2018, done and dusted. It’s time to look back at the Real Cider Reviews’ Best Ciders of 2018.
I’ve had a pretty amazing year from being asked to speak at the Australian Cider Conference in Baltow in May. July, I got to tick off a massive item off my bucket list when I packed up my bike and rode from Somerset to Herefordshire. More recently I moved out of the hustle and bustle of Sydney to the fresh air of Armidale in the north of the state. I bought a house with a big garden and within a month I had planted my first apple tree, more will follow. I don’t know where that project will end up but that is the exciting part.
Hillbilly Vintage Ciders are always very good. A few years back I put that vintage in 2nd place on my Real Cider Reviews Best Ciders of 2014. In the years following, the quality has always been top shelf. Something different happened to a few of the 2017 vintage’s bottles. Blackberries! This is the story of the Hillbilly Vintage Blackberry 2018
Hillbilly cider has a track record of making some very good cider. They have had 2 new releases this season. Previously I looked at the Sweet Julie a few months back but now it’s time to get a little funky as things are getting a bit cloudy. Introducing the Hillbilly Scrumpy Cloudy Apple Cider.
Recently, at the Australian Cider Festival, I had a chat to Shane from Hillbilly Cider who introduced me to the best in class award-winning Sweet Julie Cider. This is the first cider to feature the new Australian apple BPN 02 or to give it its’ trade name “Julie”
This year Real Cider Reviews has reviewed nearly 50 Ciders and have tasted over 100 different ciders all in the name of research. So it’s that time of year again. When your favourite TV shows have basically given up for the year and the editors quickly throw together a half-baked collection of the “best bits of the year” instead of actually making something new. Well here at Real Cider Reviews we’re above that. So here is a list of my top 3 Best Ciders of 2014.
It’s about time I looked at this Crushed Apple Cider from the Hillbilly folks in the mountains. While this isn’t the first cider i’ve reviewed from Hillbilly, it is their original cider. In fact this was one of the first craft ciders I found in Sydney as I moved away from the big labels into proper ciders. Oddly never got to write a review about it.
When you think of hillbillies and alcohol you probably think moonshine. Well Hillbilly Cider is here to set you straight with the Hillbilly 2014 Vintage Apple Cider. Hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, this bottle condition cider is far more posh frocks at Royal Randwick than blue denim at NASCAR.