Review of Thatchers Green Goblin. I’ve tried this before, but pre-blog. I’ve also tried their Gold variety.
Cider: Green Goblin
Cidery Location: Somerset England
How Supplied: four pack of 11.2oz bottles
Style: commercial English cider from bittersweet apples, oak aged
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
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?