Somerset is the spiritual home of cider in our (completely unbiased) view, although our friends in Herefordshire may disagree! We have long worked with many producers from around the county, but this case celebrates some of the smaller suppliers hidden right across Somerset, from high on the Blackdown Hills in the far West, to bordering Wiltshire in the East, and all points in between.
All made with passion and proper cider apple juice, and using old established orchards, sometimes forgotten for years and brought back to life. We have selected for you:
Barley Wood, Medium-Dry, 6.1% - A cracking cider made by Isy and Mike in the Barley Wood Walled Gardens next to The Ethicurean restaurant, just outside Bristol. Blended from a large number of old apples trees locally, they produce a lovely balanced, well-rounded, medium-dry.
Dowdings 'Tower Brue', Medium, 6% - Named for the panoramic views across open farmland to King Alfred’s Tower from the orchards, and a tributary to the River Brue that runs alongside near the Wiltshire border south of Bruton. Oliver makes a lovely, easy-drinking, medium cider there.
Impens 8, Medium, 6% - Made from a blend of 8 classic bittersweet apples grown in the family orchards at Impens Farm near North Petherton - hence the name! A very drinkable medium.
Lawrence's Premium, Medium, 6% - An absolute cracker, made deep in South Somerset by John Lawrence, which remains an undiscovered gem. Our tasting panel have described it as "just about as good as it gets", and this little known craft cider defines what it's all about.
Secret Orchard 'Exmoor Clear', Dry, 6% - Made in the foothills of Exmoor in West Somerset from apples grown on and nearby the historic Nettlecombe Estate, Joe has crafted a lovely clear, tannic vintage cider with citrus zestiness and an autumnal spicy finish.
Tricky Cider UFO#3, Medium, 6% - UFO stands for Unidentified Forgotten Orchards. Crafted by Matt, in the Blackdown Hills, made from unknown varieties of apples from a formerly neglected heritage orchard near Glastonbury. Light coloured, yet classically tannic.