When I hear Loxley, I think of Robin Hood, Lady Marion and Sheriff of Nottingham, famous heroes of English folklore. But as it turns out, Loxley is also claimed to be one of the first areas in Great Britain where cider was made already in the 12th century. Records have been found on a private residence that had its own cider press.
Loxley Cider is made using traditional methods, with rack and cloth press, slowly fermented with wild yeast.Company: Loxley Cider Ltd
Place of Origin: Wandsworth, London, UK
Apples: a blend of bittersweet and bitter sharp varieties
Package type: 330 ml clear glass bottle
Recommended type of glass: wine glass
Appearance: pours an almost clear deep golden/very pale amber with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is strong. On the nose bittersweet cider apples, tannic notes, juicy red apples, something spicy with a hint of xylene, butter, milk and honey.
Taste: my initial taste is sweet of sugar with low acidity of lemon. Smokiness, caramel, and light astringency. Finishes with a note of orange, pear and polyfloral honey.
Overall: it took me a few days to write this part as I wasn’t really sure how to express my thoughts about the Loxley Cider Greenwood Blend. This cider is very interesting with all the features of a great product. Its taste is light but not watery, with clean notes, it is easily drinkable and will be enjoyable for most cider drinkers. Especially for those who don’t like traditional cider but are looking for a quality alternative or nice introductory cider. I was very fond of a note of a polyfloral honey, which usually makes me dull but here it is just a note that gives you an impression that you are drinking a honey liquor and as it feels like a cuddly hug. Admittedly, it is not cider I usually drink, but it is unique and beautiful. With this, many could start their cider journey. 4.5/6
Availability: in the UK from Bayley & Sage
Price: a sample was provided by James from Loxley Cider.