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
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, CraftDrink, The 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.