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I'm often asked what cider I would recommend, my reply has always been "sorry I can't, all palates are different - taste them and make up your own mind." It doesn't sound that helpful a response but having spent many years travelling and supping all kinds of brews, a taster will get you past the problem I experienced of having a drop of cider in front of you, bought with your own hard-earned cash and feeling upset as you really couldn't stomach finishing it.

We're deeply indebted to Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw for their new look at describing cider which has a profile that incorporates sweetness, acidity and tannin in various amounts all at the same time.

Like wine, you tend to see cider classified as sweet, medium or dry.  That's fine so far as it goes, but it really doesn't begin to describe the full range and variety cider has to offer. 

The cider taste profile can be found in their new books which we would thoroughly recommend being; The Worlds Best Cider and The Guide to Welsh Perry & Cider, we've also been allowed to include an extract in the section at the end of this page.

You can help those still in a quandary by adding your own cider comments and there's guidance from Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw from the Welsh Cider & Perry Guide.  Here is information on how cider is actually made from WikiPedia. To help you distinguish between Welsh and other cider & perry varieties we've used the Welsh forms for Seidr and Perai!

Steve



Chiblers Perry 6% PDF Print E-mail
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CiderThe award winning Chiblers Perry comes from the beautiful area along the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire borders.

Made from the Blakeney Red (med sharp), Red Pear (sweet) & High Pear (sweet) pear varieties.

A light golden/straw colour with the aroma of zesty sweet pears. Smooth and easy drinking with a nice crisp bite in the middle.

 
Slack Alice 4.6% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageAbrahalls Slack Alice Cider 4.6% is made by Celtic Marches on the farm where the family has been growing fruit and hops for over 100 years. 

This cider is described as Medium, still and a little tart!

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

 
Family Reserve Cider 5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageFamily Reserve Cider at 5% is a traditional oak finished, cloudy, still, draught scrumpy cider.  Brewed by Westons in Much Marcle Herefordshire.

This Medium Dry cider is made exclusively from the juice of pressed local cider fruit and has been fermented and matured in old oak vats. Its full body, mellow flavour and traditional characteristics. A clear bright still cider with a smooth, well-balanced fruity flavour and clean apple finish

Our take - a typical Westons mass produced easy drinking cider that has a nice flavour.

Following the Westons tradition of naming the company's cider-making equipment, the new cider gets its name from 'Rosie's Pig', the first ever delivery truck to be purchased by Westons. Reputedly 'a pig to start' and 'a pig to drive' the very same truck has been lovingly restored on the Westons farm and now had a cider named in its honour.

 

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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Herefordshire Perry 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageHerefordshire Country Perry 4.5%abv and made from locally grown perry pears. Fully matured in old oak vats to develop its strength and traditional character. Free from all artificial colouring, flavouring and sweetening it retains its natural pale colour.


Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

 

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Stoke Red Med Siedr 4% PDF Print E-mail
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JamesRaglan Cider Mill's Stoke Red cider is made from that classic bittersweet apple the Stoke Red.  This medium cider has a warm fruity flavour.

The award-winning Raglan Cider Mill is located at Llanarth in Monmouthshire and is home to a unique museum orchard containing samples of all the traditional varieties of Welsh cider apples and perry pears.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
It went so quick we've ordered some more!
 
Mole Catcher Seidr 5% PDF Print E-mail
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Gwynt-y-DdraigMole Catcher is a lovely Welsh medium cider 6.5% abv from Gwynt-y-Ddraig in Pontypridd, South Wales. A medium/sweet tasting farmhouse cider.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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We're deeply indebted to Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw for their new look at describing cider which has a profile that will incorporate sweetness, acidity and tannin in various amounts all at the same time.

Like wine, you tend to see cider classified as sweet, medium or dry.  That's fine so far as it goes, but it really doesn't begin to describe the full range and variety cider has to offer.  The cider taste profile can be found in their new books...

 

The Cider Flavour Profile

Most ciders will have a degree of sweetness.  The sugars in the fruit ferment and turn to alcohol, and a few ciders are fully fermented with no residual sweetness left, and can be astringent to the point of chalky dryness.  But sweetness isn't just about sugar content; it's about flavour, and even a well-fermented cider may have strong notes of fruit, or even honey or vanilla.

Then, while dryness could be about the absence of sugar, it might also come from the presence of tannin, the dry, puckering compound you get in tea, red wine - and cider apples.  This gives more than one way in which you might get the balance of sweetness and dryness. [Tannin tastes dry and astringent and you can feel it specifically on the middle of your tongue and the front part of your mouth.]

Finally, like white wine, cider is often a balance between sweetness and acidity.  Acid might present itself as citrusy, tart, sourness or vinegariness.  So there are three main flavour dimensions for cider, not two.  And a given cider may be high or low in all three.

There may be secondary flavours, imparted primarily by the yeast and the aging process.  Some ciders have funky farmyard notes or hints of cheese.  Others may have an oaky note, or there may be strong caramel or buttery hints.

 

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