Fruit Ciders have been a growing segment of the cider market for a few years now. Much to the horror of Cider purists. While I tend to agree with them, there is a strong argument if people are drinking crappy fruit ciders why shouldn’t the craft Cidermakers get in there and show them how it’s done right.
Spreyton Cider’s story started over one hundred years ago when the first orchards were planted. Last year I thought they had come of age with the Big Q that I named the Best Cider of 2018. This was Spreytons Cider Makers Select release of last year. This year they have a new Cider Makers Select, the “V Squared”
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.
2 years ago I looked at the Spreyton Vintage 2014 and thought that it was a pretty decent cider with bags of potential. Spreyton Cider Co, stylistically, have been growing rapidly. Now they have released the Cidermaker’s Select Vintage Select 2016.
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.
Spreyton Cider has a long history in the Tasmanian apple industry. First Spreyton Township grew the apples, then a juicing company, Spreyton Fresh, was formed. More progress came when Spreyton Cider was born. Now they are pushing the envelope, breaking new ground by adding hops to the Spreyton Dark Cider.
In the little town of Spreyton just outside of Devonport, Tasmania is a family business. The business dates back to 1850’s but it wasn’t until 1900’s when the 2 families planted the first orchard. Nearly 100 years later Spreyton Fresh started juicing those apples. In 2012 Spreyton Fresh started fermenting that juice and Spreyton Cider Co was born. Today I’m presented with the Spreyton Cider Co 2014 Vintage. Over 100 years in the making, was it worth the wait?