We had a lot of fun selecting our Christmas Cracker case, and we hope it'll help bring some festive good cheer to the season. It's an eclectic mix and each has a subtle Christmas theme. Some are produced using different techniques or are barrel-aged for luxurious flavour notes, and we couldn't complete our Christmas collection without a (proper) mulled cider.
So here's what you'll get in this month's cheery case:
Oliver's 'Gold Rush #9' 330ml - Medium-Dry, 6.8%, Herefordshire
A classic from the legendary Tom Oliver, blended in collaboration with Ryan Burk from Angry Orchard USA. This whisky barrel-aged cider produces a full-bodied, distinctive taste, inheriting spicy notes from the barrels, and acidity and sharpness from a small amount of Foxwhelp apple. There's a lot going on in here!
Newton Court 'Gasping Goose' Organic 500ml - Medium, 5%, Herefordshire
The perfect cider to accompany your Christmas goose! This is the most popular cider in Paul's range and is certified organic. 'Gasping Goose' is a complex, sparkling, medium cider with a slightly tannic finish. If you haven't got a goose to hand then pair it with a pork belly or a chicken pie - it's a proper cider that loves hearty real food.
Rull Orchard 'Orchard Baubles' 500ml - Medium, 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. 'Orchard Baubles' is a winter's evening cider, with wood barrel aromas and a full bodied, complex taste, perfect for sipping in front of the fire. One of our customer favourites from last Christmas.
Worley's ‘Somerset Keeved Special Edition’ 500ml - Medium, 6%, Somerset
An absolute belter from Neil Worley. This has only recently been released and is a brilliant addition to Neil's already excellent range. Keeving stops the fermentation before all of the sugar has turned to alcohol, resulting in a naturally sweeter cider. This limited batch cider is crystal clear, lightly sparkling and simply delicious.
Pilton 'Tamoshanta' 330ml - Medium Sweet, 4.5%, Somerset
The product of an experiment in keeving and barrel-ageing by Martin Berkeley. 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.
Rich's ‘Mulled Cider’ 750ml – Medium-Sweet, 4.5%, Somerset
We couldn't complete our Christmas collection without a mulled cider and this is one of our favourites. This is proper cider, spiced with clove and cinnamon, for the classic taste of cold winters nights in the run up to Christmas. Gently warm through and serve with a slice of apple (and maybe a shot of Somerset Cider Brandy) for that wonderful feeling of warming up from the inside out!