Saturday, 30 April 2011
Henneys Englands Pride Medium Cider
This bottle of Henney's 'Englands Pride' is a little ironic. Having been on Henney's website I knew to expect to find it at some point - although I am not a medium person. However, I found it whilst on business in Glasgow... at a Tesco as well. I was impressed but slightly embarrassed to be buying something called 'Englands Pride' in Scotland!
Anyway, this is a medium cider from Henney's and, like all the other Henney's I have tried is in a smart bottle - I think the St Georges appearance may need an explanation at some point, although I don't know at the moment. Its not my favourite Henney's label if I am honest... but you don't drink the bottle eh!
Its lightly sparkling, not intrusive and a nice golden colour. Its smell is gentle - sweet and bittersweet come to mind. And on the first taste its also a very mild and mellow flavour, with the tannin coming through at the end and in the aftertaste. This is not to say that there isn't much tannin, but it is overpowered by the sweetness of the cider. Well, it is a sweet cider!
What I find with ciders that are sweet is that the character and flavour suffer as a result. Having said that, the taste does linger, so while I may not be the biggest fan of the inital sweetness, I can get a real sense of the cider beneath it from the aftertaste. Very nice.
On the whole I would probably not choose this drink if I had other Henney's available to me. I guess that is why cider producers make ciders of different sweetness.
It scored 74/100. OK, so its the lowest of the Henney's so far for me, but very not bad! Another Bronze Apple... Henney's are safe hands!