It might be November now but it is a very warm and sunny day here in Frankfurt with 15 degrees Celsius. Simply perfect for having cider! Today I’m going to review the Axminster Yarlington Mill from Devon, UK. In case you don’t remember, it is Nick Cunningham who stands behind the Axminster Craft Cider Co. As the name already indicates, the Yarlington is a single varietal cider made with chemical free, sustainably managed Yarlingtons grown in Nick’s friend 3rd generation orchard from Somerset. Let’s give it a try!
Company: Axminster Craft Cider
Place of Origin: Axminster, Devon, UK
Apples: Yarlington Mill
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 500 ml clear glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, tumbler or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear deep amber with a small head that slowly reduces to a ring. Low carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and slightly sweet with notes of raisins, cider apples, baked apples but also a bit chemical/phenolic. Remote notes of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch.
Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet with just a touch of acidity of lemon. Caramel, smokiness, raisins, baked apples, overripe apples, low bitterness and sweetener on the mid-palate. Finishes dry with medium astringency, butterscotch and a phenolic aftertaste.
Overall: After sampling the Axminster Craft Cider Dabinett & Sweet Coppin last year, I knew that Nick’s new cider will simply have to be good. And, it really is. After opening the bottle, the nose simply bursts out of it. The nose is very inviting and makes your mouth watery. It is clearly oxidized as you can judge from the notes of raisins and butterscotch. But it’s really lovely. After the first sip, you feel that you enter a sort of cider/caramel heaven with lovely smooth yet relatively strong tannins. The taste is long-lasting and clean without notes of funk. I enjoyed every drop of it. It’s a cider for both a cider aficionado and those who just start their cider adventure. Actually, I would dare to say that if you present a bottle of this cider to a cider newbie, I guarantee that you will turn this person to a cider lover. I would definitely buy more. 5/6
Price: Nick provided me with a sample.