The team at Willie Smiths have joined forces again with the crowd over at Sullivan Cove Whisky Distillery to create a Whisky Barrel Aged Cider. This is the second time they have done this although it’s the first time when they have made it with cider apples
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.
It’s been a pretty tough year Australian Agriculture. Most of the state’s are suffering through the worst drought since records began. But tonight there the rain is falling the ciders are cold and there are smiles on faces. The industry is growing in quality and depth and the 2018 Australian Cider Awards celebrate that.
This is Willie Smith’s Whisky Aged Cider. I often talk about a sense of place with a cider. Apples reflect the soil they’re rooted in. Vintages reflect the season. Wild yeasts native to a cider house sneak in with a signature flourish. A simple glass of cider can be a lesson in everything from meteorology to geography and even history.
It may be staying the obvious but to make a good cider you need start with good apples. But if you start with just one type of apple, will it have the depth and character? In a test of what an apple can do, Willie Smith release the 2017 Somerset Redstreak Dry Cider .