Sam Mount is the owner of Kentish Pip Cider. They are based in Kent (hence the name) and we were lucky enough to get a few minutes with Sam to find out about his current setup and his thoughts on the industry.
1. You're cidery is based in Canterbury? Why here?
Kentish Pip is based at Woolton Farm, it’s our family home where we have been growing apples and pears for four generations.
2. How long have you been producing perry/cider for on a commercial basis?
3. What's the most difficult challenges you face as a cider-maker?
Changing public perceptions and understanding of cider.
4. If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
Tighter rules on cider production. Wine production is tightly controlled which leads to a more finessed and more widely appreciated product category. The current definition of cider lumps everything from the best to the worst under one category.
5. You're top selling cider/perry?
A bright full-bodied cider combining Cox and our house blend of bittersweet cider apples.
6. What makes your Ciders standout and different?
Fresh, Bold and Distinctive – a non-traditional approach from cider production all the way through to our branding.
7. Favourite craft cider/perry on the market?
A very fine and interesting cider: Abavas, Apple Cider Premium Brut
For it’s pure simplicity:
8. What's the key to producing a good perry/cider?
Good apples and a clear idea of what you want to produce before you start.