Temple Cider – Whiskey Barrel Aged – Reviewed

Producer: Temple Cider https://www.templecider.co.uk/
Cider Name: Whiskey Barrel Aged
Region: Dorset, Uk
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Smooth and Earthy, Whiskey, orange peel
Served: 500ml bottle (Room temperature)
Smell: Apple, citrus orange
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still
Award Category: Craft Cider (Apple)

Review / Tasting notes

“Our Whiskey Barrel Aged Dorset craft cider is made from the same traditional bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples as Milo’s Magic, but combined in a slightly different blend. It was carefully aged in whiskey barrels for 3 months and is a smooth, dry cider with a subtle but distinctive whiskey finish. This cider is proving extremely popular!”

This is another very smooth, beautifully presented craft blend from Temple Cider. Floral notes and citrus orange engage the senses in both the nose and on the palate. The whiskey flavour is subtle enough to add to the blend without overpowering the quality of the cider. Some might say that this cider lacks in acidity and that the fruit is lost but that would be missing the point. This is soft and subtle. Infused beautifully with Whiskey and oak from the barrel – this cider doesn’t demand to be heard; it whispers softly in your ear.

The mouthfeel is typically (for Temple Cider) smooth and warming.

Verdict: This is another excellent craft cider from Temple. We can fully appreciate why Whiskey Barrel Aged is proving popular with customers.

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

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

Temple Cider – Milo’s Magic – Reviewed

Producer: Temple Cider https://www.templecider.co.uk/
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)

Temple Cider – Kingston Black – Reviewed

Producer: Temple Cider https://www.templecider.co.uk/
Cider Name: Kingston Black
Region: Dorset, Uk
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Smooth and Earthy, Fiery clove and Bitter Orange
Served: 500ml bottle (Room temperature)
Smell: Earthy, Spice, Oak
Colour: Light Amber
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still
Award Category: Craft Cider SV(Single Variety)

Review / Tasting notes

“Our single variety Kingston Black cider is simply special as it is a true single variety with no other apples involved. A true classic among ciders, being dry and delicious, the Kingston Black is our strongest cider. We love it!”

The quality of this single variety craft cider is evident from the moment it is poured. Light amber in colour and beautifully still, this is a statement that nothing will be coming between the reassuringly natural fermentation process and the taster’s palates.

The apple aroma has a distinct earthiness to it and a hint of spice. It is pleasant and congruent with the taste to follow.

The upfront brush of sweetness gives way quickly to a complex range of flavours. Fiery spice, clove and cinnamon balance well with the subtle bitter orange notes present. The bitter-sharp Kingston Black quite rightly takes centre stage, and this vintage is softly bitter with lashings of tannic presence.

Verdict: This is a smooth craft cider of noteworthy quality. Blessed with subtle flavours and a fiery underbelly of spice that lingers a while on the palate, this is a fine example of all that a single variety cider has to offer.

Rating: Cider of Merit (Craft Cider SV)

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