Stowford Press Export Cider – Westons (Herefordshire, England) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+],  I gave it a (3.1, upgraded from 2.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

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


  • Style: (sweet) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean controlled sweet half apple/half woody
  • Where I got it : ??
  • How much: ?? – 500ml., ??
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: 50/50

(September 3, 2013 tasting)

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.


April 5, 2016 re-tasting:

Visual: Pours clear apple juice yellow with no head, no activity, just a few bubbles lounging on the surface.

Nose: tangy, very woody apple juice. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slightly thicker viscosity, incoming fruity sugars

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, (lvl-6-sweetness), apple juice, big woodiness, tangy acidic bite

Finish: tingly-tart, sticky palate, apple-woody exhale

Summary: Pretty straightforward fruity apple with a very nice woody counterpart.

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.

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.

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)

Wyld Wood Organic Cider – Westons (UK)

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  • My Rating: B-

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

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: crisp tangy -> woody red apples -> tart/fruity/crisp apple finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th (?)
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

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.

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.

Old Rosie Cloudy Cider – Westons (England)

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  • My Rating: B-

Old Rosie Cloudy Cider – Westons English Ciders (Estd. 1880), 7.3% ABV – 500ml, (Herefordshire, England)

on the back label:

“Old Rosie is the name given to our 1921 Aveling and Porter steam roller. Strong, reliable and so loved by everyone in the Westons family we name this cloud cider in her honour. As a truly old fashioned light, crisp and dry lightly sparkling cloudy cider, sediment may affect its colour, please gently invert to ensure an even distribution of the sediment.”

  • Style: (oaked) Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: incoming apples -> oaked red/green apples/yeasty -> tart/off-dry oaked finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off), April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: High quality printed label. Pours cloudy light pale yellow with no head but with some mild activity.

Nose: very powerful oaked tangy fermented apple juice with some barnyard yeastiness

Attack: ultra-light fizzy, incoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: tangy, (MAIN) aromatic oakiness, sour red & green apples, (HINT) yeasty

Finish: med-tartness, off-dry tangy acidic long oaked finish.

Summary: I appreciate the deep oaked flavour in addition to the clean sour/tangy-sweet apple. Too bad it drinks flat and monotone about a third way through.