Friday, 20 January 2012
Hereford Pilgrim British Cider
Another 'Help for Heroes' cider. I am glad they are getting support, but the sceptical me wonders why a cider needs a crutch to lean on... OK. Benefit of the doubt time (maybe I have been exposed to too many marketing people recently and am coming at it from the wrong angle!!)
Browsing their website, it says that "the cider maker and his supporters..." also make Bulmers, Strongbow, Scrumpy Jack and Woodpecker. So is this a Bulmers cider then? Or have Bulmers lost bunch of their makers? I don't know the answer to this so cannot commit either way (its nigh on impossible to Google it out), but I must admit I am intrigued:-) What difference does this make to the cider? None. It will be tried in the same way as anything else. In fact, it was tried last night before I Googled the company; so it got a fair go from me and a score too before writing this (and I don't change scores!).
Well, its super clear and moderately sparkling. A light gold colour too. however, in the first glass it smelled of my dishwasher... so second glass was the one that counted:-) And it is faintly apple juice - not so much cider.
The reason it smells of apple juice is that it mostly tastes of apple juice. It has a very mild tannin - very faint I ought to say, with an equally faint/mild acid going on behind it. I would say its a medium in style - theres plenty of sweetness.
Sadly, there is virtually no aftertaste to the drink either.
Not overly impressed or disappointed with it myself. It is very safe and to me has more in common with the commodity ciders than anything crafted. Its all a bit processed.
This is (I think) certainy not the sort of thing a pilgrim would have drunk Weren't most pilgrims intensely religious in any case? Therefore, they wouldn't have drunk much cider at all. I suspect I have history all wrong and the original pilgrims were on some massive pub crawl... OK. Too far:-)
It scored 49/100, which puts it right in the middle of the commodity cider rankings. Hereford Pilgrim, if I am wrong about this cider please do correct me!