Harry’s Dabinett

Low apple prices might have inspired farmers in Eastern Europe to make cider. But, in the UK it was the decreasing milk price that made Harry Fry, ex-dairy farmer from Somerset to produce cider. The fruits were already on the farm as Harry’s father has planted an apple orchard in the 1970’s, from which he supplied another cider company from Somerset. Today Harry and his son Toby produce ciders that have won many awards including medals from the Taste of the West Awards, the British Cider Championships and the International Cider Challenge. I’m giving the single varietal Dabinett a try.Company: Harrys Cider Company
Place of Origin: Long Sutton, Somerset, UK
Apples: Dabinett
Sweetness as per label: medium
ABV: 4.5%
Package type: 500ml clear glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, chalice glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy amber with orange and light reddish hues. White head created while pouring reduces slowly foam. Lightly sparkling. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: on the nose notes of a crisp, fresh and juicy red apple and freshly pressed apple juice. Distant wood, caramel and apricot scent.

Taste: the first sip has a light to medium sweetness and a very low watery taste. Subsequently, you get a strong tannic kick, which is mouth puckering and moderately bitter at the same time. The mid-palate has a gentle smoky note with a red juicy apple, apple skins and distant wood. Surprisingly, the acidity appears only towards the end along with a gentle pleasant bitterness and lingering fruity red apple taste.

Overall: Harry’s Dabinett is a light, but still delicious and well-balanced cider with a clean fruity/appley taste. It goes down easily. Even too easily, I would say. My friend, who I shared the bottle of the Dabinett with, said that she could see herself purchasing the whole box of the Dabinett as advertised on the label. But instead of throwing a party she would keep the box for her own use. From my side, I can say that Harry’s Dabinett is indeed one of the best single-varietal ciders made from Dabinett I had. Also, I think it is a good drop if you want to start your journey with real cider as it should simply appeal to anyone. 4.5/6 

Availability: in the UK from their online shop, Beers by post, Dike & Son, in the Netherlands from Ciderlab.

Price: purchased online from Ciderlab at 4.25 EUR