Ross-on-Wye Ashton Brown Jersey

Ashton Brown Jersey is a relatively young cider apple variety grown at the National Fruit and Cider Institute, Long Ashton, Bristol in 1903. It’s a cider apple with hard tannins producing full-bodied medium bittersweet cider. Ashton Brown Jersey is not often found as a single variety, it’s rather used as part of a blend.

Ashton Brown Jersey is my first cider from the multi-award winning cider producer from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company.Company: Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company
Place of Origin: Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: single varietal, from Ashton Brown Jersey
ABV: 6.2%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with plastic screw cup
Recommended type of glass: flute, chalice glass or wine glass

Note: no sulphites, unpasteurised

Appearance: pours a hazy golden with orange hues and a white short-lived head. Medium to high carbonation. Body is low. Some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is acidic and wild with notes of barnyard, beeswax, grapefruit, orange, light sulphur and a hint of red apples and vinegar.

Taste: the first sip is slightly sweet with a low acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate a strong watery note with a touch of smoke, a moderately astringent taste, hint of sulphur and a distant acetic note. It finishes dry, citrusy and crisp with notes of grapefruit, blood orange, a touch of grapefruit flesh-like bitterness and a hint of beeswax. It gets more bitter the more you drink it.

Overall: as mentioned in the introduction part, Ashton Brown Jersey is a cider apple variety that is almost always blended with other cider apples. You don’t see many cider producers launching single varietal cider with Ashton Brown Jersey. After tasting this cider I can see why. It lacks body, the initial taste is fruity but rather unexciting with a strong watery flavour. Also, I didn’t pick up any apple flavour here. But the taste improves with every sip towards pleasant and refreshing notes of citruses including grapefruit and blood orange. So I can imagine it would taste lovely once it gets warm outside again. Overall, the Ashton Brown Jersey is worth trying. Also, if you’re looking for a lighter cider then I think it’s a good option. 3.5/6 

Availability: from their online shop.

Price: Ross-on-Wye’s Ashton Brown Jersey was a donation from Phil of Pulp Craft Cider who I met up with at the Manchester Cider Festival 2018.

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