Previously, I sampled the moreish Lancome Rising from the West Milton Cider Co, a cider maker based in Devon, UK. West Milton has also an interesting background. Nick Poole started making cider in 2000 cause there were too many apples in the orchard they rented for their horses. So once cider was made, Nick created a cider club, which evolved into the West Milton Cider Co. Today I’m sampling their award-winning Dorset Starlight.Company: West Milton Cider Co
Place of Origin: 1 Pear Tree Cottages, West Milton, Bridport, Dorset, UK
Apples: a blend including Dabinett, Yarlington Mill and Chisel Jersey
Sweetness as per label: medium
Package type: 500 ml clear bottle corked bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, snifter or white wine glass
Note: No sulphites, unpasteurised
Appearance: pours a hazy pale amber with orange hues and no head. No visible signs of carbonation. Body is low. Sediment in the bottle.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is tannic, a bit acidic as well, with red apples, hints of funk, lemon, fermented apples, caramel, and toffee. My mouth gets watery as it is a proper cider smell.
Taste: the first sip is only slightly sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon. The taste gets slightly watery with an earthy note and flavours of red apples, apple seeds, medium astringent taste, a smoky note, and of sweetener, caramel and watermelon. Lightly biting feeling on the tongue due to carbonation toward the end with light beeswax, leather, and a hint of grapefruit.
Overall: this is first-rate stuff. It tastes exactly how cider is supposed to taste like. Delicious palate, multiple notes that are essential to name any cider a proper drop. The Dorset Starlight tastes light and refreshing yet complex with yummy apple forward notes and lovely tannins. Tannins are not too strong, but still there. Not too sweet, not too wild, not too sour. A true cider for everyone. Looks that I have another favourite cider company. Only the light watery note could be less watery, but this is just a cosmetic change. I’ll be definitely ordering this drop again. 4.5/6
Price: purchased online from Scrattings at 2.80 GBP.