Henry Westons Medium Dry Oak Aged Cider – Westons (Herefordshire, UK)

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  • My Rating: B

Henry Westons Medium Dry Oak Aged Cider – Westons, 6.5% ABV – 500ml., (Herefordshire, UK)

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Oaked tart fruity apple cider
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Park Royal
  • How much: $10 (overpriced) – 500ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Last of the mixed 4pack of ciders (extra dry, medium sweet, vintage) Pours apple juice yellow with no head and a few steady streams that are barely noticeable.

Nose: oaked tangy apple juice (3/10-pungency)

Attack: bright fruity apple, tingly fizzy

Mid-palate: apple (5/10)-sweetness mixed with medium tartness, big tanginess (MAIN) oaked red/green apple, yeasty, white grape

Finish: cloying acidic sourness, oaked apple tart fruity finish.

Summary: More tangy/sour than their Medium Sweet and a more generous sugar content than their Extra Dry. Good taste and texture even though not visually appealing.

Henry Westons 2011 Vintage Oak Aged Cider (Herefordshire, UK)

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  • My Rating: C+

Henry Westons 2011 Vintage Oak Aged Cider – Westons, 8.2% ABV – 500ml., (Herefordshire, UK)

  • Style: (oak-aged, vintage) Apple Cider
  • Taste: oaked apple lager
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Park Royal
  • How much: $10 (overpriced) – 500ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Pours light golden yellow, initially with lots of fizz, no head retention at all, no activity, a barren wasteland.

Nose: oaked filtered apple juice, some sour/tanginess, minor funk (4/10-pungency)

Attack: watery, sour

Mid-palate: almost salty, light tingly-crisp, (5/10)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) lots of oak, very yeasty, mellow apple flavour

Finish: lager-like crisp sweet oaked apple finish.

Summary: Drinks like a semi-sweet oaked apple flavoured lager. The oakiness really stands out but other than that, it’s quite unexciting.

Henry Westons Extra Dry Oak Aged Cider – Westons (Herefordshire, UK)

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  • My Rating: B-

Henry Westons Medium Sweet Oak Aged Cider – Westons, 6.0% ABV – 500ml., (Herefordshire, UK)

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Sour dry apple juice
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Park Royal
  • How much: $10 (overpriced) – 500ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes, better than Savanna

Visual: Pours very light golden yellow with no head and no activity.

Nose: lots of oak, tapple, tangy-acidity (6/10-pungency)

Attack: sour/acidity, mild vinegar

Mid-palate: super dry (0/10)-sweetness, light fizzy, tangy acidic (MAIN) oaked sour red/green apple, yeasty

Finish: sour citrus, dry apple finish.

Summary: A great companion with a meal with very clean flavours and finish. Not much in terms of complexity but good oaked apple aroma.

Henry Westons Medium Sweet Oak Aged Cider – Westons (Herefordshire, UK)

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  • My Rating: B+

Henry Westons Medium Sweet Oak Aged Cider – Westons, 4.5% ABV – 500ml., (Herefordshire, UK)

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: sugary apple -> red/green apple/oak -> clean cloying/oaked-sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Park Royal
  • How much: $10 (overpriced) – 500ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours apple juice yellow with lots of steady streams, virtually headless.

Nose: sour apples, with some funk/oak mix (4/10-pungency)

Attack: dense sugars, apple-fruit overtones

Mid-palate: fruity (7/10)-sweetness, fizzy mouthfeel, bright tangy, (MAIN) red + green apple, oak, *minor* sweet Riesling wine

Finish: mildly cloying sugars, light burpy, oaky smooth med-high sweet appley finish.

Summary: Supremely drinkable. About the right amount of sweetness + fizziness with a good oaked backdrop. Straightforward with hints of excitement.