Westons is the largest UK traditional cider brand selling million liters cider per year. You can find one of their ciders literally in almost every pub in the UK. You might have tried it already but you weren’t even aware of it. Does Stowford Press, Henry Westons Vintage Cider, Caple Rd Cider, Old Rosie, Mortimer’s Orchard or Wyld Wood Organic Cider sound familiar to you? I thought so. Henry Weston’s Perry Vintage 2014 comes from the crafted cider range Henry Weston’s Vintage Cider
Company: Westons Cider
Place of Origin: Much Marcle, Herefordshire, UK
Pears: pears grown in Herefordshire
Package type: 500 ml glass green bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear, golden yellow with a small white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a ring around the glass. Medium carbonation. Body is light.
Aroma/Nose: The aroma has perfume and floral notes, pear and interestingly apples with a distant vanilla touch.
Taste: it has a medium sweet and pear juice-like first sip with honey and gentle caramel notes. Also, an unpleasant sulphuric note appears for a second. The medium palate has ripe pears with quite intensive bitter taste. The finish is only a little bit dry with some minimal astringency. Despite ABV of 7.4% alcohol is well hidden. I can’t taste any acidity.
Overall: Henry Westons Perry 2014 Vintage is drinkable. If I were at a pub that wouldn’t sell proper cider I wouldn’t mind buying it again. But, to my palate, this perry is too sweet and not complex enough. It’s just ok. A small advice from me in case you bought a bottle of Henry Weston’s Perry. Don’t drink it straight after taking out of the refrigerator. Let it warm up a little as it will improve the overall taste impression. 3.5/6
Availability: Seems to be available through supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco at approx. 2.50 GBP. For the rest of Europe, mostly good beer shops as they usually sell also UK cider.
Price: purchased from Hopfen & Malz in Berlin at 4 EUR. If you are craving for nice UK cider you should pay them a visit.