Purbeck Cider – Forgotten Orchard (Garden Mint) – Reviewed

Producer:  Purbeck Cider  http://purbeckcidercompany.co.uk
Available to buy from https://orchardexplorers.club/
Cider Name: Forgotten Orchard Garden Mint Cider
Region: Dorset, Uk
ABV: 4.0%
Taste:  Garden Mint, Bittersweet Apple
Served:  500ml Bottle Chilled
Smell: Garden Mint, Fresh Apple
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“An intriguing blend of our finest sweet cider infused with fresh garden mint, to produce a refreshingly long, gently sparkling delight.”

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula on the Dorset Coast. It is the home of Corfe Castle, the seaside town of Swanage, and was infamous for being the regular holiday destination of Famous Five author Enid Blyton…cue lots of Enid Blyton references!

“Lashings” of fresh garden mint dominate the nose, but not to such an extent that the apple is lost. The taste is of sweet apple and garden mint; they complement each other like Noddy and Big Ears! The high quality of the sweet cider makes this delightful fusion possible.

One of the (not so secret) seven Purbeck ciders in their range, Garden Mint is one of a celebration of new ciders inspired by Dorset’s forgotten orchards. It is fruity, refreshing, and very well blended.

Verdict:

Whilst Julian, Dick, Anne, and George (not forgetting Timmy the dog) might extol the virtues of a refreshing ginger beer on a balmy summer afternoon in the countryside, one can imagine their parents guzzling bottles of Forgotten Orchard Garden Mint, firing up the BBQ and wandering what in the hell their kids were getting up to.

Rating: This is a cider of Merit in the category (Fruit and Innovations Cider)

Ranking: To be announced (01/07/2021)

Angioletti – Rose Craft Italian Cider – Reviewed

Producer: Angioletti www.angioletticider.com
Cider Name: Angioletti Rose Craft Italian Cider
Region: Dolomites, Italy
ABV: 4%
Taste: Sweet, Fruity
Served: 500ml Bottle Chilled
Smell: Sweet Apple and Forest Fruits
Colour: Salmon Pink
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Slightly Sparkling
Award Category: Fruit and Innovations Cider

Review/Tasting Notes

“Fine bubbles: delicate salmon-pink colour, aromas of fresh apple with hints of wild strawberries are followed by complex refreshing flavours of orchard and forest fruits.  The aftertaste is long, clean, fresh with a hint of creaminess.”

An aroma of sweet, creamy, fruit swirls around the glass giving a clear indication of the taste to come.  When the taste arrives, it is of instant, sweet, juicy apples with the faint, though noticeable, wild strawberry creaminess coming through on the roof of the mouth.  This creamy sweetness though soon fades which is a shame as this is a different take on fruit ciders.  Angioletti Rose Craft offers a much more complex and refined taste compared to many fruit ciders. The Charmat Method of production provides the luxury prosecco style bubbles.

Verdict

Unlike the rose that does not lose its thorn, this ‘rose’ cider loses its sweet, creamy, well-structured taste a little too soon.  However, for the time the taste does linger, this is a real treat of a cider – providing a unique take on sweet fruit cider.

Rating: This is a good cider (Fruit and Innovations Cider)

Ranking: To be announced (01/07/2021)

Cranes – Blueberries and Apple Cider- Reviewed

Producer: Cranes https://www.drinkcranes.co.uk/
Cider Name: Blueberries and Apple
Region: Cambridge, Uk
ABV: 4%
Taste: Fruity, naurally sweet fruit of cranberry blueberry and apple
Served: 750ml bottle (Chilled)
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Red (cranberry juice colour)
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“Ben & Dan brew the finest cranberries alongside apples to deliver this refreshingly crisp cider with blueberries and apples for that delicious fruity taste. We have managed to create a naturally light cider by utilizing the sweetness of the fruit..”

This is a delicately balanced collection of complimentary flavours that culminates in a refreshing cider. At just 4% ABV it isn’t syrupy like some fruit ciders.

The upfront fruitiness of the blueberries and cranberries remains throughout. The apples bittersweet tones are overwhelmed by the berries a little too much for this to be regarded as an apple cider but we loved it nevertheless.

Verdict: From the first sip, the fruit quality was extremely high. Although destined for a commercial market, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing fruit juice cider.

Rating: 7.85 (Bronze Award)

Ranking: To be announced (01/07/2021)

Dudda’s Tun – Elderflower – Reviewed

Producer: Dudda’s Tun https://duddastuncider.com/
Cider Name: Elderflower
Region: Kent, Uk
ABV: 4.0%
Taste: Smooth and floral
Served: 500ml bottle (chilled)
Smell: Fresh apple and elderflower
Colour: Pale, gold
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“The perfect blend of cider and fresh elderflower with a gentle sweetness and light sparkle.”

Gentle elderflower floral tones are ever present in this likeable cider from Dudda’s Tun. It’s probably not one for the purists but we found it difficult to fault. The aroma is floral and the taste is pleasant and softly fruity. A delicate balance is achieved but like the ‘Sweet Apple’ it lacks in complexity of cider flavours (bitterness, acidity).

Verdict: A very likeable and subtle sweet cider. Scored well with quite a difficult to please group of tasters tonight.

Rating: 7.4

Ranking: To be announced (01/07/2021)

Dudda’s Tun – Salted Caramel Still Cider – reviewed

Producer: Dudda’s Tun https://duddastuncider.com/
Cider Name: Salted Caramel Still Cider (Fusion Range)
Region: Kent, Uk
ABV: 4.0%
Taste: Caramel with crisp apple finish – sweet
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Sweet Caramel
Colour: Caramel
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Dudda’s Tun aren’t backwards in coming forwards when it comes to innovation and this salted caramel cider is ample proof of that!

We didn’t know what to expect from this and, perhaps not surprisingly, it got a mixed reaction from the tasters at goodciderguide.com. The smell was certainly of caramel and the colour added weight to the expected taste. The result, a quite sweet caramel taste followed by a creamy mouth feel. The taste of apple was a little overpowered but there lurking in the background. This is a great fusion and fun for about ten minutes. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Verdict: A clever and innovative fusion. One to try, if only once. Perhaps a nomination for our innovation award?

Rating: 6.2

Ranking: To be confirmed (01/07/2021