Longueville House Beverages: Longueville House Cider
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Longueville House Cider
Cidery: Longueville House Beverages
Origin: Mollow, Co. Cork, Ireland
Color: Light amber, cloudy
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Longueville House Cider has a primary aroma of sweet apples with secondary notes of yeast and earth. Upon sipping the cider, there is a tingling sensation on the tongue, as well as some acidity. There are also notes of sweet apples and earth/yeast upfront. The apple flavor remains throughout the entire sip, gradually increasing in sweetness until about mid-sip but never becoming sickly sweet. As the sip progresses from the halfway point to the end, the sweetness begins to decrease; although, the cider never becomes dry (it just becomes a little less sweet). Some slight bitterness also comes through at this point. The acidity, which was noticeable upfront but largely masked by the sweet apple flavor at mid-sip, comes through again at a moderate level as the sip draws to a close. The end of the sip is also marked by a moderate level of tannin, which creates a bitter taste and dries out your mouth. The aftertaste is a mix of sweet apples and lemon accompanied by acidity and tannin. With a sweet first half and slightly less sweet second half, this cider is best described as semi-sweet. Both its body and level of carbonation are medium.
Overall, this was a decent cider. I found that the acidity and tannin prevented Longueville House Cider from ever becoming sickly sweet. Still, as someone who tends to prefer dry ciders, I found this to be a bit too sweet for my tastes, but if you like ciders that are on the sweeter side, you’ll enjoy this.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Has a very small but slightly delayed bite to it upfront that quickly fades well before the end of the sip.
This felt closer to medium bodied when I drank it it. I suspected that it could be given its color and clarity.
I picked up a low amount of acidity in the first ⅓ of the sip. It wasn’t as noticeable as in the ciders I usually have, and it fell rather quickly for the remainder of the sip.
This cider came off as having a medium amount of carbonation. You will notice it after just a few large sips.
This had some tannin to it. I’d say about a medium level. After every sip, I felt my mouth getting a little dry and also noticed the same feeling on the sides of my tongue.
The flavor on this was tricky for me to identify. Throughout the whole sip, I got a sweet, earthy apple taste to the cider. The other notable thing was the aftertaste. I got a slight citrus finish to the cider with a touch of bitterness.
It starts off sweet, but I got a semi-dry finish to the cider.
Overall, this was a good first non-US cider to start me off. The earthy flavor notes on it were pretty unique. It took me through a mini roller coaster of starting sweet but ending semi-dry. Not sure if I would have this back to back, but Longueville House Cider is more than good enough to stand on its own as a nice Irish craft cider. A good pick up on our Ireland trip!