Thatchers Green Goblin

Review of Thatchers Green Goblin.  I’ve tried this before, but pre-blog.  I’ve also tried their Gold variety.

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Cider:  Green Goblin
Cidery:  Thatchers
Cidery Location:  Somerset England
ABV:  6.0%
How Supplied:  four pack of 11.2oz bottles
Style:  commercial English cider from bittersweet apples, oak aged

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Availability:  semi wide release

Cider Description:  Green Goblin looks after our orchards day and night. His love for bittersweet apples and mischievous character makes this cider distinctively different.  

Green Goblin is a full flavoured cider, crafted from a blend of bittersweet apples such as Dabinett and Somerset Redstreak. This is a beautifully balanced cider, with a medium dry finish and fresh character.  Rich and golden in appearance with an aroma that’s appley through and through and a finely balanced, full flavour.

Cidery Description:  Thatchers Cider is a fourth-generation cidermaker based at Myrtle Farm, in Sandford, Somerset, England.  Thatchers Cider has grown from a local farmhouse producer, to a family-led company that has developed substantially over recent years, but maintains a fundamental ethos that has its roots in heritage, family values, a sustainable future, craft and expertise, and a passion for quality. Thatchers Gold is the firm’s flagship brand and is the number two best-selling draught cider in the UK. Thatchers Cider employs 120 people and its ciders are now in demand in more than 22 countries worldwide.

Price:  ~$2.50 / single bottle (runs $7.99 / four pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing

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First Impression:  Medium amber, a sort of weird looking hue for cider (almost like they added caramel color, although it wasn’t listed).  Still (no carbonation).  I really couldn’t detect much of a scent.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Medium bodied.  Mild tartness and acidity.  Hints of tannins.  No bitterness, sourness, or funk.  Notes of brown sugar, molasses, and honey.  Quick finish.  Mild oak influence.  Moderate apple flavor.  High sessionability.  Low complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  This is a nice easy to drink English cider.  However, its definitely on the commercial end, not craft.

Most Similar to:  I enjoyed this much better than their Gold cider.  It doesn’t really compare to most other English ciders I’ve had such as from Aspall, Sheppy’s, Dunkertons, or Hogan’s, but those also cost much more.  So, its probably most similar to Crispin Brown’s Lane.

Closing Notes:  For this price, I’m game to buy it again.  I actually enjoyed it more than most American multi pack ciders.

Have you tried Thatchers Green Goblin?  What did you think?

Thatchers Gold English Cider

Review of Thatchers Gold English Cider.  I’ve previously tried Green Goblin from Thatchers.

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Cider:  Gold
Cidery:  Thatchers
Cidery Location:  Sandford, Somerset, England
ABV:  4.8%
How Supplied:  four pack of 11.2oz bottles
Style:  English medium dry cider

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Availability:  Unknown.  Thatchers Gold launched in September 2014 in the U.S. with plans to roll out to 20 states.  I read its the second best selling cider in bars in the UK.

Cider Description:  Thatchers Gold is a full flavored medium dry cider with a smooth and refreshing taste made using traditional techniques and expertise gained since 1904. Enjoy chilled.

Thatchers Gold tastes as good as it looks. Using the best of our traditional approach and modern techniques for a refreshing cider with a smooth appley taste and a bright sparkle.

10 grams of sugar per 11.2 ounces.  I read its made from cider apples including Dabinett, Redstreak, and Porters Perfection.

Cidery Description:  For generations we’ve been perfecting our orchards, our craft, and our cider.
Today we’ve got a whole range that takes you from fresh, vibrant and modern, to traditional, vintage, specialty and single variety

Price:  ~$2.25 for a single bottle (runs $7.50-$9.00 for a four pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  Previously I’ve only seen (and tried) their Green Goblin cider.  English cider is one of my favorite varieties, so I was game to try a bottle.

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First Impression:  Pale gold.  Low carbonation with tiny bubbles.  Smells like champagne, dry, of yeast and must, with only a hint of apple.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry.  Moderate acidity.  Low tartness.  Hints of bitterness, funk, and tannins.  No sourness.  Moderate sessionability.  Low to moderate apple flavor.  Light butterscotch notes but otherwise low in flavor.  Light bodied.  Quick finish.

My Opinion:  I thought this cider was pretty average.  It overall tasted very commercial and was lacking in flavor (seemed watered down).  Plus the flavor seemed a bit odd, starting with the smell of champagne.  Definitely don’t let this one warm up.

Most Similar to:   I’d guess Magners and/or Bulmers, but I haven’t tried that one yet.  From those that I have tried:  Stongbow British Dry, plus Crispin Browns Lane (although less flavorful), Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider (although it had more cider apple flavor), and Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider (although not wild fermented).

Closing Notes:   This was nice to try, but I was a bit disappointed.  It seems to have good reviews online though.

Have you tried Thatchers cider?  What did you think?