Until only recently I thought I knew a lot about European cider brands. But, during cider shopping in Amsterdam at Apples en Perren, I came across the No Brainer 500 from the Cotswold Cider Company of which I have never heard before. To be frank, it is the label that drew my attention so I have decided to give it a try. Some background information on the cidery, The Cotswold Cider Company was founded in 2009 by Rory Souter.
Company: The Cotswold Cider Company
Place of Origin: Coleshill Swindon, Oxfordshire, UK
Apples: organic cider and eating apples from the local area
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or bowl
Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy, light amber with orange hues. It leaves a white foam ring around the glass. Medium carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: The aroma has still fermenting apple juice. There is also some acidity to it. In addition, I can sense tart and green apple notes.
Taste: it begins with a minimal residual sweetness and a moderate acidity. No Brainer 500 tastes slightly watery with a perceivable light bitter grapefruit note. There is also a hint of tropical fruits (I can’t describe which though) with a refreshing orange juice note. The finish is long-lasting with a perceivable mild astringency on the tongue and a hint of green apple skin.
Overall: The cider name is just perfect, I must admit. No Brainer is a cider that you can enjoy chilled on a hot spring or summer day sitting in the garden, on the veranda, by the river, etc. With every sip you forget about all your sorrows, just relax and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. No Brainer is a very tasty, refreshing and light cider, which slightly resembles a taste of an orange lemonade. This one is definitely a crowd-pleaser. 4/6
Price: purchased during my visit to Amsterdam from Appels en Peren at 4.95 EUR.