Dunkertons Perry

Dunkertons Perry was recently named one of the 10 best perries by Independent. It is made with perry pears carrying fabulous names such as Merrylegs, Red Horse, Moorcroft, Painted Lady or Thorn, all grown in unsprayed, organic orchards. On the label, you can find a statement that the fruit comes from EU/NON EU agriculture (see picture below). Intriguing. Company: Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Pears: perry pears including Merrylegs, Red Horse, Moorcroft, Painted Lady or Thorn grown in unsprayed, organic orchards coming from EU/NON EU agriculture
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7.5%
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden with a white short-lived foam. Medium carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is medium strong. On the nose notes of pears, peach, vinegar, cloves, nail polish remover, leather with hints of funk,

Taste: my initial taste is low to medium sweetness with the low acidity of vinegar. Followed by a light bitterness and spiciness and notes of pears, cloves, high alcohols, nail polish remover. Finishes dry with a taste of pear with a very low astringency.

Overall: It looks like you can’t go wrong with Dunkertons. Even with their perry. Dunkerton’s Perry is smooth, complex, with a long-lasting taste. It’s not going to be everyone’s liking due to off notes of nail polish remover and vinegar though. So if you are sensitive to these flavours bear that in mind. Otherwise, a delicious drop that will go well with food. I had it with Saint Agur cheese and thought it was very tasty! But I was expecting more tannins, to be honest, and all I could get was a delicate touch of astringency. I just wonder where the fruit used to make this perry comes from. 4.5/6

Availability: in the UK through their online shop and their new facility in Cheltenham. Also from BristolCiderShop, CraftDrinkThe Belgian Beer Company or Beers of Europe. In the Netherlands look out for Ciderwinkel and Appels en Peren. In Switzerland from Ciderhouse.ch. In Estonia from Siidrimaja. In Copenhagen from Holm Cider. In Germany exclusively from CiderKultur.

Price: Dunkertons Browns was a sample provided by CiderKultur.

Dunkertons Browns

Browns is an English cider apple variety from South Devon producing a sharp juice that Dunkertons used for their single-varietal cider, the Browns. When I searched for other reviews about Dunkertons Browns, all I could find was oohing and aahing. I haven’t found a single bad review for the Browns. It seemed that literally, everybody likes the  Browns. In contrast to the wide appeal among cider drinkers, the Browns picked up only one award, first place in the International Cider Challenge 2016. As you can imagine, I got very intrigued.  Company: Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a single-varietal Brown’s from organic farms
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7.5%
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a clear golden with a white short-lived foam. Medium carbonation.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is strong, slightly sour and fruity. On the nose hints of funk, vinegar, yellow apples, with a touch of sulphur.

Taste: my first taste is medium sweet with a low to medium acidity of lemon, and a touch of orange. Smokiness, yellow apples, light bitterness, again smokiness, a light to medium astringent note on the mid-palate. Finishes dry leaving a lingering orange and lemon note with medium astringency.

Overall: the Browns from Dunkertons is indeed an outstanding drop. It’s light, yet complex. Although the initial taste is rather sweet with no detectable acidity, suddenly and unexpectedly the sharpness kicks in and stays accompanying other tasty flavours that appear next. Admittedly, the lingering orangy/lemon aftertaste makes this cider taste very refreshing and unique. Also, I loved the bubbles in this cider, which truly complemented the taste. Overall, a great thirst quencher and perfect summer offering that I could drink over and over again. Now I understand why it is everyone’s favourite. 5/6

Availability: in the UK through their online shop, BristolCiderShop, CraftDrink The Belgian Beer Company, Hop Pocket Wine Company or Beers of Europe. However, outside the UK the availability is limited. In the Netherlands look out for Ciderwinkel and Appels en Peren. In Switzerland from Ciderhouse.ch. In Estonia from Siidirimaja. In Germany from CiderKultur.

Price: Dunkertons Browns was a sample provided by CiderKultur.

Dunkertons Court Royal

Dunkertons like to experiment with single varietal ciders. Previously, I’ve tried their brilliant single varietal Breakwells Seedling. This time, however, I’m about to sample their Court Royal. Court Royal is a sweet cider apple with low tannin and low acid, which originated in East Devon.
Company: 
Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a single-varietal Court Royal from organic farms
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7.5%
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear golden with a white short-lived head. Medium carbonation.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has still fermenting apples, fresh yellow apples, lightly acidic. some green apple. The nose is not so strong.

Taste: it starts medium dry with a medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate green and yellow apples with a smoky and vinous note. The aftertaste has hints of fresh green and yellow apples, apple skin of green apples with a light biting taste of alcohol and a touch of bitterness.

Overall: briefly, the Court Royal tastes like a flavourful cross between cider made from eating apples and traditional cider. Meaning it’s easily drinkable, light yet very refreshing and absolutely not boring. Taste wise perhaps not extremely rich, but it still has a nice depth and structure for a single-varietal cider. The nose is not strong but is clear and full of apple aromas. The Royal Court is a cider for everyone and will taste great on a day like this with lots of sunshine. I assure you it will uplift your mood after a bad day at work as well. I’d like t to have it again. 4/6

Availability: broad in the UK through BristolCiderShop or Beers of Europe. However, outside the UK the availability is limited in the Netherlands to Ciderwinkel and Appels en Peren. In Switzerland from Ciderhouse.ch. In Estonia from Siidirimaja. In Germany to CiderKultur.

Price: Dunkertons Court Royal was a sample provided by CiderKultur.

Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling

There is a constantly rising trend of organic foods, beers and wines in the market around the world, but also of organic ciders. And, Dunkertons is one of the few British cider makers producing cider from organic cider apples. More than that, Dunkertons were one of the first to introduce organic farming to the apple orchards in Herefordshire. It was in 1988, long before the boom begun.

Today I give you Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling, a single-varietal cider made form  Breakwells Seedling, an apple variety that was discovered at Perthyre Farm, Monmouth, Wales over a century ago.Company: Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a single varietal from Breakwells Seedling from organic farms
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7.5%
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale amber with faint orange hue and a large, white short-lived foam, which leaves a white ring around the glass. Medium carbonation. Low to medium body. There is some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is tannic and sweetish with lovely notes of juicy red apples and a hint of apple juice. Also, I can get wild notes, beeswax, leather, distant acetic note and nail polish.

Taste: the first sip is medium dry of caramel with a moderate acidity of lemon. Strong astringent taste and bitterness on the mid-palate followed by notes of nail polish, vinegar, barnyard, smoked cheese, red apples, grapefruit and a light watery flavour. It finishes dry with lingering astringent notes and a hint of grapefruit-bitterness with red apples. Alcohol is well hidden despite the high ABV of 7.5%.

Overall: Dunkerton’s Breakwells Seedling Cider is a cider that every cider lover needs to try as it tastes simply extraordinary. The combination of strong tannins, wild notes and flavours of fruity, crisp yet sweet and juicy red apples with citrus notes is simply mind-blowing and make this cider suitable for every palate. However, it’s a cider to sip at a slow pace rather and than drinking without stopping. I think that the Breakwells Seedling is another masterpiece from Dunkertons’ apart from Black Fox that I tried earlier. To be honest, I wouldn’t tell that the Breakwells Seedling is a single-varietal cider. So yes, I would definitely buy it again! 5/6

Availability: from their online shopbroad in the UK Bristol Cider Shop, Beers of Europe,  Abel&ColeCrumpton Hill Farm Shop,  However, outside the UK the availability is rather limited to CiderKultur in Germany, Ciderwinkel and Appels en Peren in the Netherlands, Opily Jabko and Dobry Cider in the Czech Republic. In Switzerland from Ciderhouse.ch. In Estonia from Siidirimaja. In Copenhagen from Holm Cider.

Price: Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling was a sample provided by CiderKultur.

Dunkertons Black Fox

In 1980 Ivor and Susie Dunkerton have decided to leave London and start their cider journey in Herefordshire. It’s hard to imagine that at the time there were only very few cider producers making traditional cider. Anyway, their cidery turned into a successful business and today their cider is regarded as one of the best in the world. Currently their cider/perry range feature nine different ciders and perries, but today I’m sampling the award-winning and almost everyone’s favourite Black Fox (Gold Medal – International Cider Challenge 2013, Organic Cider Category; Gold Medal and Best Value Award – Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2013).Company: Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a blend of Brown Snout, Foxwhelp, Kingston Black, Balls Bitter Sweet, Stoke Red, Dabinett, Court Royal, Breakwells, Yarlington Mill and Dunkertons Late from organic farms.
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7%
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden with amber hues and a white short living foam, which leaves a white ring around the glass. Slightly sparkling. There is some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has still fermenting apple, light acetic-acidity with red ripe apples, apple skins, and beeswax. Very tannic with wild barnyard notes and leather. Stunning!

Taste: it begins with a minor residual sweetness (typical rather for a dry than medium dry cider) and light acidity with overripe red apples. The mid-palate is slightly watery and has sort of a ham note with a minimal bitterness and phenolic flavours. The aftertaste is dry with astringent notes coming from tannins along with almonds and barnyard notes. Despite the ABV of 7%, I can’t taste any alcohol.

 Overall: the Black Fox tastes just amazing! Very rich robust and wild aroma invites you to take the first sip, and then your taste buds experience the richness of flavours and demand more and more. Phenomenal! The Black Fox is one of the best English ciders I had so far. It’s a pity it is not available in Germany as I would definitely buy the Black Fox more often. 5/6

Availability: broad in the UK BristolCiderShop, Beers of Europe, Vintage Roots, Waitress, Ocado,  Abel&Cole, Bottleshack, Realfoods,  Crampon Hill Farm Shop,  However, outside the UK the availability is rather limited: Ciderwinkel, Hetciderhuis, van bier, Biologisch Bier.nl just to name a few sources. In Germany exclusively from CiderKultur.

Price: had at Beer Temple in Amsterdam for 6 EUR.