It’s time to try some real English craft cider!
Company: Rich’s Cider
Place of Origin: Highbridge, Somerset, England.
Apples: single variety – Dunkerton
Package type: 500ml translucent bottle with crowncork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Note: Matured in oak vat
Appearance: clear, golden yellow with almost no head. Very soft, light carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: you can immediately tell that this cider was maturated in oak vats. Absolutely beautiful aroma of vanilla, wood notes, ripe apples and skins. You can also smell a bit of dryness. I wish I could have an air freshener in my car smelling like this 🙂 . Wow!
Taste: the first taste is woody oak and some kind harsh, intense taste probably coming from the alcohol, then apple notes of skin and flesh take over along with a sweet taste. This cider has a medium body. I would describe it as medium sweet. Interestingly, there is almost no acidity and no bitter taste. I can taste only a minor astringent taste coming from tannins.
Overall: Wow, this cider is really nice! I wish I could experience this with each cider I review. Rich’s cider has pleasant whisky notes coming from oak vats. Delicious, although in the beginning it was too sweet for me but somehow with every sip the sweet taste developed in to a pure pleasure. A lot of vanilla. It is like drinking a nicely balanced mild whisky such as Glen Morangie and cider in one. Not to confuse with calvados. For cider whisky and lovers a must ! Very nice cider. 5/6.
Availability: I am afraid it is UK only
Price: came with a craft cider subscription from Orchard Box.