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Lawrences Medium Cider

Lawrences Medium Cider Review

Published: November, 2012

From The Cider Blog

Vital Stats:

Producer: Lawrences Cider
Cider Name: Medium
Region: Dorset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Dull orange/Yellow
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Bristol Cider Shop
Date: 15/11/12

I’ve got myself a nice roast on at the moment, so it’s time for a bit of a rest whilst my other half cooks it and of course that means it is cider time! The tipple of choice today is going to be a Lawrences Medium Cider. This is one I am completely new to and know very little of. To be honest, the first time I heard of it was when I got it from the Bristol Cider Shop last week.

From a bit of googling, I have found this is a fairly small producer based in Corton Denham, Dorset, who has in recent years won some 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the annual Powerstock cider festival. That’s one festival that is definitely on my to do list and I’m hoping to take that in for the next one. It looks like one of those festivals that is small but perfectly formed.

The look from the bottle is they want to give the impression that it’s made in the really proper farmhouse way and even the picture looks like it is from the early 1900′s with the style of it. A very nice but cool looking label it certainly has. From looking at the description, it goes on to say that the cider is made from apples produced in local Somerset orchards, which are picked by hand. The apples are then pulped & pressed using traditional methods and then matured in oak barrels. All of this sounds brilliant and makes me want to fight my way in to the cider now!

As expected, this poured a nice orange/yellow colour like a proper cider is and it was still without a bubble in sight! The smell is great too, where it feels like a proper farmhouse apple smell and just very inviting. As I could sense it just wanted to be drunk and not talked about, I then had to oblige and I was really grateful I did. It starts with a gorgeous juicy apple feel like you get from an apple pie, but then it has a slight sour/bitter edge and you can feel the tannins fighting their way through to the forefront of your mouth. This is so deliciously smooth, has a mild dry end and is very moreish. I’m definitely glad I have got the chance to try this one out and I’d happily have some more of this. If it was slightly more on the rougher side, then it would be one of my favourites for sure. That’s all it is lacking for me, but even without that I still do like this one.

If this cider was a woman, she would just be one of those old-school ladies that just oozes class. She doesn’t need anything flash or fancy to show how great she is. There’s always great conversation, amazing times and wonderful experiences to be had with her. The only downer on her is she could be more exciting where it matters most, but that won’t put you off having a good relationship with her.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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