There was old yarn about the pioneers pushing west. Their efforts were foiled by a dog sitting on their tuckerbox spoiling the food supplies. Borambola Wines also had dog who stood guard who met an untimely end and have chosen to name their cider, Tuckerbox Apple Cider, after this Jack Russel Terrior box. Borambola Wines are based between Gundagai and Wagga Wagga in the central southern region of New South Wales. The company started as a winery and while they do grow the grapes locally, the apples are sourced from Orange. And hey, we know Orange grows great apples so we are off to a good start.
Along the Coal River on the Tasmanian east coast, Lost Pippin is growing desert apples and a little bit of wild yeast. A cool climate helps grow great apples. So I’m very much looking forward to getting into this, the Wild Tasmanian Apple Cider.
Twisted Sister is the cider label made by the Victorian craft brewers, Grand Ridge Brewery. Grand Ridge has been winning awards for their beer since they started up in the late 1980’s. The 4 daughters, however, were cider drinkers and not beer fans. What’s a father to do? Make cider, the Twisted Sister Cider.
Flatbed Cider Crisp Apple is a new cider from Oregon in the Pacific North West of the USA. It is aiming to be a dry rustic cider, does the Flatbed Cider hit the spot?
I hear so many things about what’s going on in the American cider market thanks to twitter and podcasts. But it is a rare opportunity to taste any. So when Flatbed Cider offered me some samples I jumped at the chance.