The Brilliant Blends Case - November 2022

The Brilliant Blends Case - November 2022

Regular price £28.00

Brilliant Blends

Autumn is all about the harvest and cidermakers across the country are busy picking and pressing apples to make the new season’s cider. The crop varies hugely from year to year depending on the weather and a host of other factors. Some apples are ready at different times in the season and some varieties have ‘on’ and ‘off’ years. The skill of blending is working with the characteristics of each year’s harvest to get the best out of it. We’ve picked 3 classic blends which contain all the different apples grown on the farm and 3 blends that are made from a single orchard so will reflect the makeup of that orchard.

Bere ‘Five Acres’ (6.5%)

Cider has been made on the family farm in the Polden Hills for about 40 years. A number of different single varietals are produced but this is the house blend and is made from around 20 varieties of apple grown on the 5 acres of orchard on the farm, hence the name.

Burrow Hill ‘Somerset Cider’ (6%)

We’ve always liked the fact that Burrow Hill only makes blended cider. They make lots of drinks with their famous Somerset Cider Brandy but when it comes to cider they like to keep it simple. They grow 40 different apple varieties on over 7,000 trees and this is the result.

Crossman’s ‘Somersetshire Cider’ (5.5%)

Like many traditional cidermakers, Ben Crossman makes cider on a working farm. He also produces free range eggs and has over 2,000 birds! His cider is made from 2 main orchards, a traditional ‘standard’ orchard which was replanted in the 1960s and a 400 tree ‘bush’ orchard planted in the 1980s.

Ganley & Naish ‘Mourning Drop’ (6%)

In a nice cider connection, the ‘Naish’ in Ganley & Naish was Victor Emmanuel Naish who was Ben Crossman’s grandfather. And the cider is made on Stonehouse Farm in Kenn, where Victor planted his orchard in 1924 and Ben learnt the art of cidermaking! Andy Jenkins has kept the tradition alive and now makes cider from the apples grown in that orchard.

Stones ‘Ram of Shepton’ (5%)

Alan Stone is well known to cider fans as the author of no less than 5 books about cider. He also makes award-winning cider with his son Richard from the historic Glastonbury Abbey Orchard. The Ram of Shepton is a new cider made from early-season, low-tannin varieties.

Taunton ‘Longaller Mill Reserve’ (5%)

A blend of 4 classic cider apple varieties from a single orchard at Longaller Mill in Somerset. The mix of Yarlington Mill, Sweet Coppin, Improved Lambert Pippin and Tom Putt produces a nicely rounded cider with the complementary characteristics of the 4 component apples.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this month’s selection. Watch out for our festive case next month!

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Made in the UK
Bristol Cider Shop is the original independent cider shop in the UK, founded in 2010, to provide a range of craft ciders to both cider-loving and cider-curious Bristolians. Whilst some of the early history may be a bit hazy, due to a whirlwind of product tastings, having fun and learning about good (and bad) cider, the business moved online in 2011, to spread the word even wider. From the original shop, via the foodie hub of Harbourside, in 2020 we decided to focus online, to make proper cider available across the land. Along the way we were honoured to be awarded UK Independent Cider Retailer of the Year 2015 and 2018.

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