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Leckford Estate 2020 vintage – Cox’s apple cider medium dry review – “Some natural variety, but lacking anything impactful” – (8.25/10). 

The Good “Positive sustainability brand message”. “Reasonable value”.  “Practical”. “Natural and pleasant smell”. “Acidity developing well”. “Good natural sweetness”. “Well balanced”. “Full flavour”.  “Natural flavour”. “Smooth taste and aftertaste”. “Some distinctive taste variety”. “Nicely session-able”. The Bad  “No dryness, which was promised”. “Absent of promised carbonation”.  “Bland packaging”. “Acidity lacking initially”. “Thin mouthfeel”.  “No bitterness”. […]

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Sidra El Gaitero semi-seca cider review – “Vibrant, lively, and well balanced”- (9.0/10).  

Sidra El Gaitero semi-seca cider review  The Good  “Good carbonation level”.  “Well balanced”. “Balanced sweetness”. “Natural flavour”. “Harshness a well balanced part of the character”. “Pleasant, persistent aftertaste”.  “Good scent”. “Confident acidity”. “Practical”. “Good value”. The Bad  “Dryness absent”.  “Slightly thin mouthfeel”. “Lacking a little complexity”.  Packaging  El Gaitero means “the piper” in Spanish, which […]

Christmas Crafty nectar No. 7 Craft cider review !! – “Well rounded and Oaky” – (9/10). 

Christmas Crafty nectar No. 7 Craft cider review !! – “Well rounded and Oaky” – (9/10). The Good  “Warming natural and oaky smell”.  “Eye catching bottle” “Modern and consumer centred brand”.   “Pleasantly tangy”. “Medium dryness as promised”.  “Sufficient sweetness”. “Characterful woody taste”.  “Rich and natural taste”. “Full flavour”.  “Very well balanced”.  “Nicely session-able”.  “Great medium […]

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Kopparberg Spiced apple cider review “Distinctive, but dull” – (6.5/10). 

The Good “Practical”. “Natural and warming smell”. “Some character”. “Somewhat natural taste”. “Well balanced”. “Fairly smooth taste”. “Pleasant aftertaste of cinnamon”. The Bad  “Unclear band message”. “Dull bottle design”. “Expensive”. “Carbonation too light”. “Weak tang”. “No dryness”. “Lacking sweetness”. “No bitterness”. “Weak taste”. “Thin mouthfeel”. Note: Virus present when sampling  Packaging  Kopparberg is a town […]

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Pulpt Flare superior south west cider review – “Well balanced, with some character” – (7.5/10).  

Pulpt Flare superior south west cider review – “Well balanced, with some character” – (7.5/10).  The Good  “Bright colours, youth branding”.  “Attractive and informative packaging”. “Pleasant and natural, fruity smell”. “Carbonation light, as promised”. “Natural flavour”.  “Distinctive taste”. “Nicely session-able”. “Well balanced”. “Mostly smooth”. “Distinctive tangy aftertaste”. The Bad  “Thin mouthfeel”. “Carbonation level too light”.  […]

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Inches “Medium apple” cider review – “Characterful, natural and good value, well done Bulmer’s ”… (9.25/10). 

Inches “Medium apple” cider review – “Characterful, natural and good value, well done Bulmer’s ”… (9.25/10).  The Good  “Fairly practical”.  “Good value”.  “Good backstory”. “Well explained “Green” USP”.  “Attractive bottle design and colour scheme”.  “Natural smell, as promised”.  “Well balanced”.  “Natural flavour”.  “Surprisingly full flavoured for ABV”.  “Lack of harshness”.  “Apples really sing”. “Natural flavour […]

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Woodgate reserve 2019 West Country vintage Cider review – “Not unpleasant, but a bit too tart, particularly on the aftertaste”- (6.0/10).  

Woodgate reserve 2019 West Country vintage Cider review – “Not unpleasant, but a bit too tart, particularly on the aftertaste”- (6.0/10).   The Good  “Light carbonation”. “Good price “Good practicality”. “Medium mouthfeel”.  “Sessionable” The Bad  “Harsh taste”. “Too acidic”. “Limited scent”. “No dryness”. “Acidic aftertaste” “Not enough sweetness”.  “No uniqueness”.  “No backstory or website”.  “Unbalanced”. “Not […]

Thatchers Vintage 2020 review “Naturally sweet and fruity cider, very similar to Thatchers Gold cans”. – (8.25/10). 

Thatchers Vintage 2020 review “Naturally sweet and fruity cider, very similar to Thatchers Gold cans”. – (8.25/10).  The Good  “Good value”. “Practical”.  “Good bottle design”.  “Sweet and natural smell”. “Some level of dryness”.  “Sweet and natural full flavour”.  “Pleasant aftertaste”.  “Easily sessionable”. “Smooth taste”. “Full mouthfeel”.  The Bad  “Aftertaste weak”.  “Nothing unique about the character”.  […]

Thatchers Vintage 2020 review “Naturally sweet and fruity cider, very similar to Thatchers Gold cans”. – (8.25/10). 

Thatchers Vintage 2020 review “Naturally sweet and fruity cider, very similar to Thatchers Gold cans”. – (8.25/10).  The Good  “Good value”. “Practical”.  “Good bottle design”.  “Sweet and natural smell”. “Some level of dryness”.  “Sweet and natural full flavour”.  “Pleasant aftertaste”.  “Easily sessionable”. “Smooth taste”. “Full mouthfeel”.  The Bad  “Aftertaste weak”.  “Nothing unique about the character”.  […]

Henry Westons Medium dry “cloudy” vintage cider review – (8.75/10) “Tangy and woody offering. Not unique though”.

The Good  “Good value for the range”.  “Practical”.  “Nice bottle design”.  “Light carbonation, as promised”.  “Good level of acidity”.  “Woodiness clearly apparent”.  “Full flavoured”.  “Pleasant mouthfeel”.  “Sweetness apparent”.  “Fruity and natural smell as promised”.  “Well balanced”.  “Smooth”.  The Bad  “Not quite sweet enough”.  “Mouthfeel not as thick as promised”.  “No bottle backstory”. “Dryness barely noticeable”.  […]