Oliver’s Yarlington Mill

Yarlington Mill is one of the three varietal ciders from Oliver’s that have been available here recently (we’ve also reviewed the Ellis Bitter; the third is Kingston Black).  This one isn’t quite a single-varietal: the label says it has Foxwhelp juice blended in to add acidity.  The Yarlington Mill is made to medium sweetness (whereas the Ellis Bitter and Kingston Black are fully dry), and it’s 6% ABV.  Like its siblings, Yarlington Mill comes in 750mL bottles for around $15-$17.

Initial observations:

  • Sweetness: 2.5/5
  • Bubbliness: 1.3/5
  • Complexity: 4/5
  • Tannin: 3.5/5
  • Temperature: Cellar (55°F)

Phil’s notes:

Classic Oliver’s English cider nose. Medium sweet as advertised, nice apple flavor and acid balancing the sweetness, the foxwelps are doing their job well here. Good English cider taste and the particular wild Oliver’s quality is indeed present. Could do with a bit more of a drying tannic finish, but impressively well balanced for its sweetness level. On the Oliver’s spectrum I’d rank this below standard Oliver’s but above gold rush, quality after work cider.

  • 8.5/10

Ben’s notes:

The nose is a little smoky, with lots of classic English tanniny complexity (hints of acetone, etc.).  The flavor is very rich and medium-sweet, with lots of bittersweet apple, a hint of caramel, and a good balance of acidity.  Finish is nice and tannic, with some tartness and a little hint of oak.  Overall this is a well-balanced medium-sweet classic West Country cider.

  • 8.4/10
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