Sxollie – Granny Smith – Reviewed

“Made in a wine style- crisp, tart and refreshing apple cider with a crunchy acidity”

Tasting notes:

Granny Smith cider is an extremely tart and sweet cider with a sharp and tangy crisp aftertaste. Although this modern cider lacks the depth and complexity of a traditional cider, it has plenty to offer in the modern urban context. Similar to the other Sxollie ciders, this is transparent in the glass. Granny Smith has plenty of acidity and sweetness but these are not balanced particularly well.

Verdict: This is not a cider for the traditionalists. Made using champagne yeast, this cider is best sampled at the dinner table, perhaps alongside fish or salad.

Rating: This is a good cider (just)

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

Temple Cider – Milo’s Magic – Reviewed

Producer: Temple Cider
Cider Name: Milo’s Magic
Region: Dorset, Uk
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Smooth and Earthy, Spicy with a hint of brandy
Served: 500ml bottle (Room temperature)
Smell: Earthy, Spice, Christmas Pudding!
Colour: Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling
Award Category: Craft Cider (Apple)

Review / Tasting notes

“This cider is made from a blend of traditional bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples. Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black and a variety of unidentified apples from a timeless orchard are all to be found in Milo’s Magic. Named after our laid-back old rescue dog, Milo’s Magic is a well-balanced, easy-drinking, subtle and refreshing cider. This is our go-to cider here on the farm as it pairs so well with most foods. It’s absolutely delicious, if we say so ourselves!”

Paul and Jo over at Temple Cider have put together a super apple blend with ‘Milo’s magic’ lightly sparkling dry cider. This is another very smooth, well-balanced and honest cider.

The apple aroma has a distinct earthiness to it, alongside a trace of the familiar smell of Christmas pudding!

Fiery spice and clove dominate alongside the rich tannins of the whole apple. It really does taste like the whole apple is in this. The bitter-sharp Kingston Black is softened nicely by the bittersweets. The mouthfeel is typically (for Temple Cider) smooth and warming with those spices dominating the aftertaste and lingering for a good while. There is a definite and very welcome nip of brandy on the palate and perhaps a hint of rum.

Verdict: This is another cracking craft cider from Temple. Honest to the core; this is cider at its authentic best.

Rating: A very good craft cider (Craft Cider – Apple)

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