Wyld Wood Organic Classic Cider – Westons (UK) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [B-, unchanged],  I gave it a (3.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Wyld Wood Premium Organic Classic Cider – Westons, 6.5% ABV, 500ml, (Herefordshire, UK)


  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Low CO2 tart-tangy big woody oak vanilla apple white grape
  • Where I got it : ??
  • How much: $4 – 500ml., ??
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yah pretty good

Initial September 2013 tasting (Rating = B-):

Visual: Simple and effect clean-looking label, I like it. Pours deep golden yellow with zero head and zero activity, rather unappealing.

Nose: vanilla-woody and tangy apples (7/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: sharp crispness

Mid-palate: rich tangy, 7/10-sweetness (MAIN) vanilla, woodiness, red apples, (HINT) barnyard, green apple

Finish: medium tartness, fruity sweet, mild saliva thickness, crisp apple finish.

Summary: Major vanilla woodness balanced with clean tart, sweet and tangy apple flavour. Very nice although I wish it was more carbonated.


February 13, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: Pours deep yellow orange with no head, several large bubbles clinging to the glass, some bubbles reaching the surface.

Nose: woody oak, vanilla, mild funk, tangy acidic apple wine.  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-low micro tingly, tangy light bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, tangy-acidic, (MAIN flavours): red & green apple, white grape juice, apple cider vinegar, wet oak

Finish: off-dry, vanilla & clean oaked woody exhale, gum-sticky tartness.

Summary: Big oak and fruity clean flavours with a strong vanilla presence. This time around I can appreciate more the enticing wood flavour that keeps you sipping. I actually don’t mind the low CO2.

Ruby Rose – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

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Ruby Rose – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 9.9% ABV, 750ml., (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“A captivating semi-sweet cider infused with rhubarb, Ruby Rose is a beguiling vixen and part of our Canadian Invasion Series. She may be as aromatic as rhubarb pie, but her namesake is the merciless Rosa Rugosa, an invasive plant that threatens many coastal regions. Proceeds from our Canadian Invasion Series support efforts to combat invasive species in sensitive ecological areas.”

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  • Style: (rhubarb) flavoured apple cider
  • Taste: Flat fruity berry alcoholic apple dense sugar
  • Where I got it : Crosstown Liquor (Vancouver)
  • How much: $20 – 750ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not for those averse to sweet ciders

Visual: Pours pale pinkish-orange with virtually no head, barely any activity, a few bubbles on the surface. Not much visual appeal.

Nose: woody tangy apple wine, some prickly acidity. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-flat CO2,

Mid-palate: cloying sugars -> (lvl-7)-sweetness, mild alcohol bitterness, medium tangy-sour, (MAIN) apple wine, dense apple sugars, strawberry & nondescript fieldberry.

Finish: apple peel/rhubarb exhale, sugary flat mouthfeel finish.

Summary: Okay flavour but nothing punchy or memorable; That coupled with the lack of textural mouthfeel makes this one just average. It’s okay with a meal.

The Muse Apple Cider – Angry Orchard (Cincinnati, OH, USA)

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The Muse Apple Cider – Angry Orchard, 7.7% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“The Muse is the newest addition to our Cider House Collection. Inspired by the festive nature of slightly sweet Demi-Sec champagnes and sparkling wines, the Muse is bubbly and effervescent. It is made from traditional culinary and bittersweet apples and aged on French oak. The Muse is sweet up front with a juicy apple aroma and bright acidity, and slightly drying on the finish with a lingering sweet apple note. The French oak adds a subtle wood impression, imparting notes of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and hints of vanilla.”

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  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean balanced baked red-green apple woody sour-sweet-acidic-tart bubbly.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 (now $13 before tax) – 750ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, to be shared
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes very good sir

Visual: Pours clear deep golden yellow with a small head, continually re-emerging fizzy head, the most activity I’ve ever seen in a cider. A wondrous sight.

Nose: lightly acidic, sweet & sour red apple juice. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: concentrated sugars and flavours

Mid-palate: juicy-tingly light fizzy mouthfeel, clean (lvl-5)-sweetness sugars, medium dissipating sour-tangy, (MAIN) apple wine, baked red & green apple, yeasty, light woody

Finish: cinnamon, alcohol hit, lingering sour acidity, thickened saliva, fruity finish.

Summary: It packs the density and body of an icewine yet offers a refreshing effervescent texture and mouthfeel. Extremely sippable and approachable. One of the best quality ciders I’ve had to date. The last good one I had was Temptation Frizzante – The View back in Oct, 2012.

Rekorderlig Apple-Blackcurrant Cider (Sweden)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Rekorderlig Apple-Blackcurrant flavored Pear Cider – Åbro Bryggeri, 4.5% ABV, 50cl., (Vimmerby, Sweden)

Ingredients: Carbonated water, pear- and apple wines, sugar, flavours, acid: citric, regulators, preservative, etc etc.

  • Style: (apple, blackcurrant) Flavoured Pear Cider
  • Taste Profile: Sweet blackcurrant liquid candy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.20, April 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: for the casual drinker

Visual: apple, blackcurrant, and pear in a can, sounds good right? Pours clear light ruby red with a large dissipating bubbly head, ringed retention, lots of fast spread out streams.

Nose: mostly Ribena blackcurrant juice, some apple juice (5/10)-pungency

Attack: sweet blackcurrant candy

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, light sour, (lvl-7)-thick sweetness, (MAIN) fruity blackcurrant, blackberry, apple backbone

Finish: blackcurrant exhale, fruity finish.

Summary: Tastes like blackcurrant, the candied version from start to finish. No necessarily bad, but very one note. Zero blackcurrant listed in the ingredients so quite a feat. Check out my reviews of their Elderflower [C+] and Wild Berries Ciders [C]

Stowford Press Medium Dry Cider – Westons Cider (Ledbury, England)

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  • My Rating: C

Stowford Press Medium Dry Cider – Westons Cider, 4.5% ABV – 500ml., (Ledbury, England)

  • Style: (apple) Cider
  • Taste: dense sweetness/fizzy -> red/green apple/woody -> off-dry/tart/apple fruity finish.
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines Park Royal
  • How much: $10 (overpaid ~$2) – 500ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: It doesn’t indicate medium dry anywhere on the front label but is noted as such on the back. Pours light golden apple juice yellow, clear as water with no head and a super thin ringed retention, lots of slow steady streams.

Nose: oaked woody, tangy apple cider. (9)-pungent nose.

Attack: dense sugars, fizzy

Mid-palate: (MAIN) fruity green & red apple, woodiness (HINT) lemon

Finish: cuts off-dry, medium-high tartness, apple fruit juice exhale.

Summary:  Not much complexity of flavour, but does hit deep enough with its woody apple aroma and tart/zingy mouthfeel. Average at best. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

William Premium Cider – Cidrerie William (Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

William Premium Cider – Cidrerie William, 5.2% ABV – 473ml, (Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada)

On the back of the can:

“Many years ago, when Canadian orchards first flourished, a producer’s reputation, depended as much on his yield, as on his cider’s unique recipe. A man named William held the key. In balancing the perfect measures of acidity, bitterness and pride, his ancestors had created an exceptional recipe. Folks travelled far and wide, to savour William’s heirloom cider. Or so the legend goes. In preserving William’s memory, we offer you this premium organic cider. Produced right here in Canada, we have respectfully adopted some of the purest traditional fermentation and aging methods of our time. William’s copper colour, crystal clear brilliance and fresh taste are characteristic of thes and would make William proud.”

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: dense apple -> sour-tangy red apple -> tart dry apple finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 473ml., Sept 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Sleek looking can, though text is slightly blurry. Pours golden apple juice yellow, virtually no head, thin ringed retention, several very slow steady streams.

Nose: faint apple juice and hints of white wine acidity. (3)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming dense apple sugars

Mid-palate: dense flavour, (6)-sweetness, (8)-sour tangy, (MAIN) red apple,

Finish: (5)-tart, dry fruity apple.

Summary: Decent structure but lacks carry and depth. It’s good in that it isn’t overly sweet nor cloying. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Stowford Press Export English Cider – Westons (England)

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  • My Rating: C+

Stowford Press Export English Cider – Westons, 6% ABV – 500ml, (Herefordshire, England)

on the back label:

“This extra strength premium cider, produced using the finest ingredients, has been cold filtered to retain its authentic traditional taste.”

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: semi-sweet apple tang -> dense apple/woody/tangy -> off-dry/acidic/mild apple finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: clear bottle, sticker labels. Pours medium dark clear golden yellow with no head and some activity.

Nose: Very woody and tangy filtered apple juice

Attack: 4/10-sweetness, incoming tang

Mid-palate: (MAIN) dense red apple, very woody, tangy/acidic

Finish: off-dry, medium sourness, mild apple exhale finish.

Summary: It has a nice woody body. Straightforward, decent, mildly above average.

Tempt Ciders – Royal Unibrew (Denmark)

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Tempt Ciders – Royal Unibrew (Faxe, Denmark)

  1. Tempt No.2 Apple Cider: Rating : B-
  2. Tempt No.7 Elderflower and Blueberry Taste Cider: Rating : B-
  3. Tempt No.9 Strawberry & Lime Taste Cider: Rating : C-

1.) Tempt No.2, 4.5% ABV, 330ml

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: good sweetness -> red apple/fizzy -> mild roughness/crisp clean finish.
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke, Edm (?)
  • How much: ~$3, Sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: just to casual drinkers

Visual: yes it’s a canned but I gotta say I like the artwork and design. Pours clear golden apple juice yellow with a quickly dissipating tiny head, a few slow streams.

Nose: filtered apple juice

Attack: 6/10-controlled gentle fading sweetness

Mid-palate: rich red apple, tingly fizzy mouthfeel

Finish: mild palate roughness, light tang, clean crisp fruity apple sweet finish.

Summary: Basic apple flaovur without any surprises. Balanced sweetness, flavour, and texture = very drinkable. I’ve definitely had worse and some that are better.

2.) Tempt No.7, 4.5% ABV, 330ml

  • Style: (flavoured) Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: aspartame roughness -> artificial elderflower/blueberry/pear -> cloying/fizzy/lychee finish.
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke, Edm (?)
  • How much: ~$3, Sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: elderflower & blueberry – sounds great but no such ingredients listed on the can… Pours clear light yellow with no head, large bubbles on the walls, a sporadic bubbles.

Nose: elderflower from concentrate on the nose

Attack: immediate artificial sweetener palate roughness, 7/10-sharper sweetness

Mid-palate: candy-like elderflower, hints of blueberry flavour (artificial), pear

Finish: slight cloying, fizzy, bright lychee finish.

Summary: Quite artificial but deliciously so. Sweetness is pushed to the edge of being overbearing but recedes while the flavours kick in. This would be interesting to mix with.

3.) Tempt No.9, 4.5% ABV, 330ml

  • Style: (flavoured) Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: cloying sweetness -> artificial strawberry & lime/apple juice -> residual sugars/cloying apple finish.
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke, Edm (?)
  • How much: ~$3, Sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: pours golden med-light yellow with no head, a bit of ringed retention, virtually no activity.

Nose: mainly strawberry aroma

Attack: dense 8/10-light-cloying sweetness that fades

Mid-palate: sugary-candy strawberry, candy lime, filtered apple juice

Finish: residual sugars in the throat, medium cloying sweet apple finish.

Summary: This one has the artificial flavours of a cooler with apple wine as a base. Not awesome, just sugary and average.

Apple Cinnamon Cider – Growers (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D-

Apple Cinnamon Cider – Growers, 7.0% ABV – 1Litre, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (Cinnamon) Spiced Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: cloying -> alcohol/cinnamon/tangy red-green apple -> tart/puckery/cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$5, December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no way

Visual: hmm.. plastic bottle and cheap price tag, probably not the best. Other growers stuff are pretty sub-par as well. Oh well this is seasonal so I gave it a go. I bought it awhile back but never got around to cracking it open. Pours almost clear pale yellow with a light pinkish hue, absolutely NO carbonation (could be due to it been having sat for 2 years).

Nose: pressed apple juice with hints of cinnamon. Quite a weak nose.

Attack: immediately 9/10-sweet cloying

Mid-palate: alcohol, cinnamon notes, med-high tangy sour red and green apple,

Finish: med-high tartness, puckery sour, medium cloying sugary finish.

Summary: All the textures and flavours come at once, without much balance or finesse. Too much sugar, too sour, non-aromatic, weak spice, no carbonation, all bad. Borderline fail but at least it still tastes like apple and cinnamon, somewhat.

Dunkertons Organic Cider (Pembridge, UK)

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Dunkertons Organic Ciders (Pembridge, Herefordshire, UK)

1) (LEFT) Premium Organic Cider, 6.8% ABV – 500ml

  • My Rating: B

on the back label:

“A medium sweet sparkling cider. Dunkertons Cider is made from Organic apples grown in Herefordshire orchards free from harmful chemicals. Wildlife can flourish in this environmentally sustainable system. The apples will be a blend of cider varieties, some ancient like Sheeps Nose, Brown Snout and Foxwhelp and some modern, like ‘Improved” Kingston Black and Balls Bitter Sweet.”

  • Style: (Organic, Sweet) Cider
  • Taste Profile: tangy/tart -> sweet woody red/green apples/VANILLA -> barnyard/tart crisp finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $12.50 (after 10% off), Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: pours clear light orange amber with virtually no head and no retention. Some slow streams.

Nose: Honeyed apple, light yeast and woody pressed apples.

Attack: tangy and tart

Mid-palate: very woody red apples, green apple, distinct VANILLA, 6/10-sweetness

Finish: mild barnyard sourness, tart crisp finish

Good complexity and transitions on this one; I especially like the vanilla flavour.

2) (RIGHT) Dry Organic Cider, 7.0% ABV – 500ml

  • My Rating: C
  • Style: (Organic, Dry) Cider
  • Taste Profile: clean dry apple -> dry/woody apple/LEMON -> oak/vanilla/tart/dry thin finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $12.50 (after 10% off), Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: pours almost clear golden yellow apple juice colour with a slightly larger but quickly dissipating head, much more activity and clinging bubbles.

Nose: milder vanilla/apple nose, more subdued than above

Attack: dense fruity apple flavour

Mid-palate: more of a crisp bite, 1/10-dry sweetness, LEMON, woody apples, acidic

Finish: oak, vanilla on the exhale, tart, dry and slightly watery

I definitely enjoy the 1) Premium cider more because of the bolder flavours and the satisfying sweetness of the body. To me this is just an average dry cider with slightly higher complexity.