It is not uncommon that a new business starts because someone is not satisfied with products currently on the market. This is how Hoxton Cidersmiths was founded. Will Austin and Phillip Warren are two school friends, who complained a lot about the taste of cider they had in various London pubs (I can totally relate to this) and after a longer while decided to make an ‘interesting cider’, as they call it, themselves.
Company: Hoxton Cidersmiths
Place of Origin: London, UK
Apples: a blend of Michelin and Brown’s and other apple varieties
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, snifter or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear golden/ pale amber with no head. The fizz is short-lived and I think it’s artificial. Body is light.
Aroma/Nose: smells of red apple skins, sweet and tart red apple flesh with notes of caramel and still fermenting apples. Also, distant funky notes with barnyard and beeswax.
Taste: It starts with low to moderate sweetness and watery taste with moderate acidity. The mid-palate is tart with light smoky note of ham with fruity flavors of red berries, especially strawberries. Additionally, I can taste notes of red apples and distant funky notes. The finish is dry with lingering flavor of tart apples and slightly sour berries. No bitter notes.
Overall: The Michelin and Brown’s is a refreshing and easy drinking cider, but still complex and nicely balanced. Interestingly, I didn’t find the watery flavor disturbing in this cider. On the contrary, I quite enjoyed it. Moreover, refreshing flavors of red fruits and other berries make it a great thirst quencher. Guys, you made it. Your cider is indeed ‘interesting’. I enjoyed the Michelin & Brown’s and I’m looking forward to have it again on a hot summer day. 4.5/6
Availability: Most UK retailers, who had Hoxton Cidersmiths’ cider on offer, are out of stock. At the moment, the only cider shop, known to me, stocking Hoxton Cidersmith’s cider is Ciderlab.
Price: purchased online from Ciderlab at 4.67 EUR.