As apples ripen the starches in the apple turn to the fruit sugars which are crucial for good flavours. Whether eating an apple, making juice or making cider, apples are best when at the peak of their ripeness – but before starting rot. It is important not to think apples are ready for picking just … Read more How do you tell if an Apple is Ripe?
Many different words are used to describe types of cider. This can be confusing because they often overlap in meaning and are not used in the same way by everyone. In this article, we will explain what is usually meant by each word and why it is used. We will start with the most commonly … Read more Cider, Cyder, Craft Cider, Seidr, Scrumpy, Fruit Cider, Real Cider, Artisan Cider – what do they all mean?!
Father’s Day is fast approaching – the time of year when we let our Fathers know how much we appreciate them. A gift that shows you really care is one that is both personal and a bit different. Something that is not easily bought in supermarkets or petrol stations will show you have taken the … Read more 9 Great Cider Gift Ideas for Father’s Day
Taste is the most important quality of a cider. If we want to compare and discuss ciders it is important to make a thorough tasting assessment. We will start by briefly considering what senses we use when tasting cider and then look at how to go about doing a tasting of several ciders. The senses we use … Read more How to Taste Cider
Cider tastes very different to apple juice, although the flavour of cider does depend upon the types of apple variety used. Cider flavour also depends on the growing conditions and the cider-making methods. The finest ciders have a depth and complexity of flavour that can rival the finest vintage wines. Perhaps surprisingly, the alcohol in … Read more Cider Taste – The “Big Three” Flavours and the importance of Balance
Online buying of local craft cider (cyder) with delivery to your door combines the advantages of buying traditional local farm ciders with the modern convenience of online shopping and home delivery to your door. Recent trends in shopping have seen a steady move away from the traditional high street shop and towards online shopping with … Read more Benefits of buying online local craft cider delivered to your door
Cider makes an excellent Mother’s Day gift, even though it is often, quite wrongly only thought of as a present for Father’s Day. But, unlike beer and spirits, it would be quite incorrect to think of cider only as a “man’s drink”. On the contrary, the statistics speak from themselves – in a recent survey … Read more Cider is equally popular in women and men
With St David’s Day approaching, minds turn to all things Welsh. It is pleasing to know that, alongside Welsh cakes and daffodils, cider-making and drinking has a long tradition in Wales and, at Vale Cider, we are proud that our farm-made award-winning contemporary craft Welsh ciders continue this heritage. Although alcoholic drinks have been made … Read more Cider – a Traditional Welsh Drink – Seidr Cymru