The story behind the brand name of the Irish cider maker Orpens is a very interesting one. Orpen is a maiden name of the grandmother of the founders, Chris. Charmain Orpen was the first female professional licensed jockey in history to legally compete with men. I couldn’t think of a more galloping brand name neither. Today I’m sampling an Irish cider proudly made from selected Irish apples. Company: Orpens
Place of Origin: Dublin, Ireland
Apples: a blend of selected Irish apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, chalice glass or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale straw with a short-lived white head. Medium carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: it smells sweet of plain sugar and of sulphur – matches-like smell with elderflower, yellow apples and some fruitiness. The nose is rather weak.
Taste: it starts moderately sweet with a light acidity of lemon. Followed by a watery note with yellow apples, light sulphur, a lightly vinous note and fruity flavour. It finishes with a sugary taste of lemon candy and green apples.
Overall: I’m sorry to say but I didn’t like it. Orpens Cider is clearly made from dessert or eating apples without the addition of any cider apples in the blend as there is no detectable taste of tannins. But even from dessert apples, a good cider maker can make an excellent cider. But Orpens cider, unfortunately, is not the case. The aroma of sulphur is overpowering on the nose and leaves pleasant fruity notes far behind. Taste wise it’s a sugary apple fizz with only little depth and a lingering sugary taste. It reminds me slightly of Aspall Cyder Draught, which I reviewed some time ago. Admittedly, Orpens cider tastes better than Aspalls’s but is still far from being good. I wouldn’t buy it again. Unless I had to choose between Magners and Orpens. 2.5/6
Price: Orpens Cider was a sample provided by CiderKultur.