Cider has been rediscovered in the last few years, and a whole variety of styles has burst onto the scene.
There’s no knowing which you’d prefer, so Wetherspoon has introduced three diverse examples into its craft cider range which represent the best.
Orchard Pig Reveller
Origin: West Bradley, UK
ABV: 4.5% 500ml
Appearance: Light golden
Taste: Medium, gently sparkling
Lush and light, this is a medium, gently sparkling cider, from the award-winning ‘Rooted in Somerset’™ craft cider-producer Orchard Pig – a true celebration of Somerset!
With a hearty aroma of West Country cider apples, it is a crisp, refreshing and lightly sparkling cider, with a tangy note of freshly squeezed lime.
The gentle sparkle enhances the flavours, giving a light and moreish cider – fewer bubbles mean more apples. If you are unfamiliar with cider, yet enjoy a gin and tonic – the sparkle, crispness and notes of lime make this your perfect cider. Why not give it a try?
Origin: Cincinnati, USA
ABV: 5.0% 500ml
Taste: Crisp, fresh, slightly sweet
The people at Angry Orchard started out in the 1990s by experimenting with different types of apple and different techniques from all over the world, before coming up with something different and special.
Today, they select bittersweet apples from France (making the cider ‘angry’) and culinary apples from Italy – fermenting them with a white wine yeast and ageing the results in wood to add subtle notes of spice and vanilla.
This is a balanced cider, with sweet, ripe apple notes up front and a dryness in the finish.
Aspall Suffolk Cyder
Origin: Stowmarket, UK
ABV: 5.5% 500ml
Appearance: Light golden
Taste: Medium dry, delicate, fresh
The Chevallier family, which still owns the brand today, moved from Jersey into Aspall Hall (in the Suffolk countryside) way back in 1702, where Clement Chevallier started making his own cider in 1728.
Now the eighth generation, Henry and Barry Chevallier-Guild preside over the modern revival of cider-making at Aspall Hall which, in 2003, saw the launch of Aspall Draft Suffolk Cyder, in its elegant signature bottle – found in your local Wetherspoon.
Henry describes the style of the medium-dry cider as ‘very much east coast’, meaning that, unlike traditional West Country ciders, the emphasis is on appley flavours, rather than cider-like flavours.
“It has a nice balance and a racy acidity, giving it a clean, lingering finish – and it matches well with sweet and sour dishes and curries.”