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)