Apple County Cider Co is a relatively young cider company, established only in 2014 at Whitehouse Farm, near Skenfrith in Monmouthshire, Wales, very close to the English/Welsh border. The company might be young, but not the apple cider orchards, which were planted in 1969 by Ben Culpin’s stepfather. Today Ben, together with his wife Steph, runs a successful family business and produce award-wining ciders, including International Cider Challenge medals (Bronze, Silver and Gold) for flavour and branding and a prestigious Great Taste Awards “Golden Fork” for overall best food and drink product from across Wales.
Company: Apple County Cider Co
Place of Origin: Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Apples: made from a single variety Dabinett
Sweetness as per label: medium
Package type: 500ml clear glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber with orange hues and no head. Lightly carbonated. The body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: it smells of fermented red apples with caramel and cinnamon. A hint of alcohol is perceivable.
Taste: It starts medium sweet with low acidity and a hint of smoky ham. On the mid-palate notes of cinnamon and some spices with red apples, apple skins. The finish is dry and moderately astringent with a light touch of bitterness to the end. Alcohol is slightly perceivable giving one the warming effect.
Overall: You can easily say without even looking at the label that high-quality bittersweet apples were used for this cider. Apple Cider Co’s Dabinett reminds me slightly of another Welsh cider, the Black Dragon from Gwynt y Ddraig. However, the Dabinett has much better structure and a pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet for my liking, but I honestly think that it is a great pour and would appeal to practically everyone. However, due to the warming effect coming from the alcohol I think it can be considered a very good option for winter evenings. Eventually for a cold summer evening. Anyway, Apple County Cider Co’s Dabinett is definitely worth a purchase! 4.5/6
Price: came with my craft cider subscription from Orchard Box