5 great Somerset ciders you need to try

PUBLISHED: 16:25 20 October 2020

Somerset is full of fantastic cider makers. PHOTO: Thatchers

Somerset is full of fantastic cider makers. PHOTO: Thatchers

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To mark Apple Day, we’ve picked some great ciders that have come out of our county

Thatchers Gold

This is a cider that is popular on draught in pubs across Somerset.

Thatchers, a family business, has been making cider for more than a century and has dozens of different types of the alcoholic beverage to its name (though it has just brought out a non alcoholic version).

Thatchers Gold is medium dry cider and extremely refreshing – perfect with a barbecue in the summer or spicy food all-year-round.

Thatchers Haze

Another popular cider from the Thatchers stable is Thatchers Haze, a cloudy, sweet drink, very popular in the summer. It is for those with more of a sweet tooth.

Sheppy’s Original Cloudy Cider

David Sheppy is a sixth generation Master of Cider and he carries out his role 200 years on from the very first cider the Sheppy family produced.

Original Cloudy Cider is a light blend of David’s traditional Somerset cider and a touch of pure cloudy apple juice, blended to produce a lightly sparkling medium sweet cider with a crisp and fruity flavour.

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Harry’s Dabinett Cider

A regular at foodie events, there’s not many Somerset cider drinkers who haven’t tried Harry’s Cider.

Harry won his first Great Taste Award in 2017 and scooped the overall champion in CAMRA’s National Cider Competition in May the following year. Harry’s single variety Dabinett claimed Supreme Champion for 2018 at The British Cider Championships. It is a medium sweet cider.

Wilkins Farmhouse Cider

Now this is ‘proper’ cider that will put hairs on your chest.

You can order it by the flagon only, but when we say ‘order’ farmer Roger Wilkins says he doesn’t ‘do email’ and you need to call him at lunchtime or teatime as he’s ‘a busy farmer’ to order your cheese and cider. What can we say, this is Somerset and it’s ‘proper’!

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