It looks that the revival of the Taunton Cider Company is far more important to the people of Taunton, Somerset than I initially imagined. When in 1805, local farmers formed a co-operative at Norton Fitzwarren to make cider it was the beginning of a great West Country product, which in 1911 led to the creation of the Taunton Cider Company. Although the producer has disappeared for many years from the UK cider map and only recently resumed operations, people of Taunton seem to be very proud of this company. At least this is my impression after reading the comments below my review of the Original Dry, which I also posted on Facebook. Today, I’m reviewing their Medium. Company: Taunton Cider Company
Place of Origin: Taunton, Somerset, UK
Apples: locally sourced Yarlington Mill, Dabinett and Harry Masters Jersey
Sweetness as per label: medium
Package type: 500 ml clear glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear very pale amber with a white quickly dissipating head. Initially medium carbonation reducing to lightly sparkling within a minute. Artificial carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong. I can get notes of caramel, bittersweet apples, smokiness, hints of funk and sulphur.
Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet with a light acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate notes of caramel, cider apples, yellow apple, smokiness, bubble gum, watery, very low astringency and light oakiness. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a hint of sulphur.
Overall: The level of sweetness is not the only difference between this cider and the Dry that I have previously reviewed. First of all, it’s much less watery (meaning that less water was added). Secondly, the Medium was clearly made with wild yeast as you can get the notes of funk and sulphur. Also, the taste was smoother but similarly rich in terms of flavours and good length. Despite the fact that it is classified as medium, it’s not overly sweet (because it was watered down). The Medium from the Taunton Cider Company is a good cider. I would buy it again and pair with moules-frites. 4/6
Price: a sample was provided by the Taunton Cider Company