ABV 6.5% ABV
From the website: “This traditional premium cider, produced from fruit sourced in Herefordshire’s organic orchards, was re-branded Wyld Wood back in September 2011 to emphasise its organic and rural origin. Fully matured in old oak vats, Westons Wyld Wood cider has a truly appley, fresh and full-bodied taste with a ripe aroma – a true celebration of nature in a glass.“
- Appearance: Golden. Clear
- Aroma: Cider Apple, Citrus
- Taste: Cider Apple, Tart, Bitter, Smoke, Caramel
Background: Westons was founded in Herefordshire, England in 1878 by Henry Weston as a 166 acre apple farm. In 1880 it was decided to start making commercial cider to support the Weston family. Westons is a big cider producer that is in the middle of cider making Mecca. They have received accolades as being ‘the best of the commercial cider companies’.
First taste is: Really good actually! It starts with upfront tannins, a gently sour middle and a slight bitter after taste. There is a really nice consistent flavour of cider apples and smokey woody overtones. Right at the end I got very slight caramel which was really nice. Overall is balanced and tasty.
What’s in it? Apples and Sulphites. No other ingredients listed.
Overall: I was impressed with this cider from Westons. The other two ciders were good, but not exactly what I was looking for. Wyld Wood has a slightly woody/smokey thing going for it which was really nice. I’d say that it has some of the elements of my favourite ciders in there; good balance of tannins and acids, interesting complexity of wood/smoke, and cider apple taste. The only criticism is that I would of preferred that the flavours were a little more bold. At times I found that it was a little thin, but generally really good for a large commercial ciderhouse. I was happy with it!
Where to get it? This was picked up at the BC Liquor Store of all places…I know right!? A little pricey at $5.00 for 500ml. It was worth it though.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
X- Factor: Westons is pretty much the extent of English Cider that you can get in BC. For a larger selection of cider I’ve heard Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle as a good spot to go, which is why I’m going there this weekend!
Full Disclosure: I’m putting this cider on deck as my go-to BC Liquor Store Cider.