This Waitrose English Vintage Cider 2011 pours a very light gold, almost lemon colour, with the slightest of foam that doesn’t last. The lightness of the colour makes you wonder whether this really is a “vintage ” cider, although the high ABV tells you it is. It has the tart aroma of fresh apples in summer, crisp and clean, which really acts as an invite to drink as you bring the glass up to your mouth.
To the taste, it is light, but with an undercurrent of apples, Bramley and Russett, adding a beautiful dryness to the taste. At the finish, the dry apple skin taste is left, rounding out the drink and leaving you wanting more.
Whoever in Waitrose selected this blend of apples, described on the label as “100% fresh pressed juice”, deserves an award. This is probably the best ‘own brand’ cider I have ever tasted. As a “vintage”, it is not possible to always replicate every year, but for now this Waitrose English Vintage Cider 2011 will be on my regular drink list.
|Closure:||Bottle Top, 500ml|