We had a lot of fun selecting our Christmas Cracker case for you all, and hope it'll help you celebrate the festive season with cider. An eclectic mix it certainly is - Christmas themed ciders, some produced with different techniques and barrel ageing for luxurious flavour notes, and a lovely Mulled Cider too.
Worley's Somerset Keeved Special Edition 500ml - Medium, 6%, Somerset - An absolute belter from Neil Worley. This one took a few attempts to perfect and has only just been released in 2021, but boy was it worth the wait. Keeving stops full fermentation of all sugars, resulting in a natural medium cider, rather than a fully dry one that is then sweetened. Crystal clear, lightly sparkling and simply delicious.
Newton Court 'Gasping Goose' Organic 500ml - Medium, 5%, Herefordshire - Paul has been producing really good cider in Herefordshire for 14 years, and now it's certified organic too. 'Gasping Goose' is a complex medium cider with a slightly tannic finish. Pair it with a pork belly or with a chicken pie - it's a refreshing proper cider that loves hearty real food.
Rull Orchards 'Baubles' 500ml - Medium Dry, 6%, Devon - Mike is one of the UK's few qualified Pommeliers, and has put these skills to great use first by planting and now harvesting from a new orchard on the slopes of the Exe Valley, in idyllic East Devon, to create really great ciders. 'Baubles' is a winters evening cider, with wood barrel aromas and a full bodied, complex taste, perfect for sipping in front of the fire. One of the customer favourites in our Advent Calendar last year, and exclusive to us.
Pilton 'Tamoshanta' 330ml - Medium Sweet, 4.5%, Somerset - The product of Martin at Pilton's keeving and barrel-ageing experimentation. Keeving and initial fermentation takes place in large vats, but on Burns Night the young cider is transferred to Scotch whisky barrels to finish and mature, where it picks up its deeper colour and smokey notes. Great served chilled with Somerset Cheddar.
Oliver's 'Gold Rush #9' 330ml - Dry, 6.8%, Herefordshire - A classic from the legendary Tom Oliver, blended in collaboration with Ryan Burk from Angry Orchards USA. This whisky barrel-aged cider produces a very full bodied, distinctive taste, inheriting spicy notes from the barrels, and acidity and sharpness from a small amount of Foxwhelp variety. There's a lot going on in here!
Rich's Mulled Cider 750ml - Medium 4.5%, Somerset - The classic taste of cold-winters nights in the run up to Christmas. Spiced with clove and cinnamon, gently warm through for that wonderful feeling of warming up from the inside out!
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