When I googled Oldfields Orchard I was quite surprised to learn that their cider production went to the commercial level only in 2014. Before that, the company was mainly growing hops for the nearby Hobsons Brewery. Now that’s a change. The Medium Dry was awarded Protected Geographical Indication status as a real Worcestershire Cider and a Great Taste Awards in 2015. Moreover, they won a Bronze for the Best Newcomer from the Ludlow Food & Drink Festival in 2014. In 2015 they won Silver Medal at the International Cider Challenge Silver Medal and received Gold Star from the Great Taste Awards.
Company: Oldfields Orchard c/o Hobsons Brewery
Place of Origin: Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
Apples: from local Worcestershire 100% bittersweet cider apples (Dinette, Harry Masters Jersey and Yarlington Mill)
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 500ml clear glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a clear light amber with subtle orange hues. Carbonation is medium. Initially there is a small frothy head, which disappears within a few seconds. Light body. Crisp on the tongue due to the carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: not so many flavors on the nose. Some fresh apple juice with a little bit tartness.
Taste: Certainly this cider is on the drier side of medium dry as I can barely taste any sweetness. After the dry first sip, the taste turns slightly acidic and quite watery, too watery. There are also notes of apple juice, green apples, and fermenting apples. The finish is dry and very astringent with hints of green apples and pleasant gentle bitter notes resembling grapefruit.
Overall: Oldfield Medium Dry tastes refreshing and very appley. In addition, this cider is easily drinkable but not mind-blowing. Too watery. From an award-winning cider, I expected some more excitement and more diversity of flavors. Summarizing, the Medium Dry is just an average cider. Not bad, but not exciting either. Just average. 3/6
Availability: mainly throughout North West England. Shops selling UK cider.
Price: bought locally in Berlin from Hopfen und Malz at 3.5 EUR.