I’ve left London on a west bound train. I’ve got my bike loaded up with 10 kilos worth of cloths and cameras. I’ve got 70 odd kilometers ride a head of me today. This is my first time into Somerset, I’m trying to get a good sense of what makes Somerset cider unique. This is my UK Cider Tour Day 1.
Gwynt y Ddraig is Welsh for the Dragons Wind. A small cider maker in southern Wales. It started out as a hobby and grew into a business. This cider is the one that got them on the map. Gwynt y Ddraig’s Gold Medal Cider as the name suggests, was their first cider to get a gong.
One of things I love about reviewing English ciders is the history. Take this Bottle of Wilcox Cheddar Mill Yarlington Mill Medium Cider; you can trace its history all the way back to their first cider press which started work in 1868. History is one thing, but relying on the hard work of your great granddaddy alone does not make a good cider. Have Wilcox made a modern cider with their traditional training?
The Tricky Cider Company is about as top-secret as ciders get. Tricky’s Medium Sweet real cider is made on an ex army base somewhere on the Devonshire and Somerset border by two blokes known as the hairy one and the tall fella. Lets crack this code and review this cider.
Perry’s cider, the rather confusingly named cider company is famous for their ciders and not so much for their perrys. Since being in the UK, I’ve has the opportunity to try some of Perry limited edition ciders. But today I’m trying one of their more famous blends. Well to call it a blend is a bit of a lie. You see this cider is a single variety cider. Some say the art of cider making is in the blending of different varieties to the makers’ whim. The Somerset Dabinett is made entirely from famous Dabinett cider apples all grown in deepest darkest Somerset.
Down in deepest, darkest Somerset, the Sheppy Family started making cider around 200 years ago. In the Great British summer of 2013 that family picked cider apples from the Three Bridges Farm, they then age that young cider in oak barrels. But is it worth the title of Sheppy’s Vintage Reserve 2013?