The Ultimate Craft Cider Advent Calendar - Tasting Notes

Welcome to the Cider Advent Calendar 2021 Tasting notes, here you will find a brief intro to the cider and the cider makers themselves.

All the ciders featured in our cider advent calendar are made from 100% fresh pressed juice, from traditional cider makers with real stories, plenty of passion and not available in supermarkets. Whatever your tastes there is a cider for everyone and lets not forget all these ciders are vegan-friendly, have no added flavourings and are gluten-free. What’s not to love?
Pilton Tamoshanta

Day 1 - Pilton Tamoshanta

Based in the cider heartland of Somerset, Pilton make an exciting range of whole juice ciders.

Their core ingredients are the bittersweet cider apples that are grow in traditional orchards around the parish of Pilton. These use the artisan method of keeving to transform the juice from this full flavoured fruit into unique naturally sweet ciders. 

Finally, they weave in different yeasts, other fruits and barrel aging techniques to create a variety of small batch drinks.

Tamoshanta is a fruity keeved cider, partially fermented in oak barrels.

Keeving and initial fermentation takes place in large vats but on Burns Night the young cider is transferred to Scotch whisky barrels to finish and mature.

Medium sweet with smokey vanilla tannin, Tamoshanta is great served chilled, with Somerset Cheddar.


DAY 2 - Oliver Cider - Pomona Rollling Blends

Oliver's make a selection of fine Herefordshire ciders and perries with an emphasis on "balance" and  "character" coupled with "drinkability". 

Based around the spontaneous ferment of selected varieties of cider apple and perry pear from fruit grown in Herefordshire and the surrounding 3 Counties orchards.

Nominally referred to as "minimal intervention", Olivers strive to "take what the fruit gives", respecting the great heritage and traditions of the past but with an eye to innovating for the future. What that really means is we mill and press great fruit, expose the juice to marauding and hungry wild yeasts and then for our part blend and bottle the resulting ferments.

Pomona Rolling Blend has a Fruity and spicey nose. Bittersharp cider apples blend featuring the Catley Red apple with some Browns acidity. Refreshingly satisfying when drunk straight from the fridge. Full mouthfeel with bright ripe fruit and round body finished with drying tannins and crisp acidty.



DAY 3 - Blue Barrel Cider Day

Blue Barrel Cider is a CAMRA award winning traditional Nottingham cider produced in Sherwood and Clifton, Nottinghamshire. Their cider is crafted by the local community, picked, milled and pressed locally and helps support Summerwood, a community garden project.

Blue Barrel cider was born when Summerwood Community Garden in Clifton purchased a tiny press and cobbled together a homemade bike scratter and with the help of local volunteers started to produce our own cider. Due to its popularity, they decided to start selling it to raise funds for the garden. 

All proceeds go towards running projects for local residents including sessions with local families, vulnerable adults and educational projects with local youth and school groups.



Day 4  - Pilton Cider - Two Rivers

This cider is made from orchards that lie between the rivers Brue and Sheppey in Somerset.

These two rivers link the small towns of Bruton and Shepton Mallet and encircle the village of Pilton, Glastonbury Tor and an archipelago of apple orchards. They define a unique terroir, famous for generations of westcountry cider production.

Crisp Jonagold brings fresh green apple flavours, whilst an orchard blend of bittersweet varieties bring tannic structure. The keeving process has been used to preserve a natural fruity sweetness.


Day 5 - Severn Cider - Perry

Severn Cider are multi award winning artisan cider and perry makers. 

They make whole juice draught and bottled ciders and perry using locally grown apples and pears.

Since 1956 they have been making cider at their family home and now cider mill. Set within 4 acres of heritage orchards and established gardens, Severn Cider are situated on the banks of the River Severn in Awre, the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

This perry is a sparkling, delicate and crisp perry, made predominantly from Blakeney Red perry pears


Day 6 - Stone Cider - Dabinett

A single variety medium sweet cider made exclusively with Dabinett apples, Britain’s most popular widespread cider variety, from a new orchard at Hornblotton in central Somerset. 

A refreshing drinkable cider, with balance tannins and sweetness.

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