distinctive woody element”. “Silky smooth”. “Freshness of apple […]

Cornish Orchards Dry cider review (6.25/10) – “Harshly distinctive, artificial and woody, dry. Quite a few elements either weak or missing though”.

Cornish Orchards Dry cider review (6.25/10) – “Harshly distinctive, artificial and woody, dry. Quite a few elements either weak or missing though”. The Good “Decorative bottle designs”. “Good level of dryness”. “Unique element apparent”. “Nice woodiness present”. “Persistent aftertaste”. The Bad “Limited history on website”. “Artificial smell”. “Not enough sweetness”. “Slightly thin mouthfeel”. “Artificial taste”. […]

Angioletti Secco cider review. (8.25/10)- Strong performer in refreshing nature. Could have used some dryness and uniqueness though.

Angioletti Secco cider review. (8.25/10)- Strong performer in refreshing nature.Could have used some dryness and uniqueness though. The Good “Subtle natural sweetness”. “Light carbonation as promised”. “Naturally tangy body”. “Lasting tangy aftertaste”. “Pleasant natural smell”. “Nicely balanced”. “Smooth taste”. “Full flavoured”. “Classy bottle colour scheme”. “Branding nicely consistent with taste”. The Bad “Only medium mouthfeel”. […]

Happy Easter ! 2018 English vintage cider – The Jonathan Blair replacement .. (8.25/10) – “A Beautifully balanced, fruity but watery, drink”.

2018 English vintage cider – The Jonathan Blair replacement .. (8.25/10) – “A Beautifully balanced, fruity but watery, drink”. The Good “Reasonable price”. “Quite practical”. “Light carbonation as promised”. “Detailed bottle labelling”. “Great aftertaste”. “Smooth and natural”. “Some sweetness and acidity”. “Beautifully balanced”. “Some character”. “Smooth and natural smell”. The Bad “Dated bottle designs”. “Still […]

“Cidersmiths Harry Masters’ Jersey” craft cider review (7.75/10) – “A fizzy and refreshingly moist cider; Tangy, harsh, with no dryness or character.”

“Cidersmiths Harry Masters’ Jersey” craft cider review (7.75/10) – “A fizzy and refreshingly moist cider; Tangy, harsh, with no dryness or character.” The Good “Well-balanced”. “Moderate carbonation”. “Harsh, with natural punchy tang”. “Some sweetness”. “Non-sickly taste”. “Confident and natural scent”. “Smooth drinking experience”. “Lasting tangy aftertaste”. The Bad “Is it mono-varietal ?”. “Weak branding”. “No […]

Henry Weston’s medium-dry “aged finish” (2017) cider review (8/10) – “A nicely balanced, sweet and fruity cider. Clearly natural, yet not unique with tartness superior.”

Henry Weston’s medium dry “aged finish” (2017) cider review (8/10) – “A nicely balanced, sweet and fruity cider. Clearly natural, yet not unique with tartness superior.” The Good “Practical”. “Not expensive”. “Blurb and branding with USP”. “Attractive bottle colour scheme”. “Good company website”. “Natural smell with character”. “Strong natural tang”. “Lasting tart aftertaste”. “Good balance”. […]

Waitrose Duchy Organic Herefordshire 2017 vintage cider review (6/10)- “Watery and sickly- sweet apples. Natural, but indifferent”.

Waitrose Duchy Organic Herefordshire 2017 vintage cider review (6/10)- “Watery and sickly- sweet apples. Natural, but indifferent”. The Good “Year of vintage specified on bottle”. “Good brand message”. “Pleasant looking bottle”. “Natural smell and taste”. “Some wood in the flavour”. The Bad “No USP”. “Impractical”. “Expensive”. “Weak smell”. “Watery mouthfeel”. “Sickly sweetness”. “Lack of balance”. […]

Galipette Biologique cidre review (8.5/10) – ” Weak and pricey, but naturally tangy”.

Galipette Biologique cidre review (8.5/10) – ” Weak and pricey, but naturally tangy”. The Good “Good looking bottle”. “Confident tartness”. “Lasting natural taste and aftertaste”. “Beautiful floral aroma”. “Some natural sweetness”. “Branding consistent with flavour”. The Bad “Not fully practical”. “Tartness too dominant”. “Sweetness too little”. “No unique taste elements”. “Carbonation too light”. “Too rich […]

Galipette Brut cider review – ” Natural and yeasty fruit, without dryness, in a medium mouthfeel” (8.75/10).

Galipette Brut cider review – ” Natural and yeasty fruit, without dryness, in a medium mouthfeel” (8.75/10). The Good “Tangy, natural smell”. “Good acidity level”. “Well-balanced fruity tang”. “Smooth taste and aftertaste”. “Character from bread-like taste elements”. “Sweetness provided by natural fruit”. “Lovely medium mouthfeel”. “Good backstory”. “Lasting natural aftertaste”. “Practical alcohol level”. “Good value […]

Thatchers Summer vintage 2017 review (9.25/10) – The drink appeared very well-balanced, boasting lots of uniqueness, and character. Plenty of quirky elements seldom seen, were apparent too.

Thatchers Summer vintage 2017 review (9.25/10) – The drink appeared very well-balanced, boasting lots of uniqueness, and character. Plenty of quirky elements seldom seen, were apparent too. The Good “Inspiring branding”. “Lots of carbonation”. “Plenty of sweetness”. “Medium-dryness as promised”. “Practical and good value”. “Great balance”. “Good character and uniqueness”. “Some bitterness”. “Some woodiness”. “Fresh […]