Thatchers Somerset Rosé

This is another cider that I am tasting made from pink or red-fleshed apples after the French cidre from Doz de Dauzanges. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find anything on the Somerset Rosé on Thatchers website. There is, however, another rosé cider in their product range, the Katy.  I’ve been trying to find what is the difference between the Somerset Rosé and the Katy. It looks like the first one is a blend of red fleshed-apples including Katy, whereas the Katy is a single variety cider.

Company: Thatchers Cider
Region of Origin: Somerset, Winscombe, England
Apples: a blend of red-fleshed apples including Katy
Sweetness as per label: medium
ABV: 5.4%
Package type: 500ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale raspberry with a white foam, which quickly vanishes. Carbonation level is low.

Aroma/Nose: Similarly to the previous French rosé I tasted, on the nose I smell red apple flesh, red berries and particularly raspberries. And sort of a sweet red berries lemonade flavor.

Taste: the first sip is moderately sweet with low level of acidity, but still refreshing and not too sweet. Subsequently I can taste red apple flesh with a watermelon hint and low astringency. The aftertaste is dry and has notes of watermelon and red berries.

Overall:  Thatchers Somerset Rosé is easy to drink despite moderate level of sweetness and relatively low level of acidity. I like it better than the French cidre Rosé, because it doesn’t taste watery and I can feel some astringency due to tannins. It’s still a strawberry lemonade type of cider, which will not appeal to everyone. Well, I liked it.  4/6

Availability: Sainsbury’s, online from Booze Cruiser or Deals4Drink.

Price: had it locally at the Castle Pub in Berlin at 5.5 EUR

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