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 wife team in Norwich who produce a wide range of flavoured ciders as well as their award-winning Wingman traditional, our favourite being Gator 24, a light (4% abv) flavoured drink with Ginger and Rhubarb (£3.95/500ml).
Other producers in our region are Norfolk’s Burnard’s Cider, producers of Monty’s Double and Oaky Dokey, both made naturally with wild yeasts, as well as seasonal ciders made with specific apple varieties, while Essex has The Big Bear Cider Mill in Rayleigh; we’ve tasted their Essex Gold Bullion and recommend it.
But what about those even more local producers (other than Aspalls) that we promised? Small-scale concern Sicklesmere Cider make ‘Type 22 Still & Dry’ at their farm which mainly produces blueberries at Little Whelnetham just outside of Bury (although we’ve not tasted it), and Stoke Farm Orchards near Stowmarket also produce a Cyder as well as their own fruit juices. Meanwhile Spinney Abbey at Wicken, Cambridgeshire are award-winning cider makers both nationally and regionally with their Monk & Disorderly, Virgin on the Ridiculous and Dirty Habit ciders. And, of course, if we’re talking Suffolk we can’t leave out Southwold brewers Adnams who have Wild Wave Cider in cans and mini-kegs as well as an almost alcohol free version (0.5% abv).
If craft cider is new to you, or you have difficulty finding good examples, then perhaps a good place to start is an online retailer.
We recommend Cider in Cider in Cambridge (www.ciderincider.co.uk) who promise a range of ciders ‘from orchard to table’, or Crafty Nectar (www.craftynectar.com) who have a great range available to order as well as running a Discovery Box subscription scheme.
If September brings along an Indian Summer then why not join the trend and try a refreshing cider? But remember, be crafty and try something different from the big brands, and you never know, you could become a pommelier too.
n If you want to learn more about wine, beer or cider, or just want to have a great evening tasting wines at home with family and friends, contact us through our website www.suffolkwineacademy.co.uk or follow us @suffolkwine on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to get more information.
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