Oliver’s – Fine Perry #6 – Reviewed

Producer: Oliver’s https://www.oliversciderandperry.co.uk/
Cider Name: Fine Perry #6 (Keeved, Sweet, Season 2019)
Region: Herefordshire, Uk
ABV: 2.8%
Taste: Pear, Honey notes. sherbert
Served: 750ml bottle (Cool room temperature)
Smell: Pear, honey
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“A beautifully tasty perry. Naturally sweet with balancing acidity and gentle tannins. Juicy.Juicy.”

The 2019 #6 fine keeved Perry is an absolute delight. If, like me, you were brought up in the 70’s-80’s on sherbet dib-dabs and pear drops, then you will appreciate their familiar sweet/sour fizz on your tongue when you take your first sip. As the sweet pear and sour acidity balance perfectly on the palate, the honey notes can be savoured for a while before a creamy mouthfeel is left behind.

The aroma is pear and honey notes.

Verdict: This superb perry is expertly made using the keeving process. The result is a lightly fermented (2.8% ABV) and naturally clear nectar which is the colour of honey. The taste is a sweet reminder of pear drops and sherbet.

Rating: Bronze Award* (Fine Perry)

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

*A Bronze award is awarded to only 10% of ciders reviewed by us. Therefore this is a highly rated cider in the category of Fine Perry.

Meon Valley Cider – Chalk Stream – Reviewed

Producer: Meon Valley Cider http://www.meonvalleycider.co.uk/
Cider Name: Chalk Stream
Region: Hampshire, Uk
ABV: 6%
Taste: Bitterweet apple
Served: 500ml bottle (Lightly chilled)
Smell: Bittersweet apples, hint of almond
Colour: Golden Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“Our mainstream cider. Eminently quaffable! A golden amber coloured refreshing cider with an appley nose and long dry finish. Well balanced flavour comprising our own and locally sourced Hampshire and Sussex dessert/culinary apples bittersweets and bittersharps from the West Country”

The third and final of the Meon Valley bottled range to be reviewed. This is the least complex of the three but undoubtedly the most refreshing.

The aroma is sweet apple with a hint of almond. Golden amber and lightly sparkling, Chalk Stream looks stunning in the glass and promises plenty. Upfront bittersweets dominate this blend of East meets West apples. Only towards the end, are the bittersharps present giving a crisp and tannic finish. The aftertaste is really pleasant and demands another sip.

Verdict: A very moreish, well-balanced medium cider. Although it lacks complexity, it is a cider that I would happily “quaff” on the river bank for hours.

Rating: Bronze Award* (Good Cider)

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

*A Bronze award is awarded to only 10% of ciders reviewed by us. Therefore this is a highly rated cider in the category of ‘Good Cider’.