When Jack handed me a longneck of Young Henrys cider to review all by myself at the last tasting, I felt simultaneously overwhelmed and excited. A full 750 mL of cider? All to myself? That is a lot of cider and I am a tiny lady. Usually one and a half schooners leaves me rosy cheeked and giggling. But I powered through for the good of humanity, and boy was it worth the slightly skewed walk home.
Depending on what kind of person you are, releasing this cider from its deep amber enigma (a.k.a. the bottle it comes in) could prove overwhelming. YH cider looks exactly like a sparkling cloudy apple juice, bits and all. For the kind of monsters who hate pulp in their orange juice and crunchy peanut butter, maybe keep it in the bottle. For me, the presence of bits made this cider look authentic as shit. I knew this wasn’t a mass produced, throw-it-in-the-vat-and-go kind of affair. This cider was crafted with care, love and a lot of thought. I am a big fan of the bits.
The smell was fresh and reminded me of when you’ve just bitten into a super crisp apple and droplets of juice get up your nose. It just made me want to drink it.
YH cider tastes like a drunk apple. Like if an apple got drunk, but a nice drunk, day-drinking by the pool kind of drunk; not a one-too-many vodka redbulls and calling your ex in tears kind of drunk. Crisp and refreshing, you want to go back for more after the first sip (I now understand why they give you so much of it in one go). Sweet, but still with a hint of tartness, so you don’t feel the need to book in a dentist appointment after your first glass. The effervescence was just subtle enough to enhance the flavour and make it taste like a cooler, more sophisticated older sibling to apple juice, and didn’t take away from the taste at all.
YH cider is an incredibly authentic drink. It’s not a mass produced cider trying to pass off as the hip alternative, and it’s not trying to find its niche in the market by being incredibly experimental. It’s a Damn Good Cider, and I’d be happy to drink another 750 mL
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