Discover some of Devon's finest ciders with our new monthly case. Devon has a very long history of producing great cider, and was home to old brands like Gaymers, all now sold off to commercial cider makers.
But the old orchards remain, the sun still shines, and new generations of cider makers have taken the reins and reinvigorated the Devon cider industry. Our tasting panel have whittled this down to a case of 6 great ciders from 3 producers for you:
Hunts Cider - The Traditional Producer
Hunts has crafted cider since 1805 in the glorious South Hams coastal area of South Devon. Using many of the same old orchards and techniques of the past, now run by the sixth generation family.
Thrasher - Medium Dry 6.2%
A refreshing. lightly-sparkling, medium-dry, this hits the spot after a hard days work on the 'Thrasher'.
'Andsome Bay - Medium Sweet 4.8%
Old Mr Hunt used to say "“Yer! Come try,” he called, “Tis proper Andsome Bay.” We think you'll agree it's lovely too!
Sandford Orchards - The Modern Cider Producer
Sandford Orchards have done a lot to put Devon Cider back on the map. Set up a few years ago by Barny, now based in an old cider mill just North of Exeter, they are consistently producing a range on interesting and boundary pushing ciders.
Apple & Oak - Dry 6.8%
A dry vintage cider aged in new oak barrels. Showcasing youthful, ripe, bittersweet apple flavours – complemented by notes of vanilla and toasty oak
Sandford Reserve - Medium Dry 7.4%
A classic, full bodied, tannic, cider, aged in old sherry casks for a unique, complex yet mellow style
Ridge & Furrow - The Artisan Producer
Justin is making some really great cider in East Devon, near Cullompton, from old and now restored orchards. Their old Ridge and Furrow orchard dates back over 100 years and is organised with the trees planted on ridges and furrows for drainage in between.
This is produced by 'arrested fermentation', which means that the fermentation is stopped part way through, so not all of the sugar is turned into alcohol, leaving a natural sweetness. Supreme Champion at the Devon County Show 2019.
Medium Sweet 4.5%
The medium-sweet is stopped a little earlier, making it slightly sweeter with a lower alcohol content. A light, smooth, easy-drinking summer cider.
Devon Heaven is available as a standalone case or you can subscribe to receive it at a discount as part of our Craft Cider Subscription for only £20 a month plus delivery.