Dunkertons Dry Organic Cider

Review of Dunkertons Dry Organic Cider, from England.  This is my first time trying their cider.  This is one of three samples I got from them, so it won’t be the last I try.

>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Dunkertons.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.<<

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Cider:  Dry Organic Cider
Cidery:  Dunkertons
Cidery Location:  Pembridge, Leominster, United Kingdom
ABV:  7.0%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  organic English cider from cider apple varieties

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Availability:  Dunkertons is just becoming available in the U.S. for the first time, so its probably not in stores quite yet, but look for it at finer bottle shops in the future (distributed through Winesellers, Ltd.).

Cider Description:  An offering of a drier, crisper blended cider for the connoisseur, or more adventurous enthusiast. Sharp, crisp and to the point. Certified organic by Soil Association Organic Standard. Pours a red hued gold with a slight haze. Moderately strong aromas of toffee and hints of farmhouse/blue cheese character to ground it. Flavors bring tannins from the bittersweets to the fore with freshly picked apples, honey, and wisps of smoke playing strong support. Full bodied with a carbonation that makes a strong first impression before finishing with a sharp dryness.

Apple Varieties: Brown Snout, Sheeps Nose, Foxwhelp, Kingston Black, and Yarlington Mill

Cidery Description:  We make premium award winning organic cider and perry at our Cider Mill in Herefordshire.  Our success is down to our unique blending method using traditional varieties of organic cider apples and pears grown in our own orchards. We started making our ciders and perry in 1980.  We only ever use the finest tasting traditional varieties of certified organic apples and pears. It is this careful selection of fruit that gives our drinks the delicate and aromatic characteristics required to be award winning.

Price:  retails for $8
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  n/a

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First Impression:  Hazy light orange amber.  Low to moderate carbonation.  Smells of tannic cider apples, must, orange, and leather.

Tasting Notes:  Dry.  Medium bodied.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Low bitterness.  Moderate to high tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of cider apples, must, orange, leather, mineral, caramel, toffee, and smoke.  Long warming tannic finish.  Low to moderate apple flavor.  Low sessionability.  Moderate to high complexity and flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  Awesome!  A cider this dry and tannic isn’t for everyone, but its a taste I’ve acquired.  I liked how it wasn’t too bitter and was quite complex.  I’m hoping we can get more ciders like this in the U.S. as more orchards of cider apples grow up.  Until then, imports like this can be surprisingly affordable.

Most Similar to:  Other dry tannic English ciders.  Sheppy’s and Aspall are some of my favorites, but are more entry level than this one (sweeter and lower tannins).  Worley’s makes some great higher tannin ciders too, but they are sweeter.  This was actually really similar to Alpenfire Ember.

Closing Notes:  I look forward to trying the other two bottles from Dunkertons.

Have you tried Dunkertons cider?  What did you think?

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