Black Fox Organic Cider – Dunkertons (Herefordshire, UK)

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Black Fox Organic Cider – Dunkertons Cider, 7% ABV, 500ml, (Pembridge, Herefordshire, UK)


on the back label:

“Dunkertons Cider Mill is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge, an area of farmland, woods and hedgerows, where medieval half timbered villages meet the stone market towns of Wales.

From earlier times, rural communities have told stories of fantastic and unusual creatures which have supposedly lived in their locality. The lush rolling countryside of North West Herefordshire is no exception. Here stories tell of an animal which has evaded capture by farm and huntsman alike: a Black Fox. The red fox has always existed, but the belief grew that there was a fox ‘as black as night, so that it might live in a man’s shadow and so never be seen’.

A favoured haunt of the BLACK FOX is ……………the Cider Orchard.”

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  • Style: (Organic) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Big woody med acidity sweet apple juice vanilla mild white grape medium tart
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $13 CAD (10% off) – 650ml., February 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yep, dig the woody

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours almost golden orange, no head, small clusters of slow steady micro streams.

Nose: heavy wet woody yeasty apple wine, vanilla. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, incoming tangy

Mid-palate: tangy medium acidity, (lvl-6-sweetness), woody apple juice,

Finish: medium tart, woody exhale, vanilla, white grape

Summary: Big wood vanilla, solid taste and body, all around clean.

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.

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)

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.