Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry

Samuel Smith advertises that they’re Yorkshire’s oldest brewery.  Aside from beer, they make an Organic Cider and this Organic Perry.  Their website says this about it:

A dry, sparkling pear cider with glowing pale straw colour, smooth body, crisp but rich flavour and the gentle aroma of a summer pear orchard. Samuel Smith’s makes this perry at a small, independent British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire.

It comes in 550mL bottles (a little shy of a British pint) for about $6, and is 5% ABV.

Initial ratings:

  • Sweetness: 3.6/5
  • Bubbliness: 2.5/5
  • Complexity: 2.3/5
  • Tannin: 1.5/5

Phil’s comments:

Sweet pear nose, nice surprisingly real Perry taste, though clearly backsweetened and has cane sugar notes.  Medium bubbly, quite sweet, just a touch of tanin.  A definite step above the “pear soda” commodity pear ciders but it’s no Oliver’s Perry.
  • 6.5/10

Ben’s comments:

Nose is nice and peary.  Flavor is pleasant and peary, but there’s also a little hint of cane sugar flavor that distracts from the pear.  The finish has typical pear flavors, with some hints of pear-sorbitol.  Overall it’s a pleasant fruity medium-sweet perry, but lacking a little in intensity of flavor and complexity.

  • 6.3/10
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