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”
The year is 1980 in Herefordshire, England. Susie and Ivor are new arrives to the area. There is one major cider maker in town. The husband and wife duo saw an opportunity, at that moment Dunkerton’s Cider was born. Dunkerton’s Dry Organic Cider is one of their flagship ciders.
Henry of Harcourt is a bit of a rare breed of cider makers. Every year they make a series of ciders only made from one type of apple in each. This gives cider fans a chance to isolate an individual apple flavour removing variables like terroir and seasonality of these single variety ciders.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in a Sydney beach side suburb, I sat down with a few friends to compare the 5 single variety ciders, The Yarlington Mill, Dabinett, Michelin, De Boutteville, Chatagnier. I’m going to break this down with a video and some individual takes on the different apples.
Sometimes cidermakers make a cider that will have a wide appeal, to sell well and get their name out there. Sometimes they cut loose, experiment a bit and make something they want to drink. When you get your hands on one like that it’s probably something you want to pay attention to. That’s the back story for Lost Pippin’s Special Release 2014.