To Nick of Axminster Craft Cider, it all started as a hobby. In the village he lived in, there was a very old cider apple tree that Nick used for his cider. In the same village, he found an apple orchard with cider apple trees planted in the 1970s. After a while, Nick moved to a farm with a cider house and started making cider commercially. This year, he made 5000 litres. This is my first time trying anything from Axminster Craft Cider.Company: Axminster Craft Cider
Place of Origin: Axminster, Devon, UK
Apples: a blend of Dabinett and Sweet Coppin
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 500 ml clear glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear deep amber with a dark orange hue and a small head that slowly reduces to a ring. Low to medium carbonation. Body is low to medium too.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of caramel, baked apples, apple skin but also tart apples, bittersweet apples with a hint of wood and resin.
Taste: my first impression is lightly sweet with low acidity of lemon. Smokiness, baked apples, overripe apples, low bitterness, caramel, sweetener. Finishes dry and a bit watery and a trace of lingering caramel-like bitterness, medium astringency and some sweetener-like sweetness to it and a note of dark chocolate.
Overall: the aroma is absolutely brilliant! It combines the best and most delicious features of an English cider and French cidre. The nose is clean without off-notes but yet you can tell that it is made with proper cider apples. It took me literally 5 minutes before I moved on to take the first sip. On the palate, you get practically the same fabulous notes as on the nose. Also, the Axminster Craft Cider has an incredibly long taste that seems to never end. All these flavours of caramel, overripe apples and baked apples with a touch of bitterness literally dance in your mouth. It’s like a seductive tango of your taste buds. Drink this cider after a hard day at work to celebrate the evening. Pure heaven! I definitely would drink more. Scrattings, can you please start listing Axminster Cider? 5.5/6
Availability: directly from Axminster Cider Co or online from Slurp.
Price: Nick provided me with a sample.