Cider is such an integral part of pub life in England that you can’t really exclude it from an English tasting.The trouble I had though was that the amount of English ciders that are available here in our shores is quite small. Once you take away all the ones that we have already tried, the number is reduced dramatically. I did find one though that I thought would be of interest and so I was lucky enough to be able to order it: Wyld Wood. Brewed by Westons, one of the largest cider producers in England, this seemed like the perfect cider to slide straight into the top of the list.
This was clear bronze in colour with medium to low carbonation, which was unexpected as I expected a bit more veracity in the bubble department. The aroma was deep, aged apples coupled with a damp hay, leaves and even grassy dew. The taste is complex, with a lovely blend bittersweet red and yellow apples, calvados oil and honey all noticed, which then led into a subtle damp cellar aftertaste. There wasn’t much yeast presence, but it was drying. It felt as if it is very filtered, to the point that it was like it was missing a subtle edge of roughness that is prevalent in a lot of English ciders. That was only a small negative though in an otherwise very enjoyable cider.
It must be said, Westons do make very enjoyable cider. This is another winner, both in taste and in price. This was an excellent way to kick off the tasting and I’m happy I found it. Very tasty!