Ever heard of a Cider Club? Would you consider joining one? As long as you are a cider drinker and live in the UK you can join Bignose & Beardy Cider Club, which was just recently set up. Bignose & Beardy produce various ciders in small batches and make them available to the members of their cider club only. The fact that it is limited to UK residents makes me really sad as even I can’t join the club and sample their unique ciders. However, in my opinion, it is a good business model for smaller producers. If your apples are short in supply or you just want to experiment with unique blends, this is a really good opportunity to make your business bloom. Instead of bringing limited edition ciders to the market you just run a cider club.
Company: Bignose & Beardy
Place of Origin: Framfield, Sussex, UK
Apples: from local orchards
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 330ml brown glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear golden with no head. No carbonated. Body is light to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is not very strong, but I can distinguish a few aromas such as subtle wild notes of barnyard and leather, yellow apple skin and flesh. Also, notes of crisp and fermented apples.
Taste: it starts indeed dry, but not bone dry, with a lingering bitter taste, which is felt throughout the whole sip. The mid-palate has a moderate smoky note, light barnyard and leather, taste of yellow sour apple flesh and skin with a relatively high acidity also perceivable throughout the sip. In the finish subtle astringency appears.
Overall: Cockhaisy is a decent cider, made mostly from dessert or eating apples judging by the taste. If not the disturbing bitter taste I would say it’s really pleasant. But the lingering bitterness is not something that will appeal to anyone. If one could make this bitter taste go away I would be happy to have the Cockhaisy again. But only then. 3/6
Price: The Cockhaisy was in my cider subscription box delivered monthly by Orchard Box.