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Six Nations Round Two – cider selection

With teams selected for the second round of the Six Nations, we too have pulled together our ciders of choice for each of the sides!

 

SCOTLAND

Thistly Cross, (un)Traditional – Scotland find themselves at the top of the table after round one, which may not be something they are used to, but victory over Ireland could leave them dreaming of the title!

This traditional cider from Thistly Cross is a perfect medium session cider. Matured for six months to give balance, smoothness and ultimate fruitiness. This cider has a fruity and aromatic nose and a golden look in the glass.

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ENGLAND

Harry’s, No. 8 – England will need another big performance from their number 8 when they take on France at Twickenham.

Harry’s no. 8 is a sweet farmhouse, but not overl so; just right for the novice cider drinker. Sit back and enjoy the ride if you are an England fan!

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WALES

Gwynt y Ddraig, Black Dragon – Wales will look to pile on the points against Italy as the Red Dragon heads to Rome. But have you tried the Black Dragon from Llantwit Fadre?

Renowned and award winning cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh, fruity aroma.

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FRANCE

Wignac, Cidre Naturel – what will you make of this cider from across the channel? To be honest it’s nothing like their rugby side, CONSISTENTLY flamboyant and delicious!

Medium dry blend of 65% cider and 35% eating apples.

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IRELAND

Bottle Kicking, Scrambler – the Irish have been left scrambling for answers following an all conquering 2018.

The Scrambler is a medium dry, intense gold and slightly hazy cider. Can Ireland find some intensity at Murrayfield, or will they be left feeling slight hazy once more?

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Italy... any recommendations?

Welcome back ,Worley’s!

Worley’s are a cider maker based in Somerset UK, producing delicious cider from heritage cider apples that they press themselves.

Their ciders are very drinkable, blended to be perfectly balanced whether it’s still or sparkling; dry, medium or sweet.

At Fetch The Drinks we have four of their real ciders on offer in 35 pint bag in boxes, perfect for a party or to keep you going throughout the month!


Often being pressed as Autumn really sets itself towards Winter, the fruit has usually been quietly maturing in cool orchard grass for a while before we get our hands on it.

The resulting cider includes lots of smooth tannins and is blended with lighter, sharper juice to produce a bright and fruity Dry cider.

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Made from the deep, dark and mysterious apples that mature right at the end of the harvest season.

Often being pressed as Autumn really sets itself towards Winter, the fruit has usually been quietly maturing in cool orchard grass for a while before they get their hands on it.

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Their Red Hen won Taste of the West’s Champion Cider for 2017 and picked up the same award back in 2015.

Offered as a Medium, the two main characteristics of this cider are fruity apple and spice. This is a very similar blend to what they use for their popular bottled Premium Vintage cider.

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This is a Sweet cider, and comes across as an ‘Eastern style’ cider or a white wine. Light and low-ABV, with bags of fruit and mellow balanced sharpness.

A powerful fruity character is ensured by using only 100% apple juice in every batch.

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Tryanuary – we’ve got a cider for that!

Start 2019 right and try something new year to kick start your year! We have a fantastic range of real ciders, sourced from all over the country.

The only dry January we want to be hearing about is one that involves a lot of Dry Cider.

 

Mad Jack (5%) – Cockeyed CiderCockeyed Cider - Mad Jack 5% 20 litre Bag in Box

A delicious dry, clear cider with a refreshing crisp taste. Made in deepest, darkest Devon.

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Old Kirton (6.7%) – Sandford Orchards
A dry crisp cider, straw pressed on traditional single screw press.

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Farmhouse Cider (6.5%) – Hecks
The Hecks family have been making traditional Somerset cider for six generations.

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Silly Ewe (6%) – Gwatkins
Set on a working farm in Abbey Dore, this dry cider, light brown in colour has a delicious oak and apple aroma.

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Old Harry Rocks (6%) – Dorset Nectar
A mature, vintage cider packed with character celebrating Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

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Badger’s Spit (7.5%) – Chants Cider
A dry traditional, natural cloudy, hazy gold and well-balanced with a tart finish.

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Farmhouse (6%) – Moons Cider
Made on Woodbine Farm Glastonbury by new young cider maker Tom Moon – a dry traditional cider.

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What will be your choice this January?

 

Product in Focus – Hogan’s Mulled Cider

It’s getting a little bit chilly outside but we have just the cider to get you through these darker months!

Mulled wine is the traditional warm drink of choice during this time of year, but mulled cider is the ‘in’ drink now.

This product from Hogan’s could be just what you need to keep your friends and family smiling during the Christmas period, a delicious cider that tastes even better when heated up.

Hogan’s cider is a traditional, slightly cloudy, still English cider, and as with all of their products it is fermented from only 100% fresh pressed English cider apples. No concentrate is used to create this product and no sugars are added prior to fermentation.

Combines an award winning cider with coriander, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, caraway, cloves, allspice and cardamom to give an irresistible warming, spicy flavour, like Christmas in a glass!

What are you waiting for, order your 35 pint box below…

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Give the gift of cider this Christmas

Give the gift of cider this Christmas with our delicious box of winter warmers. And at this time of giving we have even thrown in delivery completely free! Enjoy two bottles of each of these festive ciders with our 12 bottle case, or choose the 6 bottle case.

What can your loved ones expect in their stocking?

Twisted: Dark Spice – Perfect for winter and packed with flavour to be enjoyed on these cold blustery evenings. Served hot or cold.

Garden Cider: Plum and Ginger – Made entirely from donated community apples, 100% fresh apple juice, naturally fermented and matured 6 months. Blended with natural Plum juice and Ginger extract.

Cotswold Cider: Blow Horn -Whole chai spices go into making this medium cider a unique and refreshing revelation, awakening senses you didn’t know you had.

Thistly Cross: Whisky Cask – Matured in ex-Glen Moray (previously Glenglassaugh Distillery) whisky casks this is a dry & subtle cider. Infused with mellow, vanilla oak of the cask.

Tutts Clump: Rum Cask – Fermented and matured in oak rum barrels. May be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own.

Saxby’s: Mulled Cider – When it’s cold outside, Saxby’s Mulled Cider is perfect! Just heat it gently to release the appley flavour and rich, spicy aromas of cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. It’s also great served cold, when added to Prosecco for a festive drink.

October – a special month

CAMRA promotes Cider & Perry in May & October.

Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider & perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and pear trees found in orchards around the country.

October is a very active time for cider makers, especially for those who make only a small amount of cider.  Harvest time for cider fruit is roughly from September to November and by October production is in full flow.

May on the other hand is when the orchards bloom and begin producing the fruit which will be harvested in October. It is also when cider and perry produced in the previous year reaches maturity and can start being enjoyed.

CAMRA promotes real cider and perry all year round but May & October, given their relationship to the traditional production cycle are focal points.

(From the CAMRA website)

 

5% OF SALES TO LUPUS UK

To combine with Cider & Perry month, Fetch The Drinks will also be donating 5% of all monthly sales to Lupus UK. The boss was recently diagnosed with Lupus at the back end of last year and since then a number of the team have taken on fund raising activities to raise awareness for the amazing work the charity are currently undertaking and striving to take on, including the Great North Run and a 24 hour Durham to London cycle ride. This month is also their awareness month so seemed an appropriate opportunity to combine two … close to our hearts, cider and Lupus.

Magnificent 7 Autumn Collection

The summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that drinking cider should be too! We have selected seven delicious ciders for you to enjoy this Autumn from some very special cider makes from all over the country.

Which will you try first?

Ventons, Devon

Skippy’s Scrumpy – A dry traditional straw-pressed cider from vintage Devon apples.

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Sandford Orchards, Devon

Devon Mist (4.5%) – A gentle joy. Unfiltered and expertly blended to create a medium, cloudy, session cider, bursting with rich autumnal fruits, and a long satisfying finish.

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Winkleigh, Devon

Autumn Scrumpy (7.5%) – A medium dry, premium scrumpy. Bright with wine-like characteristics.

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Purbeck Cider, Dorset

Muddy Scamp (6.9%) – A medium dry cloudy balanced traditional farmhouse cider. Get your wellies out and embrace the mud!

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Mr Whiteheads, Hampshire

Equinox (4.5%) – A medium, light cider. Perfect for easy drinking during the autumnal months.

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Harry’s Cider, Somerset

Scrummage (6.2%) -A medium smooth farmhouse, golden, well balanced and fruity. The perfect accompaniment watching the rugby autumn internationals.

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Perry’s, Somerset

Barn Owl (6.5%) – A medium cider, farm pressed and unfiltered. Nocturnal birds like the barn owl love the long nights, and so can you with this tasty number from Perry’s.

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We don’t expect you to get through them all, but you can give it a good go!

Brand New 6 Pint Pouches

Each week we normally bring you some brand new cider to get stuck into, but this week it’s a brand new product, where you can buy a 6 pint pouch from a selection of six producers for just £20 including delivery!

No more worrying about how you are going to get through 35 pints, this is perfect for a quiet weekend in.

Our six pint pouch is the ideal way to sample our cider and, for just £20 including delivery, everyone’s a winner!

What’s going in your pouch? Choose from one of the below products:

Farmer Jim’s – Rhubarb Bob 4%

This gorgeous coloured cider is one of the most popular and different sweet ciders you can get – medium tangy rhubarb blended with a gentle vanilla sweetness. Like a liquid version of rhubarb crumble and ice cream.

Nempnett – Piglets Perry 7%

Nempnett Perry is a cloudy straw colour with wonderful floral pear aroma and this year won Champion Perry!

Harry’s – Medium Scrummage 6.2%

Harrys Scrummage is a medium smooth farmhouse, golden, well balanced and fruity. (Champion Cider 2018)

Dorset Sunshine – Summer Sunshine 6%

Dorset Sunshine Cider is a delicious craft cider made from locally sourced apples, using traditional methods. Best enjoyed in Dorset, in the sunshine! Sweet and lighter version of a traditional farmhouse cider.

Hawkes – Mixed Berry 4%

Hawkes Mixed Berry cider is blended with mixed red berries including strawberry, raspberry and blueberry juice for a natural sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Fruit cider just got real.

Orchard Pig – Ginger and Chilli 4%

A deliciously refreshing medium cider with a Maverick bite… real West Country Cider apples partnered up with a taste of the exotic. An initial nose into the glass reveals the scrumptious mix of citrus and orchard apple. Sweet ginger and honey layers saddle up to the fruit in the first sip, whilst the sneaky chilli moseys along shortly to set your trotters tingling…

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Collect your cider for the airshow

The Bournemouth Air Show returns to the Dorset skies tomorrow!

With crowds expected in there thousands, it’s set to be another blockbuster event on the south-coast and this year we have the perfect accompaniment for you and your friends.

We are offering you the chance to purchase a 3 litre pouch (6pints) of real cider, with a choice of 6 different products to sample over the weekend. For just £15 (collection only), you can’t go wrong!

Email cheers@fetchthedrinks.com to order and collect from a great vantage point on top of the cliff top, a fantastic spot to watch the acrobatics in the air.

What’s going in your pouch? Choose from one of the below products:

Farmer Jim’s – Rhubarb Bob 4% 

This gorgeous coloured cider is one of the most popular and different sweet ciders you can get – medium tangy rhubarb blended with a gentle vanilla sweetness. Like a liquid version of rhubarb crumble and ice cream.

Nempnett – Piglets Perry 7%

Nempnett Perry is a cloudy straw colour with wonderful floral pear aroma and this year won Champion Perry!

Harry’s – Medium Scrummage 6.2%

Harrys Scrummage is a medium smooth farmhouse, golden, well balanced and fruity. (Champion Cider 2018)

Dorset Sunshine – Summer Sunshine 6%

Dorset Sunshine Cider is a delicious craft cider made from locally sourced apples, using traditional methods. Best enjoyed in Dorset, in the sunshine! Sweet and lighter version of a traditional farmhouse cider.

Hawkes – Mixed Berry 4%

Hawkes Mixed Berry cider is blended with mixed red berries including strawberry, raspberry and blueberry juice for a natural sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Fruit cider just got real.

Orchard Pig – Ginger and Chilli 4%

A deliciously refreshing medium cider with a Maverick bite… real West Country Cider apples partnered up with a taste of the exotic. An initial nose into the glass reveals the scrumptious mix of citrus and orchard apple. Sweet ginger and honey layers saddle up to the fruit in the first sip, whilst the sneaky chilli moseys along shortly to set your trotters tingling…

 

ORDER YOURS NOW AND ARRANGE COLLECTION FROM THE CLIFF TOPS!

Email cheers@fetchthedrinks.com now!

BumbleBee Cider – Cider of the Festival

They are one of our newest producers that we stock on our online shop and they’ve had a summer to remember! Based in Reading, we have two of their ciders available, BumbleBee Gribble and Dab 21.

 

 

 

 

Who are BumbleBee Cider?

‘BumbleBee uses the best British cider apples to bring you deliciously appley and refreshing cider.  And why BumbleBee? Through education, donation and fundraising, this is our lasting tribute to the little guys that go out in their tireless efforts to pollinate next year’s apple blossom.’


BumbleBee Gribble

4.8% Medium-dry, still, easy drinking hazy Somerset cider. Inspired by long, hot lazy days in the country: tractors trundling in the harvest, while sitting in the shade of an old oak tree having a glass of Gribble…

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BumbleBee Dab 21

They have used 21% single variety Dabinett apple juice to create the perfect amount of zing in this loveable rogue.

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