“ Type: Cider „
8.2 % Is the surprise when you pick the bottle off the supermarket shelf. The bottle is a lovely old fashioned brown with a classic gold label. Then you look for the vol...... 8.2%.
Genuine Apple Cider
Now, don't compare to this to an 8.2% beer or lager, because this cider hides the strength very well. Why? because it tastes exactly as Cider should. Of apples ! Not to sweet, not to dry, not to flat, not to fizzy. It is as near a perfect Cider as I have tasted and the strength is in the taste not the alcohol strength.
One Bottle, maybe two
I would recommend just the one bootle and savour it. If you want a couple of drinks then have a couple of weaker strength Cider glasses first and finish the night off with a bottle of Henry Westons Vintage Cider. Two bottles and you may not get out of your seat !
Having always been a fan of Cider and trying many brands over the years, I recently discovered Henry Westons and decided to give it a go. I noticed it had a slightly premium price, but considering the size of the bottle (500ml) and the fact that it is 8.2% I thought it sounded like a cider worthy of a trial.
I settled down for a movie on the home cinema and grabbed my bottle of Westons from the fridge. A bottle opener is required to open this bottle, so I opened it and poured it into a glass. The whole bottle filled a pint glass to the top. I sat down and started the film, then took the first sip of my new tipple. The first thing that struck me was the full flavour. It was very rich and it tasted delicious, ice cold. however, it was not sickly or too sweet, which was good.
I don't drink much; I've never been one to binge drink or even have multiple pints down the pub etc. so a pint of 8.2% is enough to get me a little tipsy! My beer of choice is Budweiser, and I sometimes get a box of 300ml bottles when they are on offer at the supermarket. I think they are about 4.5% or something, so one bottle of Westons is roughly the equivalent of 2 bottles of Bud, in terms of alcohol. For this reason, I would never drink more than one bottle of Westons at a time, which means it's not bad value. Conversely, if I only wanted a quick, refreshing alcoholic drink then I would probably choose to have one small bottle of Budweiser, so the Westons bottle would be too large and I'm not sure it would keep very well in the fridge, once opened.
Henry Westons is a gorgeous drink, it's very flavoursome and not too sugary, comes in a large bottle with high (compared to other ciders) alcohol content and for a premium product is not badly priced. Koppaberg is similarly-priced and is rather yummy but has a much lower alcohol content, so if you wanted to get a bit wibbly you'd need more bottles, meaning you'd be spending twice as much money, or more, as you would on Westons.
A bottle of Westons retails at around £2. I have bought it for £2.15 before, from Tesco, but the other day I saw it in Asda on offer for £1.56! And their normal price was only £1.75 I think, so I will get it from there from now on!
I am a huge fan of cider, and have been for a number of years now. It is a great drink in the summer, on a hot day served with ice, and I continue to drink it in the winter too, not always with ice, but I just love the taste of it so much.
I tend to stick to the most common ciders such as blackthorne, strongbow, scrumpy Jack etc, but occasionally I like to treat myself to a better quality cider like I did last night.
Henry Westons Vintage cider, was my little treat last night, and I have had this particular cider dozens of times over the last few years.
It comes in a tall brown glass (recyclable) bottle containing 500 ml of vintage cider.
On the front of the bottle is the picture of an old distinguished gentleman, who I assume is Henry Weston, and to each side of this picture, there is a cluster of juicy looking red apples.
After cracking the bottle open, there is a scent of apple, and as it is poured into a glass the cider can be seen in natural light for the first time, and is very golden and yellow in colour, exactly like you would expect pure apple juice to look like.
This lovely looking golden liquid does hold a dangerous secret though, as it is extremely strong at 8.2%!! This is a lot stronger than the likes of strongbow super, or white lightening, but to taste it you would never realise, as it has a very strong taste of apple to it.
It is a very full bodied cider, and has to be by far the best tasting cider that I have ever drank. The quality of the cider just shines through as it slips down your throat!
H Weston and Sons Ltd produce this delightful cider in Herefordshire, and they claim to use the best Herefordshire cider apples from a single years harvest. The cider is traditionally crafted and slowly aged in 200 year old oak vats!
Henry Westons cider is available from most big supermarkets, and I personally purchased mine last night from my local Co-Op store, where a bottle was priced at £1:85 or an offer was available of 2 bottles for £3, which I opted for. As the bottle is 500 ml, it comfortably serves 2 people with a decent sized drink, especially when accomponied by some chunks of ice.
Be aware though, a bottle of this cider is very delicious, and easy to gulp down, but each bottle does contain a whopping 4.1 units of alcohol!
Henry Westons Vintage cider is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and coeliacs.
It does however conatin sulphites.
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Beware: This product is extremely strong!
Henry Weston's Reserve Organic Cider is one of the best tasting ciders on the market today. If you like ciders that are not overly fizzy and about medium dry then this is the one for you.
The bottle is tall, sturdy and the label looks very professional, which automatically gives you the impression that you are about to have a taste sensation, which once you lift the cap, smell the aroma and pour over ice in a pint glass, you do!
It's off yellow, golden colour and the powerful smell of fermented apples really draws you in. The product comes in a 500ml bottle and packs an extremely strong volume of 8.2%!
I prefer to drink this amongst friends; due to the strength more than 2 or 3 can be enough. Spacing them out is key.
Currently these normally retail in Sainsbury's at £1.72 but with their 20% off all ciders it is now £1.36, which for the Barbeque weather we are meant to be getting is value for money and a cheaper night out!
Go on, at just over a pound a bottle give it a go!
I am not a huge fan of cider - except that is for Henry Westons Vintage Special Cider Reserve. I buy it from Sainsburys where it is sold in 500ml bottles for around the £3 mark. This is usually enough to do two glasses.
The bottle is glass and therefore recyclable and it has a traditional metal cap. When you open it there is not too much gas so that the drink explodes over the top but it does release an apply smell that immediately sets your taste bus tingling in anticipation.
It is a lovely pale gold in colour, not at all orangy like some ciders, with just the right amount of bubbles - enough so you know you are drink something of quality but not too much to make you feel bloated. And the taste is something else. It is not sickly sweet or too dry, but has just the right taste of apples. It's perfect for enjoying on a summer's evening or for drinking with a meal.
Watch out though, because you might think you're drinking a nice glass of fizzy apple juice, but this cider is 8.2% Vol, and things might get interesting when you try to stand up too quickly!
This must be the Holy Grail of the cider world. Clean, crisp and, like all of Weston's range, absolutely delicious. Once you've tried this cider you'll never go back to Magners, Blackthorn etc. Be warned though, it does have a little bit of a kick.
Alc 8.2% Vol Top quality cider made from a single year's cider apple crop.