Stowford Press Export from Westons is one of the most widely available cider on draught in Germany and I think around Europe as well. It was blended first over 30 years ago and initially was given a name ‘Vat 53’. However, I don’t think that today’s Stowford Press has a lot in common with the ‘Vat 53’ made back then.
Company: Westons Cider
Place of Origin: Much Marcle, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: 100% local home-pressed apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a little foamy head. Almost still. Body is light.
Aroma/Nose: not so much on the nose apart from the smell of fermented apples, green apple and some funk
Taste: it starts watery and dry with moderate to high citric acid-acidity (it doesn’t taste like lemon though). Also, I can taste a light smoky flavor and a refreshing green apple flesh note. No bitterness or tartness. Where did all the tannins go?
Overall: I think that Stowford Press Export is quite drinkable and refreshing, but not worth the money. You can actually taste that malic or citric acid was added. Also, there is no sign of tannins on the palate. I wonder whether they used cider apples at all. Overall, Stowford Press Export was ok and most probably will appeal to the mass consumer, but I don’t think I would buy it again. However, it still tasted better than Magners or Bulmers. 2/6
Availability: very broad. Almost every Irish Pub in Germany and probably also in other European countries has it on tap.
Price: paid 4.70 EUR at The Corkonian Irish Pub in Cologne, Germany.