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Sunday Papers Club - We have to pick up our papers for Sundays and we could pick up yours too!

Would you be interested in getting your Sunday papers from here at 12 noon?

Let us know at the bar or email and we'll explain the plan.

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I'm often asked what cider I would recommend, my reply has always been "sorry I can't, all palates are different - taste them and make up your own mind." It doesn't sound that helpful a response but having spent many years travelling and supping all kinds of brews, a taster will get you past the problem I experienced of having a drop of cider in front of you, bought with your own hard-earned cash and feeling upset as you really couldn't stomach finishing it.

We're deeply indebted to Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw for their new look at describing cider which has a profile that incorporates sweetness, acidity and tannin in various amounts all at the same time.

Like wine, you tend to see cider classified as sweet, medium or dry.  That's fine so far as it goes, but it really doesn't begin to describe the full range and variety cider has to offer. 

The cider taste profile can be found in their new books which we would thoroughly recommend being; The Worlds Best Cider and The Guide to Welsh Perry & Cider, we've also been allowed to include an extract in the section at the end of this page.

You can help those still in a quandary by adding your own cider comments and there's guidance from Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw from the Welsh Cider & Perry Guide.  Here is information on how cider is actually made from WikiPedia. To help you distinguish between Welsh and other cider & perry varieties we've used the Welsh forms for Seidr and Perai!

Steve



Scrumpy Draught 5.5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageScrumpy Draught cider is a lovely Welsh medium dry cider 5.5% abv from Gwynt-y-Ddraig in Pontypridd, South Wales. Scrumpy Draught cider is a golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma, smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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Painted Lady Perry 5.5% PDF Print E-mail
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swallowfieldsSwallowfields's Painted Lady Perry is a single variety cider made from pears of the same name.  At 5.5%abv it a lovely flavour and made in Hope Mansell, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire.

 
Wilce's Med Cider 6% PDF Print E-mail
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altWilce's Medium Cider is 6% and grown in Ledbury, Herefordshire. 

They use genuine bittersweet and sharp cider apples picked from traditional orchards where the fruit is given time to grow and ripen fully, bringing out the natural flavours only found in real cider.

 
Red Rose Dry 6.9% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageLancaster Red Rose Cider at 6.9% abv is a lovely fruity cider with a dry finish that is typical of the cider from the area this is sourced from.  A little bird told us that it's a farm in Oxfordshire!

Lancaster have gone to great lengths to find a nice cider to badge in typical red rose fashion and this one fits the bill nicely.  A lovely juicy smooth brew with a lovely dry but not astringent finish.

 
Rosie's Pig Cider 4.8% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageRosie's Pig Cider at 4.8% is a lighter weight, traditional, cloudy, still, draught scrumpy cider.  Brewed by Westons in Much Marcle Herefordshire.

This wonderfully traditional and popular cider is dry, fruity and very easy to drink and is produced from specially selected top quality cider apples.

Our take - a typical Westons mass produced easy drinking cider that has a nice light flavour.

Following the Westons tradition of naming the company's cider-making equipment, the new cider gets its name from 'Rosie's Pig', the first ever delivery truck to be purchased by Westons. Reputedly 'a pig to start' and 'a pig to drive' the very same truck has been lovingly restored on the Westons farm and now had a cider named in its honour.

 

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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Lazy Daze Perai 6% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageWM Watkins Lazy Daze Perai at 5.4% is a perry produced by W.M. Watkins & Sons in Grosmaont, Gwent. 

W.M. Watkins & Sons were set up in 2003 to make use of the traditional cider orchard on the farm. All cider is fermented and matured in oak (mainly ex-rum) barrels giving it a distinctive flavour.  These are stored in a stone cellar that was built for storing cider back in the 1700's.  W M Watkins are also known by the name Ty Bryn Cider.

Plenty of pear on the nose, this perry is smooth and zingy with a slight sparkle on the tongue.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
 
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We're deeply indebted to Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw for their new look at describing cider which has a profile that will incorporate sweetness, acidity and tannin in various amounts all at the same time.

Like wine, you tend to see cider classified as sweet, medium or dry.  That's fine so far as it goes, but it really doesn't begin to describe the full range and variety cider has to offer.  The cider taste profile can be found in their new books...

 

The Cider Flavour Profile

Most ciders will have a degree of sweetness.  The sugars in the fruit ferment and turn to alcohol, and a few ciders are fully fermented with no residual sweetness left, and can be astringent to the point of chalky dryness.  But sweetness isn't just about sugar content; it's about flavour, and even a well-fermented cider may have strong notes of fruit, or even honey or vanilla.

Then, while dryness could be about the absence of sugar, it might also come from the presence of tannin, the dry, puckering compound you get in tea, red wine - and cider apples.  This gives more than one way in which you might get the balance of sweetness and dryness. [Tannin tastes dry and astringent and you can feel it specifically on the middle of your tongue and the front part of your mouth.]

Finally, like white wine, cider is often a balance between sweetness and acidity.  Acid might present itself as citrusy, tart, sourness or vinegariness.  So there are three main flavour dimensions for cider, not two.  And a given cider may be high or low in all three.

There may be secondary flavours, imparted primarily by the yeast and the aging process.  Some ciders have funky farmyard notes or hints of cheese.  Others may have an oaky note, or there may be strong caramel or buttery hints.

 

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