As the clocks change and the nights really draw in, thoughts of cold ciders on a sunny day seem a long way away. Fear not, as that's where our Winter Warmer's Vintage case comes into its own, demonstrating a different style and strength of cider.
Showcasing six outstanding Vintage ciders, all aged for many months to create deep, rich and complex tannic flavours - and all packing a punch too at over 6.5% ABV. Think big booming red wines by the fireside, and this is the cider equivalent. Perfect for warming up after a long walk on a cold day, or accompanying rich stews, roasts, cheeses or spicy nibbles.
The six we have carefully chosen include two very new releases too, so be amongst the first to try them.
Southdown Cider, Somerset, Dry, 7% - Simon makes cracking cider near Bruton in Somerset, and in 2019, won Supreme Champion British Cider at the British Cider Championships, beating 450 others - that's some pedigree. Although not described as Vintage on the label, in terms of flavour and strength it drinks like one.
Sandford Orchards 'The General', Devon, Medium Dry, 8.4% - Described by Sandford as a "Mighty Vat Aged Cider" and by The Ciderologist Gabe Cook as "like liquid Christmas pudding", this really is a cacophony of big, complex, rich and deep fruity flavours, with a warming and long finish. Like no other cider we have tasted in a long while!
Richs Vintage, Somerset, Medium, 7.2% - Brand new from Richs in the last few weeks, their new Medium Vintage is a real classic. With flavour, tannins and strength all up a notch from their ever-popular Golden Harvest, this is one of the best Vintage ciders we have tasted in a while. Matured in oak vats for several months, this full-bodied cider really packs a punch and is sure to be popular.
Perrys Vintage, Somerset, Medium, 6.7% - Made using the best apples each Autumn at Perrys in South Somerset, then crucially aged in barrels for over a year to mature, intensify and mellow. It's then blended with Dabinett cider to create a deep, satisfying medium of beautiful balance and flavour.
Sheppys Cloudy Vintage, Somerset, Medium Dry, 6.7% - Another brand new release, this 2020 Vintage cider has been aged for a year to create a deep and well-balanced flavour, then blended with a small amount of their cloudy apple juice, to create a medium-dry taste, and add a unique cloudy appearance.
You can buy the Winter Warmers Vintage Case as a one-off, or save 15% and subscribe to receive our Monthly Cases for just £20 plus P&P – remember you can pause or skip at any time if you don’t fancy a particular case.