Find our ciders at:
Shills of Cockermouth, 11 South Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RU – www.shillsofcockermouth.co.uk
Keswick Brewery, Brewery Lane, Keswick, Cumbia, CA12 5BY – keswickbrewery.co.uk
The Rum Story shop, 27 Lowther St, Whitehaven CA28 7DN
Our current ciders are:
Orchard Magic (5.8% alc.) – This cider is made from purely Cumbrian fruit. Bittersweet apples (29%) from our own orchard and Blakeney Red pears (17%) from Acorn Bank provide tannin structure while our sharp apples (43%), mainly Tom Putt, and dessert varieties (11%) give flavour and balance. The juice was fermented and matured in cold conditions and then carefully blended to result in this fine cider. It is great to drink by itself or paired with fish, pork or poultry, or with a variety of vegetarian dishes.
Tremlett’s Bitter (6% alc.) – This cider is made purely from apples grown in our orchard 650 feet up on a fell side in the Lake District (chiefly Tremlett’s Bitter, Tom Putt & Major). The summer of 2016 gave an excellent crop, particularly of Tremlett’s Bitter. A flowery apricot aroma with a fruity flavour and dry finish has been complemented by some smooth earthiness from the 25% addition of 2014 vintage. The result is an excellent partner for rich foods such as goose or mildly spicy dishes as well as pork, poultry, cheese and many vegetarian dishes.
All our cider is “real cider”. Meaning that it is made out of apples (or pears in the case of perry)! Shocking as it may seem, most cider has very little to do with apples. Much of it is well under 50% apple juice and frequently that is imported as concentrated juice from countries such as China. Mostly it is simply fermented sugar syrup with colouring to make it look like cider; apple juice is only added to the minimum level required to meet the HMRC definition of cider.
Real cider is made from undiluted fresh apple juice. That gives it real flavour. It is not for getting drunk quickly and cheaply, or indeed at all! It is for savouring either by itself or with food. Enjoy it – and drink responsibly.
Ciders Past and Future
The ciders listed below were available in 2017, but are sold out. We hope we will have them again in the future. Dabinett should be available later in 2018, and Blakeney Red in 2018/19. Unfortunately, we do not have any Thorn perry fermenting or maturing at present. We are, however, hoping to be able to make available some interesting new ciders, including some Kingston Black / Brown Snout – a true rarity in this part of the country.
Dabinett (7.2% alc.) – This cider is made purely from apples (Dabinett, Monarch and Ashmead’s Kernel) grown in our orchard 650 feet up on a fell side in the Lake District. This challenging environment, coupled with the long summer days, grows apples which have a deep aroma and flavour. A long cold fermentation and maturation results in this unique cider. With a fruity aroma and rich flavour, it can be drunk with mildly spicy dishes as well as pork, poultry and cheese.
Thorn Perry (5.8% alc.) – This perry is made purely from Thorn perry pears picked from trees at Acorn Bank, Cumbria. Acorn Bank has the finest collection of perry pear trees in the North-West of England. Long summer days and cool fermentation results in a finely-flavoured perry. Very dry tannins and a distinct pear flavour make this a good aperitif or partner for cheese.
Blakeney Red Perry (4.4% alc.) – This perry is made purely from Blakeney Red perry pears picked from trees at Acorn Bank, Cumbria. Acorn Bank has the finest collection of perry pear trees in the North-West of England. Long summer days and cool fermentation results in a finely-flavoured perry. Very dry tannins are balanced by a distinct fruitiness and make this a good aperitif or partner for cheese.