The ciders


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
Beer Ambleside, 8 Kelsick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ – beergb.com
Lakeland Artisan, 18 Crescent Road, Windermere, LA23 1DT – lakelandartisan.co.uk

and currently at the following pubs:

The New Union, Kendal

Also, look out for our unique apple juices.

Our current ciders are:

Black Snout Forge (6.4%) – A unique cider, made from apples grown in Ennerdale and in our own orchard at Mosser. It features two heritage bittersweet cider apples rarely found in Cumbria — Kingston Black (32%) and Brown Snout (30%), supplemented by fruitiness of Forge (30%) and a little Sunset (8%).

Carefully matured for over 12 months in our cool barn, it has complex fruitiness that seems more tropical than Cumbrian.

Tasting notes:- Distinct aroma of passion fruit is followed through on the palate where the intense fruit flavours are balanced by a slight acidity with a dry but smooth finish. Delicious by itself, it also goes brilliantly with pork, chicken, cheese and many vegetarian dishes. For the best tasting experience, do not over-chill. Drink now or up to a couple of years in the bottle.

 

West is Best (5.9%) – West Country cider apples, three of which constitute about 90% of this cider, also thrive in the equally damp climate of West Cumbria. While cooler here, our long summer days, when the sun scarcely sets on our orchard, create beautifully-flavoured apples.

The glorious summer of 2018 gave an outstanding crop of Tom Putt and the bittersweet apples Tremlett’s Bitter and Major — all from originating from the West Country. To these were added a bit of Katy from Sweden.

Tasting notes:- Spicy aroma with whisky overtones. Full fruit on the palate with a dry but smooth finish. Drink with pork, chicken or fish dishes, or any vegetarian dish that is not too spicy — or just drink it by itself with maybe a bit of cheese.

Although ready to drink from early 2020, it will mature further in the bottle for up to two years. Available in bottles or as bag-in-box.

 

Belle de Boskoop (7.2%) – This cider is made purely from apples — mainly Belle de Boskoop (45%), Scotch Bridget (26%) and Dabinett (20% ) — from our orchard 650 feet up on a fell side in the Lake District. Belle de Boskoop  is thought to be a bud sport of Reinette de Montfort: found by K.J.W. Ottolander, Boskoop, The Netherlands in 1856.This aromatic multi-purpose apple handles the Cumbrian climate very well.

The cider is richly-flavoured with a slight earthiness. Drink by itself or with rich foods such as goose or a well-hung pheasant, or with mildly spicy dishes as well as pork, poultry, cheese and many vegetarian dishes. Serve at cellar temperature (not cold).

Although ready to drink when bottled (December 2019), it will benefit from maturation in the bottle for up to two years.

 

Tom Putt (5.6% alc.) – This cider is made purely from apples (44% Tom Putt, 43% Tremlett’s Bitter and a few others) grown in our orchard 650 feet up on a fell side in the Lake District.
The summer of 2016 gave an excellent crop of the ever-reliable Tom Putt and the biennial Tremlett’s Bitter, which adds depth. A long cold fermentation has resulted in a fruity-fresh cider with a flowery apricot aroma with and a dry finish. Drink by itself or with rich foods such as goose or mildly spicy dishes as well as pork, poultry, cheese and many vegetarian dishes. Serve at cellar temperature (not cold).

“Dab Tom” Cider (6.6% alc.) – This cider is made purely from apples —Tom Putt (40%), Dabinett (20% ) and 22 other varieties such as Ribston Pippin, Belle de Boskoop, Monarch and Scotch Bridget —from our orchard 650 feet up on a fell side in the Lake District. The summer of 2017 yielded a small crop of good quality apples. A long cold fermentation has resulted in a well-balanced cider — fresh but full-flavoured with a slightly earthy and dry finish. Drink by itself or with rich foods such as goose or mildly spicy dishes as well as pork, poultry, cheese and many vegetarian dishes. Serve at cellar temperature (not cold).

Available in bottles or as bag-in-box.

 

Real Cider

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.

Ciders Past and Future 

The ciders listed below were available in previous years, but are sold out. We hope we will have them again in the future, although we do not have any Thorn perry fermenting or maturing at present.

 

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Orchard Magic (6.2% alc.) – This cider is made purely from Cumbrian fruit from the 2016 & 2017 harvests. Bittersweet apples (32%) from our own orchard and Blakeney Red pears (8%) from Acorn Bank provide tannin structure while our sharp apples (28%), mainly Tom Putt, and dessert varieties (32%) 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. Although ready to drink when bottled (May 2019), it will benefit from maturation in the bottle for a further two years.

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Blakeney Red Perry (5.5% 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. Tannin structure is balanced by a distinct fruitiness and make this a good aperitif or partner for chee.

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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.
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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.

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.