This is my first time drinking Henney’s Cider Henney’s Exhibition Cider is supposed to be the best cider of the season. Henney’s pride so to speak.
Company: Henney’s Cider Company Ltd.
Place of Origin: Frome Valley, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: could be a blend of cider apples such as Dabinett, Ashton Bitter, Tremlett’s Bitter, Yarlington Mill and Michelin as per their website.
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 500 ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or chalice glass
Appearance: pours a clear, golden yellow with only small head, which quickly dissipates leaving a nice small ring around the glass. Nice and soft carbonation. Body is light to medium.
Aroma/Nose: The aroma has a tart and ripe apples with dry white wine notes. I can also sense some distant sweet and vanilla note with an oak touch. Very pleasant appley aroma.
Taste: the first impression is mild sweetness, which moves to a moderately citric acid tartness. The medium palate is pleasantly astringent with bitter notes both coming from rather mild tannins. The finish is bittersweet (somehow I have the impression it comes from the seeds) and dry at the same time with ripe apples. In the aftertaste some alcohol is perceivable but overall it is well hidden.
Overall: Very nice and complex cider. Refreshing sourness is in contrast to the mild bittersweetness. The taste is rich and nicely balanced. It is extremely easy drinking. As a matter of fact, half a pint of Henney’s Exhibition Cider is gone by now. It is a pity that they don’t disclose the year when this cider was produced. Anyway, great pour. I can highly recommend Henney’s Exhibition Cider. Cheers! 5/6
Availability: Seems to be available locally in Herefordshire and through supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco or even Aldi in the UK for around 2.50 GBP. For the rest of Europe, mostly craft beer shops as they usually sell also British cider.
Price: bought locally from Hopfen & Malz in Berlin for 3.5 EUR – I think they have the widest selection of British cider in Berlin.