In 2020, I reviewed the 2019 vintage of the Axminster Dabinett & Sweet Coppin. Now as Nick provided me with a sample of the recently released Dabinett & Sweet Coppin 2020, it’s time to evaluate this newcomer.
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 pale amber 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, earth, baked apples and raisins. Also, there seems to be sth chemical to it – must be the tannin.
Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet with low acidity of lemon. Notes of caramel, smokiness, wood, red apples and apple seeds. Moderate and smooth astringency. Finishes dry and quickly bit then suddenly notes of caramel and a caramel-like bitter touch emerge out of nowhere.
Overall: I have a feeling that my reviews may become boring soon as my “recent” cider reviews tend to be very positive. I guess that simply cider samples that I get recently are impeccable. And, I’m afraid that in the case of the Axminster Dabinett & Sweet Coppin 2020 it will be no different. It’s a really decent, full-bodied cider with a delicious array of flavours and a smooth yet relatively strong astringency that a good cider needs. The nose is strong and has a chemical touch to it but it’s rather due to the tannin content. The Axminster Dabinett & Sweet Coppin 2020 is not overly sweet although for my palate I though it was already too much. However, it wasn’t too sweet to my friend who I shared this cider with. All I heard while drinking was “oohs and aahs” – sounds every cider maker would like to hear. So it seems to be a good opportunity for those with a sweet tooth. I enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind having it again. 5/6
Availability: directly from Axminster Cider Co or online from Scrattings or Slurp.
Price: Nick provided me with a sample.