Find our pure Cumbrian ciders at the following shops:
Shills of Cockermouth, 11 South Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RU – shillsofcockermouth.co.uk
Keswick Brewery, Brewery Lane, Keswick, Cumbia, CA12 5BY – keswickbrewery.co.uk
The Rum Story shop, 27 Lowther St, Whitehaven, CA28 7DN
Grasmere Weavers, The Old Coach House, Stock Lane, Grasmere, LA22 9SJ – grasmereweavers.co.uk
You might also some on draught at:
The Mortal Man, Troutbeck, LA23 1PL – themortalman.co.uk
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.
Unfortunately there are only a few bottles left in the shops and we no longer have any available wholesale, but we do hope to make a similar blend in the future.
Brown Snout (6.8% alc.) – This cider is made from apples grown in Ennerdale and in our own orchard at Mosser. It features two heritage bittersweet cider apples rarely found in Cumbria—Brown Snout and Kingston Black, supplemented by the tart and spicy flavours of Tom Putt, Orleans Reinette and Scotch Bridget.Carefully matured for over 18 months in our cool barn, it has deep fruit aromas that seem more tropical than Cumbrian. The rich flavour is balanced by a slight acidity with a dry but smooth finish. Delicious by itself, slightly chilled, it also goes brilliantly with pork, chicken, cheese and many vegetarian dishes.
Available in bottles only.
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, some 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 HMRC’s 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.