If you thought that Sheppy’s is the only English cider maker producing cider for Marks & Spencer, you were wrong. Weston’s, a leading cider producer in the UK, also produces cider for the British giant.
Company: Westons Cider
Place of Origin: Much Marcle, Herefordshire, UK
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: can
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Ingredients: water, apple juice from concentrate, glucose syrup, sugar, carbon dioxide, lactic acid, malic acid, sulphites and yeast.
Appearance: pours a clear golden with orange hues and no head. Carbonation is medium and artificial.
Aroma/Nose: The nose is slightly vinegary with notes of wood and, red apples and a typical note of apple juice from the concentrate.
Taste: It starts watery with a low level of sweetness and moderate malic acid-like acidity. Then the taste of overripe apples with green apples and apple juice kicks in. The aftertaste is slightly astringent with notes of wood and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
Overall: Cider produced by Sheppy’s for Marks & Spencer was still drinkable, but you can’t say the same about the Westons cider. It simply tastes horrible! Apple juice concentrate flavour both on the nose and the palate simply stops you from taking another sip. Awful. I still can taste the unpleasant aftertaste. I can’t recommend this cider to anyone. 1/6
Availability: online and locally from Marks & Spencer
Price: purchased from Marks & Spencer in Wroclaw, Poland at 5.26 PLN ( 1.25 EUR). This M&S branch closed down in August, 2017.