Llanblethian was the overall trophy winner at the IWSC 2020 awards for wines from apples, pears and other fruits and this ice cider won bronze.
Hand picked, Katya (or Katy) apples are pressed, then the juice is frozen. As the juice is thaws the sweetest juice comes off first and begins fermentation in oak barrels. This variety originates from Sweden and is well suited to growing in cool climates. A cross between the early ripening James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain varieties, it has notes of strawberries and relatively high acid. These characteristics make it well suited to ice cider production.
Llanblethian’s product quality philosophy is all about honesty and transparency: use only 100% fresh fruit, so as to retain all the delicate apple flavour compounds, never use ‘fruit’ concentrate (often stuffed full of preservatives to prolong shelf life), never add water to ‘fiddle’ the ABV, nor use fruit flavours (often chemical-laden). In fact all Llanblethian Orchards ciders and perries have full ingredient labelling, including juice content.