This is the last cider review of a series of ciders bought from Marks & Spencer in Wroclaw. In addition, it is another cider produced for Marks & Spencer by Sheppy’s.Company: Sheppy’s Cider
Place of Origin: Taunton, Somerset, UK
Apples: fresh, ripe British bittersweet ciders from a single year’s harvest
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, snifter or white wine glass
Ingredients: apple juice, water, sugar, carbon dioxide, malic acid, preservative E223 (sulphites), yeast.
Appearance: pours a clear golden with pink hues and a short-lived head. Lightly sparkling. Artificial carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: on the nose flavours of barnyard, overripe and fermented apples with a light vinegary touch, Some floral notes perceivable as well.
Taste: it starts slightly watery with a low level of sweetness and low acidity. The mid-palate is moderately astringent with a smoky note, light touch of wood and overripe apples. The finish is dry with a lingering taste of plum butter, also called powidl and light bitterness. Alcohol is not perceivable despite high ABV.
Overall: Kill me, but I can’t help it. I enjoyed having the Somerset Oak Matured Vintage 2015 although, similarly to other ciders produced for Marks&Spencer, it was made from apple juice with other additives. I was especially fond of the extremely good tasting plum butter/powidl lingering aftertaste. Just a note that I read the label before opening the bottle, so I was aware of the ingredients and was really sensitised to them. But I couldn’t get any weird flavour. I simply loved this cider. I think it would pair well with sweet pancakes. 4.5/6
Availability: online and locally from Marks & Spencer.
Price: purchased from Marks & Spencer in Wroclaw, Poland at 12.03 PLN ( 2.87 EUR). Marks & Spencer has recently closed their shops in Poland.