West Country Cider Tasting Experience
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It isn’t so simple as ‘cider is cider’. Much like wine, terroir has a huge part to play. Each small cider producer has a unique identity and heritage... This box contains 12 bottles of varying styles from world class West Country cider makers.
*At times hamper contents may vary due to stock availability, but items will be replaced with products of the same or higher value and quality.
Sandford Orchards, Rib Tickler – Medium Sweet 5% Vol
Rib Tickler Cider is crafted by Barny Butterfield, founder of Sandford Orchards, and the Exeter Chiefs rugby players who see the whole process through; from harvest and pressing to bottling. All profits from this cider go to The Exeter Chiefs Foundation and Wooden Spoon. With rich aromas of honey and baked apple, the moreish flavour pairs perfectly with steak.
Sandford Orchards, Devon Red - Medium 4.5% Vol
Our friend and expert cidermaker Barny Butterfield, is passionate about protecting Devon’s traditional cider methods. His award-winning ciders use naturally fermented apple juice from orchards within a 30-mile radius of their press in Crediton. Devon Red is a perfectly balanced, refreshing, medium cider named after the rich red soil that gives the orchards their distinctive quality. Pairs perfectly with charcuterie.
Four Elms, Devon Ridge – Dry 6.8% Vol
Produced by the Smedley family at Four Elms Apple Farm, in Newton Poppleford, Devon. The family handcraft their cider on a very small-scale using apples from the Devon orchards that were originally planted for Green Valley Cyder here at Darts Farm. This lightly sparkling cider is rich with a high tannin which gives a full aroma, it is a satisfying, good length drink that is a perfect match for cheddar cheese.
Ridge and Furrow’s – Sweet 5.0% Vol
Produced in small batches at Weeks Farm in Mutterton, Devon, using apples sourced from their own traditional ridge and furrow orchard that dates back to the 1890s. Handcrafted using the artisan method of ‘arrested fermentation’, the production of this cider is tailored to each year’s apple harvest. This fresh, slightly sparkling cider is naturally sweet. Full flavoured and well-balanced with notes of natural sweet apple; this is the perfect cider to enjoy alongside a dessert such as apple pie.
Green Valley Cyder, Dragon Tears – Dry 4.7% Vol
Green Valley Cyder have been handcrafting traditional Devon cider at Darts Farm for nearly 30 years. Last year, our good friends Nick and Chris of Green Valley Cyder retired and handed over their historic press to Barny Butterfield of Sandford Orchards who is continuing the legacy of artisan cider making here at Darts Farm. A crisp dry cider made from traditional cider apples from their Devon Orchards, giving a full flavour with a lingering crisp finish. Ideal with fish and chips!
Sheppy's, Dabinett Cider – Medium 6.5% Vol
Sheppy’s are Somerset’s best-known cider maker. Now run by the 6th generation, David Sheppy, who continues to produce the finest traditional cider on the family farm. Continuing traditions; the cider is fermented using naturally occurring wild yeast from the apples and matured in oak vats – some of which have been in the family for almost 100 years. This is a single variety cider crafted from Dabinett cider apples, creating a medium, slightly sparkling cider that pair perfectly with pork or chicken.
Hunt's Cider, Andsome Bay – Medium Sweet 6% Vol
Hunts Cider is produced by 8th generation cider maker Richard Hunt and his sister Annette at their family farm in Stoke Gabriel, Devon. Their small-scale craft cider is made using traditional methods and apples grown either on their farm or by local farmers. Andsome Bay is a medium sweet, slightly sparkling cider that pairs well with chicken dishes.
Courtney's of Whimple, Whimple Orchard Cider – Medium Sweet 4.6% Vol
Crafted by the Courtney family on their traditional West Country Cider Orchard in Whimple, Devon. Every stage of the family’s cider making process is natural, with all of the apples being grown, picked, pressed and bottled in the same location. This is a traditional, small batch cider; crafted from a distinctive blend of traditional cider apples from the original Whiteways orchard that was planted approximately 100 years ago. This award-winning medium sweet cider is full bodied is delicious with fish.
Heron Valley Cider – Medium to Medium Sweet 4.5% Vol
Crafted on Crannacombe Farm in Loddiswell, Devon, by Tasha Bradely and her family at Heron Valley. They have been crafting their award-winning ciders for nearly 20 years, using apples from their own orchards and local growers who share their passion for the environment and local community. Fermented using the natural yeast present on the apples to produce a delicious, rich cider – without the addition of sulphites! This is a cider that partners with pork dishes extremely well.
Burrow Hill Somerset Cider – Medium Dry 6% Vol
Crafted by Burrow Hill Cider in Somerset, on their farm that sits amongst 180 acres of cider apple orchards and has been pressing cider for over 200 years. Each autumn the apples from 40 varieties of cider apple trees, 7,000 trees in total, are blended before being pressed and the juice is fermented and matured naturally in oak vats. This full bodied, slightly sparkling Somerset cider pairs excellently with traditional soft cheeses.
Dunkerton's, Black Fox Organic Cider – Medium Dry 6.8% Vol
Susie and Ivor Dunkerton founded Dunkertons Cider in 1980 and set about making deep flavoured, organic ciders without using any concentrates or chemicals and instead growing apples in harmony with the environment. This organic dry cider is made from freshly harvested, organic cider apples, matured for more than 12 months to deliver the famous deep flavour of Dunkerton Blackfox. A perfect partner to a traditional Ploughman’s lunch or hearty beef stew.
Sheppy’s, Kingston Black Cider – Dry 6.5% Vol
Sheppy’s are Somerset’s best-known cider maker. Now run by the 6th generation, David Sheppy, who continues to produce the finest traditional cider on the family farm. Continuing traditions; the cider is fermented using naturally occurring wild yeast from the apples and matured in oak vats – some of which have been in the family for almost 100 years. This is a single variety cider crafted from Kingston Black cider apples – possibly the finest cider apple variety in the world. The refreshingly crisp flavours of this wonderfully dry, slightly sparkling cider makes it the perfect accompaniment to pasta dishes.