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.

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.