Oliver’s – Bottle Conditioned Medium (Season 2018) – Reviewed

Producer: Oliver’s  https://www.oliversciderandperry.co.uk/
Cider Name: Bottle Conditioned Medium (Season 2018)
Region: Herefordshire, Uk
ABV: 5.4%
Taste: Bittersweet, well-balanced, great depth of apple flavours
Served: 750ml bottle (Cool room temperature)
Smell: Strong nose, earthy, cheesy
Colour: Amber
Clarity: A little cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“Sparkling through conditioning in the bottle with a full, natural apple sweetness. Hints of clove and spice and red apple skins. Beautifully integrated. The cork and wire is back.”

An exquisitely well balanced sparkling cider with incredible depth. This poured like amber champagne and gave off a distinct aroma which we felt was quite pungent and not as pleasing as the great taste.

The upfront sweetness is followed quickly by earthy bitter-sweetness and broad tannins. The level of acidity never dominates the overall flavour leaving a smooth and delicate mouthfeel. The aftertaste is stunning and should be savoured as the hint of spice and tannins linger on the palate.

Verdict: This is an early contender for a position near the summit of our Top 100. Oliver’s Bottle Conditioned Medium (Season 2018) is the first cider to be awarded the silver medal by our reviewers.

Rating: 8.71 (Silver 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 – Sweet Apple – Reviewed

Producer: Dudda’s Tun https://duddastuncider.com/
Cider Name: Sweet Apple
Region: Kent, Uk
ABV: 5.3%
Taste: Delicately Sweet
Served: 500ml bottle (chilled)
Smell: Sweet Apple
Colour: Pale gold
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“Lightly sparkling and bursting with freshly picked apple flavour. This sweet cider is deliciously moreish, with soft honey notes.”

Although this is a highly drinkable sweet cider, our tasters were underwhelmed by this one. The sweet apple is overpowered by sweet and saccharin cloying. As a result, ‘Sweet Apple’ lacks balance and, with little else being offered, lacked character. Honey notes lacked presence.

Verdict: A sweet and sugary apple cider. Not a high scorer and unlikely to threaten the Top 100. Not very well balanced and lacking in character.

Rating: 4.4

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

Dudda’s Tun – Original – Reviewed

Producer: Dudda’s Tun https://duddastuncider.com/
Cider Name: Original (Season 2018)
Region: Kent, Uk
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Smooth, lingering, well-balanced
Served: 500ml bottle (chilled)
Smell: Mellow apple aroma
Colour: Clear, golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review / Tasting notes

“A smooth blend of Russet, Cox and Bramley, this refined medium cider is packed full of flavour.”

‘Original’ is the most complex and traditional of all the Dudda’s Tun ciders tested so far. At 6.5% it packs more punch than others in the range. Our tasters agreed that the aroma was a mellow apple with honey undertones. Upfront sweetness is replaced quickly by bitterness; the after-taste is smooth, if a tiny bit acidic. The description of the cider as ‘still’ is a little misleading. We found this to be lightly carbonated on pouring, probably due to prolonged secondary fermentation (2018 season).

Verdict: Complex and traditional. Well-balanced and smooth for a cider at 6.5%.

Rating: 7.1

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

Dudda’s Tun – Greenhorn – Reviewed

Producer: Dudda’s Tun https://duddastuncider.com/
Cider Name: Greenhorn
Region: Kent, Uk
ABV: 5.2%
Taste: Crisp green apple
Served: 500ml bottle (chilled)
Smell: Fresh
Colour: Clear, pale gold
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling

Review / Tasting notes

“A lightly sparkling medium cider, with crisp and refreshing green undertones”

Refreshingly understated, Greenhorn places the green apple front and centre. Low in Tannins and acidity. it’s fair to say that there is not much going on here to excite the tasters. What Greenhorn lacks in complexity, it makes up for in balance. Upfront sweetness is replaced with a medium dryness and crisp mouthfeel.

Verdict: Refreshingly simple. A crisp cider that places green apples at the forefront. Not a high scorer and unlikely to threaten the Top 100. Well balanced.

Rating: 6.1

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