We thought for our January case we’d try you on a few things that you might not have tried before! They’re all either new releases, different styles of cider, or something slightly out of the ordinary. We hope that you enjoy them! As ever we’re always keen to hear your feedback on our monthly guest cases so please do let us know what you think.
Cotswold Cider ‘Sideburns’ (5.4%)
Okay so we slightly cheated on the first one! The cider itself is not new but the labels are. Cotswold Cider was always a stalwart in the shop but since we moved the warehouse it’s been slightly harder to get hold of – so when we heard that they were rebranding it seemed like a great excuse to get them back on the shelves.
Garden Cider ‘Plum & Ginger’ (4%)
This one definitely is something new and is a bit of a departure for us! We always used to be dead against fruit ciders because a lot of commercial fruit ciders are very sugary/ sweet and are unrecognisable as cider. This is different – it is proper cider with a hint of plum and ginger which we think complements the apple very well.
Iford ‘Cloudgazer’ (5%)
This is one of Iford’s new range of craft ciders in cans. It is a cloudy cider (hence the name) and is meant to be turned upside down (hence the upside down label) in order to blend the sediment. Medium, sparkling and hazy session cider.
Perry’s ‘Puffin’ (6.5%)
We considered making this month’s selection a Dry-anuary case featuring all dry ciders! We thought that might be a bit much but this is a nod to that idea. This is a bottle-conditioned cider which means that it all of the natural sugars are fermented out and the fermentation is finished in the bottle to produce a natural sparkle.
Pulp ‘Apple’ (4.7%)
This couldn’t be more different from the last one. It is made in Herefordshire by Celtic Marches and is designed to be an accessible, easy-drinking cider. Its fresh new branding is designed to bring a new generation of cider-drinkers to proper craft cider.
Rawlins ‘Yarlington’ (6.7%)
This is another quite different style of cider. This is keeved, which means the fermentation is stopped before all of the sugar has turned into alcohol, leaving the natural sweetness of the apple. It has then been matured for up to two years to develop a deep, smoky, flavour.
We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection. Watch out for our February case and if you haven’t done so already why not subscribe to get 15-20% off the individual case price.