Ashridge Organic Devon Blush

I’m sitting watching Barry Scott removing soap scum. It’s impressive stuff, but to be honest, with all that exposure to noxious chemicals, I thought he was dead by now. I want some cider to separate me from the reality of Cillit Bang, so I go hunting. I don’t have to go far before I happen upon a small flock of organic ciders, gathered round the booze aisle in Wholefoods (née Fresh and Wild).

Ashridge Devon BlushThere’s one I’ve noticed before, but never yet gone for. It looks a bit dated, like a nineties alcopop or some perfume you’d get from Superdrug, or and Asda’s own rosé wine. Proper gay. It’s Ashridge, and tonight is its lucky night.

Back in my crib I seek the help of Kayden Williams. He’s a bottle opener, celebrating a christening. Found by some friends on a bus a few years ago and given to me as a birthday present. Strange christening gift, but Kayden has been a  most useful companion.

Ashridge is quite a dark colour, with a rich, sticky smell. The treacle smell is often indicative of a rough ride with a cider, but Ashridge is nice and woodlandy, like an Elf with a tan. There’s a slight rose tint to the taste and I realise that that the Ashridge “Devon Blush’ actually means it has a bit of blackberry in it, but it’s very delicate. It’s a 4% cider with a bit of a tang in the aftertatse, more like a French cider.

Checking out the Ashridge website, I see they make sparkling ciders in the traditional champagne way, or ‘méthod champenoise’, if you’re foreign. However this carbonated, organic cider isn’t half bad, either. I find out that their new, updated design is by Buddy Creative, who seem to have done a couple of other cider brands, too. Apparently, the label is a ‘mini work of art’ in the shape of apples and blackberries. Well done Buddy. Still gay.

If you’re not put off by the camp label, this is a very nice cider, a great step in the right direction for those looking for a real cider version of Rekorderlig.

Verdict: 4/5


2 thoughts on “Ashridge Organic Devon Blush

  1. Glad you liked it. One thing to correct however….this is not Sparkling Cider (made using the ‘method champenoise’ or ‘traditional method’). We do make Sparkling Ciders but this one you sampled is carbonated on the bottling line. The Sparkling Ciders go through a secondary fermentation in the bottle which gives the fizz.

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