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Apple Cottage win Champion Bottled Cider of East Anglia

See the CAMRA press release below announcing that our excellent local cider producer – Apple Cottage – has won 2012 Champion Bottled Cider of East Anglia!

For those who don’t know Apple Cottage also won Cider of The Festival at Cambridge Beer Festival this year. The winning cider was the medium FTJ.

You can find Apple Cottage cider on draught at some of our local pubs, including: The Organge Tree in their home town of Baldock, The Halfmoon in Hitchin, and The Our Mutual Friend in Stevenage – please let us know in the comments if we’ve left any out!

For Bottled Cider – Baldock’s Best

CAMRA Announces Results of East Anglian Bottled Cider Competition 2012

Hard work and emergency repairs pay off for Apple Cottage Cider as they come top in East Anglia for their bottle cider. The competition, which attracted 19 bottled ciders and 6 bottled perries from East Anglia, took place at CAMRA’s Cambridge Beer Festival in May this year. The results were:

Cider

  • 1st Muxnutz, from Apple Cottage Cider, Baldock, Hertfordshire
  • 2nd Happy Medium, from Potton Press, Potton, Bedfordshire
  • 3rd Porker’s Snout, from Pickled Pig Cider, Stretham, nr. Ely, Cambridgeshire

Perry

  • Cam Valley Perry, from Cam Valley, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire

The other finalists were (in alphabetical order):

  • Rumble, from Apple Cottage Cider, Hertfordshire
  • Roadside, from Evershed, Bedfordshire
  • Medium Scrumpy, from Millwhites, Hertfordshire

The winning cider, Muxnutz, was described by judges as having “a rich and fruity aroma, very well balanced sweet/bitter taste with complex flavours, and smooth to the end. A drink I could have all night.”

Paul & Gayle Edwards of Apple Cottage Cider said “With the numbers of excellent producers in the region and the quality cider they make we were overjoyed that we took first. This was a superb achievement by all the team, as it was a major task picking and transporting apples in 24 hours. We even had to repair the mill late on a Friday night after the apples being so hard broke it!

We would like to congratulate our friends Stig, Phil and Dhiana for restoring their orchard, growing and the help picking the apples that we blended with our own to make Muxnutz.”

The winning Perry, Cam Valley Perry, was described by judges as having “a light and classy aroma, and a soft, smooth flavour that’s well balanced. A good mellow aftertaste makes it very nice and easily drinkable.”

Tim Elbourn of Cam Valley said “It was great news to hear about the 1st place for our Perry. It is our first year for Perry production after a trial batch the previous year. The pears used were partly our own, but also locally sourced. There is plenty of potential for East Anglia Perry… I certainly plan to produce more next year!”

Second place cider, Happy Medium, from new producer Potton Press, was described by judges as having “a lovely fresh and fruity aroma, with a rich, balanced, warming spiritous flavour. There’s a long lasting clean dry finish that’s very refreshing.”

John Weekes of Potton Press said “I am thrilled to win silver at such a prestigious competition. To achieve this at my first attempt is testament to the support and encouragement of my family and to the quality of the Eastern Counties apples. As for the future – we’re going to need a bigger press!”

Third place, Porker’s Snout, a consistent place winner in this competition, was described by judges as having “a light crisp fruity aroma with floral notes, and a well balanced fruity dry and clean taste. Its fruity lingering aftertaste makes it very drinkable.”

Charles Roberts of Pickled Pig said “We are delighted to again be judged in the top three East Anglian bottled ciders. We have experimented with bottling our cider for many years and this year it is consistent enough to sell and so this award is particularly timely for us. Our ciders are made using local fruit sourced from old mixed variety orchards and we sort every apple by hand to maintain the fruity, clean and fresh taste that we aim for in all of our ciders. We drink our bottled ciders chilled from a wine glass and often with food – we encourage our customers to try the same – a refreshing and local alternative to wine!”

Chris Rouse, CAMRA’s Regional Cider Co-ordinator for East Anglia said, “The number and quality of East Anglian perries is growing year on year – most of which are not made with perry pears. This is something to shout about to dispel the myths that perry can only be made with perry pears, and only made in the west country!”

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