DISCOVER THE GREATEST CIDERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
YOUR INVITATION TO A TUTORED TASTING IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
- price per tasting pack per household, minimum of 3 households – includes delivered price of 12 bottles in total to 3 addresses (3 x 4) and a 45 minute virtual tutored tasting
- a fun and informative way to discover a whole world of drinks – tasting is believing!
- a ‘one-on-one’ Zoom tasting with Alistair Morrell, AKA The Wine Inspector, CCO Cider Is Wine
‘Made Like Champagne’ Ciders Tasting Pack
- Gospel Green Brut 2018 75cl
- Abel Méthode 2018 50cl
- Eden Origins 75cl
- Once Upon A Tree Wild Flight 2015 37.5cl
full product details below – click on links to tasting notes and food pairing ideas, also on this page
Not All Ciders Are The Same!
For the most part, mass market ciders are manufactured, not made (and contain as little as 35% juice, all of which can be from concentrate).
100% apple and/or pear content ciders are inextricably linked to ‘terroir’, the term used by French winemakers for the unique characteristics linked to a particular vineyard or, in the case of cider, those of locality and the orchard, the apple and/or pear varieties used and the skill and passion of the cidermaker.
These are ciders made like wine, following the global standard for wine, namely that it should only contain the freshly pressed and fermented juice of the fruit without any concentrates. It’s what gives wine such broad appeal with every wine different.
Just like wines, these ciders come with taste profiles that run from dry to sweet… from bolder and earthier, more structured and tannic… to lighter and brisker, with delicate acidity and balance… from refreshingly lip-smackingly light and gold… to deep amber… from clear to cloudy… and from still to sparkling.
Then there are the aromas that resonate through: from clean, crisp fresh green apples… to those of apricots, walnuts, figs, browned butter, toffee and golden raisins.
Just like wines made from grapes!
Then there is the kaleidoscope of food matching opportunities, too. These full fruit content ciders are often more versatile than their grape wine cousins when it comes to matching dishes.
Alistair’s talk is a perfect introduction to the rewarding world of 100% fruit content ciders – and, as you will discover, a very different proposition from the mass market, 35% content product.
Use the contact page if you have any questions to ask Alistair about booking.
Gospel Green Brut 2018 75cl
A ground-breaking dry cider produced in Hampshire uses the same production technique as Champagne. Luxurious to savour, with just the right balance of sweetness. The pure and fresh flavour of apple with the double fermentation process adds to its complexity. Cider connoisseurs will adore it.
“Bright with a super-dry zing, perfect to serve in place of a top sparkling wine, or to pour with a cheeseboard for a real treat.” Olly Smith, Wine Expert, Great British Food Awards
Abel Méthode 50cl
Abel Méthode Cider is made in small quantities from freshly harvested, hand-picked apples and pears, using predominantly heritage varieties that have been grown in Nelson, New Zealand for over 120 years. Varieties used are Cox’s Orange Pippin, Sturmer, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp, Bisquet, Winter Nellis, Winter Cole and others in small amounts.
Full fruit fermentation in stainless steel extracts the true fruit character. Made once per year, aged in stainless steel, the cider undergoes secondary fermentation, like Champagne, in bottle for 12 to 18 months prior to release and is bone dry, resulting in a fine cider that is refreshing and full of flavour. A true artisan cider made exclusively from 100% apples and pears, with no added water, juice concentrates or other fruit.
Non-disgorged. This cider has an ageing potential of 5-10 years.
Abel Méthode Cider is gluten free and vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Finalist: New Zealand Food Producer Awards – Artisan Producer
realciderreviews.com.au – International Cider of the Year 2017
Eden Origins 75cl
‘Origins’ is a nod to the shared DNA of apples across time and continents. This cider is made from varieties treasured for their contributions to cider, baking, sauce, and a few for eating out-of-hand.
All the apples for this cider come from small orchards, and consist of historic English and New England varieties.
Once Upon A Tree Wild Flight 2015 37.5cl
Made with 100% Dabinett apple juice fermented entirely with its own wild yeast, firstly in stainless steel tank, then racked off, bottled and aged over 3 years.