For this perry, Hogan’s used perry pears grown in the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. In 2016, the editors of the Independent selected top ten perries and Hogan’s Vintage Perry 2014 was named one of the top ten.Company: Hogan’s Cider
Place of Origin: Alcester, Warwickshire, UK
Ingredients: English perry pear juice, water, sugar, carbon dioxide, malic acid, preservative: potassium metabisulphite (sulphites)
Package type: 500ml amber glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a small, immediately dissipating white fizz. Medium and artificial carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose has dominating notes of caramel and toffee with yellow apples, but no pears.
Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet and light buttery with a light sourness of malic acid. On the mid-palate some smokiness with low astringency and a watery taste. The aftertaste has hints of caramelised sugar, a bitter note and a hint of banana.
Overall: briefly, it tastes like a liquid caramel candy with some butterscotch and some sour taste to it. Although sometimes the increase of acidity admittedly may contribute to perry’s taste, the addition of malic acid to this particular perry doesn’t help much. You can actually taste that this acidity simply doesn’t belong here. Also, it finishes relatively quick. Interestingly, it doesn’t have a taste of pears, only yellow apples. Nevertheless, I think that Hogan’s Perry can be appreciated by a wider audience. It’s not overly sweet, but also not too dry. So if you’re expecting a pleasant no-brainer, then this perry will meet your expectations. I think it can be likeable but it’s just not my style. 3/6
Price: Hogan’s Vintage Perry 2014 was a sample provided by Cider Kultur, a recently opened webshop run by two cider aficionados offering a selection of great cider.