Most English cider makers come either from Somerset of Herefordshire. However, craft cider I am reviewing today was manufactured by Rosie and Mark Mount on a small farm close to Canterbury, Kent.
Company: Kentish Pip Cider
Place of Origin: Woolen Farm, Bekesbourne Canterbury, Kent, UK
Apples: a blend of cider and dessert apples
Sweetness as per label: medium sweet
Package type: bag in box
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear, bright amber body with no head. No carbonation visible. Body is light to medium.
Aroma/Nose: On the nose overripe apples with a sweet raisin note. Some dry notes perceivable as well. Nice.
Taste: the taste starts with medium sweetness and a honey and raisin note. To my palate this is slightly too sweet but still ok. Very mild tartness to it. The medium palate is slightly watery and has overripe apples. There is this sulphuric note in the beginning, which disappears with every taken sip. The finish is dry with smooth bitter and white wine notes. In the aftertaste there is lingering mild astringency. Very pleasant cider.
Overall: Kentish Pip Vintage Cider is a very smooth and well-rounded cider, which will appeal to everyone’s palate. It’s not too bitter, not too sour, not funky at all and not overly sweet. Since I personally prefer funky notes and more acidic cider I can’t say that Kentish Pip Vintage Cider will be my favourite but I wouldn’t mind having it again. In addition, I am looking forward to trying the Craftsman from their cider range. Well done! 4/6
Availability: Locally in Kent and London, UK.
Price: 5.5 EUR for a pint at Loch Ness – Scottish Pub in Berlin.