Last week England played Wales in Euro 2016 at 6 AM, and so I excitedly got up early and prepared tea, bacon, eggs, and toast for the morning meal. Oh ya, that day was also my university convocation, and so my parents duly came down from the Okanagan to watch me walk across a stage for about thirty seconds. The ceremony itself wasn’t a big deal to me, but the chance to watch the match with my father and to later go for a picnic on the beach made the whole thing worthwhile. Whilst at the beach, my father and I shared a Merridale Scrumpy.
It’s a good thing that England won the match on Daniel Sturridge’s thrilling stoppage time goal, because otherwise we might not have felt like celebrating with a bottle of the delicious Scrumpy.
I had previously sampled the Merridale Scrumpy at Beerology 2015, and had found it to be a deliciously dry and English tasting cider. It didn’t fail to live up to my expectations!
Appearance: very golden, 11%
Nose: tangy, reminiscent of a Geuze (a blend of spontaneously fermenting lambic wheat beers).
Palate: apples, oaky, spicy
Finish: very dry, with hints of gin bitterness
Overall: it’s difficult to accurately describe all the wonderful things that are going on with this cider.
Rating: a 4/5 Excellent adventure à la Shackleton (I’m not sure why I added that to my tasting notes)
Showing off my England jersey in front of a cutting from the Glastonbury Thorn! Naught much better than that!