Oliver’s – Fine Perry (Wild Ferment, Rolling Blend) – Reviewed

Producer: Oliver’s https://www.oliversciderandperry.co.uk/
Cider Name: Fine Perry (Wild Ferment, Rolling Blend)
Region: Herefordshire, Uk
ABV: 6%
Taste: Pear, honey, citrus, elderflower, melon
Served: 330ml bottle (Lightly chilled)
Smell: Wildflowers, honey
Colour: Straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly Sparkling
Award Category: Vintage and Fine Perry

Review / Tasting notes

“Bracing citrus acidity and fruitiness, think rhubarb and goosebery, hints of melon and elderflower mingle with honeyed sweetness and prickling sparkle. Drinks great straight from the fridge.”

Just as you should never judge a book by its cover; never judge a cider by it’s aroma.  This beautifully balanced perry, warms you initially with pear and honey, before a rush of citrus, elderflower and melon. The infused sweet taste lingers long on the palate, begging you to sample more.  

Verdict

A high quality perry, perfectly combining sweet and sour to create a memorable taste that never disappoints.  Summer in bloom, a comfy chair and this perry: the perfect way to spend a day!

Rating: Silver Award* (Fine Perry)

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

*A Silver award is awarded to only 5% of ciders reviewed by us. Therefore this is a highly rated perry in the category of ‘Vintage and Fine Perry’.

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.

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)